Originally posted by snaffles:
Greetings from the Critique Club! I love having a subject like this gentleman here. The colours, textures and tones are great, the composition simple and manages to avoid dead-centredness by the slight angulation of his head away from you.
Now for the nitpicky part. Shallow dof works great for macros and some subjects, and can work well portraits...but I'm afraid the fact that his eyebrows and the tip of his nose is so out of focus that is detracts greatly from the overall image. Ditto the more slightly oof right eye. Most lenses aren't at their best wide-open and I think that a few more stops down would give us all that lovely detail only hinted at here. Your settings confuse me a bit...why such a high ISO and fast shutter speed? Surely you could have got away with an ISO of 320-400 and a shutter speed of 1/100. That would have allowed you to shoot at f.4 or more.
Otherwise, a lovely image with tons of potential. Please keep shooting and entering and feel free to PM me with any questions.
ETA: Might I suggest that, as this is a Free Study entry, that you take a good look at the 12th place image in this challenge and in particular a good look at the settings used!
I just saw you comment perhaps that's why I did not tick the useful to photographer box. I am certainly very thankful for you comments and they are pinpoint accuracy. This is the very first time I am using this manual lens and yes. I jumped on the F2 instead of F4 or even F8 which is close to the sweet spot for this lens. Regrettably, I can't go back now, it was a great trip to Indonesia which I will be heading there again in a few days time. I will not make this mistake again. Your feedback is fantastic and certainly very very helpful indeed, thank you very much for your kind pointers.