SELF-INDULGENCE 114 – MAN LOOKING OUT TO SEA

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Man looking out to sea at St Ives, Cornwall; 24 Apr 2012.

This is a colour version and very different crop of another image, which can be found here .

We are now much closer up behind the man – even his eyebrows and lashes can be seen.  And I’ve lightened the sparkling sea that he’s looking out over, and also introduced a cold blueness to all non-silhouetted parts of the picture.  This is a very different picture now – which do you prefer?

Nikon D700 with 70mm-300mm VR Nikkor at 300mm; 400 ISO; digitally manipulated in Nikon’s Capture NX2.
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I received the comment here from Meanderer yesterday, and immediately thought that, at long last, she’d finally lost it – you know, the lights are on but there’s nobody …  that sort of thing .. but in true FATman style – did I tell you that I’m an oppressed mass? –  it now emerges that she’s 100% right and I’m, well, you know, I’m … not … >>> SO APOLOGIES!!!

I have two versions of the above picture.  The one above is the one I posted under Self-Indulgence yesterday, whereas the one I oroginally posted had more intense blues – and its the one posted below.  So, making the best of a botched job, which do you … prefer … if any … ?

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About Adrian Lewis
Photographer - using mono, colour and combinations of the two - many types of subject, including Minimalism, landscapes, abstracts, soft colour, people, movement, nature - I like to be adventurous, trying new ideas, working in multiple genres. And I've a weakness for Full English Breakfasts and Duvel golden ale, though not necessarily together.

15 Responses to SELF-INDULGENCE 114 – MAN LOOKING OUT TO SEA

  1. Sonali Dalal says:

    i prefer the previous one! It has more to say.

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      But do you think that, by having more to say, the message might be less focused, diluted maybe? I simply don’t know, Sonali. As I said to Meanderer, when I produced the second version of the post, I was looking for something more (as we Brits say) “in your face” and targeted. I don’t know – but thanks for your thoughts >>> and for this vast number of Comments!!! >>> there goes the ! key again !!!!! Adrian !!!

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      • Sonali Dalal says:

        I do not think that message is less focused. Man’s body language speaks more in older picture which somehow gets lost in the newer version. That is my viewpoint :).

        I am keeping tight control over my !!!

        I love to see your pictures. I have been little busy and little lazy recently.

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        • Adrian Lewis says:

          I understand what you’re saying – and being in control of your !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!s can only be good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          Thank you for your kind words, Sonali – and don’t worry about laziness >>> all of us who have some imagination do it! A

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  2. krikitarts says:

    I really prefer this new version and find it more focused and intense. In the mono one, I find myself distracted by the rest of what you included in the frame. This concentrates the interest on the silhouetted figure and makes me wonder what he’s contemplating. And that wonderful nose!

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Gary, I’m right with you – the second versions (note use of plural!!!) were made in response to that distraction – the second ones are more intense >>> but what do you think re the colour differences? And you know, I’d never noticed his nose! Adrian

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      • krikitarts says:

        I find that the intense blue with which you’ve blessed the water serves to enhance the apparent intensity of his gaze and adds a lot to the whole. And, um, how could you not notice that nose? It would make W.C. Fields envious!

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        • Adrian Lewis says:

          Yes, I take your point about the more intense blue seeming to intensify his gaze – absolutely.

          And the nose? Well this is not the first time such a thing has happened – I’m all wrapped up in an image, only to repeatedly miss a part of it – but just as you have, others notice it >>> and hence to another real benefit of posting online! Thanks, my friend! A

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  3. Hmmm. I actually like them both. (I do really have a preference but the last time a blogger asked that question, I picked one and I guess I picked the wrong one because he got all bent out of shape! Go figure – don’t ask if you don’t want to know ;-). )
    P.S. this one 😉

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Oh never mind that, when you’re here you always say just what you think – I am always open to all opinions! >>> love “he got all bent out of shape”, just wonderful! Well, a bit scary, but wonderful too …

      And now you can have a second bite at the cherry due to my fouling up Version Control! Any preferences at all, mmmm?????????

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  4. Meanderer says:

    Ah – I remember this one from before. I had to look through your posts with the tag ‘man’ to find it again. I liked it a lot and said so.

    I just realised – putting them side by side – that the backdrop is a different colour in this one. You’d added blue tones to the previous one. I like this one even better as I prefer the background colours.

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Thanks for this – at last sorted out! Glad you like this image – I know what you mean about (what is now!) the upper one here; its more subtle, and nearer to reality – but I think I was going more for unreality at the time, and so preferred the more intense version.

      Now, I must say, I’m not sure, I’m not thinking the same way – probably I agree with you.

      To anyone else reading this comment >>> please see the added text and photo in the post!

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      • Meanderer says:

        Well, whatever happened with the mix-up, it’s good to see these images again 🙂

        I hope you’re pleased that I remember what I have seen on your blog – even from a year ago 🙂

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        • Adrian Lewis says:

          Of course I’m pleased >>> you’re very kind, I have you down as a kind person – and hopefully humorous too, as I do tend to ramble on with so much rhubarb >>> one of the things at least that happened in the mix up was that I had a lot of fun! Thank you! A

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