Suby & Sins House

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Suby In The House 

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Update 08:00hrs: Eeeeeeecccckkkk & Aaaarrrrgggghhhhhh, what happend to all the other comments I have had on this image? SHUTTERCHANCE, whats going on?

This image is for Stardog Champion Where do you think I took this shot? If you said in a studio, nope, Took this shot while watching a mate's band (Trash Monkeys) play in a very badly lit bar. This is the base player (isn't that what they call them) of the band. I had no control over the lighting, no control over the movement if the subjects, no control over the people bustling around, but I did have control over my camera settings and equipement.

This shot was taken from the other side of the bar (the best positioning I could find)

While taking shots of the band, I noticed the base player, & not only was he stood in the darkest part of the bar, he was wearing a black shirt. So a little bit of juggling with my manual setting, adjustment of the flash, I had this image.

I am postiing up the Original as is from the camera. I am not really a fan of doing this, but just want to show that knowing what you can an cannot do with your camera and editing tools can sometimes get you out of a tight spot.

Shot in RAW, all I did in the editing was to convert this shot to monochrome, add a little bit of contrast & depth with the curve tool and addition of a slight colour tone and a hint of noise.  I knew this shot would not work in colour as much as it would in monochrome, so shot it knowing it would end up in B&W.

Even though the bar was very badly light, I still intentionally shot this at ISO100, I really dislike shooting at anything above ISO300

I always say, no matter the situation one is in, always utilize what you have got in hand to achieve a few greet images.

Photography & Words by Suby

"Ars longa, vita brevis."
P.s
Anyone interested in a quick lesson on lighting, please visit the blog of Mr Skee at Skee Town  He is king in this area and has some wonderful advise there. Check his archive.

Base Player

Suby In The House 

See  policyofsubster

Update 08:00hrs: Eeeeeeecccckkkk & Aaaarrrrgggghhhhhh, what happend to all the other comments I have had on this image? SHUTTERCHANCE, whats going on?

This image is for Stardog Champion Where do you think I took this shot? If you said in a studio, nope, Took this shot while watching a mate's band (Trash Monkeys) play in a very badly lit bar. This is the base player (isn't that what they call them) of the band. I had no control over the lighting, no control over the movement if the subjects, no control over the people bustling around, but I did have control over my camera settings and equipement.

This shot was taken from the other side of the bar (the best positioning I could find)

While taking shots of the band, I noticed the base player, & not only was he stood in the darkest part of the bar, he was wearing a black shirt. So a little bit of juggling with my manual setting, adjustment of the flash, I had this image.

I am postiing up the Original as is from the camera. I am not really a fan of doing this, but just want to show that knowing what you can an cannot do with your camera and editing tools can sometimes get you out of a tight spot.

Shot in RAW, all I did in the editing was to convert this shot to monochrome, add a little bit of contrast & depth with the curve tool and addition of a slight colour tone and a hint of noise.  I knew this shot would not work in colour as much as it would in monochrome, so shot it knowing it would end up in B&W.

Even though the bar was very badly light, I still intentionally shot this at ISO100, I really dislike shooting at anything above ISO300

I always say, no matter the situation one is in, always utilize what you have got in hand to achieve a few greet images.

Photography & Words by Suby

"Ars longa, vita brevis."
P.s
Anyone interested in a quick lesson on lighting, please visit the blog of Mr Skee at Skee Town  He is king in this area and has some wonderful advise there. Check his archive.

comments (50)

I LOVE this one very much, a very creative portrait, with this nice framing (I like especially the large black space around) - It's beautiful as a painting. Thumbs up !!
Suby & Sinem: Thanks Zebigleb, I am glad this one is liked. Worked on it a little bit smile

Suby
  • Steve
  • United Kingdom
  • 14 Aug 2006, 09:05
Nice shot Suby and well processed. Here's a couple of ideas for you - loads of space to the left, but the bass player is looking to the right, try flipping him horizontally so he's looking in the direction of the space - does that look any better? Or, looking at the original, there's an out of focus face looking at the bassist, did you try bringing that person into the final version? Might work quite well to balance the bassist.
Suby & Sinem: Eeeck, did not think of that one, will give it a try when I get home, wonder which I will prefer. Bringing the person into focus did not work for what I wanted to achieve, but thanks for the ideas tongue

