How is this style of shot done?

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  1. Hair Bear

    Hair Bear TPF Noob!

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    This is not my work but fasinates me

    http://img147.imageshack.us/img147/6594/296911408c3268ce4e9ozy3.jpg

    The guys full set can been seen here and its worth a look. I find all of his images very very good.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/all_the_names_are_already_taken_pfff/296911408/in/set-1705874/

    I have emailed him to ask but got no response.

    I'm not sure if he is digital but I did see a tag on one pic for 30D but others have neg boarders?

    I'm interested in how you get so much contrast in the shots, is it done in PS after or captured on the image?

    Can anybody help or know how its done?
     
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    this effect is very similar to UV photography results I did at college, if memory serves correct. Other than that its probably on a grade 4 paper and an overexposed (enlarger) overcooked normal portrait.
     
  3. Hair Bear

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    Hi Flash

    Are you suggesting this is done by filter or by processing onto a specific paper ie grade 4?
     
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    He made a photograph of a man with a dirty face.
     
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    Clearly a technical observation there thanks, but that doesn't tell me how to get that sort of tonal quality and range.

    Look at the balance between the skin tones and hair

    If you look at his shots they are all very similar in style and its not just because they all have dirt on their faces
     
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    Thanks, I just had alook at that and ran it on an image taken by a supplier. It puts out some interesting results. Not sure if its the answer but thank you
     
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    you win the most-helpful award hands down.
     
  9. fmw

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    Come on, guys chill out. It is simply a low key high contrast image of a human face. There wasn't anything special about the way it was shot. It was worked carefully in the darkroom and some effort was made to reduce dynamic range through the use of PS or through burning and dodging. I fail to see any magic in it. Don't mistake me, I think it's a good image but I don't understand why people see some mystery in the way it looks.
     
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    actually i go along with Fred here ... that looks just like some play with levels and curves to increase contrast without blowing too much of the highlights.

    It is a great image though and the effect works really nicely!
     
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    That guy has had his nose broken pretty severely at some point in his past.
     
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    I would also have to agree. There's nothing worth praising in that photo.
    We're all talking about that B&W photo of the man with the broken nose, right?
    If you slap it into greyscale (or do it a better way by changing your Levels and then using the Channel Mixer or Gradiant Map), then jack up the contrast.. you'd get that image.
     

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