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The highly unusual feelDSCF7137-Edit.jpg.33c805f70f849ecf6f4600ing of being looked down upon by John Cooper. A man of small stature.


and here is Alastair, who looks remarkable foe 72, anDSCF7937.jpg.f2606a34cab235aab3ee8eb24b4d loves colourful shirts, doing his one eyed pointing gesture


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Hi John. The colour image I like for its naturalness although I'd like less of the head cut off (personal thing) and focus appears to be on the far eyebrow. The pictures of John Cooper and pointy finger man both work very well although my preference for the latter would be to crop to his shoulder on the right. Both these catch and hold the attention.

The theater pictures all suffer from overhead lighting and in one at least from slightly behind so three have hollow eyes and poorly placed shadows. The older man (AMdram vet) would benefit (just IMO) from a half stop less exposure and a reflector to the front left. My thinking is the lower exposure would create a little more contrast on the back of his head for separation and the reflector would lift the increased shadows that result from the reduced exposure on the left side. Fill flash if well judged might do the trick on all the theater shots but I I believe you prefer ambient light (as do I).

All good stuff John.

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Thanks for your input veejaycee. I quite agree about the theatre mug shots. I was being pushed for time, by the director, who wanted to get on with his rehearsal, whilst the chair person's asking for portraits. I sat them all in the same place, but it was a bad choice light wise, and I knew it really, but didn't want to rearrange things. It is a pity about the older mans hair, it's attractively whispy in reality, but is as you say, blown out here.

I agree re the crop, on the pointing man, but he's stood beside a performer at our recent music festival, so I unconsciously left him in shot to show that Alastair had mounted the stage.

Thanks very much for your input. I have a couple of reflectors, but you're right I'm an available light photographer. The only flash I own is the little thing that came with the X-T1

I'm now shooting with an X Pro 2, and I'm loving it. I much prefer the rangefinder shape, and ergonomics. Must get round to selling my X-T1, but I thought I'd let the prices settle down a bit, there are hundreds on sale right now, as people upgrade.

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