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By IshanPathak  
Pretty happy with the background. This was taken in the afternoon, and the sun was at its finest. But i tried to careful about that. I placed him in a shady area, in such a way that a hint of light was falling on his face to ensure that the image didn't turn out to be underexposed ( i hope it isn't Blush)

I tried for a manual focus, to get sharp focus on eyes but i can't understand it. If i press the button for focus, it sort of zooms in gets blurred and thats it.!
So i decided against for using Manual focus unless i get a solution on how to use it.!

This angle was intentional ( wanted to try something different ) and there was no cropping done.

I tried to be careful to not to include trees with spaces in between in the background, as they all appear blown away in afternoon. I know it would have been out of focus, but still a distraction. But i think the left one which i couldnt have excluded is not as much of a distraction, is it?
Its really strange that a bit of his hairs appears white. I may have missed it while shooting, but in other pictures, his hair is fine!

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TanyaH Plus
16 1.3k 395 United Kingdom
2 Apr 2015 2:58PM
Hi Ishan, nice to see you uploading again Smile

I love the background here - I think it's beautifully blurred and provides a lovely backdrop to this portrait.

Regarding the manual focus on your camera, I can't help you there as I don't know which model it is? Or is it a camera phone? It sounds like it didn't switch to manual focus for whatever reason, and the zooming in bit sounds like the autofocus trying to take over ... don't know on that score, obviously, so maybe someone else will be able to help there.

Moving the guy into the shade was the right thing to do, as it's given you a lovely even light across his face. If anything, I'd say in your desire to not underexpose the image, you've actually gone a fraction too much the other way and it appears to be a little bit overexposed on my screen. I'm looking particularly across his nose area and I am talking a tiny bit - literally less than 0.5 over. I don't know how that will appear on anyone else's monitor, but that's what I'm seeing here.

I've done a very quick mod where, as well as taking the exposure back a fraction, I've also adjusted your colour balance a little too. Although I really like the warmth of the tone, I think that the greens of the background are a little too bright, so I've reduced saturation in the greens and the yellows to -25.

I know you chose not to crop the image, but I have done - just in from the right hand side a little. I also sharpened a bit using Smart Sharpen.

Oh, and the little bits of white hair? I don't think he's gone prematurely grey - I think it's just the sunlight catching and reflecting back from that lovely glossy blackness Grin

Hope you like the mod - it's quite subtle, and perfectly fine if you don't think it adds anything to your original image Smile

Tanya

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2 Apr 2015 3:07PM
you have achieved good light its even across the face Ishan the background it thrown out nicely providing a pleasing Bokeh I would have cloned the bright spot in the background other than that its fine. As for the focus as Tanya has says as the lens was hunting I think it had not switched to manual. Your lucky to have a good friend who will pose for you as most run a mile at the suggestion.

Very Best

Graham
IshanPathak 5 202 12 India
2 Apr 2015 3:12PM
Thank you Tanya for your comment and mod Smile

Its really strange, but i didn't find the nose part over. And it may be due to the fact that my laptop monitor is not properly calibrated. I have always thought to do it one day or other, but never got round to do it actually! Blush

Regarding the green part, yes i have always overdone that green Grin.

Your crops looks excellent. It just takes the impact of the image to a whole new level.

I really like the mod. I have always preferred subtle images, and yours looks perfect.

Is there any way to get that white part corrected. Its doesn't look good to me Sad

Also there has been a question which i wanted to ask but forgot to mention..Is the focus proper? I wanted a proper focus on the eyes, and it looks ok to me. But i would really like everybody's opinion on it.
IshanPathak 5 202 12 India
2 Apr 2015 3:15PM
Thank you for your comment and mod Graham Smile

I should have cloned it out myself, but i have no proper PP software in my laptop other than Picasa, so it was not possible.


Quote: I think it had not switched to manual


I didn't get that. I'm sure that i had switched to manual focus.
PranavMishra 7 52 17 India
2 Apr 2015 3:17PM
a pleasant portrait with a pleasant smile..
TanyaH Plus
16 1.3k 395 United Kingdom
2 Apr 2015 3:37PM

Quote:I should have cloned it out myself, but i have no proper PP software in my laptop other than Picasa, so it was not possible.

