Ata Kemal Sahin  

Seniority by Ata Kemal Sahin

December 2019 - Seniority

December 2019 - Ata Kemal Sahin


About the Image(s)

This photo was taken in an old Ottoman inn in Istanbul. He is a former soccer player and a successful model at the age of 77. Photographers hire him for different projects. This one is originally a color image and converted to bnw & grayscale in Photoshop. Besides, highlight-shadows, contrast, brightness levels were edited and sharpened a bit. Exif: f2.8 1/60 ISO500 35mm

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10 comments posted

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
Merhaba, Ata, nasılsınız? Eşim Türk, ama Türkçe konuşmıyorum.
I am visiting from Monochrome Group 32. Welcome to Digital Dialogues.
This looks better in monochrome than color. You sure got a great model. Nice that you got a catch-light in the dark side eye.
I see that the original is a bit darker on the dark side than the monochrome. I suggest making the monochrome also very dark on the dark side, taking advantage of the excellent side-lighting. Also, the bright area of the beard might be a bit too light. These are just my personal preferences. How does this look to you?   Posted: 12/02/2019 21:30:38
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Ata Kemal Sahin   Ata Kemal Sahin
Selam Stephen; iyiyim, teşekkürler. I'm pleased to learn that your wife is a Turkish lady.

I've been shooting for almost half century and education never ends. I have a photography consulting firm in Istanbul and organizing workshops, photo-walks, photo-trips. I've already noticed what you mentioned and that's definitely true. As you know, I'm a new member of PSA and studying to understand philosophy and server auto-adjustments. Frankly speaking, original bnw copy of this pic is more darker and meets your suggestions which are correct. Probably, PSA server adds some extra light in uploaded pics! Once I solved these extra adjustments, I'm going to edit my photos exclusively for PSA Galleries. Thanks for your constructive comment Stephen. You can also view my Instagram profile @atakemalsahin
  Posted: 12/03/2019 00:17:55

Arne Skinlo   Arne Skinlo
First about the discussion about light or dark image. In my opinion, this has to most to do with how bright or dark each user has adjusted their screen. To me, the first image is better than the second. I agree, however, in darkening the beard on the right side slightly. You have used the grey tones in an excellent way and it has a full tonal range. Well done!   Posted: 12/07/2019 15:43:17
Ata Kemal Sahin   Ata Kemal Sahin
That's true Arne, mostly depends screen adjustments. Regarding darkening the beard, I could change the AEB amount for the second shot, but time was too tight and 3" camera display shows different color & brightness levels. Thanks.   Posted: 12/15/2019 00:28:03

Pamela Hoaglund   Pamela Hoaglund
(Groups 51 & 52)
What a wonderful subject. You have captured the character for this gentleman and the B&W conversion works well. To me the image looks a little flat. Perhaps a little more contrast would enhance the facial features.   Posted: 12/14/2019 23:53:43
Ata Kemal Sahin   Ata Kemal Sahin
You're right Pamela, but more contrast makes him a bit old:) Thanks.   Posted: 12/15/2019 00:31:43

David Henderson   David Henderson
Welcome Ata
The portrait is a great subject, it's hard change much but maybe you could try lighting the eyes rather than looking out from the shadows and darkening the background.
  Posted: 12/15/2019 23:43:16
Ata Kemal Sahin   Ata Kemal Sahin
Thanks David. I had thought it, but glittering eyes may surpass rest of the face details and pastel gray tones. Frankly speaking, color and bnw forms of this photo are totally different and also our different monitor adjustments affect contrast and brightness perception.   Posted: 12/16/2019 00:42:58

Bill Foy   Bill Foy
Merhaba Ata. The person in this image reminds of men I saw in Istanbul in the early 1960's when I was stationed there with other US Air Force personnel. I think our office was in Gayrettepe but I'm not positive of that.
I like the image as is - I wouldn't change a thing.   Posted: 12/16/2019 13:49:40
Ata Kemal Sahin   Ata Kemal Sahin
Selam Bill, if you worked in the American Consulate, it was in Tepebasi, Beyoglu. US Consulate is now in Istinye. I don't know any other US office in Gayrettepe as I was a baby in those years:) My father was a pilot in the Turkish Air Force with more than 30.000 flying hours. Aren't you planning a new trip to Turkey? Thanks.   Posted: 12/17/2019 01:02:36