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portrait ,black and white

Tags: Hair Black and white Eyes close up Portraits and people

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banehawi Plus
17 2.5k 4247 Canada
24 Feb 2019 3:27PM
Did you intend this to appears soft, , blurry and a little out of focus?

Its important to know your intentions with it before any critique!
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.8k 2423 United Kingdom
24 Feb 2019 3:58PM
I like the effect but I'll be interested to know more, when you respond to Willie's question above.

I'd also like to know the Exif, the site picked up your settings on the previous upload but not here, so I guess you used Save for web, which strips the data. If you can upload the original file as a modification we should be able to pick up the data from that.
24 Feb 2019 5:48PM

Hi, the foto was save for web so the exif was lost !!! blur was a add , I was trying to get an old ,vintage look !
thank you all !
paulbroad 13 131 1293 United Kingdom
24 Feb 2019 6:48PM
Not bad at all. I am a sharpness freak but can appreciate a soft approach when that softness is diffusion, or an approximation. This looks like a No. 2 diffuser resulting in a glow, and that is effective. I like it.

The lack of EXIF is a pity for other people to learn, but I would stop and look at this on an exhibition wall, thusa success.

24 Feb 2019 8:39PM
thank you ,Paul !
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.8k 2423 United Kingdom
24 Feb 2019 9:24PM
If you are going to use Save for web, make a separate copy first! I do like the effect but it would be nice to consider alternative treatments.
24 Feb 2019 11:45PM
Thanks ,mrswoolybill ! next time I will !
banehawi Plus
17 2.5k 4247 Canada
25 Feb 2019 1:39PM
Thanks for the answer, - I think youve achieved what you wanted!
dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1861 England
25 Feb 2019 5:31PM
Yes, and no...

For most people, this will look very much like a Hollywood portrait from the Twenties, Thirties or Forties: the lighting is good, without any burned-out areas, and hte pose and composition are excellent.

I'm going to quibble, because I think that a lot of the blur in those pictures was the result of the very shallow depth of field of the long lenses that were used on large-format plate cameras. There was, usually, at least a tiny area of sharpness somewhere, usually on the eye which was closer to the camera. Here, I think that your processing has lost all the sharpness, everywhere. I'll add that a lot of people these days are not interested in or concerned by unsharpness looking 'real' - that is, as if it had been shot that way with a camera and film, rather than created in editing.

That isn't necessarily bad: there's no rule that says there must ALWAYS be sharpness. The question is whether that is what you wanted, and whether what you wanted conveys the impression that you intended.
ErrolC 8 1 South Africa
27 Feb 2019 8:24AM
This is a nice shot, but I'd like to offer some suggestions that in my opinion will make it even better. First, I agree with dudler about the sharpness, except I would go further and say there really must be something that is sharp in a soft focus shot, and if it's a portrait it's the eyes that must be sharp. Otherwise it looks as if the whole thing is out of focus. To my mind, the cropping is also a bit tight. Just a little more space all around would be nicer with less of a cramped feeling. Lastly, I would also go for the model's head being less tilted. The head must be tilted from the vertical, you're right, but this is too far. These changes would I think make your good shot even better.
dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1861 England
27 Feb 2019 12:02PM
Errol's suggestions would certainly make this a more conventional shot: but is that necessarily better?

We need to know your feelings and intentions now.
27 Feb 2019 2:31PM
Hi ,you all help me a lot and I'm grateful for all your critiques ,because I must know how people react and also I now its necessary to improve my skills and define my style . I will try to find the original and make all the changes regarding this photo !
Thank you all, again !
8 Mar 2019 12:36PM
I'd like to see more sharpness in the eyes!

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