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Sam II

By Philo  
It's Sam again from the McFade Training off-camera flash evening in an abandoned cinema. Lit by a single bare flash at the top of the steps. All processing done in Adobe Camera RAW to create this duo toned version. Original colour uploaded for comparison.
Looking forward to your words of wisdom.
Phl

Tags: Musician Black and white Saxaphone Portraits and people McFade Training Lyric Cinema

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The mono's better for me

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Richsr 13 91 223 England
27 Apr 2012 3:29PM
Colour version for Me Phil
Regards Richard
SueEley 13 279 96 Wales
27 Apr 2012 6:46PM
I keep looking at this - I know I prefer the colour, but I don't know why. Maybe it's just cos it is a cheerful image and looks good with warm tones. Think there's more space above his head than needed, though.
Philo 9 99 83 England
27 Apr 2012 8:25PM
Thanks guys, I prefer the colour but thought it was a good candidate for mono.
Phil
DRicherby 11 269 726 United Kingdom
28 Apr 2012 11:34AM
Nice one. His face looks a touch over-exposed to me and I'd prefer to see him farther to the right in the shot, since he's looking to our left and the extra stairs included would be more interesting than the floorboards lost. Being really picky, the hand holding the sax looks rather large and it might be better if he had his thumb underneath, with his fingers, rather than gripping the top. You could tone down the bright higlight in his ear, too. All minor stuff.

I've no strong preference between the two versions.

Dave.
Philo 9 99 83 England
28 Apr 2012 3:20PM
Thanks Dave, agree the hand doesn't look quite right. I had this shot composed with Sam looking at the camera but he turned to laugh at someone just as I took it. At least that's my excuse!
Phil
Jestertheclown 11 8.1k 252 England
28 Apr 2012 3:58PM
Hi Phil,
I think you'll get away with the 'laughing' excuse.
I also have no real preference for one over the other. Nor do I mind the position of his thumb. In fact I hadn't noticed it until Dave pointed it out.
What I did notice though and I could be in a minority of one here, is the position of his legs. He looks, to me, a little uncomfortable. I can't help thinking that he should have their positions reversed; his left one a step lower than his right.
Apart from that and that's only my opinion, I reckon there's not much wrong with it.

Bren.
Philo 9 99 83 England
28 Apr 2012 9:43PM
Thanks Bren, I hadn't really thought about his legs but I do see what you mean.
Phil

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