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By supervm2
I took this in Monochrome I think it has come out quite well. I like the concentration and focus of the eyes.

Tags: General Black and white Close-up and macro Portraits and people

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CathR 11 151 564 United Kingdom
23 Dec 2011 12:47PM
Sorry but this doesn't quite come off for me. The thumbnail looks in focus but when I opened the main pic all I could see was an out of focus shot. You certainly can use a lens wide open (f2.8) for portraits (David Noton does it a lot) but you have to get the focus on the eyes so they are really sharp. I can see where you are coming from in terms of the concentration on the face but the eyes are not sharp enough to carry the portrait and contrast with the blur elsewhere. your very slow shutter speed will not have helped either. 1/5 sec with a 100mm focal length sounds decidely dodgy with camera shake likely.

Sorry not to be more positive at this time of Christmas cheer Smile

Best wishes


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paulbroad 10 123 1250 United Kingdom
23 Dec 2011 1:10PM
THe image could be good, but it is unsharp everywhere, and that is camera shake. I assume you had no support and you cannot hold a camera still at 1/5 sec. You needed to up the ISO to get a usable shutter speed or use flash. It is important in portraits to get the eyes sharp - that is why everyone these days seems to go for minimal depth of field and wide apertures to make the eyes stand out from the face.

I usually go for a bit more depth of field that that, but camera shake is a different issue and you must avoid it.

SueEley 12 279 96 Wales
23 Dec 2011 6:17PM
Nice pose, but I agree with Cath and Paul.
23 Dec 2011 8:15PM
I also can only really echo the above comments the idea and the pose itself is great its just the blurring that let it down, How ever I saw this image as savable and had a little play in photoshop.
Using a high pass filter I have restored a little of the detail and uploaded the modification for you to see. The contrast has also been altered.
Hope you like what I have done

banehawi Plus
14 1.8k 3893 Canada
23 Dec 2011 11:05PM
A good intense expression Peter, and all has been said already about the soft appearance. It is recoverable in Photoshop as Richard has pointed out in his mod, - Ive also loaded a version. I applied a large amount of sharpening, and adjusted contrast to improve mid tones.

You would need a shutter speed of at least 1/160 normally for this handheld, or use flash.


paulbroad 10 123 1250 United Kingdom
24 Dec 2011 10:22AM
both mods are an improvement, but they are not sharp. Sharp enough, maybe, to save the image, but not critically sharp as I prefer to see mono male portraiture.

24 Dec 2011 3:39PM
Thank you all for your comments. I like both the modifications that have been done on the shot, really helpful advise.

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