Suby
  • the enforcer
  • from the deep
  • 14 Aug 2006, 09:12
awwwwwww Suby has lost all his comments, should I play U a violin?
Feel the presence of the enforcer, could I be responsible? could I have exerted my influence on shutterchance? feel the essence of the enforcer ha ha ha. more comments may go.............
anyway U seem to be pulling rabbit out the hat shots, well done Suby.
Ur boys could never find me, I am the enforcer, I move like the mist, U cannot catch me, I am like the wind, ha ha ha ha ha ha (evil bad guy laugh)
No slap today
Suby & Sinem: The enforcer FROM THE DEEP, your time is nigh, the noose is tightening, the net is closing in on you, your days of freedom are numbered, YOU WILL CALL THE SUBSTER DADDY!!! LOL

I will make life a little bit easier for you if you just come foraward and beg forgiveness from the Subster. I await your response. Ha ha ha ha ha he he he he he(place THE ORIGINAL evil bad guy laugh here, why I have a black cat and you don't)

Suby.
Psssst, have to say I really look forward to your comments nowadays, they really make me laugh keep it up (don't let anyone know I encouraged you sssshhhhhssssss)
  • Barbara
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 14 Aug 2006, 09:28
Me likey. Definitely an improvement in b&w. Why do you dislike shooting above ISO 300?
Suby & Sinem: Thanks Aunty Barbs, I just dont like it, have to start worrying about grain and all, don't get me wrong, if I have to I will, but I try to push my camera as far as I can before I have to go above ISO300 tongue

Suby
  • the enforcer
  • from the deep
  • 14 Aug 2006, 09:35
SLAP!!! did U feel that? yeap it was my pimp hand again. What the hell is up with ur text? is it done by a three year old? whats with all the three thousand colours? Ur text hurts my beautiful eyes. I am so happy I could hand U slap today even though ur shot was good.
...and ur effort to find who this guy is SUBY????? i knw his a photographer sha...... grin Detective incubus is on the look out!!
Suby & Sinem: My noose is tightening as I speak, he will be unearthed tongue, we all on the look out, my boys are also on the look out.

Suby
  • peter
  • Denmark
  • 14 Aug 2006, 09:59
I quite like the fact that he is looking out of the picture. It seems to add to the dramatic nature of the shot which is underlined by it's composition and dark lighting. Very nice indeed.
Suby & Sinem: Thanks Peter, glad you like this, going on colour for tomorrows post, Hope you like it. tongue

Suby
  • Mr Skee
  • United Kingdom
  • 14 Aug 2006, 10:26
Suby, why didn't you incllude the base guitar in this pic as well...it would have been awesome!
Anyway...skee's back.

I've decided to spare the rod on this shot....2morro, skee. might not be so nice lol
  • Mr Skee
  • United Kingdom
  • 14 Aug 2006, 10:28
BY THE WAY...THE ENFORCER DUDE IS NOT SO SMART, I'VE BEEN ABLE TO TRACE HIS "IP" ADDRESS, I WILL TAKE HIM DOWN SKEE-SYTLEE LOL
Suby & Sinem: Send me his/her details, we need to give some instance justice, woe betide if it's a photographer who posts DUF shots, him/her will be MINE :p
Suby
  • micki
  • United States
  • 14 Aug 2006, 11:04
Wow, Suby!! Let me say this first, the original image was awesome as is. You really used your camera settings well to make a cool shot with the available light! I would've loved that shot had you posted it. But what you did here was outstanding, you pp magic really worked.

On a side note, good of you to post a guy's image for us ladies, and such a handsome one at that!
Suby & Sinem: I knew you would like it, however I am back to a woman's shot for tomorrows shot, hope you like it as well, Awww, your comments makes my hear sing with joy. Thanks Micki.
Suby
very..very good composition! love how only the face stands out from the black background! cheers smile
Suby & Sinem: Thanks David, really glad this shot is well received, when I visuallised it in my head I was hoping it would be nice, thank God it is smile

Suby
P.s
Please drop comments on tomorrows shot, different from this but one I worked real hard on.
  • petra
  • Netherlands
  • 14 Aug 2006, 11:57
Hey Suby...the comments on my blog also disappeared in cyberspace,,sad
about the photo: great great great.....Nothing negative about it...i just love it!!!
Suby & Sinem: I was a little lucky as I was able to retrieve my comments tongue (Genius me). Thanks for the comments.
Suby
  • Sidney
  • Philippines
  • 14 Aug 2006, 13:16
I agree. Definitely better in black & white ! You won this time around ! ;-)
Suby & Sinem: LOL< thanks Sidney, hope you like the next post.

Suby
  • Funmi
  • 14 Aug 2006, 13:52
definately prefer it in black and white...
Suby & Sinem: Thanks Funmi, glad you like tongue Than ks for the comment and the visit, do visit again.

