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I was after some practice so offered to tag along to a Christening. I got all the usual pics but this little girl decided to come over and offer me her flowers, can't quite put my finger on what I like about this one but at the moment I really like it.

Camera:Nikon D200 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:70 - 200
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:My flowers
Username:rueval rueval
Uploaded:13 Aug 2010 - 10:10 PM
Tags:Portraits / people
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Jestertheclown
13 Aug 2010 - 11:32 PM

Please see my mod.

You've got the focus nicely on the eyes but I thought your original was a little flat so I've made a slight adjustment using levels, then increased vibrancy, added some contrast and sharpened (USM 100%, 1px, radius 5)
Finally, I added some catchlights to her eyes.
Hope this meets with your, and most importantly, her approval!

Bren.

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rueval
rueval  4 United Kingdom
13 Aug 2010 - 11:47 PM

Thankyou Bren.......
I do like that I was trying to tone the colours down to give it a washed out effect.
I am still trying to find my way around photoshop and slowly making progress. I think my problem is that I have a one track mind as soon as I decide what it should look like thats what I go for so nice to see someone elses take on it.
Also very interested in the catchlights, never came across them yet but will have to go and experiment now still got another 150 or so photos to process and think I will have to look at some of the ones I have already done.

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Jestertheclown
14 Aug 2010 - 12:28 AM

Glad it's OK.
Catchlights.
They're not rocket science. Most eyes, when photographed will have a spot of light reflected somewhere on them.
The trick is to make them into a feature. To produce these, I simply cloned a tiny speck from the white, highly exposed bit on one of her fingers and placed it over the existing, not very bright spot already in her eye. And if there isn't one already there, place one anyway. Make sure though, that if you make your own they end up in the right place.
Use a hard edged brush of the right size and practice until you're happy with it.
Have a look at the birds and stuff in my pf.
Cheers,
Bren.

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paulbroad
paulbroad  782 forum posts United Kingdom872 Constructive Critique Points
14 Aug 2010 - 12:07 PM

Generally quite nice, but it is flat. Can't really see why you would want a washed out effect? Needs a it of contrast and you have focused, correctly, on the eyes, but the pose means the hands and flowers are unsharp.

Better with a smaller aperture an possibly a focal point between eyes and hands to make use of depth of field to get both sharp. Remember, for any given aperture, twice as much behind the focal point as in front will be sharp.

Paul

Last Modified By paulbroad at 14 Aug 2010 - 12:08 PM

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