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Daniel Thorndike

By Ray42
Tnaks for the advice for those who looked at the last posting - behind me now
This is posting is one of many shots I took recently of Daniel Thorndike who is now 90 years of age and is the son of Dame Sybil Thorndike and Russel Thorndike (actor and writer of Dr Syn) Daniel played in many films and plays one of which was Treasure Island where he played Captain Smollet. He told of many tales whilst filming with Robert Newton and Spike Milligan (he played Ben Gun)
He kindly consented to give my friend and I to take some pictures and gave us plenty of different shots in different dresses. This one is just one of many - we took the pictures in his conservatory and were taken without any flash using the backdrop which was on the wall (a drop of Monets garden).
I think that this backdrop is maybe a little busy - what do you think - modifications and CONSTRUCTIVE critique is welcome

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helenlinda Plus
10 360 22 United Kingdom
17 Sep 2010 7:43PM
What a wonderful opportunity for you and your friend. Love his outfit, and maybe a background that fits with the colours of the red scarf would work better

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lonely_oryx 10 61 55 England
17 Sep 2010 7:53PM
The backdrop doesn't worry me at all. Great character study
Techno Plus
9 2.7k 8 England
17 Sep 2010 7:56PM
What a grand gentleman and from such a dynasty, unbelievable opportunity for you both, the resulting image is beautifully captured, spot on focus with evenly placed light, not sure this bg is suitable though Ray, look forward to further postings with interest..
lonely_oryx 10 61 55 England
17 Sep 2010 8:03PM
I have done a mod as follows

1. Increased contrast +8 and reduced brightness -15
2. Extended the canvas on the LH side and cloned in some of the BG. I felt he need a bit more space in front of him. (The cloning was done quickly so it is not quite right but will give you an idea).

Hope you like the mod
EAS 9 1 13 Scotland
17 Sep 2010 8:05PM
What a great opportunity and an excellent portrait. Have no worries re the bg. He's not in front of the really "busy" areas and I think the tones match well with the Paisley Pattern in his cravat!

franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
17 Sep 2010 8:35PM
I think the background is fine as it is. An excellent character study of this fine man.

imagio 11 12 1 England
17 Sep 2010 8:39PM
I like the bg Ray, it emphasises his profile more

arhb Plus
10 3.4k 68 United Kingdom
17 Sep 2010 8:47PM
Hi Ray - great shot - I like the exposure as it is, and though the bg is slightly distacting, I have done a mod with a plain gradient bg.
I have also extended the canvas to the right, space to look into and all that.
Ray42 10 3 England
17 Sep 2010 8:56PM
My thoughts too Andrew, but perhaps is it a little to plain, I am divided on what kind of bg
pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
17 Sep 2010 9:09PM
I liked the original posted by your good self Ray - its a superb shot I like it and will look forward to more - do post
gary_d 10 576 13 Wales
17 Sep 2010 9:30PM
A nice portrait. - gary
gregl 13 19 1 England
17 Sep 2010 11:21PM
Great character shot Ray. You have made the best out of the opportunity to take his portrait.
arhb Plus
10 3.4k 68 United Kingdom
17 Sep 2010 11:22PM
Always one for a challenge - mod2 - some texture and vignetting...
cassiecat 9 39 46 England
18 Sep 2010 12:42AM
as already said nice even light. i'm no good at replacing bg, wonder about mono for the bg which is brightened to make the gemtleman stand out more. think the mod with alitle more space works well.lesley
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
18 Sep 2010 6:40AM
An excellent portrait, Ray, but not keen on the background. Carol
18 Sep 2010 7:57AM
great detailed portait
Rock Plus
16 10 2 England
18 Sep 2010 8:38AM
Perfect as it is !

colin63 9 6 England
18 Sep 2010 10:15AM
Lovely portrait Ray

excellent portrait ray,well captured.ray
NeilWigan Plus
7 17 16 England
18 Sep 2010 1:53PM
great opportunity well taken your not going to refuse that for a, back ground.lovely shots and great write up Robert Newton still the best pirate.
Maiwand 11 3 73 England
18 Sep 2010 4:04PM
An admirable shot Ray. I see nothing wrong with the colourful BG and I rather suspect that it would suit Daniel's character. Soft natural lighting via the conservatory has produced some fine flesh tones and given a lovey eye catchlight. Super.
18 Sep 2010 5:11PM
Nice portrait shot Ray ~ I personally like the background as is different from the conventional, but guess not to everyones taste.
Nice work
18 Sep 2010 5:49PM
excellent work/mods,my friend
Carrie_1 8 2 6 Wales
19 Sep 2010 8:04AM
Nice portrait, I like the background for me it would be just another pic if it was plain.
madbilly 9 1 4 England
19 Sep 2010 10:45AM

Quote:Nice portrait, I like the background for me it would be just another pic if it was plain.

