Oliver Morton  

 Street Musician by Oliver Morton

January 2022 - Street Musician

January 2022 - Oliver Morton


About the Image(s)

This image was made eight years ago in Germany. I thought the musician's face was perfect for a street musician. He had a jolly way about him and was delighted to have an audience.

I made quite a few changes to the original image. In addition to cropping, I used PS and Camera Raw to bring out some of the patterns in his sweater. I also darkened and slightly blurred the background since it seemed to be competing with his face. Then, after slightly darkening the bright accordion keys, I did a bit of sharpening.

7 comments posted

Mark Burgess   Mark Burgess
Hi Oliver, nice job dealing with the harsh light. I like his cheerful face and wonder if that should be the focus. Eg crop off his hand leaving enough of the accordion to tell us the story.   Posted: 01/05/2022 21:14:51
Oliver Morton   Oliver Morton
Outstanding suggestion. When I looked at the picture cropped the way you said, I thought, "of course!".

In any event, thank you, Mark.   Posted: 01/05/2022 22:13:00

David Price   David Price
You have taken an interesting picture in very difficult lighting conditions. You have done well to bring out the detail in his sweater. A few things you may consider: The shadow line on his face is distracting for me particularly where his skin appears to be burnt out on his cheek and nose. In the attached I have used a few Brightness/Contrast layers to lighten the top of his face. I have then cloned out the bright spots. I find the writing in the background distracting so I have cloned the letters out. I have also blurred the background a little more and added more contrast to the whole image. I am not totally happy with his skin tone on my version but I think this would be easier to deal with on a full sized image. I have not cropped his hand out but agree it should be done.   Posted: 01/06/2022 05:25:00
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Sophia Schade   Sophia Schade
Hi Pete, (Barabara, said you like to be called Pete :)) hope I read it correctly :). Love street photography and really like this image. I agree with David's comments. David is a master with Photoshop. I Like having the hand in the photo. Please keep the watch in focus like you have it in the original photo.   Posted: 01/06/2022 10:11:08

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
I really like what you did with this portrait. I like the gentleman's expression, enhanced by his ruddy complexion. The shadow of his hat shows on his garments, so should not mysteriously disappear from his face. If you can't get the whole hand in, then you are right to take Mark's advice to crop out the partial hand.   Posted: 01/07/2022 15:38:33

Candia Peterson   Candia Peterson
I think I prefer your original, I think the PS treatment has left a rather bland figure and I think you could have softened the shadow on the face (probably needed it a little bit) rather than eliminating it altogether. The sunlight has gone off of his space and out of his spirit I feel in David's version. I feel the portrait tells a nice story but I think I would have preferred to see an image in which the man was engaging with his instrument rather than looking quite self-conscious into the lens.   Posted: 01/08/2022 16:03:30

Barbara E Miller   Barbara E Miller
This is the type of image I like to take Pete, but unfortunately I don't get out these day to do so. The only change the I would make here is to blur out the ?JKS? beside his hat. I prefer to see the rosy cheeks, and have no objection to his looking at the camera, I feel he is inviting one to sing-a-long or place a coin in the receptacle which I feel is at this feet! Super image!   Posted: 01/08/2022 16:33:29


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