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The Violinist

By shykiwi2      
I was trying to capture the intensity of this young man as he played while trying to raise money for refugee children.

Tags: Black and white Portrait photography Children photography

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banehawi Plus
17 2.5k 4264 Canada
29 May 2019 10:31PM
This is certainly very sombre, and intense.

It can be a little brighter, - I cant tell for sure if youve painted black around him, but the player wont hurt being a touch brighter.

Ive done this in the mod, and also cropped to place him more to the left.


30 May 2019 8:21AM
Good photo. I've tried to make it even more intense... not really sure if I've succeeded, but see what you think anyway.
I made a Levels adjustment, cropped it to concentrate more on his face and his left hand, then added some grain.

dudler Plus
18 1.7k 1877 England
30 May 2019 3:08PM
Welcome to the Critique Gallery, Jo.

I like performance pictures, and I love intensity, and you've captured both here.

Wille and Alan have offered alternatives in terms of processing and cropping, and I want to focus on the camerawork.

You used spot metering and an auto mode, also you shot at f/11, despite fairly low light - could you tell us the reason for each of these choices, please? There may be perfectly good reasons, but they're not obvious to me at the moment. In particular, where did you take the spot reading, and did you lock the exposure between reading and shooting?

A lovely result, in any case.
paulbroad 14 131 1293 United Kingdom
31 May 2019 4:01PM
Not bad at all. just needs a lift on brightness. Spot metering and auto settings can be very dangerous in terms of correct exposure. Spot metering is only the most accurate system providing you meter from the correct tone - something approximating to an 18% grey calibration board.

mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.9k 2457 United Kingdom
1 Jun 2019 5:57PM
A warm welcome from me too. I'm a bit late here - can I suggest that Alan (whatriver… )'s crop is the way to go? It focuses attention on the heart of the matter, the triangle between eye and hands. I'm not sure that I would go in quite so close or add grain, but this is about intensity and a very intimate moment. I shall have a go...

mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.9k 2457 United Kingdom
1 Jun 2019 6:11PM
Modification uploaded. I cropped tighter though not as tightly as Alan, and lifted shadows slightly. Skin needs a hint of glow, think of him as being in the spotlight, surrounded by darkness...

I also lightened the right hand and toned down highlights on the left hand as there is an imbalance.

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