February 15, 2017 at 9:50 pm #13694
A couple of portraits…February 16, 2017 at 5:45 am #13695
…and a couple that aren’tFebruary 16, 2017 at 10:50 am #13696
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.February 16, 2017 at 10:55 am #13697
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. 🙂February 16, 2017 at 5:19 pm #13698
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?February 16, 2017 at 11:33 pm #13701
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.February 17, 2017 at 7:46 pm #13706
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.February 18, 2017 at 5:50 pm #13707
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.February 18, 2017 at 7:38 pm #13709
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! 😉February 21, 2017 at 2:31 pm #13713
Steve playing jazzFebruary 21, 2017 at 2:41 pm #13714
April dancingFebruary 21, 2017 at 9:29 pm #13717
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.February 21, 2017 at 10:34 pm #13718
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! 😉February 26, 2017 at 5:06 pm #13761
Hungarian baker making chimney cakes
Rob at the marketFebruary 28, 2017 at 11:02 am #13777
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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