First portrait C&C


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Aug 22, 2007
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Playing cards with the parents this afternoon, irritating them playing with my new 50mm f/1.8. Got one shot that I actually liked. Light was pretty low and they have an amber-tinted chandelier... but after playing with colors and desaturating it a bit (I like the washed out look for portraits), I ended up with the first portrait I've actually been happy with. Looks a little grainy around his collar, I noticed.

Anyway, please let me know what you think:
I like the expression on his face. The washed out looks a little too gray for me, maybe needs to be warmed up a bit.
Too overproccessed for me....ever been to an open casket funeral? That 'expired' tone?
Yeah, either go full color or B&W. This one would look good as black and white.
I find the face is a bit too under exposed as I am brwaw to the brighter back ground.
A little fill light would add a bit more dimension and remove the open casket look as was mention above.
Thanks for the input everyone! I'll have to play with this image a little more and try it in black and white. As for the foreground being underexposed, I think that was a problem for the beginning, this was just a bad light at our kitchen table and half of his face was in a pretty dark shadow. I'll see what I can do with it, C&C is greatly appreciated!
Curious what the original unedited version looks like. This one is a bit on the grey side.
Is your monitor calibrated?

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