Suby
Great as always bro.....I uploaded a new pix for the week. Still can't list all the other blogs. What's going on with the blog?
Suby & Sinem: Welcome back bro, just some tiding up going on on Shutterchance, ould be back up and running shortly.

Suby
Fantastic result. this is such a cool shot. it's really neat that you knew what you wanted b4 u even took the shot. The B&W wins hands down and the PP completes it.
Suby & Sinem: Thanks babes, welcome to shutterchance as well and good luck with your blog, hope you get that camera soon.

Suby
  • Emr
  • United States
  • 14 Aug 2006, 14:35
Hey sorry, it's been hectic last two weeks.

This is very good lowkey portrait shot. I like it. I don't know, but I'd try higher contrast on the face, however i see that tone distribution is not enough, so I guess what you have (low contrast on the face) looks like the best.

+composition, +aesthetics. -originiality

now goin' over past posts.
Suby & Sinem: Tha nks for the comments Emre, I did try the high contrast but it really did not work, so I toned it down a little, glad it works this way.

Let me know what you think of tomorrows post.

Suby
Excellent portrait!
Suby & Sinem: Thanks Craig, really glad this shot is liked. Hope you like tomorrow's post
Suby
  • Mia
  • the US of A
  • 14 Aug 2006, 16:41
sad sad sad

my comment's gooooone! **runs away crying**
Suby & Sinem: Me crying to sad

Not fair, all them lovely comments gone. Nooooooooo

Suby
  • Laurie
  • United States
  • 14 Aug 2006, 16:49
Oh no my comments are gone too...

Basically I said that I liked the shot but the text hurts my old presbyopic eyes. Red Text + black background + presbyopia (over 40 short arm disease of the eyes) do not go well together. (Small Bright white font also not so good for these old eyes) Also, please use a consistent font size??? Please???

Now I have a headache...ugh!
Suby & Sinem: Awww,Poor Laurie, I know it drives people up the khyber with the fonts but I sorta find it fun to use, (Hey I am a big baby at heart after all) tongue

Okay I will tone it down just for you, but don't expect me to go all cold Turker just like that. Yeah I saw your comments this morning, I think I still have them hidden somewhere, will see if I can retriev all them comments latter.

Suby
You did well with the little control you had Suby. Your arts is luvly.
Suby & Sinem: Thanks Manuel, that definitely brought a smile to my face tongue

Suby
P.s
Do visit again.
  • Steve W
  • Canada
  • 14 Aug 2006, 17:41
Wonderful. I love the isolation you've captured, it complements his quiet expression.
Suby & Sinem: Thanks for the comments Steve, do visit again.

Suby
hey suby,

this is awesome! i love the way the light falls solely upon his face. although you were not able to control the lighting, you were able to spot and capture this shot. terrific!
Suby & Sinem: Thanks Nicole,

Suby
  • Yẹni
  • Great Britain
  • 14 Aug 2006, 17:46
I give you 12/10 for this shot.
Suby & Sinem: Awwww, I am speechlesss. Thanks.
Suby
Awesome portrait!
Suby & Sinem: Thanks for the comments

Suby
  • Mia
  • US of A
  • 14 Aug 2006, 17:49
Me thinks this could be the cover picture of a music album Just put the title/name on the left and BAM! The next topselling album in the nation (assuming ppl bought the album based on the cover).

The noise and conversion to monochrome is mind-blowing. I'm liking the PP.

ps. HOT bassist/ base player
Suby & Sinem: I think the band would hpe that. tongue

Suby
  • Solaria
  • United States
  • 14 Aug 2006, 17:51
A disembodied head?
GREAT effect though and looks very moody, gothic.
Also like the composition of this one, off center. Gives the photo a lot of impact.
Suby & Sinem: Solaria, thanks for the comments. Please do visit again.

Suby
Nice..... Looks very good.
Suby & Sinem: Thanks Bro,

I have another portrait coming up tomorrow, let me know what you REALLY think.

Suby
Did you then add the noise? Maybe I should look at the original . Cool portrait
Suby & Sinem: Yes I added the noise, I felt it gave it a little added something. Suby
P.s
Do visit again tomorrow, I really want to know what everyones thinks of the shot I have queued.
  • sk
  • UK
  • 14 Aug 2006, 17:59
Yeap some good stuff today, well done man
Suby & Sinem: Thanks Bro. Waiting on your next master piece.

Suby
  • Jon
  • United Kingdom
  • 14 Aug 2006, 18:01
Like this one Suby. It has a very arty minimilist feel about it. Well spotted.
Suby & Sinem: Thanks Jon, really glad this imaged is liked. Can't seem to post any comments on your blog.

