Robert is a great guy with a wonderful sense of humor.
This particular picture shows him in what I would call a neutral to happy emotional state.
Up but not giddy.
Perhaps a hint of suspicion, what the hell is this guy doing with a camera in my face at this hour of the morning?
I was poking around in Photoshop yesterday and I saw that there was a whole new rabbit hole to fall into called neural filtering.
Neural filters go into the cloud and assess your subject with a bazillion similar images in order to make suggested alterations with AI or artificial intelligence.
Anger was a whole 'nother story. Try as it might, the end product looked forced, unrealistic and not angry in the least. Somewhat pinched. Truth is, Robert is just a hard guy to get to look miserable and unhappy because that is not him. He's pretty up. Even his pissed off version looks a little joyful although mostly strained. More like happy after a root canal.
This is not going to be a tool I spend a lot, if any, more time with. I keep thinking of the movie Wag the dog. With manipulative tools like this, people can ultimately look and feel and emote any way you want them to and no one is the wiser. Or will be able to, when the technology matures anyway.
I am not sure that I am down with that, from an ethical standpoint. But it is interesting in an academic sense and it will be something to watch the technology evolve. Gracias, Roberto, for the shot.