Dementia, My dad.

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  1. Parkerman

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    So I was working with a new photoshop technique tonight, pulled a picture of my dad and used it on it.

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    Whats your opinion?

    I know.. Its a depressing photo =\. But I feel to me that it gives off the right feeling of dementia to it or aka Alzheimer's.
     
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    it really does look like he doesn't know where he is. I think you pulled it off perfectly.
     
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    A good shot. Great tones....
     
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    Sorry to say this, but I think that this superficial treatment diminishes the honesty and directness that usually makes this kind of photography so powerful. I'd like to see the original photo.

    Best wishes,
    Helen
     
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    I like how the pic came out, what technique are you trying? If you don't mind....
     
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    OK, I'm curious. What superficial treatment? If you are talking about Photoshopping, the reality is that in this photo most viewers would not realize that anything was done at all. If the attitude is that photoshopping is somehow not honest, well, that is certainly not shared by experienced photographers who postprocess everything.

    Aside from the distractions in the background, the photo is very good with great detail in the face which suggests age and a lot of life experiences as well as the eyes and look that do make the photo powerful and effective.

    skieur
     
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    I was trying to mimic the look that Dave Hill achieves in is photos.
     
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    im sorry your dad has dementia :(

    i think the picture is quite nice and the glossy eyes are always sad to see. nicely captured!
     
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    Ah its cool, not looking for pitty, just had to throw it in to give a better meaning to the photo.


    The original is a lot warmer photo... The edit makes him look more aged and gives the overall sharper image.
     
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    I love the technique and the photo! Nice job!
     
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    I don't want to hijack the thread, but please remember that I merely gave my opinion. I believe that this kind of subject comes over more powerfully when the drama doesn't come from a Photoshop technique but directly from the human in front of the camera. Dorothea Lange had Francis Bacon's words up on her wall: "The contemplation of things as they are, without error or confusion, without substitution or imposture, is in itself a nobler thing than a whole harvest of invention." I may be in the minority, but that doesn't make my opinion any less valid, surely? I find the idea that 'most viewers would not realize that anything was done at all' rather disheartening if it were true.

    Regarding the attitude of other experienced photographers: well they are likely to know that this is a much debated topic among documentary photographers and photojournalists, with many nuances and much left to the individual's personal judgement and values. It is not a facile 'postprocessing or no postprocessing' dividing line.

    In Parkerman's own words: "The edit makes him look more aged..."

    I'll reiterate - I am only giving my opinion on how this photo could be improved, not making rules or criticizing Parkerman. He's free to do whatever he wants.

    Best,
    Helen
     
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    Remove some saturation and take a picture of coffee stained paper and blend it in. There you have it. Joey L photography =)

    Kidding, The guy has more skills with PS then I can ever dream of.

    I like what you did. My goal in the coming months is to improve my post processing and photo touch-up abilities. I like looking at what people have done and think of ways of replicating or doing things with my own flair.
     

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