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Man 2

By messhai
Another Man portrait! Sorry.. not too creative with titles! Haha! But it's yet another shot taken straight from a normal camera. No special lighting etc. I ran through Photoshop.. tinkered with it.. and well, ta-da, the end result. I would love to have a chance to play around in a real studio with all the gadgets and gizmos rather than going through Photoshop.. but hey, one day!

Hope you like it!

Smile Ade

Tags: Portraits and people

Voters: deltafour, face of fading youth, gajj and 20 more

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16 Sep 2004 11:25AM
This is superb! K.

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magda_indigo 14 418 England
16 Sep 2004 11:25AM
You can work with white and black reflectors, to diffuse light and/or shadows, but you did good, there is a nice mood in it, click (*:*)
deltafour 13 13
16 Sep 2004 11:26AM
Excellent result,I like it.
bigheart. 14 9 United Kingdom
16 Sep 2004 11:29AM
Excellent work.

tepot 13 4.4k United Kingdom
16 Sep 2004 11:32AM
perfect, love the expression and lighting.
croberts 14 2.2k 8 Ireland
16 Sep 2004 11:40AM
studio work requires a lot of effort before taking the picture. In P'shop theres lots to do after, unless you get a good image to start with!! both ways have their hassles. all that matters is the quality of final image. Dont get to caught up in the idea that it takes fancy gear to get good pictures, most studio work involves getting the light to look as natural as possible anyway! i like this photo by the way. clicked.

scotpics 14 23
16 Sep 2004 12:00PM
alzeepark 14 81 United Kingdom
16 Sep 2004 12:18PM
Stunning shot Ade, I think the empty dark area on the left really balaces out the image. it gives me the impression that the guy is in deep thought staring into an emptiness.
well captured.
Alan :O)
messhai 13 8 United Kingdom
16 Sep 2004 12:35PM
Thanks everybody for your comments!

Magda... what are black and white reflectors!? Probably cost too much for me! Just graduated.. currently unemployed! Haha! Any jobs out there for an engineer?! Tongue

Chris... you're right obviously! But I do have this picture of professional photographers with all their fancy equipment, strange terminology and technical know-how. And I just want to reach that level, I guess. But then it's the end results, as you say, which matters.

The original shot was taken in a restaurant so I had to remove the background.. AND the reflection from his glasses which was a bit of a pain! So, if you have, you may notice some unnatural bits/feel in his right eye spectacle area and also in his hair where I tried to blend it naturally with a black background!

Anyway, thanks again everybody! I hope to do more portrait shots as I do like capturing emotions on photo. Just going out stalking my next 'victim'! Haha!

Ade Smile
novocastria 14 102
16 Sep 2004 12:45PM
Very good portrait, Ade. It sounds like you've done a lot in PS too! Either way, it has produced a very good image. Well done.
ankita 13
16 Sep 2004 1:55PM
very nice portrait. lovely lighting and balanced shot. that face has got a weitage. Liked it.

gajj 14 32
16 Sep 2004 2:15PM
Well done, will get even better with above suggestions!
flossie 14 1.6k
16 Sep 2004 2:19PM
Excellent portrait. I love the crop and the lighting ...lovely effect of emerging from the shadows
shane 13 7 United Kingdom
16 Sep 2004 3:16PM
You're very good in PS and its the end shot that counts and this is great.


inkarts 14 61 2
16 Sep 2004 4:22PM
Good shot, glasses just right. john.
agmcbride 15 3
16 Sep 2004 5:07PM
Perfect portrait.

sugarbird 14 223 South Africa
16 Sep 2004 5:45PM
really good, the lighting is spot on, excellent work
reagrds Jill
messhai 13 8 United Kingdom
16 Sep 2004 6:50PM
Thanks Jill!

Went through your portfolio and I love it loads!!!! It's brilliant! For those who have not seen it.. have a look! She does cracking portrait shots! Smile

proz 13 205 United States
16 Sep 2004 6:59PM
Ade, your shots are superb!
whipspeed 13 4.2k 22 United Kingdom
16 Sep 2004 7:17PM
Excellent Portrait Ade, has a really moody feel to it, grat PS work.
paul_indigo 14 259 United Kingdom
16 Sep 2004 10:18PM
Good work.
Firebaby 14 1.2k Faroe Islands
20 Sep 2004 9:45AM
Wonderful Ade!!
magda_indigo 14 418 England
21 Sep 2004 2:50PM
Normally they are reversible, have come down in price tremendously, anythin white(paper, sheet, foam) can work for white, black velvet, crepe, painted cardboard, aluminium or kitchen foil makes a fantastc reflector, you can cover any shape with it... try the different effects on a person or object, you'll learn soooo much about light in less than an hour, you'll be surprised. Enjoy, lol, Magda (*_*)
messhai 13 8 United Kingdom
21 Sep 2004 3:21PM
Thanks! I think I get it.. LOL!

Smile Ade
rosie42 13 7 Australia
27 Sep 2004 10:33AM
Terrific portrait, Ade - well done. Really like the tones and the pose; the thoughtful gaze into the dark void ... nice work! *click*
Susie :o)
messhai 13 8 United Kingdom
27 Sep 2004 3:46PM
Thanks everybody!! Great to know that you all liked it and thanks for the advice! Now, all I need is a model for my next portrait shot!!!!

Smile Ade
carriebugg 13 65 England
20 Mar 2005 4:18AM
Fab lighting - even without reflectors!
Paul Morgan 17 19.1k 6 England
13 Sep 2006 7:38PM
Very nice portrait, great tones and composition.


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