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First Born

By AlleyCatz
Another shot of David the village Blacksmith taken in the Forge.David in stature and when working away in the smithy may come across as mean and hard so I wanted to show another side to him and convey it through his eyes.The emotion I heard in his voice and saw in his face and especially his eyes when he was talking about the long awaited impending birth of his first child.Titled First Born as David was a first born who's going to soon have a first born. Worked in PS.

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Tags: Digitally manipulated Blacksmith Forge Smithy Portraits and people

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Glynn 11 1.2k 1 United Kingdom
3 Sep 2006 2:18PM

This series is excellent. I Particularly like this image, very dark and moody. love it.


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kadisu 13
3 Sep 2006 2:30PM
Great shot - his eyes draw you in to the photo. You definitely captured the mood.
Bluke 12 303 1 United Kingdom
3 Sep 2006 2:35PM
Excellent capture.....Babs
JohnDyer 11 67 2 United Kingdom
3 Sep 2006 3:21PM
Very dramatic portrait, nice one
bliba Plus
11 2 Austria
3 Sep 2006 3:59PM
love the low light in this brilliant portrait..great eye contact!!!

very well done ,Ally

AlleyCatz 11 274 6 England
3 Sep 2006 4:30PM
Thank you for your time to comment & click.Very much appreciated.

POOCHIE 11 21 6 United Kingdom
3 Sep 2006 4:39PM
Lovely shot Alley , you could have chucked some water on his shoulder though and put that out lol. Agree with Ollie the eye contact and that cracking sparkle make it for me.

User_Removed Junior Member 11 51
3 Sep 2006 6:01PM
Great expression and a well produced portrait.

owp 12 168
3 Sep 2006 7:59PM
. . I like the bit od fire in the B G to add to the connection of Smithing! . . .the eyes really do make this shot for me!

. . . is this "Dragan" technique? . . .


p.s . . .thats for you recent comments and ongoing support Smile
skydivemike 12 47 Northern Ireland
3 Sep 2006 8:11PM
Quality portrait.

AlleyCatz 11 274 6 England
3 Sep 2006 9:23PM
Thanks again for all your comments.Mike I dont know if this is classed as a "Dragan" technique to be honest.I have only just recently heard of it on EPZ. This is how the shot came out from my raw conversion and with some PS work.His face was already very dirty/grubby and sweaty/shiney so maybe thats why.Hope that answers your question.If it is like a "Dragan" technique I hope some one tells me so I can enter in the Gallery of Excellence under that catergory.Thanks again

backbeat Plus
11 134 1 United Kingdom
4 Sep 2006 9:03PM
wow...fantastic eyes make this potrait something special.

what is a 'dragan' technique though?

4 Sep 2006 10:15PM
Have to agree Alley, this shows David in a different light. It's in the eyes.Motherhen
kinfatric 13 550 9 Scotland
5 Sep 2006 5:05PM
this is excellent a very good exposure and well composed shot with a very meaningful description.
RoddBC 11 40 United States
5 Sep 2006 8:23PM
This is a great shot Alley but it's a wee bit dark for me. But hey, what do I know.

Rodd x
shaggyb 11
5 Sep 2006 9:40PM
Great portrait of a Blacksmith,the eyes make the shot.
gajewski Plus
13 10 9 United States
7 Sep 2006 7:23AM
Fantastic portrait. -=Walter
VintageRed 11 15 1 United Kingdom
25 Sep 2006 10:07AM
Sometimes an image and its description combine very well and I suspect if more people read the words properly, this image would have scored more highly. For me, I always find images that highlight contrasts to be attractive and I think you succeeded in your aim with this one. Nick
tricky66 11 24 United Kingdom
13 Oct 2006 7:25PM
Feel like I want to crop right in, kind of distracted a little by the flame. Such a good shot and comp with the colour of the eyes I would go straight in.
Face only would make it for me.
Well done.
Actually just looked at the posting date!! Guess I should actually pay attention, not been on for a bit, did you try a tighter crop and re-post?
Wooly 12 112 4 England
14 Oct 2006 5:04PM
I like the flame Alison, for me it adds context to the character. Must be the blast furnace man in me.


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