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Portrait of monk

By MarvKoon
This buddhist monk kindly accepted to be photographed.There was a strong sunlight at the back so I have tried to expose for the face, causing much of the background to be bleached out.So i've done a close crop on the face, and increased the contrast in post production

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NEWMANP 11 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
28 Jul 2011 10:53PM
hello.

i like the picture of the monk very much, the slight tilt of the head, the bright eyes, the limited depth resulting in a nice out of focus background all work very well. its not the taking, its the processing where there are a few issues.

all that processing particularly the crop which i guess was quite heavy, has created a few additional problems im afraid, particularly if you started with an 8 bit j peg and not a 16bit tiff.

the crop and contrast boost and i suspect secondary sharpening has resulted in blown highlights (overbright teeth with no detail and a bleached area of forehead) but more importantly clear signs of artifacts around the eyes and nose areas suggesting serious oversharpening. this is often a sign of the sharpening wand tool set to high. i say this as it looks very much like local sharpening.

its usually best to leave sharpening to the very last before use and apply sharpening on a seperate layer with smart sharpening so areas can be reduced by erasing or by reducing opacity to attain just the right amount of sharpening exactly where its required as opposed to the whole image. the blur and sharpening wand i find a little difficult to control effectively.

hope this helps
Phil

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