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By andreides
Budapest, Buda - Sculpture....
I think enough of this focal length portrait

Tags: Black and white Portraits and people

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banehawi Plus
15 2.2k 4093 Canada
27 Mar 2015 9:04PM
Welcome to EPZ Andreides, and to the critique gallery.

This is quite a nice shot. You have done some work on it to get a particular effect, apart from a conversion to mono I am guessing. Theres grain in the shot that would not be there at ISO 200, so it suggests post processing work.

Its almost an art piece, an could also be a little abstract in a way, though clearly a male figure. The background is well blurred using the wide aperture.

So its hard to critique for me as it is. It will be personal preferences for how its been reworked, and I would like to see it higher contrast, with blacks being black.

So, Ive uploaded what is really an interpretation that shows another style. Its not better, just different. Apart from a higher contrast, Ive applied some brush strokes to make it seem more like a painting.

Scroll up and click the modification tab to view.



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mrswoolybill Plus
13 1.9k 2163 United Kingdom
28 Mar 2015 9:27AM
Hi Andreides, a warm welcome from me. I hope you have looked around the site, there's a lot here. Articles, tutorials, reviews, plus a lot of great photography. I've learned a lot here just by looking.

Here in the Critique Gallery you forego votes in the hope of helpful critique. It helps us when you let us know what you are aiming for, and ask any questions you want to. With luck someone will have an answer!

This is right up my street, photographing sculpture is a passion of mine. And I suspect that another member, pamelajean, will arrive here in due course...

I have fond memories of Budapest as a very good place for sculpture. I don't remember this one though, it makes me want to know more. It's quirky and very individual, the little man against the world, it will rain wherever he stands in the world.

Photographing sculpture, for me, is about creating your own 2-dimensional work out of a 3-D work, and doing it in your own style, with your own observation, while being faithful to the character of the original.

With a single character, a single face, I would tend to start off treating it as you would a living portrait. Find the revealing angle, for the face to interact with the viewer; look at how the light and shadows reveal the structure; focus on the eyes, then consider how much more of the face you want in focus. Here I'm not sure where you actually focused but the whole face looks a bit soft, and the sculpting of the eyes doesn't shine through brightly as sharply in focus. I suspect that F2.8 at 105mm just didn't give sufficient depth of field, and that focusing was not precise enough. F5.6 would be my first port of call...

Two additional related points - if you are hand-holding, and lock the focus then recompose, remember that at such a large aperture even that small movement of the camera may well knock the focus.

Secondly make sure that you have the camera set to show only one focus point, and use it very carefully. At all costs avoid multiple focusing points - I may be wrong but I rather suspect their effect here...

I hope we shall see more of your work, and that you'll enjoy the site.
dudler Plus
16 1.1k 1598 England
28 Mar 2015 12:10PM
And welcome from me, too.

This is striking, and a fine picture. I do have one or two technical queries, though.

There are some wiry outlines to some parts of the picture - as if you have sharpened a lot. And there's a grittiness to the whole picture, as if you'd shot at rather higher ISO (I wonder if this is a crop from a much bigger frame?)

Neither is very prominent, and I wonder if both relate to the focus issue that Moira raises. A smaller aperture would have made perfect focus easier - but would have made the background less blurred. It's always hard to judge exactly what will be right...

I wonder about focussing technique - do you use a single, chosen focus spot for AF, or do you let the camera do its own thing? And, if you use a single spot, did you sway slightly while recomposing after locking focus? These things can sometimes account for slightly soft images at wide shooting apertures.

A gripping, questioning gaze. A good picture.
pamelajean Plus
14 1.3k 2116 United Kingdom
28 Mar 2015 1:16PM
Welcome from me, too, Andreides.

I saw this in the gallery yesterday but didn't have time to comment. Now, today, I find that most areas have already been covered by other commenters, and I hope you find the critique useful.

The first thing I noticed was the grain/noise, and I am wondering if you have added this for effect?
Mono was probably a good choice because I suspect that there wasn't much colour in your original.

I like your chosen subject and, as Moira says, I'm a big fan of sculpture. The face is very expressive, and you've added a comical element with your title.

It's good to go for close detail but you have left me wondering about the rest of the sculpture. I assume he is holding an umbrella, and am glad you included part of the hand, otherwise it would be even more intriguing.

I have been referring to your sculpture as male, but I am wondering if it is one of the "Women With Umbrellas" by Imre Varga in Obuda? See it HERE.


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