What attracted me to put it on the blog seven years later is the direct stare at the camera lens of the guy on the RHS who is in conversation with other two.
In effect this a picture about the guy on the RHS’s attitude to me photographing them and the look on his face.
As I have said before for me, a picture that attracts the viewer has dominance, tension and balance. The dominance in this pictures is provided by the face is the lightest tone with most contrast. The tension is supplied by the direct stare. The tonal balance is provided by the darker tones to counter balance the lighter tones of the man’s face.
Clarity has been added to the lighter man’s face and taken away from the rest of the picture. Clarity adds mid-tone contrast and helps show the subject of the picture.
Essentially the way I print or post process is to decide what the subject is then add clarity and contrast to that part of the picture to give it dominance and then darken everything else.
Left is a straight B&W conversion provided by Lightroom 4 without any further adjustment added. You will notice that all the skin tones are roughly of an equal brightness and contrast. As the viewer you may think which one should I be looking at as there aren’t that many clues. The only clue is the guy with beard and ciggi is roughly sharp.
A big hello to all the new followers of my little blog this week.
(c) Andy Beel FRPS 2012