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One from an earlier session with my work colleague,Megan. This one has been sitting on my HD for a while,finally got round to trying out a different method of processing.
I went for a slightly desaturated look,not sure if I have gone far enough tbh as I have tried to retain her skin tones without going totally mono.
I like the look on her face & the eye contact.
Lit by one softbox & a reflector opposite.
Thanks for taking the time to look/comment.
Janet xx

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D300 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:17.0-55.0 mm f/2.8
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:7 Aug 2012 - 6:37 PM
Focal Length:52mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Aperture:f/8.0
Shutter Speed:1/160sec
Exposure Comp:+1
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Center-weighted average
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:Custom
Title:Megan's Pearls
Username:chase chase
Uploaded:5 Nov 2012 - 10:17 PM
Tags:Girl, Irish, Megan, Pearls, Portraits / people, Redhead
Votes:66
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gajewski
gajewski e2 Member 10gajewski vcard United States9 Constructive Critique Points
5 Nov 2012 - 10:22 PM

Processing is perfect. I have one little nit picky thing to point out. I hesitate to do this because this is amazing work but my eye is drawn to a triangle of light just below her right ear lobe.
-=\Walter

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chase
chase Critique Team 91118 forum postschase vcard England242 Constructive Critique Points
5 Nov 2012 - 10:48 PM

Thanks all.

Lol Walter,don't worry,your nit picking means you are actually looking at all of the image...I see where you mean,it is actually on the original Raw file too,so must be something to do with her neck & the reflector,had a go at filling it in but it looked really wrong,no textures used either so not a bit I have 'missed'...hey ho Wink
Janet xx

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chase
chase Critique Team 91118 forum postschase vcard England242 Constructive Critique Points
5 Nov 2012 - 11:02 PM

Ha....sussed it Walter...there is a gap in her hair which is letting the light in from the reflector,her hair is casting a fairly strong shadow down the side of her face just in front of her ear,so it looks a little odd.I looked one one of the images a couple of frames after this one....I could see the 'gap' quite clearly.

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gajewski
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5 Nov 2012 - 11:19 PM

Great -- problem solved. Smile
-=\Walter

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Irishkate
Irishkate e2 Member 431 forum postsIrishkate vcard United Kingdom76 Constructive Critique Points
5 Nov 2012 - 11:20 PM

Perfection Janet and agree with gajewski. Spotted it myself.
Her skin is so beautiful and the overall tone of the image is very subtle.
I do love he red hair but I think you've achieved what you intended by desaturation.
KateGrinGrinGrin

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marktc
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6 Nov 2012 - 6:38 AM

Janet it is a wonderful image. I personally think you have gone far enough with the desaturation, giving the perfect "English Rose" complexion and the wonderful portrayal of her red hair. A truly lovely portrait of fabulous quality!

I have to be honest and say that until Walter pointed it out I hadn't noticed the light as the overall image is so good.

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Ade_Osman
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6 Nov 2012 - 8:23 AM

just had to be one of yours Janet......Very impressed with the skintones in this, good processing work mate!

Ade

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Philo
Philo e2 Member 487 forum postsPhilo vcard England83 Constructive Critique Points
6 Nov 2012 - 8:33 AM

Another superb portrait, Janet, yet again bring the best out of this beautiful woman. I had a play with the image but was struggling to make any improvement (no surprise there!) so I ended up doing a mono conversion instead.
Phil

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Richsr
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6 Nov 2012 - 8:40 AM

Like the look and processing too Janet. Good work
Regards Richard

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parob
parob e2 Member 4parob vcard France72 Constructive Critique Points
6 Nov 2012 - 9:13 AM

Absolutely lovely portrait. Obviously, the desaturated look works quite well at this intensity. The skin is lovely and the pearls stand out to give the portrait's title. The triangle of light below the model's right ear, as pointed out by Walter, is indeed distracting, once you detect it. It can be very slightly toned down, perhaps. Overall then, kudos, love it. Smile

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gcarth
gcarth e2 Member 102318 forum postsgcarth vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
6 Nov 2012 - 10:05 AM

Lovely pastel shades. You always get the diagonals and the crop just right.
The triangle of light can I'm sure be rectified easily but I didn't notice it until after I'd read the above comments.

Garth

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bricurtis
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6 Nov 2012 - 10:21 AM

Really like this Janet - such an elegant look.Good to see you coming out into the light. ( I doubt it will be for long though)Smile
Brian.

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avacreates
6 Nov 2012 - 10:22 AM

beautiful portrait, love the desaturation
AVA

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dudler
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6 Nov 2012 - 12:37 PM

Outstandingly subtle portrait...

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chase
chase Critique Team 91118 forum postschase vcard England242 Constructive Critique Points
6 Nov 2012 - 5:01 PM

Thanks all.
Perhaps I could have toned that wee triangle of extra light out,but...it was there Wink

Quote: I doubt it will be for long though

You know me far too well Brian Wink
Janet xx

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DaveU
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6 Nov 2012 - 5:03 PM

Maybe cropped a tad tightly top and sides for me but it's a lovely study Jan ......

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chase
chase Critique Team 91118 forum postschase vcard England242 Constructive Critique Points
6 Nov 2012 - 5:05 PM


Quote: Maybe cropped a tad tightly top and sides

I ran out of nice big fields Mr U.....got one I could borrow ? Tongue

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DaveU
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6 Nov 2012 - 5:34 PM

Get yer own field Missus .... from what I saw on our recent trip to Lincolnshire you've got some ruddy big ones over there Smile

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chase
chase Critique Team 91118 forum postschase vcard England242 Constructive Critique Points
6 Nov 2012 - 6:18 PM


Quote: you've got some ruddy big ones over there

PMSL !!!! yeah....but they are all flat & full of Cows !

Last Modified By chase at 6 Nov 2012 - 6:19 PM

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6 Nov 2012 - 10:28 PM

Lol but I so want to make a quip about the cows but I must bite my tongue lest you and Alley take a sharp knife to my dangly bits ......

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derekhansen
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7 Nov 2012 - 1:02 PM

Absolutely beautiful Dave. The soft high key processing is superb.
Derek

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chase
chase Critique Team 91118 forum postschase vcard England242 Constructive Critique Points
7 Nov 2012 - 6:23 PM

Thanks all.


Quote: Absolutely beautiful Dave.

Hmmmmm...........Dave must have uploaded here without me noticing,not sure the name quite suits me though Derek Wink

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Nick_w
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7 Nov 2012 - 9:59 PM

Looks excellent Janet ... tho you could have taken it further Wink

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polly470
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16 Nov 2012 - 4:46 PM

Outstanding - like it just as it is!
P
x

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JackAllTog
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21 Nov 2012 - 9:38 AM

Lovely photo - it was the featured one for me today on the epZ side panel.

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sparrowhawk
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24 Nov 2012 - 11:22 AM

bang on love it

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