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my nose is so cold it fell off!

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There's a series of sphinx's in Crystal Palace park and it's been really cold recently so I thought I would share this shot I took earlier today.

Tags: Black and white Sphinx



ErictheViking 10 124 102 Scotland
1 Apr 2013 9:44PM
Well Ant I sphinx this is an excellent image, the B+W works well and the tonal balance is really good, however the image to me looks very slightly soft in focus. This may be due to a bit of camera shake due to the slowish shutter speed. I recommend increasing the ISO to about 400 and use a selective focus point to set the focus point on the eye nearest you (Golden rule with any head, always focus on the eye nearest the camera)

Erik Grin
1 Apr 2013 10:59PM
Thank you Erictheviking for your positive feedback, will try harder.
banehawi Plus
19 2.9k 4354 Canada
2 Apr 2013 12:29AM
Ant, to add, the guide for determining the minimum shutter speed you need to have to hand hold a shot is 1/(focal length X crop factor). So this camera has a 1.6 crop factor, and using 81mm focal length, youre slowest speed would be 1/108, or in the real world, 1/120th.

Using negative exposure compensation is a good idea for this, - which also gives you a faster shutter speed (less exposure), so y=to get the sgutter speeed faster, use ISO 100, and close down the aperture to f/8 or f/11.


paulbroad 15 131 1294 United Kingdom
2 Apr 2013 10:32AM
Not a bad effort at all and a nice tight crop. Whilst I concur with the low shutter speed comment, it looks pretty sharp tome. All a bit the same shades of grey. Possibly a bit more contrast to spread the range, or play with the channelmixer when converting to see what tonal range of greys were possible.

pamelajean Plus
17 1.8k 2289 United Kingdom
2 Apr 2013 5:54PM
A very nice statue of the sphinx, Ant, and the texture and detail is brought out well with the black and white presentation.
Your focus tails off on the outer areas of the head, but that's ok, the rest is quite sharp.
I like the way you have gone in close for the detail, but I feel it looks a little cramped in the frame.
I don't think the background of trees does it any favours, and so I hope you won't mind me having a little play with it. This is a personal preference, but I'd like to have seen the chin inside the frame as well.
In my first modification, I added canvas to the top, selected the background and simply made it black, then cropped to square. I slightly adjusted the contrast on the head, too, and brightened it.
Since the image took well to brightening, perhaps you didn't need the negative exposure compensation, and also perhaps you could have increased the ISO, as suggested by Erik.
In my second modification I had some fun. I thought of my time in Egypt, the sun and sunsets of gold, and gave your sphinx a sunset background, then put a golden hue on the statue. Hope you like it.
3 Apr 2013 9:35AM
Thanks to everyone who commented on this pic and especially to Pamela for the different mods uploaded. Lots of food for thought.

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