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Thanks for all your comments and feedback on my last up load very much appreciated.
Found the error on the halo and corrected it so it should print ok now.

A slightly quirky look from Melissa in this headshot but think it works, I have added the texture background, which I think works with it.

thanks for looking

Regards Richard

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 5D MkII
Lens:Canon 70-200mm L f2.8 IS II
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Melissa
Username:Richsr Richsr
Uploaded:30 Sep 2011 - 8:40 AM
Tags:Digital manipultion, Flash / lighting, Hat, Headshoot, Melissa, Off camera flash, Portraits / people
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sherring
sherring  646 forum posts United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
30 Sep 2011 - 8:42 AM

Works well Richard.

Steve.

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barbarahirst
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30 Sep 2011 - 8:44 AM

love that background !
quirky look from her .... great image

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digital_boi
30 Sep 2011 - 8:45 AM

very nice indeed love her eyes and that hat has made a few great appearances a great prop

Graham

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CaroleS
CaroleS e2 Member 434 forum postsCaroleS vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
30 Sep 2011 - 8:49 AM

That background certainly does work. An unusual portrait but it has that extra somethingSmile Carole

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PhillipMinnis
30 Sep 2011 - 8:50 AM

A top-notch portrait image, Richard! A classy capture!


Cheers

Phil

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MickyMc
MickyMc  6 United Kingdom
30 Sep 2011 - 9:13 AM

A girl with attitude.
I like it
Mavis

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BillyGoatGruff
BillyGoatGruff e2 Member 7191 forum postsBillyGoatGruff vcard England199 Constructive Critique Points
30 Sep 2011 - 9:14 AM

This is really great, Richard!

Flawless technique, of course, but what really scores is her wonderful expression: "What! You really want to wear this stupid hat????!!!" Wink

Top shot, mate! Grin

Bill

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Richsr
Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England209 Constructive Critique Points
30 Sep 2011 - 9:16 AM

Ye think that sums it up Bill.
Regards Richard

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hasslebladuk
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30 Sep 2011 - 9:37 AM

Its all in the eyes and you have caught it so well and like bill spot on
mike

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gingerdelight
30 Sep 2011 - 9:44 AM

A super head and shoulder shot here Rich - I rather like that look, it's different, and I'm all for different!
Carol

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lonely_oryx
lonely_oryx e2 Member 661 forum postslonely_oryx vcard England54 Constructive Critique Points
30 Sep 2011 - 10:44 AM

Have to confess I am not too sure about the expression

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johnnyboy114
30 Sep 2011 - 10:52 AM

heh heh....yeah, thats a great expression....totally empty in my eyes....lol! I am sure she is not, but it works very well...made me smile Smile Like it again Richard!

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SteveMoulding
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30 Sep 2011 - 11:14 AM

I don't think I'd want to get on her bad side with that expression. A great portrait and excellent work on the bg.
Steve.

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LesF
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30 Sep 2011 - 12:33 PM

Like her expression Richard, texture looks good with the model also


LesF

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Suehh
Suehh  739 forum posts England6 Constructive Critique Points
30 Sep 2011 - 1:20 PM

I really, really like this - the expression is different' the eyes really penetrating and questioning, the hat jaunty - to me she looks like a "real" person with character and not simply a model posing - so much more interesting in my view.

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Sezz
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30 Sep 2011 - 1:25 PM

Sue has said it perfectly for me - looks good Richard!

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focused-photography

This is wonderful.

Carsten

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danbrann
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30 Sep 2011 - 2:15 PM

I'm not madly keen on textures Richard but this one works so well. Super image.

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achieverswales
30 Sep 2011 - 2:34 PM

Hi Richard
Excellent background but this is not one of my favourite images from you, do not like the expression on this young lady!

Regards

Trev.

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TrevBatWCC
TrevBatWCC e2 Member 6TrevBatWCC vcard England8 Constructive Critique Points
30 Sep 2011 - 2:51 PM

She looks rather serious, but it's a super quality portrait, Richard...like your textured background, too Wink
Trev Smile

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Richsr
Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England209 Constructive Critique Points
30 Sep 2011 - 3:43 PM

Thanks for all your comments and feedback too everyone, the expression you either love or not.
regards Richard

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Daisymaye
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30 Sep 2011 - 4:28 PM

Such an unusual look. Her left eye has a quirky look, also her head. I like it like this, makes me stop and study it. Wonderful processing and b/g............Sandy

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30 Sep 2011 - 4:34 PM

nicely composed and presented. interesting colours and good eye contact.

