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Old Sep 3, 2013, 9:42 AM   #11
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sds, thank you so much for the kind words. I'm happy to have brought back some fond memories for you. This picture was taken from across the street while waiting for our breakfast to be served, no bounce light was used.
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Old Sep 8, 2013, 4:19 PM   #12
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thats a nice picture, and it tells a story. from that point its really is a success.

To me, the issue you will have with this is point of focus, where the eye goes when looking at the image. You want it go to to the old mans face, but due to the high bright sun, and the dark tree there's a LOT of contrast and so the eye darts around.

If i took this i would do a few things:

1. convert to B&W. not just a desaturation, but create a levels layer and a desaturated hugh saturation layer, and modify each of the color channels to bring out the mans face while dialling back on the contrast caused by the high sun.

2. play with the brightness/shadow controls in photoshop, to even out contrast a bit more, and try to bring focus to the mans face.

Its your photo, so im not going to change it but im sure 10 mins of playing in those areas will give you a much better image that draws the eye in and leads it round the image better.
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Old Sep 9, 2013, 7:09 AM   #13
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Will give the B&W a go and see how that looks too. Gives me a reason to use the Topaz suite we have but really haven't use much yet.
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Old Sep 10, 2013, 6:02 PM   #14
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The couple of thoughts that came to mind are . . . the bench is so symetrical, my personal preference would have been to shoot it straight on to see what it looked like. The other thing is I like how the tree and the tree's own shadow frame the picture, like bookends.
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Old Sep 10, 2013, 9:51 PM   #15
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Didn't think about shooting it straight on at the time. Guess I was more interested in getting back inside and eating my breakfast before the wife eat it all.
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Old Sep 11, 2013, 6:43 AM   #16
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LOL that sounds familiar. <grin> But for me, it's mostly running after my two daughters . . . On vacation I usually only get 1-2 seconds to get a shot, and then I'm running after the girls.
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Use to have that problem too but now the kids are old enough (22,20) that I glad when they do run off.
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I find myself running after girls a lot, also. They are not my daughters, though, and I'm getting too old to catch them.

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i find myself running after girls a lot, also. They are not my daughters, though, and i'm getting too old to catch them.

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lol!
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My wife takes my glasses away from me in public so I can't even look anymore.
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