Serious Contemplation

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  1. smoke665

    smoke665 TPF Supporters Supporting Member

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    Had the chance to visit this past week with my Father In Law, a 96 years young veteran of WWII. Despite being legally blind and a bit slow in walking, this is still one tough old bird. 3 years ago he tripped and fell neck first into a steel bench, breaking his neck and crushing his larynx. They really didn't give him much of a chance because of his age, but he proved them wrong. It's hard for him to talk above a whisper, which makes it difficult for a man who's always been quick of wit, with a story to share. I went with a desaturated gritty approach embracing the noise as a reflection of the man. Natural light from window. F/5.6, 105 mm, 1/80, ISO 6400. C&C appreciated.

    [​IMG]Tom edit.jpg by William Raber, on Flickr


     
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    Tough at 96! I like the portrait, but on the fence about the desaturation.
     
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    smoke665 TPF Supporters Supporting Member

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    Unfortunately the aging process created a patchwork of age spots of various color. I could have worked the skin but then I might have lost the texture. So I took the easy route. :1251:
     
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    Amazing
     
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    smoke665 TPF Supporters Supporting Member

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    Thank you!
     
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    Looks like he'd be good fun to sit and have a beer with. I like the image, but as Cheryl said... ehhhhh on the desaturation. I would rather see the natural skin, spots and all. He's 96, he's earned them!
     
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    Point noted. I tried it original, and a B&W, neither which seemed to have look I was after. May go back and try adding back a touch more color.
     
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    Good shot......
     
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    wannabe photographer No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Very nice
     
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    Thank you for looking and commenting.
     
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    birdbonkers84 Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    I like the perspective, hows he look in B&W? has some lovely character and shadowing on his face.
     
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    Thank you. The B&W for lack of a better term, just looked bland. The shot was in a nursing home room, with overhead florescent lighting, the walls were a pale yellow, a typical hospital style bed on the left, and various and sundry signs/fixtures on the wall behind him. Not a lot of room to move around, especially with several other family members there as well.
     

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