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Into the Dark

By AkashdeepSaha  
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Tags: Portrait Greyscale People Monochrome Black and white Portrait and people

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Spkr51 5 United States
21 Aug 2016 8:31PM
Excellent !!!!!
dark_lord Plus
17 2.8k 775 England
21 Aug 2016 8:46PM
I was about to vote on this after seeing the thumbnail then I saw that it was in the Critique Gallery Smile

This is well shot and processed.
All I can suggest is a square crop for an even bolder approach, losing that area of black on the right (not that the off centre placement isn't pleasing). Such strong eye contact will allow that approach to work.

It's rather odd choosing shutter priority, as aperture priority is the obvious choice with portraits as you want control over depth of field.
Using that focal length on that camera I'd want to be using at least 1/250, so using ISO 400 would be better and give you 1/320. Of course, I assume handholding, so no tripod or other support. ISO 400 would still give good image quality.
The other issue with shutter priority in lower light conditions is the danger of underexposure. You don't give the lens used but I suspect it can't (at that focal length) open up any wider.
banehawi Plus
17 2.5k 4247 Canada
21 Aug 2016 11:54PM
Its a very engaging image. There is a real draw into the image with those large eyes.

I would think it can be processed differently; what I see is that apart from the eyes, which to me here are over-sharpened compared to her face, which has great character by the way, there is an absence of highlights or lighter tones beyond a grey/dark grey.

With a greater contrast, sharpening her face, enhancing those like lines you will draw so much more out of this than is presented here. The good news is that in this shot, you have all the possibilities for a range of processing that can be tried, as you have good detail.

I uploaded 2 mods using this approach; they are cropped a little tighter at the sides; the first is fairly straight mono with a wider tonal range and sharpening; the second is a duo-toned version, using a light brown, of mod1. As well as a tighter crop, its rotated a little to place her eyes exactly on the same level.

I had considered the shutter speed too slow, but as you have an IS lens, you did get away with this, as the subject remained very still. Next time, dont depend on IS if the subjects is capable of the slightest movement.


Well done


Regards


Willie
22 Aug 2016 12:10AM
Perfect, intense, powerful portrait. Well done. =)
dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1859 England
22 Aug 2016 5:10PM
Keith, Willie and Carmen have siad it all, and I really like Willie's second mod.

This is a beautiful portrait.
22 Aug 2016 5:56PM
thanks to all for your precious comments and suggestions Smile
TanyaH Plus
18 1.3k 411 United Kingdom
23 Aug 2016 12:17PM
Intensely beautiful and totally engaging with those eyes!

My initial thought was that there was too much difference between the textures of the face and the smoothness of the material surrounding it, but actually Willie's Mod 1 gets around that issue perfectly. The only other thing I might be tempted to try is to add a texture overlay to that material.

But other than that, it's a cracking image Smile

paulbroad 13 131 1293 United Kingdom
23 Aug 2016 5:21PM
Very fine image. Sure, there are always changes possible, each one then becoming a different image but this is fine by me. I do hope other people who use this section look at such images, read the comments, compare the results to there own efforts and, by that, learn.

The first camera club competition I ever entered in the mid sixties was portraiture. I thought that I was pretty good. The judge, in the nicest way, compared my effort to a very proficient entry from an advanced worker. I could have been offended, but I actually thought, you are right, I WILL improve.

Think about it.

Paul

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