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OK. One Shot then **** Off

By ZenTony
Couldn't help asking this guy if I could take his photo. His response is fairly well summarised in the title !
In the original shot there was a lot more of the Harley, but I think the heavy cropping adds some more to his slightly threatening persona !

Tags: Mono People Bikers Portraits and people

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mrswoolybill Plus
13 2.2k 2247 United Kingdom
28 Jul 2020 7:51AM
Low pov does give faces an intimidating, overbearing look, it's how 'from the hip' often scores in street photography.

I would like to see the hand in full, cut-off extremities tend to look awkward. But I love the composition, balancing man and machine.

Maybe get rid of a few little intrusions at the bottom for a cleaner and more minimalist look? Also the tiny reflection on his cheek, because it shifts my attention from the glasses. I love the way dark shades make us imagine eyes... And definitely lighten a bit...

Thinking about this and the story of your beach boys reminded me that elderly women can sometimes get away with an awful lot more than male photographers can. I do the batty little old woman act quite frequently... Grin

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mrswoolybill Plus
13 2.2k 2247 United Kingdom
28 Jul 2020 8:06AM
I've uploaded a very quick modification - plus half a stop exposure, shadows lifted slightly, a Levels tweak to boost lighter tones. This I think gives better detail and a better sky background - the light is coming from the left. Clear blue sky is often not straightforward in digital b&w conversion, it easily looks muddy. This is where the colour channels come in, lighten on cyan...

Plus a few minor intrusions removed for a cleaner feel.

See what you think.
dudler Plus
16 1.2k 1679 England
28 Jul 2020 8:40AM
Brilliant, and brave: well worth the trouble!

In the main gallery, slightly tweaked (as in Moira's second version) I'd be wondering about an award.

I prefer to upload most things against a black background: with light backgrounds, it contains the image nicely, though a narrow black border can do the same job, and sometimes look far better.

The composition is, essentially, using opposite thirds: but the hefty main subject dominates, and your bias towards him, solid, grounded on the left, is just right.

Proof that the dynamics between sitter and photographer do not need to be comfortable: the tension here makes the image.
DaveRyder Plus
6 4.4k 7 United Kingdom
28 Jul 2020 9:22AM
Again, I'd only repeat in a Mod what Moira has done - but perhaps not as well Wink

I really like the angle and composition as is but perhaps clone the lamp posts etc away from the bottom edge and lighten as Moiras mod.

28 Jul 2020 9:24AM
Love your comment about being a batty old woman Moira.................I did not know. It explains everything now. Grin

I agree totally about removing the bits; I was a bit lazy there !

However I'm not convinced about the white background but that's just my view. I somehow think it looks a bit too photo-shopped and artificial. I am going to try with some borders and see how it comes out.
chase Plus
14 1.7k 411 England
28 Jul 2020 10:29AM
I too like the angle you have taken this from, man and machine.
I would have gone with Moiras second mod, removing all the little bits and bobs that really don't matter and putting lots more light onto that wonderful facial hair. I do quite like the starkness of the bg.
I would have liked to have seen all of his hand in there but, sounds like you took the opportunity as it presented shot and off you go !
A thin border works well with this, just separating the frame from the bg.
banehawi Plus
16 2.2k 4149 Canada
28 Jul 2020 3:27PM
Youre a brave man1
dark_lord Plus
16 2.6k 683 England
28 Jul 2020 3:52PM
Well done Tony. It's good to be able to get the shot in one, a skill that's decreasing these fays but one that those of us brought up on film appreciate.
I didn't get distracted by the lamps so they're not a distraction for me alyhugh I agree better not there.

All I'd have done is lighten the main subject. From the colour original I'd darken the sky by just reducing the blue channel. Such is the flexibility of using conversion methods other than just converting to grey. Not for any memacing look, I'm thinking of creating a bit of dee California sky to go with the Harley Smile
pamelajean Plus
14 1.4k 2149 United Kingdom
28 Jul 2020 5:29PM
It's a pity he couldn't be a bit more co-operative, and perhaps stand closer to his beloved machineSmile. Still, then you might not have got that expression.
My reasoning is that someone like myself may not know that the "thing" on the right of the frame is part of a motorcycle. It took me a while to see that it's part of the handlebar from a low angle.

Anyway, well done for getting the shot even though your subject objected.


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