Portrait of my Dad

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  1. Davec223

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    Hi,
    This is one that I shot of my Dad last weekend, I know that it is a bit tight around his face, there is nohing I can do about this as I have not cropped the image at all. Although I like it, I would like C&C as it will help widen my view on composition. i would also like to know wich you prefer, the colour or B&W version.

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    Thanks for looking

    Regards

    Dave
     
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    i love close ups like this.

    i like the b/w one can see it on the mantelpeice for years too come.
     
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    What focal length were you using? It looks like the camera was a little close to him, giving it a slightly distorted feel. I'd suggest that you step back and zoom in. A focal length of about 50-80mm works quite well. other than that, it's a very nice picture. :)
     
  4. Davec223

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    Focal length was 70mm I have just double checked
     
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    b/w definitely! I don't mind it being so close up.
     
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    Just to be a pain, I like the colour better. It's nice and warm amd his blue eyes are beautiful! I feel that your b+w conversion is a bit too muddy. It needs to be brightened up a bit and have a tad more contrast. There are no true blacks in the image not even in his pupils, It's just too grey but this is only my opinion. As for the composition, as tiberius47 said, maybe there is a little bit of distortion but for me it is a non issue, I love the closeness of it. In this image your dad comes across as a warm and loving 'poppy' that you just want to get a hug off when everything gets too tough. hahaha I love it! Great capture!
     
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    I'm not usually a big fan of B+W, but I think that the B+W portrait is my favorite.
     
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    You were standing pretty close to him then?

    Anyway, I didn't mean for it to come across as that the slight distortion is a bad thing. It's quite effective, gives it quite a fun feel. :)
     
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    I think you did a great job. The image is wonderfully crisp and sharp, and you captured a very nice expression. Well done IMO! :thumbup:

    NJ
     
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    Colour works better than black and white on this shot because it is not as harsh to the skin. Even in the colour shot some postprocessing is necessary. I have demonstrated some postprocessing here.

    skieur

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    I like the original in b&w. I like the texture in his skin and unless a person chooses to have pp done to smooth out their skin I think it's completely unnecessary. We are who we are!
     
  12. Davec223

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    Thanks for all the comments, I am pleased that you like the closeness of it.

    Souljourney, I agree we are who we are and Skieur I appreciate the PP that you have done, unfortunately it is not my dad when this is done, if you see what I mean.

    Bounce you are right about my old man he is great, yeah I know that I am bias but you know what, I don't care :D

    Tiberius47, I didn't take it the wrong way, I always think that you can be to blinkered with your own work, so another persons take on the shot is alway appreciated.

    Again let me thank you all for taking the time to comment.
     

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