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1st August 2012, 02:02 AM
Hi everyone. It's been a while since I've posted, but I've still been shooting. Just thought I'd fire one up to see what everyone thought, and say 'Hi' again.
I was trying to capture something a little edgy, with an interesting composition. Not sure if you'll like it, but c + c would be greatly appreciated - as always. Thanks!
1st August 2012, 11:18 AM
I like it Andew, nice expression, nice composition.
I would suggest to reduce the highlights in the background to keep the attention more on to the main subject.
1st August 2012, 11:33 AM
Yes that was my first thoughts.
Originally Posted by MilT0s
And I wonder about cropping around 4 x 5 ratio to reduce the left hand space. But I fear that could actually accentuate the 'rear end' which is there.
Possibly running a light blur brush around the left edge would help to reduce the little bit of grainy noise.
1st August 2012, 11:59 AM
The brightness of the background doesn't bother me, depending on the story you want to tell (which is a common theme in my posts). As it is, I like that both women are about the same size and build and are dressed similiarly and that they seem oblivious to the subject's existence and vice versa; the image cleverly shows this duality. For me, that also fits in with your desire for an edgy look.
To add more edginess, consider adding grain.
1st August 2012, 04:20 PM
Thanks for the feedback gentlemen. I have played around with it a little more - as I kind of like this one myself. I've left the crop the same, and I decided to leave the highlighted areas as they are. I'm really starting to like blown out backgrounds to accentuate the subject rather than darks. I did take Geoff's advice to blur the left side, and it made an improvement.
How is my conversion? Can you think of anything else I may try?? Thanks again for the help!
1st August 2012, 10:31 PM
I think it's a good conversion, though I don't have much experience making or reviewing conversions that are portraits.
5th August 2012, 04:04 PM
For me the most contrast is in the background, which does detract from the subject. I would try increasing the contrast on the subject. I did this by selecting the man and using the curves tool. You could do more with changing the background too, but this just give you an idea of how I see the image. Note - I realize I tend to want to overexpose subjects, so this is afterall a matter of taste and your vision for this image.
5th August 2012, 05:39 PM
Good suggestion Brian - I'm going to give that a try in a minute. I'm still playing with this image, because I would like to file it under 'keepers', I'm just not 100% sold yet.
On another note, here's a copy of it loaded from Smugmug, with a lot less noise, and little more sharpness.