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Jazz Man

By Stmarkus
While in New York, trying my hand at street photography. Looking for a somewhat "Film Noir" type of effect.

Tags: Black and white

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paulbroad 13 131 1293 United Kingdom
16 Oct 2013 5:51PM
The basis of a fine image. The background is rather bright and distracting. Shutter speed very low for the focal length, but seems sharp enough, but I would have been at minus compensation, not positive. A slightly darker background and a bit of work with the dodging tool.

A slight lean to the left.

pamelajean Plus
15 1.5k 2215 United Kingdom
16 Oct 2013 9:22PM
I understand why you refer to film noir, Mark, but this is more of a backlit image to me.
Another term for this is Contre-jour, French for 'against daylight', referring to photographs taken when the camera is pointing directly toward a source of light.
Such strong backlighting will make your subject silhouetted, or nearly so.

What I find interesting in this image is that the man looks as if he is alone in that space, not performing his music to anyone, which immediately creates an empathy between him and the viewer and, coupled with the effect of the backlighting, produces a poignant image. The use of black and white further enhances that atmosphere.

You need that light in the background, but I don't think you need the people there, it destroys that feeling of isolation.

Film Noir has a tone or mood, usually dark and dramatic, using dark shadows and lighting to create that mood, and so we might say that your image doesn't quite fit into that category, although you did say "somewhat film noir type of effect". In theory, to achieve the style we just need some black and white photos with high contrast of light and shadows, but predominance of dark. And so this type of image is often shot at night, not during the day.

Your subject would have benefited from having his shadow falling downward, into the bottom foreground. In film noir, lighting is used to create shadows, and this can give the viewer a sense that danger lurks just around the corner. Film noir lighting often comes in from the sides. That way, it varies intensity across the person.

Often, these images are given an intentional tilt, which I have given it in my modification. I cloned out the people in the background, adjusted Levels and added a dark vignette, in an attempt to create the film noir atmosphere.

Stmarkus 7 1 Puerto Rico
17 Oct 2013 8:14PM
Thank you to Paul and Pamelajean. I appreciate the comments and help.

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