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By Milla
Portrait of Marcin, a friend of ours, taken in one of the nicest pubs in Toruń, Poland, during our last visit over there, last year. The guys were playing chess and I was trying to capture the atmosphere of our meeting Smile
I'm really unsure about this one and might get tempted to delete it. I like it because I think its mood fits Marcin very well, just sums up what kinda person is he. No clue if it's any good for someone who doesn't know him though. Would really appreciate a honest critique.

Thank you for your time.

Judge after seeing the large version, please Smile

Tags: Portrait Pub General Chess Man Digitally manipulated Turn Portraits and people Milla Toru and 324

Voters: AlanBW, riprap007, Herge88 and 23 more

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AlanBW 12 20 England
7 Apr 2008 6:38PM
A good study of his concentration

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Herge88 11 40 4 England
7 Apr 2008 6:50PM
I think its great, as Alan says the concentration is all there its not posed. I like the cigarette too.

Best Matt
Bodiewil 10 46 Wales
7 Apr 2008 7:19PM
A wonderful piece of work, great study

luxaeternam 10 21 1
7 Apr 2008 8:58PM
The selective focus here really accentuates how focussed he is on the board.
Smile Lucy
BlueRoom Plus
12 73 20 United Kingdom
7 Apr 2008 10:11PM
It works for me. I like the way his concentration extends to the tips of his fingers. The colours are mellow and nicely desaturated, and it helps that it is such an attractive chess set too.

imagio 11 12 1 England
7 Apr 2008 10:52PM
I think its a great candid Milla, you have captured the concentration well

kitsch 12 439 4 United Kingdom
7 Apr 2008 11:39PM
i like the concentration too... and love the desat colour and blur, i would defo not take this off!
7 Apr 2008 11:49PM
lovely portraiture and beautiful post processed,... Rolan
Rylands 10 1 2 United Kingdom
8 Apr 2008 12:28AM
Great image- you can feel the tension in the scene
samsalt1 11 34 4
8 Apr 2008 2:22AM
It comes across very well, excellent use of dof.

Artois 12 405 1 United Kingdom
8 Apr 2008 11:35AM
I think this is a good capture of intensity of expression.
banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3877 Canada
8 Apr 2008 12:17PM
Its a very good shot without knowing Marcin!

Composition of very good, - theres a diagonal from his eyes down through the board to the corner; the board and his pose make 2 triangles; the chess pieces are unusual, and you featured them well; the exposure is good enough to capture the reflections in the chess board; the desaturated colour lends a slightly dark mood to the shot, but with just enough for the yellow crown on the king to stand out; the blur does focus the attention, but it also suggests movement, - looks like a motion blur to me?

JONTHELENS 11 34 United Kingdom
8 Apr 2008 6:40PM
good all round,well taken.

Milla 10 7 2 United Kingdom
9 Apr 2008 2:12PM
Thanks everyone, guess I can send it to Marcin then Smile
As far as I remeber, there was a bit of motion, radial and smart blur mixed together, Willie, finished with a touch of blur tool set on 'darken' mode.
photophantom 10 108 3 Philippines
9 Apr 2008 2:48PM
Check mate!
DaveU 12 1.4k 125 England
11 Apr 2008 8:21AM
I must admit that I find portraits hard to critique. With landscapes you can look at the composition, rule of thirds, quality of light, foreground interest, lead-in etc, but with portraits I just think "does this look right". And this does. Your post-processing has enhanced the shot and your friend can only be pleased with the result.
User_Removed 13 825 Lithuania
11 Apr 2008 2:51PM
...think its great!.... excellent portrait!
Sahyadri 10 61 2 India
15 Apr 2008 5:49AM
i like it. the expression is caught so well.

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