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Old Jan 16, 2013, 11:13 AM   #1
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Default Portrait of an artist in B+W

I met him at a local art fair as he was displaying his paintings. Converted to B&W in Topaz B&W Effects after some tweeking and a crop in CS6. Finally, I masked him out of the background in Topaz Dmask3 and replaced it with a graduated tone.
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Old Jan 17, 2013, 8:37 AM   #2
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Great work, very strong looking portrait.
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Old Jan 17, 2013, 11:24 AM   #3
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It has a real large format feel to it but I feel like it's a little too sharpened and I'd almost always rather see the flash off camera. This would have a real yousef karsh feel with a little more control over the flash and getting it off-axis. Or even just bounced from the side.

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That is a terrific picture, but like DigMe, I felt it might benefit from a little less sharpening.

However, even when I gave it a little less sharpening and contrast and a very slight touch of Photoshop oil paint I couldn't get it to look the way I wanted.

Then I wondered whether it would help if I offset the face somewhat by increasing the contrast of the background.

I got a bit impatient at this point and should probably have taken more pains when adjusting the background, but here's the combined result -
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Lovely portrait, great character, experience and emotion visible in his face.

My critique would be:
- the selection technique didnt owrk here, and its clear that the man was removed from another photo, not very successfully.
Id leave him in the background he was in, but just do a gaussian blur adjustment layer and blur the background to a point its not distracting. very very easy to do and very effective.

-It does seem to be a "tad" oversharpened in the face. I can see why you went this route though, but the shirt, which is in roughly in the same field of focus is very blurry, which when juxtapositioned against the over sharpened face makes the image look very fake. I would reduce the sharpening a tad, sharpen the shirt a little & and only selectively sharpen the face, mainly around the eyes.

Its a lovely portrait though regardless, and i only give criticism that i think necessary to make this onto one you could print.
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Just my 2 cents, I like the sharping in the original picture. Maybe because with my eyes most everything looks soft to me.
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