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Mong Kok Fishmonger

By tom_earwaker
Another one from the Mong Kok market in Hong Kong. I've darkened some of the brighter areas around the edges and in the background, brightened the man a little and tried to bring out the cyans in the background to compliment the reds.

Tags: Red Market Stall Fish Man Night Hong kong Gloves Fishmonger Portraits and people Mong Kok

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banehawi Plus
17 2.7k 4308 Canada
17 Apr 2018 9:42PM
Good shot, better face detail.

Whats with the red lighting over there!

Mods are uploaded, - mainly lens correction and colour, likely undid what you did, and a mono to see if it works. Your original is fine as it is.

dudler Plus
18 1.9k 1933 England
18 Apr 2018 4:38AM
The white balance is really problematical... And will be a matter of opinion to a very large degree. I tried to get rid of soem of the red cast in the apron, as a big white area that caught my eye, in a bad way.

I also cropped square, and cloned out a bit of light fitting at the top right.


One other thing - I always find your images tend to save below maximum quality when i do mods - do you save below maximum quality intentionally, I wonder?
18 Apr 2018 10:14PM
Yes it was difficult adjusting the WB on this one, the main lights had a red/magenta tint and there were some other cool white lights around as well. I do like the red/cyan combination, but difficult to get the skin looking a more 'natural' colour. The black and white takes that problem away, but I do miss the red gloves.
I think I normally choose the '11' setting in photoshop for saving jpegs. Haven't ever thought about it too much to be honest - seems like the file size goes up by almost double if you go up to '12', not sure how much improvement there is in quality. Should try a back to back sometime, maybe it will make my bad photos good Wink
dark_lord Plus
18 2.9k 813 England
18 Apr 2018 10:21PM
It looks like there's a lot of issues with the light sources so nothing's going to have a natural looking colour. But if that's an accurate portrayal of the location so be it.

You've captured the person in mid action and it's clear what he's doing and not awkward in any way so your timing was just right.

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