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Out of focus

By strawman
Playing around look for a new way of doing things, it is an experiment and I would love feedback, of any kind.

An experiment in playing with portraits, how much of the person do you need to convey a mood, how much need be in focus.

Small DoF set and focused on end of guitar to make the musician out of focus. Flash bounced from roof. Converted to B/W by removing Blue channel, and an aggressive contrast curve added. The added noise to simulate grain.

Tags: Critique Portrait Music Bw Musician Black and white Soft focus Portraits and people Flash and lighting

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User_Removed 18 524 England
2 Aug 2006 8:12AM
Classic shot John, and I'd say this is a very good attempt. Like the use of reduced DoF, and yes it does still convey enough mood. B&W conversion and contrast works well. Only question would be whether you want the head of the guitar in focus or his chord hand? May have more impact if his hand was in focus and the head was just out of field? Just a thought anyway ;o)

strawman 18 22.2k 16 United Kingdom
2 Aug 2006 8:25AM
Good point, I will give that one a go.

Thanks John
vaughar 17 242 United Kingdom
2 Aug 2006 11:01AM
I'm with Nik on that one, it's almost there but would work better if your point of focus was the same as the guitarists.
Paul Morgan 21 19.6k 6 England
31 Aug 2006 9:52PM
I actually like this one John, who said a portrait had to be in focus anyway. Works for me.

whipspeed 17 4.2k 22 United Kingdom
7 Mar 2007 11:11AM
I like this one John, I've been thinking of doing a similar shot of my son, who also plays guitar & this works really well.

14 Mar 2009 9:53PM
I think your model is extremely good looking Wink VOTE!
strawman 18 22.2k 16 United Kingdom
16 Mar 2009 5:54PM
Thanks Sarah , that was john in his pre-hair style days

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