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User_Removed 12 398 6 United Kingdom
27 Aug 2010 3:35PM
knew this was yours Wink
love this, lighting is wicked
looks a tad hot but on a cheapo monitor at mo
well done

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paulbroad 10 123 1238 United Kingdom
27 Aug 2010 3:37PM
I am a bit suprised here - everything suggests a superb male portrait initially, then you realise that there is little tone in the forehead or upper cheaks. I think there should be.

No idea what the bleach bypass process is in digital terms, but that may be what has bleached out the highlights. Used to use etch bleach in the wet darkroom, but that was rather different.

Richsr 11 91 223 England
27 Aug 2010 3:42PM
Like the lighting in this, well worth viewing large for the rugged detail.
Well worked.
Regards Richard
Geraint 11 715 34 Wales
27 Aug 2010 3:43PM
Thanks guys. Yes the original portrait looks very different! The bleach bypass method sort of 'bleaches' everything, hence the overexposure, and also increases contrast, desaturates and adds a sort of sepia toning.
W1ldside 8 29 United Kingdom
27 Aug 2010 3:52PM
Agree with the slight over exposure to forehead but do like the end result and it's odd how the heavy brows concentrate the eye contact even though there is a lack of detail and lighting in them?
Nice work all the same
Regards Rick
arhb Plus
10 3.4k 68 United Kingdom
27 Aug 2010 5:04PM
I like this Geraint - enough so to go off(cyber-style) and find out about the 'bleach bypass' method, or the photoshop equivalent.
Large version worth looking at to see the contrast better.
alecs 11 1 Wales
27 Aug 2010 5:36PM
Excellent portrait and on my moniter at least I can see tone and detail on the forehead and like the overall mood.
Tonyd3 Plus
13 1.1k 18 United Kingdom
27 Aug 2010 6:26PM
Looks like an Actors Portrait, i like the bleached effect adds a gritty / criminal look to it.

SteveCharles 15 2.3k 18 England
27 Aug 2010 8:58PM
I saw this in the tell it like it is group, but I can't fault it personally so I'm commenting here!

I love it. It's the sort of effect I've been experimenting with recently, but the 'hard way' in PS using blend modes & such, is this a one-hit action in Color FX, or is there a bit of further tweaking involved?
Geraint 11 715 34 Wales
27 Aug 2010 9:17PM
Thanks for the comments. I'm sorry to tell you Steve it's pretty much a click of a button in Color FX! I downloaded the trial versions of all of NikSoftware's plugins, hoping to emulate them in Photoshop. I really couldn't get close to this effect - I used a mix of masked curves, desaturation etc but couldn't quite get the contrast I wanted. This is the default setting but with slightly less global contrast and a bit more saturation.

NiKSoftware's stuff is fantastic. Expensive but so useful - (the noise reduction Define 2.0 can be a lifesaver!).
SteveCharles 15 2.3k 18 England
27 Aug 2010 11:06PM
Geraint, I've uploaded this , which is my take on a similar style I guess but using PS.

The Nik software is expensive but I keep seeing great examples of work done with it. I find it hard to justify the expense when similar can be achieved in PS and NX2, but these ease of of 1-button editing is vary tempting.
Geraint 11 715 34 Wales
27 Aug 2010 11:17PM
I'll be over to comment in a sec. I ummed and aaahed for ages over whether to buy it or not. I suppose the main question is how long do you want to spend working on an image? The software cuts corners, but without compromising quality. I guess that's why it has such a price tag. One positive I've found is that since it's quite easy and fast to edit photos in different ways I've edited some photos from shoots to show clients how different they can look, and I've found that quite a few of them buy extra photos. Granted it'll take a while to recoup the cost, but it's always great to see that people like what I've done. Nik Software's stuff is very intuitive. They should pay me for writing this stuff, seriously...
Geraint 11 715 34 Wales
27 Aug 2010 11:18PM
Just seen the HC - thank you Pete!!
stix 13 924 87 United Kingdom
28 Aug 2010 12:03PM
HI Geraint
interesting to read about the software, i'll have to have a play too.
I like the way it really pops out at you.
A couple of niggles, well you knew there would be Smile
For me he is just trying just a bit too hard to be moody, so I don't feel like it's real. I can sense the photographer giving direction 'give me moody'.
While his face is nicely toned, his ear seems to be a rather pink, if this were mine I'd try and match the tones of the face. I don't want to notice his rather puffy ear.
Well done on the HC.
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
29 Aug 2010 2:20AM
Excellent portrait.........Sandy
tigerminx 13 237 South Africa
29 Aug 2010 7:54PM
Super portrait, nice contrasty light. Well done.

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