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The Dealer

By ade_mcfade      
Original shot in the mods


Posted this on the main gallery and it got stuck at 5 clicks.

Thought I'd bung it on the CG to see what's wrong with it.

It's a shot taken at F16, ISO 125 1/200 sec.

Softbox above head height to the left of the shot and a umbrella to the right casting a fill light to that side

Model was well chuffed with it, I was happy, so just wondering what your take on it was

Ta

Ade

Tags: Mono Portrait Shades Black and white Martin Moody Blue channel Portraits and people Flash and lighting

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Paul Morgan 19 19.5k 6 England
31 Jan 2007 12:00AM
Very good Adi, I find the right shade could do with a small reflection though.

Paul
ripleysalien 14 1.2k 11 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2007 7:02AM
The big highlight on the lens is off putting,
Maybe its too well lit, a bit more shadow to beef up the image. Its neither high or low key.

Steve
User_Removed 16 239 7 England
31 Jan 2007 7:36AM
frankly nothing! funny place epz!

gerry
JohnHorne 16 1.0k
31 Jan 2007 9:15AM
Ade, I saw the previous post and was bothered by the huge white patch on the glasses. I was going to suggest reducing the brightness of it, but when I tried that myself it just became a distracting grey patch. Perhaps cloning some darker parts of the lens to remove or reduce the size of the softbox might help ?

A realise that a tog of your calibre will not have overlooked this, so presumably the white patch doesn't bother you. But since you ask why people didn't click ... well, that's why I didn't.

I like the image otherwise. The B&W conversion, detail, exposure, etc, are great.

John

PS. A pic that gets stuck on 5 clicks isn't necessarily bad. Well, that's what I keep telling myself, anyway.
RobinF 14 83 1 England
31 Jan 2007 9:28AM
5 clicks? How many views? I love this, what is the problem with the highlight on the right lens of the shades? It's obviously intentional...isn't it? I think it's very effective.

But, hey - I just got a lot of clicks (for me anyway) for a picture I don't like at all (not telling which one! Smile and only loaded due to pressure from family and friends......very subjective stuff photography!

regards

Robin
ripleysalien 14 1.2k 11 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2007 10:37AM
Have seen the color one and that works, I think its the lighting, on a male portrait needs to bee harsher,

Steve
Paul Morgan 19 19.5k 6 England
31 Jan 2007 12:44PM
Just came back to this one Adi, my first critique`s a little vague.

The only problem here is the lighting, and that one large reflection in the left shade.

That would probably look ok if the right side of the face was falling into shadow. But as it is looks a little odd.

For a picture like this I would have pulled the soft box in very close, getting nice reflections in both lenses.

On the other hand I might have used just the softbox, close but to the left or right throwing the opposite side of the face into shadow but still retaining reflections in both lenses.

Really I think you could have done without the fill light in this shot, think its made it less dynamic.

Paul
ade_mcfade 16 15.2k 216 England
31 Jan 2007 1:29PM
Cheers folks - valuable input all round there.

I made the softbox reflection a feature in this one, it was supposed to be an instant focal point, hence it being on the top left 1/3 instersectionj point.

May be a bit big for some tastes - yeah - I can see that now.

the lighting...

I did all the things you mentioned Paul - funny how we all think alike Smile

I had a shot with out any fill, it didn;'t work, though that may have been more about the pose.

What I may do is go back an burn the RHS on this one. May strenghten it a little.

Cheers y'all

Ade
JohnHorne 16 1.0k
31 Jan 2007 3:04PM

Quote:... made the softbox reflection a feature in this one, it was supposed to be an instant focal point ...


Well you succeeded there ! It raises the question in my mind though - is the picture about the softbox or is the picture about the sitter ? Judging from the title, it's about the person ... maybe you need to retitle it "The Softbox" to make it clear !

Wink
ade_mcfade 16 15.2k 216 England
31 Jan 2007 4:43PM
true Smile

I'll have a go at positioning the lights so there's no reflections next time - it'll be a good excercise.

thinking it'd be best putting the lights up VERY high... or maybe put the softbox to the very left of the sitter so the light never hits the shades.

so much to learn for a landscaper Smile
Paul Morgan 19 19.5k 6 England
31 Jan 2007 5:08PM
Burning the right side of the face a little could help, then maybe crop in a little to address the balance.


Quote:I'll have a go at positioning the lights so there's no reflections next time - it'll be a good excercise.


I think reflections in these sunglasses are necessary, would kind of look strange without them. Still a great lighting exercise for spectacle wearers though.

Something I do sometimes is to fix thin strips of material or bin liners across the softbox, the reflections then looks like window panes.


Quote:so much to learn for a landscaper


your doing really well.

Paul
ade_mcfade 16 15.2k 216 England
31 Jan 2007 5:32PM
Cheers Paul

like the tip on the grid effect over the softbox, or just a cross for those square windows

I need to get someone in lighter clothes - everyone wears black these days! Me included!
Paul Morgan 19 19.5k 6 England
31 Jan 2007 6:56PM
Lol, Rubber or latex
ade_mcfade 16 15.2k 216 England
31 Jan 2007 7:15PM
a combination of both is best Smile
ade_mcfade 16 15.2k 216 England
31 Jan 2007 8:12PM
new crop and bit of burning in the mods...
Paul Morgan 19 19.5k 6 England
31 Jan 2007 10:07PM
Looking better

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