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Some blacks and greys

By alakananda
This old chap sells food for the fishes of Naini Lake at Nainital, Uttarakhand (India).

Tags: Black and white Black white portrait

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debu 8 India
5 Mar 2012 4:15PM
Excellent image that works really well in B/W.

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mugshotmyk 6 3 9 United Kingdom
5 Mar 2012 4:24PM
In truth, though I like the picture, it would have had much greater impact had you bent low and took the shot upwards into his face. Having said that, I do believe you have a talent and agree that this is a good b+w image.
mhfore 11 6 176 England
5 Mar 2012 6:15PM
Hi Alakananda,

I have to agree with the above with regards to this image working in B&W and I think you have captured him very well. Personally I would have liked the highlights down a touch and the lines on his face enhancing more (see mod). I have probably overdone the mod but it will give you an idea of what I mean.

Well done Alakananda, good capture.

Take care

paulbroad 10 123 1244 United Kingdom
5 Mar 2012 7:18PM
This could have been superb, but you have quite a few blown highlights. The contrast is quite high - is it so in the original. I suspect some over exposure, but a correct exposure would have given you a very dark face. However, lightening shadows is possible, putting detail in highlights is difficult.

5 Mar 2012 7:45PM
Thanks Martin, Paul and Mugshotmyk. Martin the mod was fact I too felt the lack of lines on the face, but now I know how it could have been done.
5 Mar 2012 7:46PM
And thanks Debu for the appreciation.
DRicherby 9 269 725 United Kingdom
6 Mar 2012 11:04PM
This is a very nice shot except that overexposure has caused his beard and, to a lesser extent, the side of his nose, to turn into a solid block of white. I suspect that may have happened while you were adjusting the contrast after converting to black and white, since the scene doesn't seem to be particularly strongly lit. The shot would be even better if he was glancing up at the camera but it works well as you have it: I assume he's tending to his stall.

You can emphasize the lines on his face by sharpening. A general sharpening of the whole image will probably do the trick -- use unsharp mask, with radius about 0.7, clipping 0 and strength enough to have an effect but not so much that you get pixellation of his hair and haloes at high-contrast edges. If that doesn't do enough for his wrinkles, freehand select the area you want to work with, feather the selection by, say, 10 pixels and sharpen again with a higher radius, say 3 or 4. You'll probably need a much lower strength at the higher radius.

7 Mar 2012 4:31AM
Thanks a ton Dave!

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