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Old Apr 25, 2010, 2:49 AM   #21
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First of all, Daniel, I really happy and even excited about your FIRST attempt at a portrait. It was really neat to see the original colour photo, and see what you did with it, i.e., cropping, black and white, etc. Your final version is, indeed, a fantastic effort. If this is your first attempt at portrait, then you are on your way to some fantastic shots in the future, mate!

I agree with what Bynx and Shorturtle have written. I don't have proper post-processing software yet, until my new camera arrives along with Photo Elements 8, etc. So, I include my version of what I would do... though I think Bynx had a much, much better sepia version can I can give... go with that. But YOUR black and white version is fine, I just worked with three small changes... but go with yours, mate... very well done... Again, I am very, very happy for you.

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Daniel, the first picture is your original photo. The second is where I made three changes, adding just a tiniest bit of sharpening, and a couple of other changes... the second is the sepia, but for some reason, the contrast looks a little strong... so Bynx has made a good attempt with your photo regarding sepia.
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Old Apr 25, 2010, 3:21 AM   #22
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good effort for both your first try at portrait and editing as for the noise it adds to the shot im sure your father will like it
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Thank you everyone for your kind words, and your editing attempts. I like them all and will keep them to.

Best regards/Daniel
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Old Apr 25, 2010, 8:23 AM   #24
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I don't know anything about portrait photography, but I really like this shot of your father! When it comes to b&w and noise... when I'm converting my street shots to b&w, I always add some fake grain... I just love that old look... but that's just my 2 cents
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Old Apr 25, 2010, 8:42 AM   #25
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I don't know anything about portrait photography, but I really like this shot of your father! When it comes to b&w and noise... when I'm converting my street shots to b&w, I always add some fake grain... I just love that old look... but that's just my 2 cents
Thank you. Glad you like it.
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Old Apr 25, 2010, 9:08 AM   #26
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ok. lesson learned
will never CC any photo in my life though. you people are scary. JK
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Old Apr 25, 2010, 10:55 AM   #27
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Nothing wrong with your CC, everyone has different taste.
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ronin, i am in agreement with you. I prefer less noise (intentional or not). I'm not a fan of film grain. It is definitely a matter of taste, so you can't always please everyone.

That being said, it is a great picture, noise or not.
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Old Apr 25, 2010, 1:04 PM   #29
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I agree, it is a great picture... and what really makes it great is how it was a basic colour shot, but with good cropping, making it black and white... wow... it turned out to be a great shot! The composition and lighting were spot on, a good capture of a facial expression. And this is a first attempt??? Holy cats, what will we many attempts later!!!? Ned
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Thanks everybody. Of course everybody could give qritique. I´m here to learn and listens to everybody even though I might not agree with everybody. As said before it´s a matter of taste.
Take care, best regards/Daniel
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