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Meet Mr Punch

By HP1485  
I met Mr Punch at a local event. He squwarked a lot...

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RobinF 11 83 1 England
17 Oct 2010 6:04AM
Great capture, love the tight crop/composition - excellent. Can't see how it could be improved, maybe a mono version would be interesting and would work as well as there is plenty of detail and 'form' to this image.
kind regards,

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HP1485 10 5 England
17 Oct 2010 9:05AM
Thank you - I am fairly new to this type of photography and it's good to know that I'm getting it right. I didn't use a flash and wondered whether a fill-in flash might have improved my composition.
CathR 11 151 564 United Kingdom
17 Oct 2010 2:59PM
It's a good shot but the exposure is slightly tricky and could benefit from a bit of adjustment. The main issue is that the man's hat is casting a shadow over his face and it is important to your composition that we can see his face and the interaction with the puppet.

I have uploaded a mod for you where I first of all used a levels adjustment to lighten the whole picture. The histogram showed me that there was some scope for a general lightening. I then used the lighten shadows tool to deal with the man's face and hat. I applied the changes with a layer mask to apply to these areas, adjusting the opacity a bit as I work. I did run the brush over the puppet down the shadow side as well at a low opacity to give him a slight boost.

Whether you could have done the same with fill in flash is difficult to know. The real problem is the shadow from the man's hat and that really needs a reflector to bounce the light into that area - totally impractical in the circumstances. So in this case I think a bit of post production work is the way forward.

Best wishes

PaulLiley 9 2 13 United Kingdom
17 Oct 2010 10:38PM
I guess if your making Punch the main object and the puppeteer secondary then it's fine but if you want a balance then run through PS to lighten the shadow areas on his face might help to balance the exposure. good composition and nice timing to capture this shot. like the expression of the puppeteer's face. Paul
HP1485 10 5 England
17 Oct 2010 11:54PM
Everyone - thank you for your constructive critiques I have marked you all with CC to boost your medals.

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