Music in the Dark

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  1. FuryofNature

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    I really like this photo. I like the emotion in it. In your opinions, is it negative that the his sweatshirt gets lost in the blackness behind him, or does it add to it creatively. As in to say there is more to him hidden under the surface?

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    Thanks for looking. All comments/critiques/suggestions welcome.

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    Hmmm... tough one there. I would tend to say that it would work better with either some more information in the blackness (as you say the shirt is "lost") or perhaps (as I like the contrasty exposure) a tigher vertical crop to remove some of the background.

    It's my opinion that the blackness does not say that he has hidden depths - when looking at a portrait the backdrop sets the context and you've deliberately lost the context, which draws attention to the subject, but doesn't send me any signals about his personality.

    I hope this is helpful and constructive!

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    Yet again, I agree with Rob. I'd crop vertical and go ahead and lose the mic tail and stand. The blackness sort of just swallows things up.
     
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    Like this? Is this better? I also took out the blemishes on his face. Is it noticable?

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    Yeah i prefer the second one :) nice job mate..... i love music related photos.
     
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    Yeah, that works for me. Nice job.
     
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    Is the acne removal obvious?
     
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    the acne removal? No, not to me. It doesnt seem obvious.
     
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    No it's not obvious and the picture is much better as a result. I might just gently rub the smooth tool over his cheek to reduce the highlight glare a tiny tiny bit as a very last touch, but otherwise you're there - great job!

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    I think the first shot it better. I like the solid black on the right. I think it woudl look marvelous as a silver print, and would like to see it without the warming filter.
     

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