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88 Year Old Portrait

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Apr 11, 2014 10:38 |  #16


the green is RIGHT for this image - the color balanced one just doesn't pop.

i love the spacing at the top in the original, but after seeing the crop, that damn rule of thirds I love so much wins again :)

Tho - if you want to try a different crop (you don't allow editing, but I wanted to show you a possible crop so I made it very small and can take it down as it is only on my private server)... i like this as an alternative


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Apr 12, 2014 03:38 |  #17

Not going to comment on the processing as there's plenty of that in here from those that know more about it than I do, but when I look at this picture, I see a person who seems like he has a lot of stories to tell about life. The kind of man someone younger could learn a lot from.

Strong image, I like it!

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Apr 13, 2014 17:31 as a reply to  @ pixelbasher's post |  #18

Thanks for the feedback guys :)
Planet5D that's a great alternative crop. Only thing is my eye keeps being drawn to the armchair bit on the left of his face. I think if he didnt have that there it would be awesome! Having him centred gives me the feeling that he is such a solid figure, gives a groundedness about him if that makes sense?!
Re rule of thirds, it's so nice to fall back on sometimes! :)

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Apr 14, 2014 10:04 as a reply to  @ post 16823542 |  #19

PhotosGuy wrote in post #16823529 (external link)
Good expression, but green & there's WAY too much empty space at the top. I'd have used a longer lens, & had him pull his hands closer to him & slightly lower so they weren't so OOF.
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Yes, agree on all counts.

Major correction to my comment - wrong comment quoted. I really wanted and agree with PHotoguy's comment.

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Apr 17, 2014 13:40 |  #20

I really enjoy this image. He has a great look, I personally like the processing, and the hands are really what gives interest to the photo. Those are some big ol' mitts!

Whether the hands should be in a different spot.. I honestly don't know. They could be lower, and/or more in focus since they're part of the portrait. If it were me, I think I would keep them there and just be in focus since his hands help tell his story.

With all that said, great job. :)

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Apr 18, 2014 00:17 |  #21

EEP wrote in post #16824883 (external link)
thanks for the feedback everyone, great critiques. Photosguy, thank you! I think I got it now. he's gone, I selected the option to embed the colour profile in save to web but not sure if it worked.

yes i was toying with whether the green was too much but i was after that warmth it brings. I tried a little cinematic feel. here is the original photo untouched compared to the newly cropped edited and a B&W version.

Hmm. I don't know. At first I liked the green. Sure it's unconventional and "wrong", but I felt it suited the subject matter. It's an old dignified looking guy, and I felt that the green cast sort of gave the image sort of a weathered and aged look. This is a guy who looks like he's got a lot of wisdom and stories behind him, the green color cast sort of added to that idea and added to the whole idea of this being an artifact of a bygone era.

But then by comparison to the original, I don't know. Once I see the comparison, I think the green image is TOO green. I see where you were going, but in comparison it looks like you just went too far. On the other hand, while the original looks more natural, I'm not a fan of the color contrasts here. The cold colors are competing with the warm colors, and I think that's drawing my eye away from the dude. Which I think is unfortunate, since this image is all about the dude. He should be dominant here, and I think that some of the color contrasts here are taking away from that.

Am I the only one who likes the black and white? I sort of feel like the black and white version eliminates some of the color contrasts. There's some really nice lighting here and the details of his weathered face really pop in the black and white version. Also, I think that it suits the subject matter. It looks dignified as hell, but the removal of the color also evokes an aged look. Colors fade with time, the lack of color signifies oldness and life leaking away. Yet, somehow with fewer color distractions, I'm more focused on his face and can see the vibrance in his eyes. This looks like a strong focused man, it's all coming through in the face. That's just the impression I get, I can't objectively explain it, but I'm getting that more in the black and white version than in either of the others. Again, I think it's a result of eliminating colors that compete with the man's face. But once I see all the color removed, I'm hit hard by the power of his presence and how that contrasts with the theme of aging.

But hey...that's just me. Maybe that's all BS. All I know is that I like what I like, so I'm trying to think about and be able to express why.

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