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Lines & Smoke

Lines & Smoke
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Copyright: Agoes SK (wieyos) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1094 W: 43 N: 2059] (9118)
Genre: People
Medium: Black & White
Date Taken: 2009-07-25
Categories: Portrait
Camera: Pentax K20D, PENTAX SMC DA 18-55MM F/3.5-5.6 AL II
Exposure: f/9.5, 1/125 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-11-05 1:35
Viewed: 2037
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This shot is originally in colour. I converted it into B&W and later toyed with sepia in the PP works.

After a trial and error, I somehow like the result of this which I think suits well to the subject and the theme – of how cigarette is ‘useful’ in expediting the ageing process. hihihihihihi.

Both the sepia tone and unsharpened mask enhance the lines and rustic look of the subject here. The backlit, on the other hand, creates a fine outline of the subject’s contour.

Thanking you in advance for viewing and kind words.

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Bonjour Agoes.
Un traitement d’image bien géré qui laisse beaucoup de bons détails visibles.
Le passage au sépia est parfaitement bien adapté à ce type d’image.
Bonne journée.

Hello Agoes,

Very nice picture! Nice colours, very moody,

regards stef

Hi Agoes - a wonderful portrait. The lighting is precise and shows the details of the man's face very well! Nice compo and I like the guy's pose in that he's looking away into the distance..

Good work.


This is a masterclass of a shot! It is timeless, tasteful and charged with creativity and vision. Photographically perfect comes to mind. This deserves far more credit than this-brilliant!



Yes, the back lighting is really what makes this shot stand out. From the thumbnail, I almost thought the smoke behind and around him, looked like wings!!
Love the halo of light outlining his body, and as you said.. you've captured all the details of aging skin. Very well does Agoes.

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  • mcoco Gold Star Critiquer [C: 68 W: 0 N: 3] (759)
  • [2009-11-05 11:45]

Hi Agoes,

I think this is a great picture. The lines in the face, the lines in the smoke very well done with the light coming from the front and the back.


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  • bri Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 751 W: 13 N: 1404] (6384)
  • [2009-11-05 11:57]

Hi Agoes,
Fantastic portrait and the lighting in the smoke is superb. TFS

Perfect portrait lighting for the subject!

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