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Come back in one piece

By javam    
I am returning to the shots I took at the Duxford Flying Legends display for today, but with a bit of a twist.

I have applied my 'cigarette card' processing to this one to make a companion shot to the one of a few weeks ago which can be seen here.

I think I would lean towards the previous one in terms of expression, but this one has less of the historical inaccuracies (he is stood in front of an american aircraft this time).

Welcome any comments you have on the processing effect.

Thanks for looking.


Tags: Portrait Flying Transport Person Show Air Period People Aircraft Planes Duxford Mechanic Pilot Portraits and people

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DaveU 15 1.4k 127 England
22 Aug 2007 10:40AM
Overall composition and content very good Neil. Maybe the guy's face is a bit dark and overcooked though. Could perhaps do with a more subtle approach on the face IMO.

Just looked back at the previous shot and that had a similar face treatment but I really like that one. So I'm contradicting myself a little. Be interesting to see what other comments you get on this one.

Confused of Birmingham Smile
javam 17 1.1k 19 United Kingdom
22 Aug 2007 10:43AM
Thanks Dave. The light was a little more harsh in this shot, so that may be why it does not seem quite as balanced, but I have tried to match the processing as closely as possible so it should be pretty close to the previous one.

As you say, we will see how it goes.


Tandberg 18 1.2k 2 England
22 Aug 2007 10:46AM
i think the work done is good Neil if i'm being honest..
Kind of adds an aged feel that works well with for the shot....
SO well done
Alison_S 16 339 United Kingdom
22 Aug 2007 11:18AM
I like this every bit as much as the other one........brilliant work again.

Al Smile
javam 17 1.1k 19 United Kingdom
22 Aug 2007 11:53AM
Thanks Dave, Al.
22 Aug 2007 12:12PM
Great portrait (and message)!
justin c 18 5.1k 36 England
22 Aug 2007 12:58PM
Works very well indeed.

wamp 15 276 8 England
22 Aug 2007 2:36PM
I like this and I think the treatment works well for this type of shot. The comp is spot on too with the propeller

glazzaro 17 70 23 United States
22 Aug 2007 5:04PM
Looks like a shot from the past, love the work up! Spot on! Click!!!

kinfatric 17 550 9 Scotland
22 Aug 2007 5:55PM
i would ditch some of the blacks and he has a slight halo although I think the latter may be intentional, overall a good effect
javam 17 1.1k 19 United Kingdom
22 Aug 2007 7:26PM
Thanks Alberto, Justin, Sean, Greg and Brian.

The out of focus bits have a halo Brian, but he should not have had any. I think it more a lack of accuracy with the dodge tool on my part that has boosted some of the clouds around his head.
Hoffy 17 262 16 England
22 Aug 2007 11:17PM
This is a good candid shot.
24 Aug 2007 10:36AM
Like the composition, looking out of the photpgraph suits the title!!!!

KevinGoodchild 20 1.2k 9 England
24 Aug 2007 10:39AM
I love this desaturated/ rugged look..... easy to do ?
24 Aug 2007 10:44AM
This has that nostalgic feel which you can often find with re-enactors. Like the composition, him looking out of the photograph suits the title!!!!

24 Aug 2007 6:24PM
about time I made a visit Smile
This is great. fab colours. thought from the normal version that his face was slightly too dark, but in the large one everything comes together just right
javam 17 1.1k 19 United Kingdom
24 Aug 2007 8:12PM
Thanks Paul, Keith, Kevin, Koen.

Kevin, the rugged look is not too bad. I use repeated passes with the shadow/highlight tool followed by levels adjust to give the fake 'HDR' look that does not really look like HDR but was popular earlier in the year. Then some dodge, burn and contrast tweaks.

Desaturation is fairly easy. You could desaturate using hue saturation, but I have found it easier for these pictures to create a black & white adjustment layer and then fade that.

Basically I experimented on the first one and repeated on this.

Koen, yes the small one is a little off key for some reason, thanks for looking at the large version.

25 Aug 2007 9:02AM
Realy like this shot and the guy realy looks like a some charectorSmile
firzhugh 17 13 New Zealand
27 Aug 2007 5:57PM
great portrait, love the composition
KevinGoodchild 20 1.2k 9 England
28 Aug 2007 9:24PM
Thanks for the insite Neil, keep up the great work
imagio 15 12 1 England
29 Aug 2007 5:21PM
A nice period feel to this

liparig 17 233 United States
29 Aug 2007 5:44PM
Super portrait love the way you composed it, glad to be 30th click

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