February Theme – Portraiture

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  • #13694
    Profile photo of Ian McNab
    Ian McNab
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    A couple of portraits…

     

     

     

    #13695
    Profile photo of Ian McNab
    Ian McNab
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    …and a couple that aren’t

     

     

     

     

    #13696
    Profile photo of Martin McGing
    Martin McGing
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    Ian, one member doesn’t make a ……. I don’t know the term.  Don’t let my comment stop anybody from contributing its only my opinion.

    #13697
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    Ian McNab
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    Haha! No worries, Martin. As you see from my post, I’ve put some initial thoughts (at length, as always!) in a pdf on Dropbox, so interested folk can read it if they wish. On reflection, it’s probably right not to get into a long, abstract discussion in the ‘Monthly Theme’ forum – it’s not the place for it. We should be putting up work for people to look at and comment on. 🙂

    #13698
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    wbaxter
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    You have summed up what a portrait should be so very well Ian.

    Here is one I took earlier, the background does not seem to go with the subject. It was very hash and has been toned down, it has not been de saturated just a bit of dodging and burning. Has any one a solution?

    #13701
    Profile photo of Ian McNab
    Ian McNab
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    Thanks for your kind comment, Wallace.

    Regarding your picture, I’d be inclined to use the brush tool in Lightroom to mask the area behind the lady, and then just try reducing the ‘highlights’ for starters. If that’s not enough to darken it a bit, alter the contrast slider. I wouldn’t alter the colour of the background – its neutral hues work OK with the reds in the subject. I might try increasing the luminance of the yellows ever so slightly, to give her skin tone a bit more of a glow.

     

     

    #13706
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    Peter Robinson
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    Thanks for your advice gentlemen. I must apologise as sometimes I have a bad habit of missing out important words when I write a sentence. I meant to write “Strictly speaking it’s not really a portrait, but I don’t want to open the debate of what is a portrait….”. I missed out the word ‘don’t’ which completely changed the meaning of the sentence.  Sorry.

    I’ve caught a couple of episodes of the sky portrait artist competition and think it’s fascinating how different the artists paint the same subject. Some paint an almost photograph like image which other create much more creative almost surreal painting.

    #13707
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    Peter Robinson
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    I like your natural portrait Wallace. I agree with Ian that the background should be darkened a little. It looks like it was taken in the shade so warming up the lady would improve her complexion. Like Ian says try adding a bit of yellow to her face, but don’t over do it.

    #13709
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    Ian McNab
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    I have a bad habit of missing out important words when I write a sentence.

    Haha! Yes, leaving out the negation is a bit fundamental. Good job Martin headed me off at the pass before I submitted several volumes of art-historical comment! 😉

    #13713
    Profile photo of Ian McNab
    Ian McNab
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    Steve playing jazz

     

     

     

    #13714
    Profile photo of Ian McNab
    Ian McNab
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    April dancing

     

    #13717
    Profile photo of Peter Robinson
    Peter Robinson
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    A very different approach to portraiture there Ian. Quite creative and dramatic and a technique that I like. Unique to photography showing movement in a still frame. I particularly like the first photograph. Unfortunately, from my experience these type of photographs don’t do very well in traditional camera club competitions.

    #13718
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    Ian McNab
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    Thanks, Peter. Yes, you’re right – motion blur is a quite widely used creative technique, and it has been employed by some of the world’d greatest photographers. But some club judges don’t seem to know that, and mark it down as a ‘mistake’. They should try telling that to William Klein!  😉

     

    #13761
    Profile photo of Ian McNab
    Ian McNab
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    Hungarian baker making chimney cakes

     

     

    Rob at the market

     

    #13777
    Profile photo of Peter Robinson
    Peter Robinson
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    I’ve never heard of chimney cakes before. I’ll have to try one. Rob looks quite a character as well. Both are very natural and the subject looks relaxed in their surroundings.

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