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Model Christina backlit by the sun and reflector used for fill. Contrast etc was increased with the intention of framing the face.

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 5D MkII
Lens:EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:12 May 2012 - 2:55 PM
Focal Length:90mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Aperture:f/4.0
Shutter Speed:1/500sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Center-weighted average
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:As Shot
Title:Look
Username:Bluesky65 Bluesky65
Uploaded:9 Nov 2012 - 8:57 PM
Tags:Christina, Natural light, Portrait, Portraits / people
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abeeror2
abeeror2 e2 Member 2abeeror2 vcard Australia
9 Nov 2012 - 9:00 PM

Brilliant lighting, top portrait!

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Bluesky65
Bluesky65 e2 Member 2Bluesky65 vcard United Kingdom
9 Nov 2012 - 11:30 PM

Thank you. I wanted Christina to have her back to the sun on this shot as she has fiery red hair, but for some reason I prefer it in black and white ...

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debu
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9 Nov 2012 - 11:36 PM

Very nice mono and model.
debu

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andy p
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10 Nov 2012 - 12:14 AM

Love the look..... nice capture.

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Bluesky65
Bluesky65 e2 Member 2Bluesky65 vcard United Kingdom
10 Nov 2012 - 12:55 AM

Thanks guy's Smile

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arhb
arhb e2 Member 72467 forum postsarhb vcard United Kingdom68 Constructive Critique Points
10 Nov 2012 - 9:26 AM

Lovely portrait - the subject is posed nicely with good eye contact.
I like the idea of the contrast, although it is always nice to see some detail in the darker areas also.
The space camera right seems unnecessary to me, so by cropping, allows the subject to be placed more off-centre.

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Bluesky65
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10 Nov 2012 - 10:56 AM

Thank you, I completely agree about the need to crop. Inspirational website by the way Smile

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arhb e2 Member 72467 forum postsarhb vcard United Kingdom68 Constructive Critique Points
10 Nov 2012 - 11:30 AM

Thank you Smile

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10988 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2984 Constructive Critique Points
10 Nov 2012 - 1:11 PM

I would love to see the colour version of this Paul. If you still have it, you can upload it here by clicking modifications, then upload.

Its a matter of intent and personal taste really. Youve deliberately used a high contrast, and the idea is good, but for me its too dark. In the image, theres areas with no hair detail at all, - and her neck is barely visible. I agree with arhb on the right side, however I would not crop the top. her fingers in her hair are blown, so you have a very bright spot there that attracts the eye. You can clone some hair over it.

Uploaded a mod, recovered shadow detail, cloned out fingers, sharpened eyes, slightly softened face using a diffuse blur. I think you still have the framing here, less heavy, but you be the judge.



Hope this helps,



Regards


Willie

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Bluesky65
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10 Nov 2012 - 2:24 PM

Thanks for the feedback and tips Willie, I'll be back ... in colour Wink

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paulbroad
paulbroad e2 Member 789 forum postspaulbroad vcard United Kingdom880 Constructive Critique Points
11 Nov 2012 - 8:14 AM

It's a nice portrait. I would crop a little from the right but do think you have lost a lot of detail in the shadows, particularly the hair. I think a bit of judicial work with the dodge tool could work wonders here.

The colour version might be spectacular.

Paul

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Bluesky65
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11 Nov 2012 - 9:58 AM

Hi Paul, I do agree that I 'over cooked' the contrast, re the colour version, I have uploaded it via the modification tab. be interested to see how it could have been enhanced.

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paulbroad e2 Member 789 forum postspaulbroad vcard United Kingdom880 Constructive Critique Points
11 Nov 2012 - 7:10 PM

I like the colour version. Possibly just brighten up a bit as it does seem very slightly flat. Nice crop. After most of my photographic life working largley in mono, I think the current trend to use mono is a tiuch over done. Mono suites harder gritty shots. I like thid type of image in colour.

Paul

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Bluesky65
Bluesky65 e2 Member 2Bluesky65 vcard United Kingdom
11 Nov 2012 - 7:20 PM

Glad you like the colour version Paul, I must admit that I have been going through a bit of a b/w phase. Be it b/w or colour I have realised that I have a lot to learn when it comes to knowing how to bring an image to life through post processing. I guess developing my photography would also reduce the amount of post work required.

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16 Nov 2012 - 4:45 PM

Interesting what colour and B&W do to a portrait. It is as if the portrait was of two different persons. B&W, simplifying the focus, concentrates on the eyes and the mouth. In the colour shot, hair colour is so powerful that the model's facial expression is transformed. I also think there are fewer technical problems with your colour shot. Cropping is OK, but I would suggest toning down the model's right elbow. It catches all the light and appears way too white. Notice that in the B&W composition you lost hair detail by the ear. Colour maintains it. Kudo's just the same. I love your model's expression. Paul

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17 Nov 2012 - 9:37 PM

I appreciate the feedback Paul.

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