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looking skywards

By brian7d
thias was taken at a 1940s weekend , i just thought he was looking for spitfires, i turned it to mono to give it a nice feel

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mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1928 United Kingdom
5 Oct 2013 9:37PM
There's a nice contrast in the angles and the expressions, tightly contained within an almost claustrophobic-feeling frame. Good timing and composition.
It looks as though you've isolated the faces, presumably to replace or simply blur the background, and it's left a hard outline around the background profile in particular. That needs softening a wee bit, otherwise it looks like a cut-out. Otherwise good - and a really satisfying, atmospheric b&w conversion.

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Sooty_1 7 1.5k 221 United Kingdom
5 Oct 2013 9:53PM
As above.....good "feel" to it, but more care with selections. Not sure about the cigarette either, it stands out too much, probably due to the aforementioned.

Unfortunately for him, the Hauptsturmfuhrer has lost his "Totenkopf" (death's head) insignia from his cap!

mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1928 United Kingdom
5 Oct 2013 9:55PM
Mod uploaded - I was looking at that cigarette, thinking it looks fake... So let's try without it.
These events fascinate me, I have never quite understood them. I bet these are insurance brokers or dentists in real life...
6 Oct 2013 8:46AM
This has a wonderful feel and quality to it and a slight air of menace.

Great positioning/comp too.

paulbroad 10 123 1240 United Kingdom
6 Oct 2013 9:32AM
This is excellent. My kind of strong portrait with loads of instant impact and the ideal subject for mono. An excellent conversion too. The cigarette is a sign of those times. Leave it just as it is.

An absolute winner.

mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1928 United Kingdom
6 Oct 2013 12:27PM
No objection ethical or otherwise to the cigarette per se, it's the way that it narrows slightly and then widens and grows out of the upper lip, rather than going into the mouth - that's from the way it was isolated from the background.
mike0101 Plus
13 27 3 United Kingdom
7 Oct 2013 11:32AM
I would shorten the fag; will make it less prominent and more realistic too. Also the officer's left (from our view) eye is a bit dark? Otherwise very good and glad you're not afraid of juxtaposing 2 different subjects.

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