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Some low key head shot practice using a home made snoot. I created an open fronted box around a chair incorporating two large black flags
with a black sheet draped over the top and back. Steve, a p/t film/tv extra did the honours.
3 separate shoots with Steve placed to one side of the frame in each of the originals, I thought it would be fun to merge a few together.

Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Better than 1
Username:Bluesky65 Bluesky65
Uploaded:11 Nov 2012 - 11:20 AM
Tags:Headshot, Low key, People, Portraits / people
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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10822 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2821 Constructive Critique Points
11 Nov 2012 - 3:54 PM

Youve done a good job with this Paul. To me a little too dark, - but as youve intended low key, it works as it is.

I did notice when I downloaded it, that theres a slightly lighter strip between the left and centre poses. so darkened it, and also lifted shadow and mid tone contrast on the faces only just to see how it compares. You be the judge.


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Willie

Last Modified By banehawi at 11 Nov 2012 - 3:59 PM

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Bluesky65
Bluesky65  2 United Kingdom
11 Nov 2012 - 4:55 PM

Thank you Willie, I think that I may need to adjust my monitor settings or something as the background is uniform across the 3 images on my screen..Sad
I like the adjustment as it gives some more depth to the image, I am really starting to appreciate how 'post editing' can enhance an image.

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pamelajean
pamelajean Critique Team 8755 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1588 Constructive Critique Points
11 Nov 2012 - 7:17 PM

The lighter strip is obvious on my screen, Paul, but I use a laptop and needed to tilt the screen in order for the light area to be noticeable. See my modification where I have pinpointed the area.

This works well, and I like the side two facing into the centre. You have nice catchlights in the eyes.
In the centre image, Steve's ring and shirt button are quite bright and draw the eye, so you might like to tone them down a touch, or at least the highlights within them.
Also, Steve-in-the-middle has his arm cut off rather abruptly, and I think that needs to be faded in. Looking at it more closely, it's probably the end of his shirt sleeve that is making it look so sharp.
Pamela.

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paulbroad
paulbroad  781 forum posts United Kingdom845 Constructive Critique Points
11 Nov 2012 - 7:31 PM

The idea is great but the overall effect is at least a full stop under exposure. Mono is good here, but the three heads are not related other than being the same person. I would have liked the outer two looking inwards, or some other positions, even each a different size to really create something unusual.

Paul

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Bluesky65
Bluesky65  2 United Kingdom
11 Nov 2012 - 8:03 PM

Thank you for the constructive feedback Pamela. The feedback on my work that I have received over the last few days has been very much appreciated, I am already reviewing my work in a more critical and constructive way.
Being a 'newbie', is it 'the norm' to apply the recommended changes and upload again? I am happy too, I just didn't want to clog up the site with variations of my work Smile

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Bluesky65
Bluesky65  2 United Kingdom
11 Nov 2012 - 9:22 PM

Thanks Paul, I really like the idea of varying the sizes )

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pamelajean
pamelajean Critique Team 8755 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1588 Constructive Critique Points
12 Nov 2012 - 2:22 PM

You are welcome to apply the changes and upload again, Paul. You certainly won't clog up the site.
Pamela.

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