I have a bit of a problem with how lumpy his hair is and I'm not crazy about the quality of the colours in the larger version (because they weren't like this in-camera there are a few disjointed edges) but... meh. Lesson learned and it looks good enough for the moment.
I guess I was approaching this the way I would an icon... but the problem with icons is you can make a hundred bad ones and the good two are going to be the ones people remember, with photography it's an actual person who's actually going to see themselves and there can't be awkward shots. I should have worked the colours out more and taken more time to assess and re-evaluate.
It's just a really awkward shade of green in the background, there's a lot of contrast going on overall but it still lacks a bit of punch and the front of his face is so flat and not in a good way... I do like his jaw and the bit of highlight though!
Hooray now this is the contrast I'm talking about! And his cheekbones (and noes and eyes and forehead and everything) look soooo good here! It's a pity that the lighting is so harsh, it was shot in direct sunlight and I've tried to tone it down but it's still a little much. And it's a pity Adelaide is full of such lackluster landscapes... this was legitimately one of the more interesting ones we went to that day.
I'd made him look -in his own words- "radioactive", so I guess I wanted to take a shot to show I could do more subdued colouring and to have something he'd want to have as a facebook picture (and it worked, he had it for a good few months I believe!) and he DOES look nice (omg his eyes, be still my heart etc) but... it's just not my thing. Don't get me wrong, I'm proud to say that I can do more natural skin tones like this but it just doesn't get me excited the way the oranges and greens do