Monday, February 01, 2010

John5



Miserere said...
Why it works:
  • *Gradient tones in the background.
  • *Eyes are nice and sharp.
  • *Reflection in the glasses (John's left eye) does not cover the eye and gives some idea of what John is looking at (something bright and brilliant...maybe the Big E. himself?)
  • *Very nice B&W conversion.
Like I said in my e-mail, we'll make a portrait photographer of you yet! :-D


Eolake said...
Thanks, nice to get nice comments, especially from a sharp critic like your good self.

BTW, I refrained from correcting levels all the way, I think it works best being a bit on the dark side. (I even pushed down the shadows in curves.)

I had him take the glasses off for later pictures out of fear of reflections, but I actually like the one in this picture. Puts a symbolic mental dimension on the eye.
And I'm afraid the window is the Bright thing rather than my humble self. :-)

8 comments:

Robb in Houston said...

Nice image - looks like a portrait shot for a book back flap. I've always liked the steel-blue tint of B&W photography, even when it was done in the darkroom.

Eolake Stobblehouse said...

Thanks kindly.

I find that either a sepia tone or a cold tone gives a taste to a BW picture.

And I thought that the cool tone underlines John's sharp mind.

Miserere said...

Why it works:

* Gradient tones in the background.
* Eyes are nice and sharp.
* Reflection in the glasses (John's left eye) does not cover the eye and gives some idea of what John is looking at (something bright and brilliant...maybe the Big E. himself?)
* Very nice B&W conversion.

Like I said in my e-mail, we'll make a portrait photographer of you yet! :-D

Eolake Stobblehouse said...

Thanks, nice to get nice comments, especially from a sharp critic like your good self.

BTW, I refrained from correcting levels all the way, I think it works best being a bit on the dark side. (I even pushed down the shadows in curves.)

I had him take the glasses off for later pictures out of fear of reflections, but I actually like the one in this picture. Puts a symbolic mental dimension on the eye.
And I'm afraid the window is the Bright thing rather than my humble self. :-)

Anonymous said...

Thanks, nice to get nice comments, especially from a sharp critic like your good self.

A sharp critic? Since when? You award that status to people who tell you what you want to hear, and disregard anything negative. Like most people. You just want yes men.

For one thing the reflection off the glasses is a mistake, one a more talented and/or experienced photographer wouldn't have made. It's a flaw.

Eolake Stobblehouse said...

"A sharp critic? Since when?"

OK, I was not clear about that, but Miserere has been a sharp critic in the past, in emails to me.


"For one thing the reflection off the glasses is a mistake, one a more talented and/or experienced photographer wouldn't have made. It's a flaw."

For a shopping centre portrait photographer, sure, but for art there are no set rules.

OK, so you don't like it, fairly noted.

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