Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Selective processing and prominence

Two of my favourite people images - originals first and two alternatives.

 I can see the eye in the original, but wanted to highlight it a bot and get the "effect" of his gaze. The edited colour version is a lot better than the original, but for the monochrome works the best

 The young girls expression is challenging, even in the original, but by highlighting and making the eye more prominent it helps to "understand" her gaze. The portrait crop helps push that even more.


  1. I wouldn't have thought you could make such a difference by judicious crop and some processing John. they're both certainly giving you 'the eye'.

  2. Children seem to have less of an issue in challenging. I am sure they were lots of people (I did photograph a lot this past week!) who noticed I was pointing a camera at them but most avoided the conflict of looking at the lens or me, whereas more children allowed their curiosity to get the better of them and looked. Some people looked at where I pointing the lens i.e. in the line through them away from me, which I found interesting, almost as if they thought themselves unlikely subjects. I did, on two occasions sit myself by a large sign that people looked at so I could catch them that way. But it was a tourist spot and people had cameras all over the place, so I didn't stand out too much.

  3. I was wondering about that and where you were sitting. The whole set on Flickr is excellent - brings in a new dimension and so different from 'cliche'. Catherine

    1. Thanks again Catherine. I have a lot more to process and work through, it did seem as if a floodgate had been opened.