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RALPH BROWESParticipantJanuary 31, 2017 at 10:16 pm #13597
Thanks very much for kicking this topic off with an excellent portrait Ralph. You can read the guys thoughts as he contemplates devouring the tasty pasty. I love his expression and his downward gaze.February 1, 2017 at 10:36 am #13599
This colour palette works really well, Ralph, The background’s almost monochrome grey/green; but the gold of the pasty stands out clearly against the complementary blue of the guy’s coat – a great example of a colour photograph where the colour is actually doing something!
In addition, the direction of the man’s gaze acts as an implied leading line, emphasising the diagonal made by the long axis of the pasty, which is pretty much the diagonal of the left-hand rebated square, with the pasty bang in the middle of it. Pretty neat composition!February 1, 2017 at 11:48 am #13600February 2, 2017 at 5:22 pm #13631
Two very different and striking portraits there Ian. The first is low key and has a sense of mystery for me with the darkness hiding some of the lady’s face. It has a very strong and direct eye contact. The eye on our right graduates into darkness and some would prefer it to be lit more, but does it add to the effect? Is this taken with ‘Rembrandt Lighting’ creating the triangle under the eye.
The second portrait is high key and more conventional for me. Her pleasant smile is easier to understand than the expression in the first portrait. Her left eye is in the middle of the horizontal where we’re told to place it and it works here for me. Both of the ladies have a contrasting hair colour compared to the plain backgrounds to they are separated from them.
Thanks for posting these Ian.February 4, 2017 at 5:00 pm #13634
Two portraits of the same guy taken on Tuesday 31-1-2017
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Taken last year at Whitby. The lighting is a bit harsh, but a pleasing subjectFebruary 4, 2017 at 5:39 pm #13639
Another one from Whitby. This lady is the owner of an art shop who entered into the spirit of the “Goths” weekend. I would have liked to have spent more time perfecting her portrait but she had customers to attend to.February 4, 2017 at 5:57 pm #13641
Where else, Whitby. I was actively encouraged to enter into the spirit of Whitby by wearing some sort of costume. A 1930’s press photographer was the best suggestion, perhaps next time.February 4, 2017 at 8:52 pm #13642
After posting the original image, I thought it had potential so I cleaned it up in Photoshop and added a texture. At the moment I like it.February 5, 2017 at 9:45 am #13647
Ralph, super! Club judges seem obsessed with the idea of the subject looking straight at the camera and, while I know why this is, it does limit things a lot! Ian has already pointed out why it works compositionally – we respond positively to good composition because the arrangement and balance of the picture elements are pleasing.
Ian’s two shots show the difference lighting can make, while Wallace’s show what a difference even a slight change in expression can make. On this latter point I still find digital cameras a tad slow – you don’t always capture what you “saw”. This used to be a major argument against them in the early days when there was a lot of shutter lag and they were hopeless for some types of photography.
Martin, your shop-owner is a stunner! How wise to tone down the background highlights, especially, of course, the one near her eye.February 5, 2017 at 10:20 am #13648
You all know that I like portraiture, so you might see quite a few posts from me!
Things don’t always turn out how you intended. No matter how many times I tell myself “pay attention to the background” I forget. In my opinion this image needs straightening, however to do so cuts his hands off! Next time I’ll get it right or allow for cropping.February 6, 2017 at 10:29 pm #13653
I think it’s interesting to see Wallace’s two similar portraits of the same guy. In the black and white version I prefer the smiling expression compared to the first, but think the partially hidden ear looks a little bit odd. Or am I being to fussy?
I really like Martin’s second version of the art shop lady. He’s made some relatively minor changes but it has improved the photo a lot. All the attention is now on the lady’s face. The picture of the couple is natural and well posed and positioned for me, but it looks like the light was a bit dull which is a shame.
In the last photo the guy looks very proud and dignified. They say hands are always a problem in portraiture but I think they’re fine in this one. To me the guy looks straight, but the house is leaning back! Would it take a head and shoulders crop?
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