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I think you have achieved what you set out to do. This is a lovely enigmatic portrait.
Good luck with the competition.
I keep telling you there's nothing wrong with your monos, this is very good, only comment I could make is be careful with the textured background, there's a couple of marks on there that if you get a heathen as a judge they may mistake them as dust bunnies.
Many thanks for the EC Pete,well pleased with that,now all I have to do is wait for the competition & see what the verdict is on the print !
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Yep,noted those Nick but I am loathe to get rid of them as they were there on the texture layer & I do enough PP as it is,they don't appear toooooo badly on the print.
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I know you do....it's me,I'm a wuss at mono ( as you know) & never think the B&W/contrast range is good enough.
This is really good! An excellent conversion to mono and a picture many of us would be well chuffed to have taken.
Great to see this get the badge it deserves. On the contrast don't push it too far, you end up coming back to it and thinking, that looks too harsh (yep voice of experience) anyway nowt wrong with this at all.
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And there lies the danger...too far or not far enough... they both look pants !
Thanks for your UA Nick,on a mono that means lots to me.
Soft and feminine but slightly gritty - Yes, I think you've achieved that result: Megan's expression reflects that effect exactly - a feminine but strong personality.
You always achieve such fine tones whether in colour or black and white and always with an impeccable sense of composition.
You should do well in the competition you entered.
Beautiful shot Janet. I do not know what you are worried about with regard to your mono`s. Megan is a fanastic model and you always do her justice. Only trouble is I cannot decide if I like your still life`s more than your portraits or via versa. The quality of lighting, pose, softness of the skin tones are all first class.
Beauty ....well done Janet
Mission accomplished, lovely presentation.
I think the background works well.
A good tonal range from whites through to black.
(I love seeing Megan in colour because of her red hair)
How would this be in sepia?
Like the eye connection and congrats on the EC Janet.
I remember this well from before and you have made it into a fine mono. Well done on the EC.
Kate...it looks rubbish in sepia ( I tried & quickly removed the conversion layer),I think it's because I know she has red hair & sepia does it no favours whatsoever.Reckon I would lose that slightly gritty feel to it if I used sepia.
The eyes have it ...... just lovely.
Have you enlarged her pupils or does she just fancy you I wonder?
..... the BW conversion looks AOK to me too
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Mr U !!!!!!!! cheeky !
Nope,not messed with her eyes,my portrait work is usually done in a dark room with just the modelling lamp on from the studio flashes...so I can see where I'm aiming Guess the one modelling lamp isn't quite bright enough to reduce the pupil size
Any other Brummie niggles Dave...or do I get off fairly unharmed today ?
Nah, no niggles, I like it all
Better by far than yesterday's upload for me, I liked the soft colours of yesterday but it didn't work for me without the eye contact. This is perfick, though Nick has a valid point about the textured background.
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Lol...I knew you wouldn't be able to resist
I really like this....a wonderful and a bit moody b&w portrait. You use value nicely in this photo.
A beautiful portrait - if you don't win with this the judge will need to be shot!
Beautifully done but couldn't resist having a little play.
Think you should mess more with mono, you little fibber "I can't do em", doesn't wash you know Mrs, you old dark horse.
Congrats on the badge and the 20 from the judge on the night in advance.
I think Pete's award, answers your question
If you're rubbish at mono, I don't know where it puts the rest of us! This is far and away the best portrait I've seen on ephotozine. Lovely model, excellent lighting and very well photographed. It was worth visiting the gallery today, just to see this photo.
Looks spot on to me - well worth the badges!
Thats a good conversion Jan !
Maybe a little more light could have been reflected up and under the bow with a small angled dish she could have held. That section seems to fade to blobby black
She deffo on drugs with that dilation.
Really beautiful portrait
Absolutely gorgeous Janet.
But enough about me. The photo's not bad either.
I really like how the eyes capture the scene. Well done..
Hi Paul,thankyou for your precious UA
Nice mod Tony,a little darker on her hair than I would have gone for.
Excellent mono Janet - I have just backtracked and looked at the wonderful coloured images of Megan again.
Must say as good as this is I prefer them.
My friend (chris-p) told me about you if I was looking for inspiration and he wasn't kidding! I wouldn't know where to begin with portrait stuff but this is quality! The eye contact draws you in straight away!
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