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Dave in the kitchen

By lunevalley
Trying to capture a mood, and I liked the light entering the room.

Not digitally enhanced

Tags: Portraits and people What is a receipe

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NDODS 10 5.2k 127 United Kingdom
15 Sep 2012 2:22PM
A great capture using the very best of this wonderful natural light.

lunevalley 11 1 United Kingdom
15 Sep 2012 2:55PM
Thank you, for taking the time to view my pictures, and your kind comments,
paulbroad 13 131 1293 United Kingdom
15 Sep 2012 5:39PM
The idea is good but there are just too many burnt out highlights. You needed a lot less exposure to getsome tone in those areas, but then the shadows will block up a lot. Almost outside your sensors dynamic range I suspect. Could try the correct exposure for highlights and some flash fill.

iancrowson Plus
11 215 168 United Kingdom
15 Sep 2012 5:42PM
Yes a really good image which does capture the mood. The high lights on his arm and hair are burnt and lost due to over exposure. It was a difficult scene to expose correctly due to the dark shadows and very bright highlights. There are a couple of things you might have done. a. Reduced the light source from the window with say a net curtain or b. shot in RAW with a little less exposure and the RAW conversion would allow you recover more shadow and more high lighted areas. With RAW more actual detail is recorded by the camera. Your camera will have a dynamic range setting intended to help with problems found in this photo, Proper HDR would probably spoil the mood of the photo.
It a good image and great composition and really I'm just nit picking about burnt highlights.
iancrowson Plus
11 215 168 United Kingdom
15 Sep 2012 5:43PM
I've done a mod which lightens the shadows just a little but I could not recover the highlight detail.\
Focus_Man 11 481 631 United Kingdom
16 Sep 2012 9:07AM
A nice simple composition, but somewhat spoiled by the burn out. Another option to add to those above is to expose for the highlights and use fill in flash. That is usually my method forf frealing with such things.

alistairfarrugia 8 164 88 Malta
16 Sep 2012 1:25PM
Some other things that weren't mentioned include a) the weirdly shaped shadow on the book, b) too much detail in the background (handbag, clock, violet image, burnt out window behind person's head) and c) vertical lines not truly vertical, some rotation might help.

If I really had to nitpick further, I think the vertical line going through the person's head would cost you marks in a competition. Apparently it's considered bad technique.

Regardless, the idea behind this shot was very good, so kudos on that. I like the man's posture and expression. I think you should dedicate some post-processing time to this to get more out of this image.
banehawi Plus
16 2.4k 4237 Canada
4 Sep 2013 1:31PM
This is a perfectly fine snapshot Keith. A domestic scene which Im sure is an amusing one for you and anyone in the family. I like the pose, I like the clock in there for the time.

If you want to learn from it, - and we will assume you do as youve posted it for critique, theres a lot of learning opportunities here.

The major take away, as has been referred to above, is "blown highlights". This means areas so bright they are beyond the camera ability to record detail, so theyre just white. So the think to learn here is, NEVER take a shot like this with direct sunlight coming through the window. The light has to be soft, and diffused, so a light cloud cover, a window covering, all would contribute to lessening the brightness, and improving the outcome.

Next, - if you look carefully, you will see that the verticals in the shot, the door on the left, the wall on the right beside the clock, - these are all converging as you move down the image, and doverging, - moving apart as you view from bottom to top. This is due to the fact that using a wide angle lens, you tilted the camera upwards. You might have done this to include the clock, but, you introduced this keystone effect. Better, if space allows, to move back and hold the camera levele with the floor as a reference, or, take the shot from a higher viewpoint, - such as stand on a small stool or the like. become aware of the distortion by looking through the viewfinder, and deliberately tilting the camera up and down, and you will see the dramatic changes; then find the middle, where the distortion is least.

The rest of the scene contains objects found in any kitchen, and provide a sense of place, so since its not a posed portrait, theyre fine.

Theres noting to do with this in post processing doe to lost detail. I did straighten the vertical a little in the mod.

But its one for the family album.

Hope this helps,



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