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Higgy & Dahlias

By oldbarrowboy
By window light I hoped to capture the character in his face.

Tags: Dahlia Portraits and people

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banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3880 Canada
21 Nov 2008 3:18AM
Welcome to EPZ Bryan, - and what a terrific image to start with.

Theres tremendous character in the face which youve captured very well with the window light.

I would suggest that the flowers are a distraction in this, and you would have a better image without them entirely. They have provided a nice focal point for him to look at though.

I have loaded two mods, both wit the flowers removed, - one colour, one a sepia monotone.
I have increased contrast, reduced saturation and red.

I hope you find this helpful, and I look forward to more of these great character shots.



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cats_123 Plus
14 4.8k 28 Northern Ireland
21 Nov 2008 7:30AM
one last drag!! Smile

great shot, well composed. I like the dahlias ins hot as it defines the concentration is his face
Robert51 9 7 69 United Kingdom
21 Nov 2008 10:59AM
Wonderful picture Bryan, I as like the dahlias left in as the give the reason the expression on the face. I have used the marquee tool to loop around the flowers to take the brightness and the colour saturation down to ensure the don't draw the eye away from the face....
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2016 United Kingdom
21 Nov 2008 1:54PM
Hello, Bryan, and welcome to EPZ. This image has a lot of strength, and I like the way the man is examining the flowers, the deep furrows in his brow, and his cigarette ash being about to fall off. Also, his hand on one of the flowers gives him an attachment to them. The light from the window is perfect on his face, nicely capturing his character, which is what you wanted, but a little harsh on the flowers, and this tends to bring the flowers into more prominence as the highlights immediately catch the eye. It would have been better to have had the flowers further away from the light source, even at the same distance as the man. Your focus is good throughout, but I find the bits and pieces in the background annoying. The colour on the man's face is a bit red. In my modification, I have tried to address these points. I cleaned up the background, used a curves adjustment, selected just the flowers and darkened them, also using the burn tool on the whites, then sharpening. In my second modification, I reduced the red.
Thanks for the critique

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