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I wish I had the room to walk back a bit so that I could have got a longer frame.

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D5000 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:50.0 mm f/1.4
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:21 Jul 2011 - 10:58 AM
Focal Length:50mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/1.4
Aperture:f/5.0
Shutter Speed:1/250sec
Exposure Comp:+4/3
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:Custom
Title:Expectations
Username:tapas179 tapas179
Uploaded:30 Nov 2012 - 10:42 AM
Tags:Black & white, Stree photography
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Focus_Man
Focus_Man  4481 forum posts United Kingdom631 Constructive Critique Points
30 Nov 2012 - 12:00 PM

Just a couple of things Tapas. With 'straight on' portraits I generally find the the eyes need to be level. Here the slope down to the LHS is disturbing as is the hand to the face which seems to be a bit contrived, as if you asked her to place it there! Then maybe a bit of 'fill in flash' to lighten the eye sockets wouldn't have gone amiss.

Otherwise an interesting portrait of an old lady.

Frank

Last Modified By Focus_Man at 30 Nov 2012 - 12:00 PM

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banehawi Critique Team 10876 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2875 Constructive Critique Points
30 Nov 2012 - 1:38 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Its another really nice shot. Lovely expression and engagement with the camera.

Its a little overexposed, - might be due to the conversion from colour, so toning down the highlights improves the shot. I wouldnt worry about walking back, - youve filled the frame nicely.

Apart from toning down highlights, you can think about a portrait crop, and in the landscape format cropping to straighten and raise the eyes a little. I have uploaded a version of both crops. Both are also sharpened.

I dont know what software you use, - if its Photoshop, copying a layer and changing the blend mode to multiply, then adjust opacity wil tone down highlights and bring back a lot of detail; if you have Photoshop CS, it has a shadow/highlight tool under image adjustments. And dont forget that after you re size and save, open the new image and sharpen as needed before you upload.


Hope this is helpful,



Regards


Willie

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tapas179
tapas179  1 India
30 Nov 2012 - 3:36 PM

Hi Willie! Thanx a lot! Your modifications are great, I just love em! I use Lightroom 3. Can you please give me some tips for sharpening and getting those fine details?

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tapas179  1 India
30 Nov 2012 - 3:37 PM

I also have Photoshop CS but I rarely use it as I am an amateur. Can you tell me how to sharpen the photographs? I don't exactly know what the different sliders "Threshold", "Amount" and "Radius" mean. How did you sharpen it? What were the values you used?

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paulbroad
paulbroad  781 forum posts United Kingdom855 Constructive Critique Points
30 Nov 2012 - 6:36 PM

Being an amateur doesn't stop you from using software. You need tomaster software as we had once to master the wet darkroom. Many amateurs can give the pros a very serious run for there money.

This is good. I would darken slightly and because of her weathered features, up the contrast a touch to emphasise them. The hand is not needed. I know this sounds daft, but it looks like someone elses hand sticking in at the bottom.

Good stuff.

Paul

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