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Man in Worcester

By JulianRRouse  
Taken today in Worcester city centre Thought please?

Tags: Black and white Portrait and people

This photo is here for critique. Please only comment constructively and with suggestions on how to improve it.


16 May 2018 9:54PM
Great portrait!!

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16 May 2018 10:00PM
thanks have to say more than helped by a fascinating subject
Robert51 Plus
10 7 85 United Kingdom
16 May 2018 10:06PM
A photographer dream, every year etched in that face.

Great shot...
tonyguitar Plus
6 75 37 Canada
16 May 2018 10:22PM
Brilliant!! A man who has seen well beyond the ' end of the tunnel'. TG
17 May 2018 8:35AM
banehawi Plus
14 1.9k 3974 Canada
17 May 2018 12:43PM
Good subject. good camera settings, all come together
dudler Plus
15 758 1445 England
17 May 2018 4:22PM
Different processing from the original is possible: the way you normally process gives a quite faded look, lacking blacks and whites.

A bit more bite could be good, especially with such a wonderful character as this chap.

Seeing the unprocessed original would be helpful, I feel.
original loaded
dudler Plus
15 758 1445 England
17 May 2018 6:00PM
Thanks ofr the original, Julian.

I've done a slight crop of it, keepign the tilt - he looks like a man who views the world a little askew... And a gentler mono treatment.
similar to my flikr version
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2058 United Kingdom
17 May 2018 7:17PM
I much prefer your flikr version, Julian, it's gentler on your subject, giving him an altogether "softer" personality, not as gritty as your original upload. I'd still prefer it a little lighter, like John's modification, especially because his eyes aren't so dark and it's also possible to just about see his wry smile, which engages the viewer, as do his eyes.

dark_lord Plus
14 2.2k 563 England
17 May 2018 10:16PM
Thanks for the original Julian.
It's a little underexposed (nothing a little post processing can't fix) but as you used Manual exposure that clearly made a difference depending on whether you metered off a midtone in similar light.
My first mod uses Levels to give a fuller range of tones and a Curves adjustment to brighten the image and up contrast. I also cropped off excess area at the top which wasn't adding any visual value (we can still see the urban environment which is playing a supporting role but not fighting for ttention, as a background needs to be with such a portrait, so, nicely done there.
Your mono version is very greay. Mono images rely on contrast so this needs to be increased. My mono mod is done from your original ratherthan the mono. Mono also relies on lines and textuires, which youhave in abundance here so I understand your choice.
I chose one of he preset in the Nik plugin, adjusted the Red channel to lighten his jacket, boosted contrast and added a subtle vignette. Tyere were many options though, some looked good others looked awful, but there'll be hundreds of interpretations and everyone will like something different. It's easy to spend a lot of time making numerous versions!

A very appealing capture.
thanks for all the feedback guys will use this photo for my next club open competition so your ideas always helpful
dudler Plus
15 758 1445 England
18 May 2018 1:02PM
Julian - can I ask a favour, please?

After the competition, can you let us know what feedback you get from the judges? It would be interesting to compare what they say with what we have said...
i will do but please be aware our next club contest will be september we shut down over the summer
dudler Plus
15 758 1445 England
18 May 2018 4:28PM
That's fine... A memory test all round!

paulbroad Plus
11 127 1278 United Kingdom
18 May 2018 7:46PM
I fear, for this is as before,. such images need to be critically sharp and have some contrast punch. The tonal range is, again, very flat indeed - muddy we would have called it in the darkroom days.

have you looked at the mods paul?
paulbroad Plus
11 127 1278 United Kingdom
19 May 2018 4:38PM
I'm looking at what you are presenting as your front piece!

try the other ones i am trying options sorry for delays sunday was hectic

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