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By jellylegs  
Hi. I saw this guy down town at the weekend. He saw me too & kept looking out over the top of his book. I had to wait a minute, as I wanted lots of people in the shot, but I didn't want anybody's eyes visable except his.

I know this selective colouring can be tacky, but I think it works here. I'd like to know what you all think.

1/30 sec @ f5.6.

Thanks for looking. As always, all comments (for/against) welcome.

Cheers, Trevor.

Tags: Portraits and people

Voters: paulppp, keithh, paulcr and 13 more

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paulppp 12 United Kingdom
29 Nov 2005 1:21AM
I agree about selective colouring. It works for me in few shots, but I like this, although perhaps the selctive colouring makes it look a little more posed....?

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keithh Plus
14 25.4k 33 Wallis And Futuna
29 Nov 2005 1:38AM
Very possibly the book may have been lost on a straight B&W, so click. I think for it to really work in mono, the shot would need to be cropped to the post on the left, leaving a clean street background.
paulcr 13 1.5k 9 Ireland
29 Nov 2005 1:43AM
Great work trevor. Unlike many I happen to be a fan of selective colouring, especially when, as is the case here, its done well and effectively. PAul
sevenoaks 13 1
29 Nov 2005 1:43AM
nice use of colour and b&w
jellylegs 13 59 Ireland
29 Nov 2005 1:45AM
Thanks guys.

@Keith->I thought the impact of the book was lost in b&w alright, & the book was the main point to the picture. I see what you mean by the post, but I felt that this showed him in context, as he was standing beside it & not in the middle of the street as such. I feel it also adds a sense of depth & tension. But I do appreciate your comments & hey, you're probably right!

andyr 14 37
29 Nov 2005 1:50AM
agreed - a clever and well spotted candid capture. (who says selective colouring is tacky?! - like paulcr says, when its used correctly, I too am a big fan of it!)

riprap007 13 1.6k 37 England
29 Nov 2005 2:30AM
good capture and use of selective colouring
pacman 14 29 Ireland
29 Nov 2005 2:44AM
i like it. i think i would have cropped the post also but overall i like it
billma 14 119 United States
29 Nov 2005 4:18AM
Not usually a fan of selective coloring but this works for me. Very interesting candid image.

29 Nov 2005 6:44AM
wow picture for me. the selective colouring is made for shots like this one. the photo works on different levels. It looks posed (know it isn't), which works for the photo (gives it a surreal feel). It could even be a still out of a thriller with those eyes peering out from over the book and especially that left hand in the jacket.
Btw, if you hadn't mentioned it in your description, I would have thought that he was a she.
30 Nov 2005 8:12AM
selective colouring works for me too.. and agree that the post adds to the tension of the image.. stops the eye from wanting to wander off.. I think you got this just right and the absense of othe faces adds to the drama.. an excellent image..

dusted 13 508 1 United Kingdom
9 Mar 2006 8:04AM
amazed I missed this quite frankly !!

nicely done sir Smile
vismaya 12 Ireland
3 Sep 2006 5:01PM
Very interesting capture, selective colouring works well here!

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