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Thanks for all the comments and mods on this series so far. Really appreciated

Another Prom shot with the Oldsmobile, hope you are not getting bored with these.
This was taken in the rain, poor girls, and again I had only about 10 mins to take a number of shots.

Still messing with different types of processing and trying to expand on my use of Photoshop skills, as they are very limited. I think I may have over sharpened this in smart sharpen. Is this tool a good idea, what do others think ? Was pleased with my bit of BG blurring though. You may think different.

Thanks as always

Dianna

Camera:Nikon D300 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:10-20 Sigma
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:PrOm gAl
Username:Diana Diana
Uploaded:15 Jul 2008 - 9:41 PM
Tags:Fashion, Portraits / people, Transport, Wedding / social
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hellsbells8868
15 Jul 2008 - 9:45 PM

Beautiful image, love the tones....

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climbing_orchid e2 Member 9321 forum postsclimbing_orchid vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jul 2008 - 9:47 PM

Superb - Love it!!
Liz x

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newy17
newy17  8273 forum posts United Kingdom
15 Jul 2008 - 9:57 PM

Dianna this is beautiful love the toning and how youve composed it and as for sharpening i use unsharp mask ,,Smile
ian

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User_Removed
15 Jul 2008 - 9:58 PM

A very classy image, great pose. I like the way you are drawn to the the young lady's eye's. Would love to see the colour version too!

Mark
P.S Keep them coming

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woolybill1
woolybill1 e2 Member 7woolybill1 vcard United Kingdom65 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jul 2008 - 10:06 PM

Super-inventive pose & composition and magnificent toning. The blurring is fine.
When I used Picasa I found the sharpening extremely aggressive; I believe the same can be said of auto-sharpening in general. I don't actually find this overdone, except that the pebble constituent of the tarmac does seem rather prominent. I always use USM now myself - if I think to use any sharpening at all.
Bill

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Diana
Diana e2 Member 72011 forum postsDiana vcard Netherlands19 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jul 2008 - 10:11 PM

thanks all, now that makes sense UNSHARP to sharpen, like learning a new language isnt it.

Mark, thanks I have uploaded the colour, go on...show me how its done, you know you want to Smile

thanks all

Dianna

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User_Removed
15 Jul 2008 - 10:22 PM

Looks really good in colour too!, I will have play tomorrow, when my eye's are working betterSmile

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SamGillespie
15 Jul 2008 - 10:23 PM

Great relaxed pose and I like the toning you've given it.
Sam

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Diana
Diana e2 Member 72011 forum postsDiana vcard Netherlands19 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jul 2008 - 10:25 PM

thanks Sam Smile

Dianna

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Stace
Stace e2 Member 6Stace vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jul 2008 - 10:49 PM

Truly outstanding image, superb toning fits right in with the age of the car, blurring the background makes all the difference, brill
Stace

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SpeedAltStar
15 Jul 2008 - 11:00 PM

Love V1 Smile

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Diana
Diana e2 Member 72011 forum postsDiana vcard Netherlands19 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jul 2008 - 11:00 PM

Cheers Stace Smile

can add that skill to my PS tool box then, that 4 I have now lol Smile

thanks Ken too

Dianna

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digipix76
digipix76  7577 forum posts England
15 Jul 2008 - 11:35 PM

Di, this is gorgeous, dont know how i missed it! great tone, especially like the composition and pose.


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Sezz
Sezz e2 Member 9617 forum postsSezz vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jul 2008 - 11:52 PM

Excellent image Dianna - I too really like the toning in V1, works well. I like the blurred background also!

Sarah *

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Diana e2 Member 72011 forum postsDiana vcard Netherlands19 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jul 2008 - 11:55 PM

thanks Ian and Sarah *
Dianna

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BERTRAM  6 United Kingdom
16 Jul 2008 - 12:00 AM

A brilliantly toned image.
Dave

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andrewrit  7 Northern Ireland
16 Jul 2008 - 12:30 AM

Nice work excellent pose
Andy

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imagio  8 England1 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jul 2008 - 12:35 AM

No 1 is definitely the best, looks like a fashion shoot Dianna. great stuff

Bernie

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Diana
Diana e2 Member 72011 forum postsDiana vcard Netherlands19 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jul 2008 - 12:40 AM

thanks Dave, Andy and Bernie Smile
fashion shoot aww how sweet, actually it was pouring with rain for the girlie prom, was such a shame, but may get some these girls out to play again later..aren't they gorgeous ? more to upload of them later
Cheers all Smile

Dianna

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taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jul 2008 - 3:08 AM

Still a wonderful image, either!
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MediumSizeUnavailable

like it. the blurring looks totally fake to be honest, as it it done much too sudden (not gradually enough). But, in a way it looks appealing, as it creates a macro effect, so you got your toy car with barbie doll lol. those lines on the rhs add nicely to the shot.

