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Unstrapping the ex-champion

By Drummerdelight
I would like your opinion about the crop of this non-action box photo.
For some reason my preference is the 16/9 version. I did a 3/2 and a 3/4 version out of curiosity...
Previous I did post the color version , I can imagine that for some the colors add more to the real feel of the total atmosphere.

I do realise that there's not that much goiing on in comparison to my other Boxing pics I did post earlier, but somehow I'm pleased with the lighting and the composition - also the symbolic de-strapping of a champion knowing the verdict comming in moments to come...

Thanks for looking and your toughts
I included the original incase someone is tempted to experiment

Tags: Sport Action Black and white Boxing Black and amp white

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mikehit 11 8.0k 13 United Kingdom
15 Jun 2015 9:42AM
Despite the lack of 'action' there is still quite a lot going on and is dynamic in an understated way. This is very well seen and a shot I think some would sideline in the final edit.

I prefer the mono version because it really makes you follow the boxer's gaze and enhances the title of unwrapping the ex-champ; red is a very dominant colour visually and the gowns of the ringmen distracts from it

I also prefer the 16:9 verion as it enhances the lines of the boxer's arms and, again, the direction of his gaze.
PranavMishra 8 52 18 India
15 Jun 2015 10:28AM
fine shot..
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.4k 2289 United Kingdom
15 Jun 2015 11:01AM
Hi Guy, I've followed your boxing uploads and really enjoyed them. They capture the human story, as here. It's a sport that in principle I actively dislike - but I have photographed boxers in training and have great respect for the discipline that it brings to young people's lives.

This is an interesting one. First of all, colour or b&w, you did well to crop off that extra light at the top. But colour is really about the surface colour; b&w concentrates on the relationship, the emotion, on what is going on underneath.

The story pans out across the frame below. It starts with the Everlast padding, then moves through a background figure to the real interest. I'm seeing the trainer as a doctor, removing those bandages while the boxer looks on, gradually unwinding mentally, clearing his mind. The light on his face is so calm and serene, illuminating but not harsh. And the fact that we cannot see the trainer's face puts much more emphasis on his hands.

That's where I reckon the story lies. The detail on the left ultimately doesn't add anything except breadth of frame. So I cropped to square to contain the face and hands, and the diagonal of the arm.

I lightened quite considerably and added contrast. Then I converted in Nik Silver Efex Pro. I started off with the filmnoir1 preset for its toning, but then used a film effect, refined the grain and lightened the red channel. Oh and I set contrast at around 50%, brightness at 10%. I like the intensity that it gives.
ladigit 6 229 1 Ireland
15 Jun 2015 3:31PM
I really like the framing of this as it is - even in the thumbnail the light hits the subject really well, framed on either side by darker subjects who are all still a part of the story and legible.

I like your crop and prefer the 16:9 version - definitely suits the image in B&W as the focus becomes the mood and the action rather than the distracting colour.

The only thing for me is the B&W conversion seems to have resulted in a lot of noise - particularly across the middle of the photo and the main subjects back. I'm not sure what has caused that but I don't think it is as evident in the original.

It's a super shot, I really like it Smile
dark_lord Plus
16 2.7k 707 England
15 Jun 2015 4:19PM
I prefer the tighter crop of V2, it makes us more intimate with the moment between the boxer and his trainer.
The mono has more of the atmosphere than the colour, but as you were there you may consider otherwise. Often though, mono is seen as the more moody/atmospheric choice.

You have some nice light catching the boxer's face, which if it weren't there the image, colour or mono, wouldn't have the same impact or appeal.

Another thing the mono version reduces is the bright highlight from the referee. It's distracting in colour but acceptable in the mono as it's 'just another highlight'. Better if you could have avoided it but I appreciate you probably weren't able to move much!

I guess the noise is due to lightening the shadow areas as a result of your mono conversion, but it's by no means detrimental. Indeed you could accentuate it by adding noise/grain - think of classic sporting images especially those taken in low light ringside environments.

paulbroad 13 131 1290 United Kingdom
15 Jun 2015 4:21PM
Very nice and your mono treatment is ideal giving much more impact. My only gripe is that none of the faces are complete. The boxer is pretty close, and I would just like his full profile in frame. A fine technical effort, though.

mikehit 11 8.0k 13 United Kingdom
15 Jun 2015 5:44PM
Reading ladigit's comment, made me think of how the grain in film was used creatively to enhance emotion, and I think this is one shot where it may work (film grain having a different 'feel' to digital noise). Have you tried adding 'film grain' filter at low to medium level?
15 Jun 2015 5:47PM

Quote:Reading ladigit's comment, made me think of how the grain in film was used creatively to enhance emotion, and I think this is one shot where it may work (film grain having a different 'feel' to digital noise). Have you tried adding 'film grain' filter at low to medium level?
Hi, I must give it a try, It's not normaly my style but worth a try! Thanks to all guys & dolls for all comments and tought's! Guy

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