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By Philo  
I have been playing around with composites and, whilst this is still work in progress, I am quite pleased with it so far. Sam was originally shot in an office and the background is from the dark arches in Leeds city centre. A texture was added to the background to grunge it up a bit but this time it wasn't applied to Sam.
Thanks for looking and I would welcome any ideas to take this forward.

Tags: Musician Leeds Textures Strobist Digitally manipulated Sam Composite Saxaphone Dark arches Portraits and people Flash and lighting

Voters: robthecamman, JackAllTog, stevie and 9 more

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JackAllTog Plus
11 5.9k 58 United Kingdom
25 Jul 2012 6:13PM
I like where it going, i'd want to ground his left foot a bit and but the foot shadow more behind the shoe. Also as its feed back you are looking for is his face a tad saturated and red?
Ideas to take it further - darker and more menacing background? perhaps with some smoke or mist, so your eye is drawn in but does not stop at the back wall? could the light further back be less white?

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Philo 9 99 83 England
25 Jul 2012 6:21PM
Good point about the foot, Stuart, though I wouldn't know how to do it. I actually uploaded the wrong version, as it has no texture, so I have added V2. This hopefully addresses the whiteness issue. Smoke or mist a great idea but I would need to research how to do it. I need to find more backgrounds!
Thanks again for the valuable feedback, Stuart.
JackAllTog Plus
11 5.9k 58 United Kingdom
25 Jul 2012 6:32PM
Totally much better in V2 Smile - Love that texture.
vickyf 14 8 8 United Kingdom
25 Jul 2012 6:33PM
The foot doesn't bother me and I really like V1. I must admit I'm not too keen on textured backgrounds but might work well in mono?
chase Plus
14 1.5k 330 England
25 Jul 2012 7:21PM
Hi neighbour Smile
I prefer the version without the texture...I know,I know good coming from me huh ? Wink I just think it adds nothing to an image which is complicated enough..sozz Sad
Good point about the feet,that would be my main niggle,along with the very bright blob on the end of his right toe.
I think he would have been better placed with his back to a wall tbh,not many of the Buskers would be stood right in the middle of the roadway.
Shadow is good although I think it would have been better slightly shorter as much of the light is coming from above him....we can't see the light at the end of the tunnel,or the begining in this case Wink
I like the setting you have put him into,yep,a bit darker at the back would bring much more focus onto the Busker himself,I know the place is lit but it would look much better darker & more 'tunnel like' if you get my drift.
Well done for having a bash Phil,always good to get out of the box sometimes Wink
10/10 for effort,which gets my vote.
Philo 9 99 83 England
25 Jul 2012 8:17PM
It's a good job I accidentally uploaded the untextured versionTongue
Thanks Vicky, I am sure mono would look great but I am fairly pants at them. Will give it a go though!
Janet, you are the last person I expected to advise losing the textureWink
I think can sort the feet by cropping him above the knees.
Someone else mentioned about him leaning against a wall so I will see if I have a more suitable background.
Darker: now that's more like you, JanetWink
Thanks for the fine critique.
banehawi Plus
15 2.2k 4097 Canada
26 Jul 2012 3:49PM
Ive uploaded a mod with some of the suggestions incorporated. Also tilted Sam a little. Darker, de sat, copied left wall over to right, extended right canvas and some bits and pieces. View large only.


Philo 9 99 83 England
26 Jul 2012 4:28PM
Thanks Willie, you really have put some effort into the mod. Dark is definitely the way to go and the desaturating works really well too.
Richsr 13 91 223 England
27 Jul 2012 8:11AM
Some good feedback here Phil, well worth trying differenet things to see what works
Regards Richard
Philo 9 99 83 England
27 Jul 2012 2:02PM
Thanks Richard, will do.

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