John Erve  

Looking to the Future by John Erve

October 2020 - Looking to the Future

October 2020 - John Erve


About the Image(s)

Some experimentation with the use of IR for portraiture.

Processed using Topaz
Nikon D5500 converted to 720 nm, 1/250 sec. f/5.6 70mm; 400 ISO. Tamron 18-200 mm

7 comments posted

Palli Gajree   Palli Gajree
Hi John
Faces do lend themselves to IR treatment, and you've done
well here. Composition equally good.
One suggestion if I may, is to tweak the tone in the face to get more depth. Nice work, nonetheless!   Posted: 10/02/2020 00:02:12

Gary Potts   Gary Potts
Greetings John,

Very effective use of IR for a portrait. Great pose, too, in my view, as the subject is looking up and left. For my tastes, the face needs to have more 'grit' or at least depth and contrast. I've worked it a little in the attachment to both darken it and add contrast. If you like this better, it may be necessary to go to the eyes and lighten them again after you complete the previous changes. See if you like this version. One last thing...why are you providing .gif files, John? We generally use low-res jpegs, and those are also easier to download and adjust if any of us wanted to do that to offer another alternative like I have here.   Posted: 10/03/2020 09:05:37
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John Erve   John Erve
Thank-you Gary for your comments and it is interesting to see your reprocessed image (as you suggest, I will load a jpeg image next month). In your image, the scarf is the brightest area which I feel draws attention away from the face and darkening it to add more "grit" could work for a male subject, but I feel the brighter and smoother appearance is better for this older woman.   Posted: 10/05/2020 21:02:21

Emil Davidzuk   Emil Davidzuk

Love your composition, it draws me to this person you captured. Gary has provided us with some toning ideas on portraiture that are very worthwhile. My only only caution is that with the black background, the subject "moves farther away" from us the darker the toning becomes.

Emil   Posted: 10/05/2020 09:26:32

Jack Florence Jr   Jack Florence Jr
I enjoy your portrait, John, not just for the wax museum feel to the skin, but the light and the texture where the scarf wraps around the neck is just beautiful!   Posted: 10/05/2020 17:21:31

Melanie Hurwitz   Melanie Hurwitz
Hi John,
I really like this portrait. I also know how difficult it is to get facial detail in IR images. The clothing is beautifully handled, showing wonderful detail. I do think there could be more detail found in the face as per Gary's offering, but I would do it very locally so as only to change the facial detail. The pose certainly creates tension which I love.   Posted: 10/06/2020 11:33:46

Charles Walker   Charles Walker
John, beautiful lighting. I like the way you captured the youthful, hopeful spirit in the face of this elder. Because I have an unexplainable attraction to more contrast, I like the modifications made by Gary.   Posted: 10/07/2020 11:02:08


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