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Old Boy.

By paulbroad  
Seeing as I often appear to knock mono, I've put this one up for comment. After many years of having to work with mono in both my job and as a hobby, I now swing to colour, but do agree sometimes mono can add mood. But where do you show it?

On the wall, or in exhibition, but otherwise all media is in colour these days and even news papers will show colour if they can - not mono for effect.

A grabbed candid on Bridlington sea front. Local amusement worker having a minute and a chat.


Tags: Mono Man Beard Rest Converse Portraits and people

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Robert51 10 7 90 United Kingdom
7 Sep 2017 2:40PM
I love images like this Paul and b&w always works well on old men's faces. When I start photography a long back a friend told me remove the colour and people start looking at the subject. As we all know some images just have to have colours and lots of it...

The mod I have played with the light a little, also some doge and burning. Hope you like it.

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Very nice portrait.The lead version is my choiceGrinGrinGrin
banehawi Plus
15 2.1k 4036 Canada
7 Sep 2017 5:52PM
Its a good shot. There are entire image web sites dedicated to mono; Flickr sections that are mono only; magazines for mono shooters; photo galleries that are entirely mono; cameras made for only mono shooting.

Lots of interest in mono outside of news media. And this shot is one reason why.
TanyaH Plus
16 1.3k 395 United Kingdom
7 Sep 2017 6:28PM
Yep, that works. It's not what I'd personally call pure mono anyway, because of the slight warmth to it. One thing I do want to do, though, is to get rid of that white line down the right hand edge - it looks like he's got a pole up the back of his coat!

But characterful faces like this is what mono is perfect for.
dark_lord Plus
15 2.3k 591 England
7 Sep 2017 8:32PM
I can see why you go for colour Paul, but this is a great subject for mono.
Mono does have a following as has been said, maybe not mainstream but it's there.
I'd add music videos to Willie's list too, where mono is used here and there, sometimes for effect sometimes for mood (but then that's how we use mono in photography isn't it?).

That area in front of his eyes and mouth is the bit that's annoying me because it's so close to his fae where the viewer concentrates thier attention.
I'd dismissed the pole as just incidental to the scene but now it's been mentioned I notice it more, and with that wrinkle in his jacket it really does look like it's been shoved up there. Thank you Tanya!

A nice character portrait all said and done.
dudler Plus
16 950 1521 England
7 Sep 2017 8:43PM
I'd go closer, and remove the white bar on the right. In fact, precisely as Tanya has done...

As you know, Paul, I love mono. Excellent characterful portrait, and technically very sound.

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