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By pablophotographer
I can't figure out how this got displayed horizontally , because in my photos file it appears vertically Blush

I had two film cameras with me one for myself and one for the friend who appears on the background. Shot with my friend's digital camera again, during a photo visit to a park. The dog isn't his, its owner was at my back at the moment the picture was taken.

Do you think that the picture works with his face as being that dark? By the way, the white balance had been set from him while he was shooting at a bright waterfall.

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lenocm 5 3 United Kingdom
3 Aug 2013 1:45PM
Uploaded a modification done in Photoshop Elements 11. Sharpened a little, increased the shadows, decreased the highlights and rotated the image. Wink

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pablophotographer 6 952 335
3 Aug 2013 3:29PM
thank you Mile!
pablophotographer 6 952 335
3 Aug 2013 3:30PM
typing error there..Thank you Mike!
banehawi Plus
14 1.8k 3893 Canada
3 Aug 2013 3:35PM
Interestingly, when I downloaded this and opened it in Photoshop CS, the orientation was correct, - I didnt have to do anything!

The question is, does it work with the shade, and it does for me, as theres enough of his features visible with the touch of sunlight. Its a sort of partial silhouette. You can lose the atmosphere of the dappled light scene if you increase shadow detail too much. I would just crop some space from the bottom.


pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2023 United Kingdom
3 Aug 2013 8:04PM
It works for me, Pablo. I like the play of light and shadow. I don't need to see any more detail of the man.
However, if it is a friend and you really wanted a good picture of him, then it may not be ok for you personally. Did you consider using flash at the time of shooting?

If the image is not for that purpose, but purely aesthetic, then it is quite artistic, with the strength of the dark figure against the bright background. With the strong light behind your subject, he is bound to be dark, but I wonder if this was your intention. The effect of backlighting adds drama and mood, and can be used to create very appealing photos, making use of the contrast between bright light coming from behind and the shade on your subjectís face when he turns away from the sun.

On the contrary, just because your subject is backlit doesnít mean you need to forget about how he is lit from the front, and using a fill flash can be a great way to get the balance right for a well exposed shot, providing more even lighting. The choice is yours.

In my first modification I cropped the image, maintaining your aspect ratio, removing the handbag on the fence, and a bit from the top and bottom, concentrating on your friend, the dog, the man in the background and the glorious effect of the light. I cloned out a few hot spots in the trees and a few marks on the ground. I also ran the burn tool over the bright area behind the man's right shoulder.
My second modification simulates the use of flash. I selected the near-silhouetted man and gave him a Levels adjustment.

pablophotographer 6 952 335
5 Aug 2013 5:05PM
Thank you Willie and Pamela. I think the somehow darker versions are more true to the original scene as I remember it. My friend was walking towards me and it is true as Lenocm noticed he may needed some sharpening, but to be honest with him almost in the dark and my manual focusing simultaneously, not to mention my vision, the result was errrmmm ok Smile My friend did not complain for the original file so all good. Thanks agian everyone for their input and time.

Kind regards
jrpics 9 2 United Kingdom
22 Nov 2013 10:38PM
Just call it Sidewalk. Looks good to me.
pablophotographer 6 952 335
22 Nov 2013 11:39PM

Quote:Just call it Sidewalk. Looks good to me.

Hi John, your title makes me suppose you see it sideways... like everyone else I suppose - (thanks for the title idea) Willie (banehawi) had said when he opened it in Photoshop the orientation was correct... the mystery deepens, lol.
A great capture using the shadow for a theme. Well done.

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