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By Melwelly
Taken at a 1940ís event

Tags: 1940s weekend Portraits and people

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pamelajean Plus
14 1.4k 2161 United Kingdom
16 Sep 2019 10:16PM
These re-enactors are very good, as is all the gear in the background.
You captured the man with a relaxed attitude and yet a serious expression.

This was taken at an outdoors event and, although there was some cover, the light was strong at that time of the morning, and intruded in some areas.
The part back of a chair, bottom right, is an unfortunate intrusion and because it has caught some of that strong light, it is a big distraction.

I have removed it in my modification. I also cropped, removing some "dead" space from the left and a bit from the right, ending with a square frame. I also made a slight adjustment in contrast and colour.

A good bit of history portrayed and some strong atmosphere created here.

Robert51 11 7 107 United Kingdom
17 Sep 2019 8:08AM
Great shot and I can only echo Pamela's advice above.

Always look over your image to check nothing draws the eye away from the subject. If it does either one it down or remove it.
capto Plus
8 6.4k 21 United Kingdom
17 Sep 2019 8:28AM
Love the shot and have done a mod with a faded colour look.
paulbroad 13 131 1289 United Kingdom
17 Sep 2019 9:44AM
My kind of shot and very well done. You can always play with composition and burn/dodge tools, but each end product becomes a different image. I would be entirely happy wit this as presented, and it's sharp. I would have been at ISO 400 to get a faster shutter speed as insurance

No unit badges? So not fully accurate, but at that age, he would have to be home guard and mid to late war. Sten guns were not issued to home guard until later in the war.

banehawi Plus
16 2.3k 4169 Canada
17 Sep 2019 1:34PM
Excellent shot. Face is sharp and well detailed.

White balance set manually has this looking a little too warm/yellow for me, so the mod has it closer to daylight than cloudy,

Ive replaced that bright arm rather than close it out, and some minor tweaks.

Well done


dudler Plus
17 1.3k 1717 England
17 Sep 2019 2:26PM
Welcome to both Ephotozine and hte CRitique Gallery, Melanie.

In the Gallery, you won't get votes or awards, but you wil lget the sort of detailed feedback you can see above. If you can tell us what you wanted, and whether you're happy with the result, we can target the comments better.

Clearly, with a D-810, you take your photography seriously: I'm guessing that you may be a pretty advanced worker... The more you say, the better.

My only thought is that f/10 has led to rather a slow shutter speed - I'd be inclined to open up a bit, blurring the background a touch more. I'd also frame a little less centrally - mod coming. But we all catch ourselves out with the odd untweaked setting from a previous shot, especially if we're grabbing an image in a hurry!

Really nice work.
dark_lord Plus
16 2.7k 700 England
17 Sep 2019 8:17PM
Welcome from me too.

These events are great for people photography and it's easy to get carried away and find you have nnoying intrusions like the brightly lit chair creeping into the frame. Most reenactors are happy to pose and will adjust their pose if you ask politely andperhaps explain what you're after.

f/10 has given very good depth of field, which is nice to see as we can appreciate the detail of all the elements, but I'd have been looking to use f/5.6 so a sharp subject stands out agains a supporting backdrop.
paulbroad 13 131 1289 United Kingdom
18 Sep 2019 10:17AM
I know willie will disagree, but for general shooting I always use Auto WB. It is usually right, especially in mixed lighting, and is easily corrected later, even on a JPG.

18 Sep 2019 7:59PM
Thank you all, I need to learn to look at all details as I take the picture. I must learn to be brave and ask to move bits out of the way. Yes I enjoy my photography and my camera, still have lots to learn. I shortly in raw and had already done modifications, the light was very bright should have thought about the exposure. I know that at the time I think because itís raw it can be sorted afterwards, thatís not always easy to do, thank you
dark_lord Plus
16 2.7k 700 England
18 Sep 2019 8:29PM
Thans for your reply, getting a conversation going is good, so we know if we've been helpful.

Just a note about RAW, it gives more flexibility and you can make more and bigger adjustmwnts before getting image degradation.
Nothing wrong with jpgs as such and i know Paul is a fan. Well exposed, not a problem.

Even with RAW it's always best to get as good as you can in camera, so there's less work to do on the computer. As a very simple example, moving a metre to the left or right to improve composition takes a couple of seconds as against a couple of minuites in software. I know that's nothing to do with RAW but I hope you get my drift.

You can always shoot RAW+jpg.

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