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Portrait in the woods

Trying to practise getting the tone and contrast right. Feedback welcome!

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banehawi Plus
12 1.5k 3532 Canada
27 Feb 2013 9:49PM
This is way better Simon, good job. Theres a slight glow from the hat in the whites, - easily dealt with. The off centre placement is nice, - though theres a touch too much room on the left, so just crop a little. The extent of the crop would be determined usually by what size you wanted to print it, so I will upload some variations shortly.



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8 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
27 Feb 2013 9:57PM
nice modern approach to portraiture, its amazing how many are taken horizontally when just a few years ago they would have been a rarity and almost exclusively been vertical.

i dont mind negative space, in fact im a big advocate of it, but i do think you could have moved around slightly to include slightly more on the right side and just a little less on the left.

the decision to go mono was a good one, it can turn a family shot into a serious image done well.
i think some bits are a bit over contrasty, the hat and the face is quite bright but a little work could put these to rights. if all else fails you could selexctively paint here and there with a black soft edge brush at a low opacity, done on a duplicate layer you can then tune to suit. its probably worth trying a few different channel mixes for the conversion to see if this is the best one you can get.

the eyes are nice and sharp and i love the way the hat frames the face

best regards
banehawi Plus
12 1.5k 3532 Canada
27 Feb 2013 9:59PM
The current crop Simon is ideal for A4. Ive uploaded two alternates.


paulbroad 9 116 1064 United Kingdom
28 Feb 2013 8:59AM
Nice high quality and well composed portrait. I have always generally prefered landscape portrait composition, even in the studio. The classic vertical composition is for the mantle piece or piano top. The mono conversion is first class and works, but I still like colour for my family shots. Too many years in a mono darkroom I suspect. Just shows what these little CSC cameras can do. He just looks a little apprehensive - a 'get on with it' expression.


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