Suby
  • timmybomb
  • Vancouver, Canada
  • 14 Aug 2006, 18:16
Fan-freakin-tasic. Excellent problem solving skills Suby. I love what you did with the bad lighting. I love all that negative space.

By the way, I'll actually be posting a couple of people shots this week. Not really my strength, but I thought I would give it a try. I'd love your feedback on them, as you are the king of portraits. Cheers.
Suby & Sinem: Timmy posting people shots, This I have to see, if I know you you will be awesone tongue

Looking forward to the images.

Suby
  • AP
  • United States
  • 14 Aug 2006, 18:27
A-friggin-MAZING. Looks great in monochrome but I like the kinda ghostlike face in the original. Like someone commented there it gives it a narrative feel.

Who is this ENFORCER. Why does he/or she hide behind the cloak of anonimity. He/she should come out to be slapped like the b_tch that he/she is.
Suby & Sinem: AP, I am laughing hard here. That was a good response for the enforcer. Thanks for the comments, really glad this shot is liked. Suby
  • atunbi.
  • United Kingdom
  • 14 Aug 2006, 19:55
Suby rules! Quite a few of us have done this type of image on here, you take on it is spot on bro? (still not sure if you're male or female) Keep it up now. 38 comments? Now thats another wow.
Suby & Sinem: Thanks bro, glad you like, please let me know what you think of the image queued up for tomorrow.

Suby
  • deji77
  • United Kingdom
  • 14 Aug 2006, 23:11
I love this....
Suby & Sinem: Thanks Deji,

Suby
I definitely agree with you when you say "no matter the situation one is in, always utilize what you have got in hand to achieve a few greet images."

This is a really nice shot under the conditions you took it and regardless!!! What flash setting did you use?
Suby & Sinem: Thanks Wale, no flash was used in this shot. I turned off flash just before I took the shot.
Thanks for the comment.

Suby
  • MrC
  • Kernow
  • 15 Aug 2006, 08:02
love the final image!
one of my favourite shots of yours wink
Suby & Sinem: Thanks MrC, I am really glad this shot is liked.

Suby
OK, simply awesome! This is perfect! 9.5 out of 10 and I don;t even know what's holding me back from the perfect 10!!!
Suby & Sinem: Nooooo, I want 10/10 (throwing a big artist stropp here ) LOL tongue Thanks bro.

Suby
  • Azhar
  • India
  • 15 Aug 2006, 16:05
Exactly opposite of the shot you have posted tomorrow, just perfect. Looks like an asiko shot, he does similar.
That's a great shot. I love everything! Composition, B/W, frame...
Good job! smile
beautiful frame, a trully inspiring portrait... i really like it in bw.
outstanding work Suby!

love
sd
  • faustina
  • United States
  • 16 Aug 2006, 09:06
I really like this one, well done with the lighting, and I love the monochrome. Great shot and processing.
  • Turfdigger
  • Southeastern Massachusetts (US)
  • 16 Aug 2006, 11:07
The negative space here is quite effective, as is the overall processing - as has already been mentioned, this seems like great source material for an album cover or other promo material (4x6 glossy club date promos) - you've already recognized the added value of removing the last bits floating around on the left.

Of equal merit, imho, is the color original which presents more of a photojournalistic vibe - perhaps just a bit of contrast bump there would sweeten the deal a bit.

Good stuff!
  • mooch
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 16 Aug 2006, 12:39
Bloody love this shot mind.
Wow the light is fantastic. Just such a minimal use of light. Works rather well.
  • Johnny S
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 16 Aug 2006, 20:20
Hey Suby,

Fantastic work there! Here's proof that I'm getting into my music if there was to be any (the photo's of me btw!) Nice treatment to the original, love the use of negative space. Nice moody image. Sometimes it's just luck that you capture "the moment" as it happens, but it sure takes a good eye to frame it. Well done!

J*S
Suby & Sinem: Jonny, thanks I am glad you like this shot, I really do feal the moment was capture absolutely beautifully here, Will make an absulutely wicked album cover. :d

Suby
  • Alicia
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 19 Aug 2006, 02:58
Gosh, Suby. Another great image. Again I like both. I think I like the original more in this case because the colors are interesting and I like how I can make out subtle detail in his shirt.
  • isowa
  • United States
  • 19 Aug 2006, 06:28
very lovely shot. FANTASTIC!
Powerful portrait this.
  • Mal
  • United Kingdom
  • 31 Aug 2006, 16:27
Hey Suby, this one so slipped through my net, its a beauty.
Lovely picture.
Suby & Sinem: Thanks Chichi, we glad you do grin

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