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Something new...

By marktc  
Something completely out of my comfort zone and something I've never really tried before, but this character was one of the cast at Portsmouth's Victorian Festival of Christmas. He kept so still that it was difficult to tell if he was real, but real he was.

Thanks to all those that clicked or commented on my last upload, your support and comments were much appreciated.

I must say i'm terribly sorry for not having the time to check out your images, but I will catch up at the weekend.

Tags: Portraits and people Portrait b and amp w Victorian Festival of Christmas

Voters: SlowSong, dark_lord, taggart and 27 more

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SlowSong Plus
13 10.3k 30 England
6 Dec 2013 6:58PM
He's just right in mono, but more Something Old than Something New.
dark_lord Plus
18 2.9k 819 England
6 Dec 2013 6:59PM
Certainly looks the part. I'd like to see more of his hands, see what he's holding onto, a cane perhaps? Otherwise crop a little higher. Just thoughts, hope others will give their opinion.
Lovely detail and a stern Victorian expression. This could take a touch more contrast, with a lift to the tones of the face and torso.

taggart Plus
17 47 14 United States
6 Dec 2013 6:59PM
He looks very sad???
marktc 11 101 15 United Kingdom
6 Dec 2013 7:07PM
Hello Keith, thank you for your comments, yes he was holding a cane and i have a full version that I may well upload in the near future.
6 Dec 2013 7:15PM
Certainly different for you, Mark!
I like it. I agree with Keith about the hands, ( and I'd maybe crop a little from the top ) though perhaps not about the contrast as I think the softness of the tonality is very attractive. Warm-toned B&W, as here, takes some beating.
An interesting and worthwhile departure.

fazzer 13 54 7 United Kingdom
6 Dec 2013 8:07PM
Great beard on this character and excellent backdrop
Fefe Plus
10 73 41 United Kingdom
6 Dec 2013 8:15PM
Very different Mark..... I like the toning and the subject, great character and portait. He looks very ......dont know the word I am looking for, but I feel like I want to zoom in, maybe a closer crop?
The crop of the hands is not good for me, either closer or further would be goodGrinGrin
Nikonuser1 Plus
9 172 16 United Kingdom
6 Dec 2013 9:19PM
Certainly is different Mark, like it a lotSmile

achieverswales 11 8 101 Wales
7 Dec 2013 12:33AM
Reminds me of Isambard Kingdom Brunel with his hat, good capture and some good advice on offer Mark.


Irishkate 11 45 121 United Kingdom
7 Dec 2013 1:40AM
Reminds me of Dickenson characters - very sombre.
Hermanus 10 4 South Africa
7 Dec 2013 4:58AM
Well done Mark !! A super break away Smile
CarolG 15 199 20 Greece
7 Dec 2013 6:24AM
An excellent venture into something new, Mark Smile Carol
Tish1 Plus
9 32 5 United Kingdom
7 Dec 2013 2:09PM
Mono is perfect, it sets the scene giving it some age, as does the brick wall behind, so not sure about cropping too much off the top. The image is well focused, giving great light and shade.

In a book a book I have it talks about cropping people and says not to crop just below a joint i.e. wrists, so perhaps this image would suit cropping just above the elbow, or since you have a full version, give us the full Monty.

A well executed departure, something I would like to see more of, but please don't deny us your sea scapes.


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