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By tom_earwaker
Tried to go for a cinematic style in this one, inspired by these guys https://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffkrol/ & http://www.christophersoukup.com/cinematic#cinematic-gallery-page.
Added a bit of a vignette, brightened the people and darkened the background a bit. Desaturated colours, played around with the curves of each colour channel, and brightened the blacks.

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paulbroad 14 131 1293 United Kingdom
16 Mar 2017 9:05PM
I would have liked this quite a lot, but the image is very washy indeed. I assume that is the desaturation but the final appearance is as an ancient Ferrania colour slide - little contrast. A step too far on this one for me.

Present it in full colour and with some strength - it is a shot that demands that.

Paul
dark_lord Plus
17 2.8k 784 England
16 Mar 2017 9:07PM
I quite like this, and it does have a cross-processed film look about it.
I have noticed movies can have this look even though they are shot on digital cameras these days, there's something about this sort of treatment.

As such, with your heavy processing (it's good to see you describe it, that's very helpful and interesting in the Critique Gallery) it has produced a specific look so it's hard to offer much help and advice as all we'll come up with is another interpretation.
So what we really wabt to know is has it achieved the look/mood that you wanted? If so, fine, if not, what do you feel is lacking?

You could have them all looking at the camera for a different feel altogether, for example.

One change I would make is a little change in position of you or the guy in the centre so that pole doesn't come straight out of his head. A small thing but once noticed it'd be better without.
mrswoolybill Plus
14 3.0k 2462 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2017 8:03AM
Interesting links, I enjoyed looking at those, thanks! This is closer to the second photographer, Christopher Soukup, in processing style, but if you look at his work he uses broad horizontal frames (generally about 2:1 and sometimes more extreme), with a lot of empty space, for the cinematic feel. Portrait as used her doesn't give that. If you are interested in pursuing the effect, think landscape format with a view to cropping a bit off top and bottom. Here I would look for a lot more space on the left for the lads to look into. Less space above.

Could be a very stimulating project... I hope we see more.
Moira
dudler Plus
18 1.7k 1879 England
17 Mar 2017 8:09AM
The colour is beautifully faded, like a teenager's hopes and aspirations...

There's no reason not to pick up cinematic 'looks' and use them for purely stills purposes, and that's what you've done here. At the same time, the low viewpoint gives the lads a little touch of the heroic...

Moira's compositional comments are spot on.

Nice work.
dark_lord Plus
17 2.8k 784 England
17 Mar 2017 7:32PM
No reason at all, well said John, inspiration and ideas can scome from anywhere.
I'd pick up on the cinematic theme and consider taking film and theatre lighting ideas across to still photography too. A bit of an aside here but one I feel worth mentioning. Sends some people into a wobbly if there's more than one light source in an image, like that never happens?
Having said that, perhaps I should try and do more myself Smile
18 Mar 2017 9:30AM
I've uploaded a mod with a wider crop, you're right that the portrait doesn't work very well for this style. The wider crop and the extra space does make it look more like a scene that you're observing rather than just an image of something. I'll have to experiment a bit more...
mrswoolybill Plus
14 3.0k 2462 United Kingdom
18 Mar 2017 1:29PM
Thanks for adding the broader view. I've had a bit of fun, trying to get some of Christopher Soukup's atmosphere if not his style. Tighter crop, a Levels tweak, I reduced saturation on reds, and added a heavy dark vignette for atmosphere.
dudler Plus
18 1.7k 1879 England
19 Mar 2017 11:39AM
Looking at this again (and my comment), I want to add that there's one element of Moira's text I don't necessarily agree with. Portrait format is fine - it's a different image, but that is OK. The cinematic look need not confine formats!

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