Martin Newland, QPSA  

Wayan by Martin Newland, QPSA

November 2020 - Wayan

November 2020 - Martin Newland, QPSA


About the Image(s)

I took this image as a .jpg in a market in Ubud, Bali in 2014. This fellow had been watching me take photos of some of the other street vendors, all of whom had demanded money for the privilege. He walked away from his stall, sat down, relaxed and lit a cigarette. He nodded and smiled when I asked if I could take his photo. He refused to take any payment. So we bought a couple of knick knacks from his stall instead.

Camera: Canon 7D Mk1
Lens: Sigma 105mm 1:2.8 DG Macro HSM

Many competition mono portraits of men tend to be rugged with very rich blacks and a lot of contrast. So that was what I was looking for in my processing.
I toned down the brightness of his singlet and darkened and blurred the background. Also I cloned out any bright distracting background areas and added a bit of background above his head to balance the image.
As the top of his head was too close to top of the image, I "added" some space which is obvious when you look closely at the top of his hair

This round’s discussion is now closed!
11 comments posted

Shirley Pohlman   Shirley Pohlman
I feel that you have done so well in capturing the ruggedness of this gentleman. His eyes are looking right at me. Changing this to B&W, in my opinion, gives him that character you were seeking I believe it is sharp, even to the point of seeing that one hair sticking out the side of his face. I like the way you changed the background, and I would not have noticed the added on canvas if you hadn't said anything. I know that this high contrast style is used all the time, but I wonder what it would look like if the skin definition weren't quite as strong. Just curious to know if it would look more natural. I feel it is a great shot and wouldn't suggest changing it but just a tad.   Posted: 11/01/2020 20:17:37
Martin Newland   Martin Newland
I have softened the whole image. I think I prefer the more harsh image.   Posted: 11/01/2020 22:06:08
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Isaac Vaisman M.D.   Isaac Vaisman M.D.
(Groups 4 & 58 & 72)
Martin, I do too. Great portrait   Posted: 11/04/2020 12:43:10
Martin Newland   Martin Newland
Thanks Isaac   Posted: 11/04/2020 16:06:54
Shirley Pohlman   Shirley Pohlman
All in the eyes of the beholder, I like your second one better except perhaps the background and hair could have been left as you originally had it. In my opinion he still has that ruggedness without looking overdone.   Posted: 11/05/2020 16:02:34

Jaqueline Whalen   Jaqueline Whalen
Oh my gosh...this photograph is all about the eyes. It is almost the only thing I see when I look at it. changing to BW is the key and getting rid of anything distracting in the backgrounf focuses and grounds the image in the present and I almost want to have a conversation with this fellow. The story is in those eyes! Well done. I love it.   Posted: 11/06/2020 17:13:28

Harry M. Stuart   Harry M. Stuart
Just a beautiful study of the Bali gentleman. I really do prefer the softened image you displayed later - and the detail is superb. The 'ayes' have it!   Posted: 11/15/2020 15:15:34

Karen Botvin   Karen Botvin
You certainly have a style, Martin! I love the expression that you captured in this gentleman's eyes. Personally, I would settle somewhere in between the really rugged look and the softened down version. I'm not a big fan of the crackly look, but just my opinion.   Posted: 11/15/2020 16:13:52

Martin Newland   Martin Newland
Thank you all for your comments   Posted: 11/17/2020 19:35:48

Lori Azevedo
(Group 10)
Hi Martin, I'm from group 10 and was scanning other groups to learn from you all. I love this photo. Great capture and you did an excellent job with the background.   Posted: 11/17/2020 19:49:16
Martin Newland   Martin Newland
Thank you, Lori   Posted: 11/18/2020 16:14:10