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Memories to the fore....redoux

By Relic01  
I wasn't able to upload a mod to my previous post as I did not set the permissions. I took TanyaH's suggestion and cropped tighter, tried to lighten the eye and shadows a we bit and then added a gradient 5 frame. I like the result better than the last so thanks Tanya!
A wee bit of background, I have been having difficulty with some memories from a former life as a soldier, my walks help, usually. During this particular walk, some memories brought real emotions back to the forefront of my thoughts, hence the title. CC always welcome,

Tags: General Black and white Portraits and people



TanyaH Plus
20 1.3k 411 United Kingdom
17 Sep 2015 2:59PM
This one's definitely got something more about it, Mike. The lightening of the eye area has worked to really help bring that side out much more. Looking at your original image, though, I'm almost tempted to go with that one as it's very nice to start with!

However, given your description above I get the feeling the image you're looking to extract from the original is far more 'dark' and emotionally charged, so I've done you a quick(ish) mod to hopefully illustrate what I was trying to get at. I've actually not cropped in as tightly as you did, but have included a bit more of the upper cheek area and edge of the nostril, as I think this gives the whole image form as much as anything.

See what you think, anyway. You'll hopefully be able to see what I was getting at about 'lightening' the actual iris colour too Smile

(And if you're interested in the technique(s) I've used, I've kept the layered Photoshop file so that I can go back and tell you what I've actually done and how I've achieved this look.)

Relic01 11 8 Canada
17 Sep 2015 3:59PM
Hi Tanya- I do like what you have done, it changes it a bit, more intensity and texture in the skin. I think the square (er) crop also works.
paulbroad 15 131 1294 United Kingdom
18 Sep 2015 8:39AM
A potentially extremely good shot. I like Tanya's mod tonally but would keep your composition. The problem for me it that it is a little too grey and a touch unsharp on the eye. Slightly brighter with higher contrast and the eye very sharp would result in a very strong and slightly alarming image.

Relic01 11 8 Canada
18 Sep 2015 9:17AM
Paul-I brightened a bit and sharpened in mod 4.
TanyaH Plus
20 1.3k 411 United Kingdom
18 Sep 2015 11:02AM
Mike - your Mod 4 is really good! That little bit of brightness and the sharpness really do make all the difference Smile (And, in hindsight, I actually prefer your crop to my more square one ... the letterbox style is very effective - talk about concentrate the viewer's attention!)
Relic01 11 8 Canada
18 Sep 2015 11:12AM
Thanks Tanya!
paulbroad 15 131 1294 United Kingdom
18 Sep 2015 5:18PM
Your mod 4 is very strong. Think this way when you first view the image. I wouldstill go even furtherwith the brightening and possibly up the contrast a bit. Many male portraits benefit from strong impact and this would do so.


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