What an intriguing place....
Wildbegonia: I will never guess you are the same author of entry # 27 Locky in this challenge, which is a stunning portrait and far of 'high quality' (whatever this means for voters) and craftsmanship. In MO, Locky should had got a higher spot. So having said this, this entry has been treated excessively in pp and added unnatural coloring (almost hurts the viewr's eyes), specially in the area which is the soul of the portrait: The eyes.
No apology required :) I love discussion...
No probs. As I said, opinions are always welcome. I have the benefit of living in Australia and I have had the honour of spending quite some time talking to this man in particular, on more than one occasion. To me, for me and by me, this image captures him the way I want it to. *shrug* I have no regrets or desire to change it. If you wish to see things a different way, that's great! That's art and art is a very subjective and personal thing.
As always, opinions are always welcome. The two images are displaying extremely different characters and messages. "Excessive" is a harsh word and of course, a matter of opinion. I have read no criteria on "quality portraits" that inhibit the use of PP to enhance certain characteristics in features. Indeed, if you take any great store in it, you will find such processing in a plethora of awarded images around a multitude of galleries. In this instance, I felt the processing was appropriate to the subject, an indigenous Australian who lives a constant nomadic life, wandering with a few possessions in swag, travelling 1000s of kilometres to read his poetry and tell his stories to those who will listen. It is a harsh country, harsh roads and his craggy, weatherworn face tells this story. I am sorry you found it unattractive, but I certainly not sorry I processed it the way I did.
Wildbegonia: Very nice portrait, speaks volumes of the sitter's character. Well crafted too. Sad it did not placed better. Love the result given by the use of a macro lens, and how it captured the light in the eyes.
Thanks for your encouraging comments. It's actually my son and was part of a promotional shoot for his band. I do love that 100mm lens for this sort of shot. It's so very sharp and as you suggest, brings up all the detail in the eyes. Cheers!
mrsfixit: Wonderful shot! Well deserved win!
Thanks. I was rather surprised to win amongst these great photos...
RuthC: This photo has captured the essence of cockatoos perfectly, except for the accompanying screeches which they feel is necessary every time they move! Wonderful detail in the whole picture. Ruth :-)
thanks Ruth... yes, I think they got all the looks and none of the "audio" appeal :) And they are just SOOO destructive!
The Mick: I think this one is pretty outstanding! Best of luck in the challenge.Mick
Thanks Mick :)
A Subset: This is stunning. My only complaint is the soda can in the bottom! I wish it weren't there.
hahaha. Yes there is some PP (it was shot in raw) on this, but not a huge amount. This sort of mist is not at all uncommon in the area it was taken, in fact it is probably there the majority of mornings in spring. Any PP done on this was done in Adobe Raw, with some tweaks in photoshop - No prepacked filters or anything like that. And yes, it does look like that, when the sun is right
Soda can? Oh, you mean in the bottom middle. I think that is actually a small puddle reflecting, but yes, it should be removed. thanks :)
inframan: Yes, this is a well-deserved win. Definitely a world-class landscape.
Thanks very much. Kind words indeed!
jmiller1948: Superb! One of the best winners in quite some time. Congrats!
Thank you :)
Picturenaut: Congrats, this is a really beautiful image.
Thank you very much :)
Dlync: Stunning image!
Thanks very much :) It's my favourite city on earth
Thanks very much for those who voted. Much appreciate!
mais51: Strikingly beautiful colour photo - great shoot
Thanks :) It was a beautiful view
Well done. You must be the better heavyweight.....
This is a simply stunning shot and a very deserved winner. Nice day for a swim at Bronte :)
Fantastic old world charm... Love it.