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The Dark Side!

By paulbroad  
Another from my recent comic book visit. Possibly worth discussion. The hands are part of the story, but are very big and not fully sharp. The Emperor was busy controlling me - did he do a good job?

EOS7D with 18/250 Sigma OS at about 200mm. Outdoors with flash fill, ISO200. 1/250 @ f11. Some dodging and burning. background again thanks to Hubble.


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dudler Plus
18 1.7k 1877 England
14 Jun 2016 11:59AM
He is obviously not all-knowing, or he'd have spotted the thing with the hands!

In posing, bending elbows and wrists would have allowed the hands to be closer to his chest, so looking right: alternatively, an even longer setting of the lens (was this really shot at 200mm? It looks like 50mm or so to my eyes. Or maybe he simply has very big hands...

I wonder about having the hands higher, and on either side of his head, for a really spooky and controlling look (though maybe not faithful to the original?)
TanyaH Plus
18 1.3k 411 United Kingdom
14 Jun 2016 4:03PM
Logically, the eyes and brain know that the face is further back than the hands and so, I think, accept the lack of sharpness in them. They're a part of the story and in a way are the springboard into the rest of the image, because they're what's seen first then they're travelled up and into the rest of it.

For me, there's still some overly bright areas on the right hand hand (as it were) - his left, my right as I'm looking at it. Might not be possible to take that back any further without destroying the delicacy of the highlights, but worth a thought?

Other than that - you go to some odd things, Paul Grin
paulbroad 14 131 1293 United Kingdom
14 Jun 2016 6:25PM
I often think that the odd shows and events are the ones that produce the most interesting images. My better half would agree about odd things though! I'm pretty certain that I was a good distance away, but was shooting rapidly with a lot going on so may be mistaken.

I like to try and produce something different. With due respect to others, we see so many landscapes, seascapes, sun set and so on that they all begin to look the same.

mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.9k 2457 United Kingdom
15 Jun 2016 10:48AM
Fabulous pose. But for me this is a case where the 'Always focus on the eyes' mantra does not work. Those hands are in front of my eyes, they are where I am looking first, they are where the power is being exerted. I want to see that hand on the left sharp.

Did you take any shots focusing on the hands, I wonder? It's where I would have started...

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