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Some of my favourite 2015 portrait images from each month….January to December.
Let me know which is your favourite from the year…..I would love to hear your views!
I really like the one of the little girl (bottom right) 🙂
Thank you Marie, I have just had this one printed, intending for it to go into a competition.
Your welcome John. Wish you good luck with that competition!
I like the one of the children looking out of the train window, but then they are all good 🙂
Thanks Lyn, that’s one of my favourites, though a competition judge rightly commented that it wasn’t sharp. I think that he missed the point slightly. Technically it’s weak, but it captures the feeling of the moment!
John they’re all wonderful but the one on the end of the little girl in sepia is the real winner. What a look and a perfect capture of innocence and a bit of confidence showing in her face.
Thanks Tim. It’s strange, but I can’t recall taking the photo. It almost feels like someone else took it. How strange is that!
That is strange but I presume the image didn’t just jump into your camera. We take some many images that it can be difficult to remember them all.
I still really like that “Revisionist Portrait 3.” I don’t remember the “history” of you making the image, but I remember the striking quality of the subject’s eyes…the gentleness that you captured. Very nice, John….
He previous appeared as a colour image and was taken in the cafe of a gallery in Dublin and is one of my personal favourites. Thanks Scott.
Hard choice for favourite but my vote is with the final photo! Superb..
Thanks Peter. Just entered a Scottish Photographic Society print competition, but that one didn’t make the cut because it came back from the printers much too dark….shame really!
Thats a shame. I get you totally about the lab issue. I have worked quite hard to get the balance correct. Basically, even after expensive profiling devices, it came down to using an existing print from my preferred lab, holding it up next to my monitor and adjusting brightness manually on the monitor, to roughly match the physical print. I use an iMac and a lab near me called SIMLAB. In order to know that what I get from them is the same as what I see on my monitor, I have my brightness down to around 10%. Too low for general use of my mac, but when I’m editing for an important print, I turn it right down. Helps me a lot! Sorry if you’ve already tried that, its just a thought..
(this also forced me to now slightly over expose when shooting (without blowing highlights obviously) and fine tune if needed in post) Also this raises the annoying spectre of misleading camera LCD brightness; if one relies on it, as I think we all do nowadays, to check overall exposure!
Sorry for the essay John! 🙂
That’s interesting, I also use an iMac and have tried working with the brightness turned down but generally I check the histogram and just raise the curves slightly and I get a good match. This time, as I hadn’t ordered a set of prints for a while, I just forgot to adjust the curves. Thanks very much for your thoughts Peter.
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