This post originally appeared on my Google+ page. I've placed it here to include some links.
Greetings Google Plussers and Canon Users. If you're in the UK, hope you're enjoying the fine autumn weather we're having at the moment. Hope also that you're enjoying the increased Google+ activity on my part. It's taken a while but it's growing on me. Here's the third and probably final image from the Dynamic Duo workshop with +Glyn Dewis and +Kieron Nevison , held in Halifax last weekend. It features Lee. What a great model he was! I chose this pose as it's slightly different to other ones I've seen. I like the way he's leaning into the camera. The clenched right fist and his wide eyes suggest aggression but there's also a hint of sadness and vulnerability in his expression. For the most part I've followed the excellent advice given by Glyn during the workshop and on his latest video. I especially like the one about widening the image slightly. It really does make the figure more like the way you remember it when taking the shot. The textured background is formed using Adobe Texture Paper Pro. It's a free filter and can be accessed through Adobe extensions (third item down in the Window menu). Really like it! Using a Tamron 24-70mm lens, I found that, although Lee's face was in focus, the tattoos on his left arm were slightly blurred so I tried using Photoshop's new anti-shake filter. It seems to have worked well although it tended to make the rest of the shot rather grainy. To get round that I put the anti-shook version on a different layer and masked out all but the arm. Perhaps it's still a bit too grainy for some tastes but I think it works for this particular pose and atmosphere. As with the other two images I'd like to mention that, although I took the picture and processed it, the lighting was set up by the aforementioned Dynamic Duo. Thanks again to them!