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Afternoon rain by dukeofspade Afternoon rain by dukeofspade
My first shot of Jim - a good friend
just learning portraits now :D
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Hi there!
I've been asked by the group "Snazzy Photography" to have a look at and of course rate your work. The rating they have set is: 1 --> Bad & 10 --> good (I would usually say "Awesome, Beautiful, and/or magnificent").
I would rate your work a 9! :D It's super awesome!
I like how the photo has captured the emotion and mood of what is going on, and also the male's facial features. I also love & like how the background has been faded, leaving only the main vector in focus for our eyes to follow. :D

This picture is really, really good!!!!!!!!!!
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Yoh-Boo Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Your photo has been up for rating at :iconsnazzyphotography: and received an average voting of 6 :)
For more information take a look at the poll here [link]
surrealhorizon Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
<puts on critique hat>
Okay, so this is an okay portrait, though it probably won't be a portfolio shot for either of you.

On the bright side, the standard soft light and blurry backgrounds draw attention to the subject. My main critique is that it appears to be a just a picture of a shirtless boy. It lacks the visual intensity of a "drama portrait" or the personality of a "lifestyle portrait." You put in a lot of post-production effort to polish a shot that wasn't especially memorable to begin with.
This shot of yours [link] is stronger because it's visually simpler and the character shows more personality.

A note about the background: the shadow on his chest and a halo on his back look like imperfectly applied layer masks, some unnatural "wind noise" has been applied, and the whole background is evenly blurred. When blur results from optical properties of a lens, closer objects appear less blurred.

There's room to critique the color too--the bold blocks of green and sky-gray aren't helping your portrait. You'll also find that a visual horizon is usually distracting, especially if it runs through your subject.

I hope that helps! Return critiques are very welcome. Perhaps on this one? [link]
LovelyLiar Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nicely done :D may I use this picture as drawing reference please?... I need some practice with male anatomy
dukeofspade Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
wow sure you can :) and please link me your drawing i love to see it :hug:
claremanson Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
really makes me wonder what he is thinking
dukeofspade Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
i think he's thinking of what will be his face in the photo :D
youarenotalone2 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011
Great shot!
dukeofspade Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
thanks :D
youarenotalone2 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011
You are very welcome :hug:
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Canon EOS 450D
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1/2656 second
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Date Taken
Sep 12, 2011, 2:41:34 PM
Adobe Photoshop CS3 Windows
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