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TRUEX
TRUEX  7218 forum posts10 Constructive Critique Points
30 Sep 2011 - 5:14 PM

Hi Richard

I've looked at this for a while and can't really work out the lighting set up that has caused that diagonal beam of light, is it sunlight? one would think the hat had something to do with it, but the shadow is on the shoulder as well and it seems to be coming from our left anyway looking at the shadow off the nose?....2 catchlights in the eyes, so 2 lights? but how were they set up and what modifiers were used please.

I have a problem with your processing of the face here, it's almost starting to look like a mask, the skin tones are out of sync with the rest of her, the shoulders give us a good clue how the face may have looked, have you added light here in you PP work, the skin smoothing? looks too overdone as well. I notice some people have mentioned the eyes, not so much of a problem to me, but it's an easy fix with the liquify tool in photoshop.

On the plus side I like the simple styling, and the addition of the texture works in that respect.

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Brian65
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30 Sep 2011 - 5:39 PM

Wonderful work Richard.
Brian

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lifesnapper
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30 Sep 2011 - 6:05 PM

Very nicely worked Richard, and I like the quirky expression.

John Smile

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30 Sep 2011 - 7:14 PM

I like the "quirky" expression -- separates her from a lot of copy cat models. Of course, the real beauty here is your shot -- a fantastic portrait. Nice BG as well.
-=\Walter

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chensuriashi
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30 Sep 2011 - 7:25 PM

Well yes this shot is a bit square, and her eyeballs are off, I think that the bird wears glasses, so for me a little twist to the left, or the right, and head up or down a tad, with a cheeky grin, with the glasses of course as an added prop, would have got it right, nice flash exp, the hat is great the model is attractive, just a little dull here. Chen.

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franken
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1 Oct 2011 - 5:56 PM

Superb portrait!

Ken

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Richsr
Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England209 Constructive Critique Points
1 Oct 2011 - 6:32 PM

Hi Marcus, thanks for taking the time to pose some questions

"I've looked at this for a while and can't really work out the lighting set up that has caused that diagonal beam of light, is it sunlight?"
one would think the hat had something to do with it, but the shadow is on the shoulder as well and it seems to be coming from our left anyway looking at the shadow off the nose?....2 catchlights in the eyes, so 2 lights? but how were they set up and what modifiers were used please.

Yes it was sunlight coming in from a row of large window to the LHS. The lighting was a single flash unit fitted with a beauty dish to the LHS of the camera and a large reflection to the rhs of the camera, which was picking up the window light and so giving the second catch light.

I have a problem with your processing of the face here, it's almost starting to look like a mask, (So do I now - it seem to have gone very flat and mask like as you say.e the skin tones are out of sync with the rest of her, ( totally agree) the shoulders give us a good clue how the face may have looked, have you added light here in you PP work,( not sure I did but I will review the raw file, to check this was processed a while ago now) the skin smoothing?)( I usually add a small amount, but I do agree that this looks over done, it has also lost the tones in the cheek area) looks too overdone as well. I notice some people have mentioned the eyes, not so much of a problem to me, but it's an easy fix with the liquify tool in photoshop.

On the plus side I like the simple styling, and the addition of the texture works in that respect.
Thanks

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Richsr
Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England209 Constructive Critique Points
1 Oct 2011 - 6:32 PM

Thanks Chen.

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wyatturp
wyatturp  8 England
1 Oct 2011 - 9:29 PM

The texture background works well Rich

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Rende
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2 Oct 2011 - 11:42 AM

I like the colours , the background and the unusual expression; lovely portrait Richard!
Rende

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PaulLiley
PaulLiley  5 United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
3 Oct 2011 - 1:12 PM

I think the textured bg works very well and is in no way distracting. Like the way she is off centre too. Nice one Richard. paul

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phil99
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4 Oct 2011 - 10:08 AM

The background works well and without any distractions in this one ..The models eyes are superbly captured and make the image for me....Phil

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Ayoob
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4 Oct 2011 - 5:03 PM

This is wonderful portrait ,great work.............Grin

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