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By chrisevans
Character portrait, another friend and colleague who stepped in to have their snap taken. Thanks Mark.
One strobe SB900 camera right through grid. One strobe SB700 behind chair with green gel.
I brought the hat and cane in from home. I didn't have very much space to work in at the office and wanted the background to be out of focus. While this works unfortunately the hands are also soft.

Tags: Moustache Character Chesterfield Cane Portraits and people

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AnneWorner 13 620 43 United States
17 Nov 2014 10:34PM
I really like what you have going here - just a couple of thoughts: the bright window shade at the top is interfering with the hat - I don't think cropping from the top down a ways on the hat would spoil the image. Secondly, just a bit more light on the right side of the man's face would improve the look; you've almost got some perfect Rembrandt lighting going here. I know screens differ but on mine, the blacks look clipped.

17 Nov 2014 11:55PM
Thanks Anne, words from someone with your experience is much appreciated.

All the best

pablophotographer 9 1.8k 396
18 Nov 2014 12:17AM
Hello Chris, this is seriously good and it emphasizes the character.
He seems uneasy though, I might perceive it that way...and I might be wrong.

I had a look at your camera settings, you could go a bit wider so you include the whole of the elbow on the left and the sleeve on the right.

I would suggest a trim of the green/white line just above the hat, even if the hat reaches the top of the frame it does not affect the over all presentation, as the viewer is directed to the eye. I see a hint of white on the eye on the right. Not bad at all, but I think your ife could be easier if he had be wearing a monocle on that eye. It would be the glass or the framing metal that would shine more.

Good job , bravo
Paul Morgan 19 19.5k 6 England
18 Nov 2014 3:02AM
The top hand is a little bright, maybe you could have toned it down a little using a flag on the flash, its a job to say for sure without being there.

All in though you have captured a great portrait and its one of my favorites from the past week.
Richsr 13 91 223 England
18 Nov 2014 1:42PM
A good portrait and some good feedback too
19 Nov 2014 11:18AM
GREAT feed-back guy's!

This is a perfect example where I can clearly see from your comments a way of reshooting and getting a better shot.

Thanks everyone.

20 Nov 2014 3:26AM
As with others, the green line on top bothers me. I might have worried less about throwing the background out of focus, and made the hands sharp. I also would make the side of,his face a little lighter.

All that being said, this is a photo full of character.

elainecll 6 5 United Kingdom
20 Nov 2014 9:56AM
love thisGrin

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