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THE ELDER STATESMAN

By brian7d
this was taken at tutbury castle on one of there renacter weekends, i just thought this guy would make a good portrait, his face say it all for me ,iv just darkened the backgroud down a bit

Tags: Portraits and people

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21 Oct 2013 2:31PM
Outstanding portrait showing great character.Tongue

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mrswoolybill Plus
9 839 1371 United Kingdom
21 Oct 2013 2:53PM
That's a strong gaze, the camera doesn't intimidate him. Good to have him looking over his glasses.
I'm assuming that you used a tripod (if not you have a very steady hand at that focal length!), but there's some softness - I would expect f8 to give a bit more precision in the beard? It may be subject movement or it may come from the processing, do you use Silver Efex Pro?
Good work with the background, but watch out for pattern repeats when cloning! There's just a wee bit of a light halo in places around the subject - particularly around the brim of the hat and down his right (left to us) side. That's fairly easily sorted.
I'm also wondering if you strayed over the edge of his face on the left, there's an odd patch where his ear should be. I can't quite work it out...
Moira
banehawi Plus
11 1.3k 3347 Canada
21 Oct 2013 3:24PM
Shutter speed is way too slow for the focal length. Image needs to be sharper as a result. Theres a lot more than background darkening done in this shot, and, as above, much of it not done well.

You can do better than this.


regards


Willie
mrswoolybill Plus
9 839 1371 United Kingdom
21 Oct 2013 4:09PM
I had to go out unexpectedly, I've now uploaded a Mod. Here's what I did:
Reinstated his missing ear (by flipping the image and cloning in from the other side of the face); got rid of the halo round the hat and shoulders; got rid of the cloning pattern repeats in the background and blurred an area that was sharper than the rest; did some dodging and burning on the eyes to give an impression of greater sharpness; added a bit of Unsharp mask.
If you fiddle with pictures you have to remember - the devil's in the detail!
Moira
21 Oct 2013 5:56PM
What a great face!

Jude

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