Other than moving position at the time of taking, which could have introduced different 'hot' spots of white in the background, the only real way to remove this without affecting the rest of the image is to clone it out. Which your software on your laptop won't let you do, unfortunately. I'd suggest you live with it - in all honesty, it doesn't drag the eye away that much at all. The rest of the image, and the strength of the face, is good enough and as irritating as you find that one white spot, you'll probably find that many others won't even notice it Smile


Quote:I didn't get that. I'm sure that i had switched to manual focus.

Which camera are you using? If you let us know the model (i.e. a Sony 'what'?) someone may be able to give you the info you need re the manual focus on that particular camera model.


Quote:And it may be due to the fact that my laptop monitor is not properly calibrated.

Ah, now there's the constant problem with how we see images on our own monitors, as opposed to how others see them on theirs. Calibration is probably the most frustrating part of all ... I've just done this on the two monitors I use, after realising that the one I was editing images on was lighter than the one I use to view the stuff here most of the time. It's not ideal, but as a step forward have you tried using the operating system's own calibration method? (For example, for Windows it's usually located deep within the Control Panel, under Screen resolution, and then in the Advanced settings.) It's nowhere near as good as, say, using a dedicated calibration tool but it'll help probably. Be warned though, once you start messing with the settings, it can be difficult to get it back to what it was!

Alternatively, scroll right down to the bottom of the EPZ website, to the gray bar at the bottom, where you should see a little horizontal grid of grey squares - use that in conjuction with your laptop's brightness and contrast sliders so that you can at least see all 16 different shades of grey.
IshanPathak 5 202 12 India
2 Apr 2015 3:40PM
I use Sony DSC HX9V..


Quote:once you start messing with the settings, it can be difficult to get it back to what it was!


Precisely why i keep holding that off! Grin

I cant see the first 3 shades, they appear as one bar.
TanyaH Plus
16 1.3k 395 United Kingdom
2 Apr 2015 4:00PM
Each square should be a separate shade to the one next to it ... even if the two at the extreme left and the two at the other end on the extreme right are really close in tone, you should still be able to see a degree of separation, even a subtle one, in all 16 separate boxes.

If the first 3 shades are appearing as one bar on your laptop, that would suggest to me that you're not seeing a full tonal range on your laptop.

If you do decide to play with the brightness and contrast controls on your laptop, write down first what the settings were at before you change them. That way, if it all goes horribly wrong, you'll be able to get back to what you had before you fiddled, and at least you'll be no worse off Grin
banehawi Plus
15 2.2k 4049 Canada
2 Apr 2015 11:39PM
Ishan, if youre on a laptop dont bother, - close to impossible to calibrate.

This is a very good shot. Detail is great, exposure looks very good, nice and sharp.

Its likely the white hair is light being reflected, - or hes starting to turn grey very young!

Graham has dealt nicely with the white spot on the left that is distracting, - you can clone over it easily. With bokeh, you can, and do get what are called specular highlights, bright spots; normally very desirable, but this is too large.

Regards


Willie
banehawi Plus
15 2.2k 4049 Canada
2 Apr 2015 11:52PM
Loaded quick mod. Cropped at an angle to have his head tilted a bit; increased exposure; sharpened eyes, and lifted shadow detail (brighter eyes). Removed a couple of small skin blemishes; decided to remove that branch on the left completely.


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IshanPathak 5 202 12 India
3 Apr 2015 3:04AM
Thank you for your comment and mod Willie! Smile

Your mod, as usual, looks splendid. Did you remove that branch by cloning? The image look really better without that branch.


Quote:Its likely the white hair is light being reflected, - or hes starting to turn grey very young!


Well i don't think that he is turning prematurely grey, because as i said, in other shots his hair looks fine. Is there any way to remove that?
paulbroad Plus
12 131 1286 United Kingdom
3 Apr 2015 7:13PM
You are missing something on the manual focus front. You shouldn't be in reading buttons as such but you are using a compact, so manual focus in the classical sense may be difficult or near impossible.

Use focus lock. Place the focus point on the eye, half press the shutter button causing the camera to focus. Keep the pressure on the shutter button to hold that focus point, recompose and complete the pressure to take the shot.

This is quite good. Looks sharp enough to me and I like you tight composition. Cropping the top of the head is totally acceptable.

A nice portrait.

Paul
IshanPathak 5 202 12 India
4 Apr 2015 11:43AM
Thank you for your comment Paul Smile


Quote:Use focus lock. Place the focus point on the eye, half press the shutter button causing the camera to focus. Keep the pressure on the shutter button to hold that focus point, recompose and complete the pressure to take the shot.


I always do that. But i really wanted to try Manual Focus..

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