I agree whole heartedly, nicely done as it is in my opinion


Adderwatcher 8 60 19 United Kingdom
19 Sep 2010 2:17PM
Excellent portrait! i like the background, it adds some subtle colour.
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2016 United Kingdom
19 Sep 2010 10:51PM
What a wonderful opportunity you were given to photograph this charismatic gentleman. I don't find the background a problem. You might like to consider desaturating it, either partly or wholly, or even blurring it, if it bothers you. However, I think he is a colourful character and, as such, the background looks fine.
brownsilent 11 7 2 United Kingdom
20 Sep 2010 8:40AM
A superb portrait, and I think the bg even suits the subject, well done!
nickyv32 Plus
10 135 England
20 Sep 2010 8:45AM
Great shot, super portrait Ray, like iy

goso 11 2 1 Australia
20 Sep 2010 8:45AM
A fine portrait as it is Ray - no need to change a thing...Bill
Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
20 Sep 2010 6:49PM
That is such a good portrait and so many really good mods as well
so very well done
20 Sep 2010 8:43PM
A fantastic portrait, Ray, nothing wrong with the background in my opinion.
LexEquine 12 19 United States
21 Sep 2010 1:54AM
Excellent portrait capture & image rendering with fine color & clarity. Regards...Pietro
21 Sep 2010 7:57AM
Hi Ray missed this one somehow love the shot a cracker gray.
FeatherFriend 10 38 217 England
21 Sep 2010 5:11PM
Lovely portrait Ray, have to say I rather like the mod by arhb with the plain BG and extended canvas,
harrattp 11 11 4 England
21 Sep 2010 9:10PM
A super portrait shot with a great bg. I don't think you need any advice from me Ray, the conservatory is a great place for portraits. Good natural light. Great to meet you the other day too.

photophantom 10 108 3 Philippines
22 Sep 2010 3:20AM
excellent portrait Ray. Plenty of good mods and advices. My 2 cent is, you can easily blur the BG if it is too busy by your liking. Duplicate the image---Gaussian blur (adjust to your liking)--erase the Gaussian blur over the gentleman so that the BG will remain blur but the main subject is sharp ---flatten image.
22 Sep 2010 10:03AM
Very nice portrait , well captured.
22 Sep 2010 5:29PM
What a superb portrait shot.
PaulLiley 9 2 13 United Kingdom
23 Sep 2010 1:45PM
Wow this beautiful shot of someone with so much character in his face made me dig out an autograph album of my grandfathers which has some famous autographs-I remember there is a signed one by Sybil Thorndike circa 1915. Thanks for the reminder. Paul
RTDS 9 Cyprus
24 Sep 2010 6:26PM

Quote:Perfect as it is !


I totally agree.
Really like this one.
Well done.
mrjt 12 United Kingdom
25 Sep 2010 10:37AM
A superb portrait...Jack
Dave87 Plus
11 42 5 England
26 Sep 2010 3:32PM
An excellent subject for portrait photography captured here with very nice lighting and the background works fine for me. Looking for constructive comments Ray. Portraits of people wearing top hats are extremely difficult to compose. By including the top hat in this portrait it brings the subjects eyes down to the centre line of the frame - not considered good in portrait photography - but one to break the rules. Works a treat.

Suehh 11 39 6 England
27 Sep 2010 10:48PM
Lovely portrait. You really have captured the essence of the man. And the backdrop suits the personality well in my view.

Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
3 Oct 2010 7:39PM
An excellent portrait of this elderly gent, he looks a real character
PhillipMinnis 8 94 4 Australia
31 May 2011 5:53AM
A nice character portrait image! I don't mind the backdrop....I don't think it detracts from the image. Well captured!



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