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megamuff8
megamuff8  1092 forum posts United States
16 Jul 2008 - 7:44 AM

Very Cool....Luv this and her gown looks abosolutely Gorgeous!

Cheers,
Suz Smile

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7337 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jul 2008 - 8:44 AM

Very classy shots
Love the way you have arranged this.
Like how you have blurred the background in v1, would suggest you try that with v2 and so still keep that wonderfully rich red colour of the dress
This is my favourite so far.
Helen

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lonely_oryx e2 Member 661 forum postslonely_oryx vcard England54 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jul 2008 - 8:49 AM

#1 as the houses have been blurred. I like the use of the lines, on the road, as part of the composition

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watchart  7 United Kingdom
16 Jul 2008 - 9:38 AM

30 ! Smile love your work
Regards
Alex

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Diana
Diana e2 Member 72011 forum postsDiana vcard Netherlands19 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jul 2008 - 10:33 AM

thanks all for your comments and clicks

Love that Mod, Alex, you really are so good at these Smile

Koen, I dont know what difference doing it gradually would make, in fact it took ages anyway. But hey, at least I know where the Blur tool is though lol Smile

Dianna

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16 Jul 2008 - 11:02 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

well, basically now the blur suddenly starts at the front of the houses. Even the sidewalk is still sharp. normally it would go more gradually... part of the road a bit oof, the sidewalk slightly more, and finally the houses still a bit more. with macro photography you see a very sudden decline of things being in focus... just like here. which is why I made the reference. it creates a feel of the things being in focus being very small. There's even a technique to do this macro-alike dof in post processing on mass scenes with loads of people (stadium shots for example). Really gave you the feeling you were looking at little toy people. Which I loved (think there was a thread in the forum with a link about it once). But here - for this scene - it feels a bit wrong to me tbh, allthough I still find it an attractive photo.
There's another tool in PS btw... under filter --> blur --> lens blur. but you have to select the part of the photo that should be sharp (or use layers, don't really know that well how to use it), so it's still a lot of work, and the result is still often disappointing.

just babbling btw Smile

PS : like the mod

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16 Jul 2008 - 11:58 AM

Great toning and pose Di I love it

Dave

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proz  10205 forum posts United States
16 Jul 2008 - 1:18 PM

wow this is really a glam processing job D, super. you've got some major "power of pyramid" shapes at play in this composition, quite brilliant!

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banehawi Critique Team 10868 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2869 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jul 2008 - 4:06 PM

V1 is really nice, - love the pose and toning, - agree with Koen re the blur, more gradual is more realistic but more difficult to do.


W

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16 Jul 2008 - 4:39 PM

Loaded a mod, - hope you like it.

W

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Diana
Diana e2 Member 72011 forum postsDiana vcard Netherlands19 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jul 2008 - 7:52 PM

OIC now, thanks Koen for the tips and also for Willies mod too, just superb.

thanks for the interest, tips and messing with my pix, really informative and helpful

Dianna

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RoddBC  840 forum posts United States
16 Jul 2008 - 8:09 PM

V1, what a classic looking shot. Excellent work.


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Milla
Milla  6 United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jul 2008 - 3:42 AM

V.1 all the way for me, Dianna, there is such a great feel to this, truly a classy shot. And I don't mind the blur as it is, as the idea of this shot, and its composition fully justifies using it the way you did.

And what'ya mean if we're getting bored?! I'm enjoying it, dammit! Really cool session
Smile

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Diana e2 Member 72011 forum postsDiana vcard Netherlands19 Constructive Critique Points
23 Jul 2008 - 10:35 PM

thanks Rodd and Milla Smile

Koen, a fine example, thank you very much Smile

Dianna

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26 Jul 2008 - 11:22 PM

Excellent shot; I love the use of those lines. Beautifully manipulated.
Rende

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MissPotter
31 Jul 2008 - 12:30 PM

Here Again Dianna!
Another wonderful shot from your prom series!
I love the sepia toning and slight soft focus, it makes it slightly surreal and dream-like.
also the composition is fantastic.
look forward to seeing more of your pics.
Sarah.

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RRRhea  6 United Kingdom
3 Aug 2008 - 6:13 PM

Lovely compostion
Well edited

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