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The Black Amish Man

By John_Muriel      
This image I kept it as original as possible, not much photoshop except that I used Overlay and Hard Light for special blending techniques when working with portrait images straight from camera raw and then opened it as smart objects.
The image s a combination of colour and black and white using the blend mode technique.

Tags: Colour Close-up Black and white Natural light Portraits and people

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banehawi Plus
18 2.9k 4334 Canada
1 Sep 2013 4:59PM
Hi John.

The image looks quite good to me. You have performed so much post processing thats its really not an image than can be critiqued in the normal sense. The result youve arrived at is the one you clearly wanted. So youre left with a like it or dont like it shot.

Its quite small here also and may be a site restriction. The depth of field is quite shallow at f/1.8, and its caused the nose to be out of focus, so I would suggest using f/5.6 and ISO 200.

Ive looked through your portfolio, and tough youve been a member since 2012, you appear to have started uploading yesterday? Did you clear out a previous set of shots?

Your shots uploaded today, - apart from this one that doesnt allow voting by design in the Critique Gallery, do not have the voting option enabled. You have to select this on the upload page, and also check remember my choice. Thats of course assuming you didnt disable voting intentionally.


paulbroad Plus
15 131 1294 United Kingdom
1 Sep 2013 5:18PM
Great possibilities but shadows possibly a touch dark and the depth of field is just too small. His nose is a very insistent out of focus blob and you needed it and eyes pin sharp for a male portrait. Up the ISO and the aperture to get that depth.

mrswoolybill Plus
16 3.5k 2564 United Kingdom
1 Sep 2013 5:35PM
You've managed to avoid the usual curse of portraits involving hats - shadows over the eyes. That's a big plus, because the hat adds character, style. I like the placement, slightly off-centre, again that gives a sense of quirky character.
As above - depth of field a bit too shallow, so the soft focus on the nose becomes distracting. But I like this a lot, looking at it I do feel I am talking to the man.
banehawi Plus
18 2.9k 4334 Canada
1 Sep 2013 9:36PM
Ive come back to this and uploaded a mod. Scroll up the page and click modifications. I thought that a full mono might be better than the mix; I cropped space at the top; framed to fet the image size back to site requirements.

I also reduced the shine on his nose.


2 Sep 2013 9:40AM
Thanks very much for your critiques and comments, i will take them all on board. i am here to learn from my mistakes and listen to all you pros.

I am learning from my mistakes. i really appreciate it

Many Thanks to all

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