Karl Hokanson, EPSA  

Hamlets Lord Ego by Karl Hokanson, EPSA

May 2020 - Hamlets Lord Ego

May 2020 - Karl Hokanson, EPSA


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First thing I need to do is work on darkening the white area/light background using some Matt K techniques I just learned for LR. Further suggestions welcome since my Ren Faire passed image collection has a lot of possibilities (and hopefully more this summer).

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8 comments posted

Cindy Lynch   Cindy Lynch
Interesting figure which looks great as a monochrome. Definitely the way to go here. I hope you don't mind, but I couldn't help trying a few things on it. Since I am, like most others, staying home during this pandemic, I've been trying to learn some new techniques. One of them is using the smudge tool in Photoshop. I find it creates a wonderful background with out having to try to mask out the subject and use a texture layer. I tried that here, then used Nik Color Efex Darken/Lighten Center filter and cloned in a touch of catch light in the eyes.   Posted: 05/06/2020 09:53:20
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Karl Hokanson   Karl Hokanson
Like it. How do you compare it to the recent "texturing" technique in LR that Matt K has been talking about? Unfortunately "working" from home so time for experimenting limited. Need to organize.   Posted: 05/06/2020 10:08:20

Cindy Lynch   Cindy Lynch
I don't use LR so I don't know.
  Posted: 05/06/2020 10:14:43

Jeffrey Klug   Jeffrey Klug
I liked what Cindy did, I fooled with it, but did not get anything I liked. I could use a little more room on the right side. A textured background would be a help.   Posted: 05/07/2020 21:40:16

Karl Hokanson   Karl Hokanson
I believe I cropped it because of the background but with smudge I can give it a little more room. But still want to try to keep eyes close to that upper right third. Might be alble to work a print standard.   Posted: 05/08/2020 13:46:32

Lorna Zaback   Lorna Zaback
The monochrome version of this image works much better, I think. Cindy, I really like the smudging of the background and the Lighten/Darken Centre (I find myself using that in many the images I edit in Nik). The only distraction for me is the light spot just behind the subjects neck - I might go back in and darken that just a little. I also agree with the need for more room on the right. Intriguing portrait!   Posted: 05/08/2020 21:18:16

Paul Moertl   Paul Moertl
I like the color version best. I love the colors. However, I would crop the stuff on the left, as it is distracting to me.   Posted: 05/10/2020 11:52:46

David Price   David Price
I prefer the mono version and like what Cindy has done. I will try her method, it looks interesting. I would prefer the image to look a little sharper.   Posted: 05/15/2020 06:42:38