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Nice Head Wear Eh?

By JhnFord
Taken in Jamaica near Falmouth at the zoo. All comments, critiques and suggestions appreciated.

Nikon D800, Nikkor 24-70, at 44mm, f6.3, 640 iso, 1/60 sec., on camera flash fired, Aperture priority, hand held,

Thanks for looking.

Tags: Pet Pets and captive animals Portraits and people

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debu 7 India
12 May 2013 3:12AM
Nicely capture.

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Coast 9 1.6k 292 United Kingdom
12 May 2013 4:26PM
Not sure if this is 100% sharp and it looks like the smallest amount of camera shake. At 44mm, even at this distance you could have afforded to come down to f5.6 without effecting depth of field detrimentally to the image, increased ISO to 800 and subsequently a faster shutter speed to minimise risk of movement when shooting hand-held.

Interesting and appealing portrait all the same. I would increase contrast a little and looking at levels this was ever so slightly underexposed. I've uploaded a mod to show the effect of tweaking the levels slider. Also worth a go at different processing techniques on this to play with the mood and I've given an interpretation in mono which creates a level of eeriness.
13 May 2013 3:31AM
Thanks debu and Coast. Appreciate the feedback and Coast, very much appreciated those excellent suggestions.
paulbroad 10 123 1177 United Kingdom
13 May 2013 7:41AM
If you are using flash, you do not need ISO640. You are using Nikon, so ISO200 would have given more contrast in the first place, but I suspect a bit of under exposure. Brighten things up a bit for an interesting image. Pity about the wire background though and things are not fully sharp.

13 May 2013 12:55PM
Thanks Paul, I agree with all your comments and appreciate you passing them on.
mrswoolybill Plus
10 1.1k 1740 United Kingdom
14 May 2013 7:22PM
I've looked at this one a few times, it really puzzles me. The overall softness of the face would suggest slight camera movement, a relatively heavy camera body plus 44mm at 1/60 second requires a steady hand. BUT the eyes are sharp. I would expect f6.3 to give greater depth of field, and bring the rest of the face into sharper focus. A bit of a mystery.
I don't care for replacement backgrounds but I might try to get reduce the impact of that wire, and also brighten the face a bit. I think gentle use of the burn tool, rather than overt sharpening, would improve this.
mrswoolybill Plus
10 1.1k 1740 United Kingdom
14 May 2013 7:44PM
Mod uploaded. I selected the background (not perfectly, but it gives the general idea... ), blurred it, then used the paint brush, sampling the dark blue/green tone from the shadows, and painted over it at 50% opacity.
Then I went to inverse, added some brightness and contrast to the man's face, made a Levels adjustment and burnt in the detail on his face. The face isn't as soft as it appears in the upload once the light is adjusted. I also dodged the whites of his eyes just a tiny bit.
Looking beyond the processing side, I like his dignity. I find this face quite moving. The snake is a sort of surreal accessory to that dignity.

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