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The Matriarch

By devlin
This one is from the Goa trip over the weekend, this old Matriarch of the family sells jewellery and trinkets with the whole family in tow, including daughter in laws, sons and grand sons and daughters..the look on her face despite her age is one of intelligence and knowledge...V2 is the original, V1 is the conversion using Silver Efex

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28 Mar 2011 5:00PM
Fine portrait - I find the mono a bit too 'Metallic' - would have liked to see a straight black and white conversion. A

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devlin 7 653 39 India
28 Mar 2011 5:28PM
Thanks Arthur, have uploaded V3 based on your suggestion with a red bias .
devlin 7 653 39 India
28 Mar 2011 6:01PM
Thanks Malc Smile
paulbroad 10 123 1238 United Kingdom
28 Mar 2011 9:11PM
V1 is the most impressive but hardly natural. It looks to have a very strange tonal range which I'm not sure about. If going for high contrast I would prefer a standard mono conversion, then boost contrast although your presented image is effective. The colour original is underexposed by about a stop at least and v3, the mono conversion, needs rather more contrast to give impact.

Jestertheclown 9 7.7k 252 England
28 Mar 2011 9:44PM
Hi Prabh,
As you point out, this lady's face could tell a thousand stories!
V1's too much for me. I find it looks overprocesssed. I like the coloured original but for me it has to be V3.
As Paul has said, it could do with a little more contrast but I think it works really well.

Philo 8 99 83 England
29 Mar 2011 7:08AM
Hi Prabh, V1 is certainly striking but I feel you may have got a bit giddy with the sliders in Silver Efex. Wink
The shot overall is not under exposed but she does need more light on her face. I wonder if fill in flash may have helped?
I have had a go at rectifying this in my mod and converted to mono using the channel mixers.
A good candid of a great looking character.
devlin 7 653 39 India
29 Mar 2011 8:29AM
Thanks Paul / Bren appreciate the feedback

Phil yes i think i may have got over excited with the sliders Wink. especially the structure one Grin..i think fill flash would have worked , the mod looks great thanks Smile
devlin 7 653 39 India
29 Mar 2011 10:04PM
Thanks Frank Smile
Devon_Wild 7 8 1 England
30 Mar 2011 8:01AM
Excellent images Prabh, a very wise old woman I am sure. I too think that V1 has been over worked a little. V3 for me......................Rob
devlin 7 653 39 India
30 Mar 2011 3:05PM
Thanks Rob Smile

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