Can you relate to this photo? Does it evoke any feelings in you? If not then the image sucks.
Photo taken in one of the downtown Toronto parks, number of them have various sculpters put in them, most of them unknow and not often photographed. I do not recall who the artist was, or the name of the sculpure.
The expression on faces couhgt my attention, I was lucky to have morning sunlight partially obstructed by the leaves on trees which created a nice play of light and shadows.
I would like to mention that I have used spot metering here to make sure I don't over expose highlights, I wasn't worried about not having details in the shadows as I think that in this case it's not about details, it's about feelings, and lack of details allows our imagination to work a little bit harder.
Please visit a gallery of Phil Douglis (http://www.pbase.com/pnd1/profile), who is one of my favourite photographers, he uses spot metering and explains it very well, his galler is also very informative and I credit Phil for opening my eyes and getting me out of the box.
Post processing: crop, slight levels, black and white conversion, bit of warming and sepia filter. I did USM on woman's face and did slight gaussian blur on the rest of the image, with my camera set to highest lense opening I still didn't get the shallow debth of fiels I was after.
I thank everyone in advance for looking and critiquing, negative and constructive critiques are very welcome.
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Bogdan (205) 2004-10-26 13:48
This scares me. It makes feel like i had my skin tarren off, so i can feel closer to myself.. Make it a smaller size, then aplly a frame...i think it could be better.
RandomCameraGuy (3069) 2004-10-26 14:01
It is an interesting compostition, but I think I would like to see more contrast b/w the lead face and the rest of the pic. Perhaps if you did some dodging and burning? Also you need to feather your selection better as I can see where you selected the background to blur. Cheers!
SoupDragon (652) 2004-11-06 23:25
Wow, great impact. It is a reat composition and let down only by the selection for blur. As RCG states above, it is easy to see where you have selected. Why not re-post with an updated version? In processing, I'd magnify 300% and do the blur around the face border little by little, then do the rest. Great idea for a shot.
hojper (2832) 2004-11-29 11:28
Quite honestly, I would have left out the blurred left part and given it another title. That single sharp profile does do something to me and is maybe just that - A Sharp Profile! So the image doesn't suck, but viewers will see whatever they like in any image.
lukkul (510) 2005-03-21 17:47
Thanks for your fine words about my not daily and sometimes a very delaied posts here. This is not a response to your friendly approach, but a way to contribute also for your good work, that I see not in detail but in some minutes from your past and present. You work generally in "B&W", what I like, but I will present mines in color in a great part. So, my congratulations and you are wellcomed to my work and you also.
This picture is a wonderful pice of artwork and creativity. Quality, artistic insight, contrast and a IMPORTANT face to face world message, moment and resulting image. Light and background, reallity and imagination. The title could be "The world two Faces" or "Global have two Faces".
Congratulations for this excelent work of moment, hearth and artwork view.