EEP wrote in post #16824883
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.