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Adjusting the Cap

Post by Psjunkie » Tue Jul 04, 2017 6:41 pm

All comments welcome...
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Post by davechinn » Tue Jul 04, 2017 6:57 pm

Psjunkie wrote:All comments welcome...



Good one Frank !!! A nice relaxed candid pose with what appears to be a partial stretch. I'm not sure about the vignette, but it does seem to work in this case.
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Post by LindaShorey » Tue Jul 04, 2017 8:50 pm

An engaging image, where your subject seems friendly, relaxed and enjoying his day. I like how his face is framed by cap and arms, though the near arm is a bit too dominant in the frame for me.
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Post by PietFrancke » Tue Jul 04, 2017 9:07 pm

I don't like the vignette style - it is (to me) too grungy, dirty, polluted. My first reaction and area of view was the arm pit. The portrait itself and the B/W rendering is (to me) top notch (and something that I am not even capable of). Blur the vignette and the bad feelings might go away. It looks like an afternoon in the sun at the soccer game.

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Post by minniev » Tue Jul 04, 2017 11:13 pm

Psjunkie wrote:All comments welcome...

It's a good casual shot capturing a nice relaxes look, focused well and converted well. The arm is awkward, and I suspect that's why you tried that textured vignetting. I don't know about that stuff, I might try a closer crop to get to or past the elbow and do some plain light vignetting or a clipping mask to fade things away and take away some of the dominance. He's just too muscular!
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Post by Psjunkie » Wed Jul 05, 2017 4:26 am

Thank you all very much for comment...I sorta knew what was going to be said but just needed some confirmation.....

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Post by Charles Haacker » Wed Jul 05, 2017 11:53 pm

I like the portrait very much, nice and sharp and loaded with character. I love that you converted to B&W. The near arm doesn't bother me and I don't hate the vignette, especially on the right side of the frame where it looks like blurry trees with light coming through the leaves. I don't care for it as much across the bottom and on the left where it begins to betray itself as what it is. I think if I had made it I might clean it off the arm on the left (I would leave it on the background that I tend to assume it there to hide) and remove it totally from the bottom. If I'm right and you are hiding a distracting background I consider that's a legitimate use of a textured vignette. I think it's light and bright enough that it works.
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Post by Psjunkie » Thu Jul 06, 2017 1:00 am

Charles Haacker wrote:I like the portrait very much, nice and sharp and loaded with character. I love that you converted to B&W. The near arm doesn't bother me and I don't hate the vignette, especially on the right side of the frame where it looks like blurry trees with light coming through the leaves. I don't care for it as much across the bottom and on the left where it begins to betray itself as what it is. I think if I had made it I might clean it off the arm on the left (I would leave it on the background that I tend to assume it there to hide) and remove it totally from the bottom. If I'm right and you are hiding a distracting background I consider that's a legitimate use of a textured vignette. I think it's light and bright enough that it works.
Thanks very much Chuck, not tying to hide anything just trying a technique for a border....back to the drawing board..

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Post by PietFrancke » Thu Jul 06, 2017 2:54 am

Psjunkie wrote:
Charles Haacker wrote:I like the portrait very much, nice and sharp and loaded with character. I love that you converted to B&W. The near arm doesn't bother me and I don't hate the vignette, especially on the right side of the frame where it looks like blurry trees with light coming through the leaves. I don't care for it as much across the bottom and on the left where it begins to betray itself as what it is. I think if I had made it I might clean it off the arm on the left (I would leave it on the background that I tend to assume it there to hide) and remove it totally from the bottom. If I'm right and you are hiding a distracting background I consider that's a legitimate use of a textured vignette. I think it's light and bright enough that it works.
Thanks very much Chuck, not tying to hide anything just trying a technique for a border....back to the drawing board..


Hi Frank, I think if it was heavily blurred, it would have been ok. I think the strength of it was just too much. Too sharp, it cause the eyes to go and explore it too much.

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Post by PietFrancke » Thu Jul 06, 2017 3:11 am

tried playing with it (not with success) but wanted to put it up anyway. I blurred the outside, added noise, and then did a Nik color efex vignette. Will be much easier for you since you have original. Am thinking the only reason it was harsh was the sharpness/solidity of your clouds.
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Anyway, sorry for putting this less than stellar effort up, but I like the shot you took Frank, give us a proper fix to it!! If you go back to the drawing board, I'd be curious to see what you come up with.

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