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A first for me here on EPZ. Portraits are not a subject Iím comfortable with, and Iím neither used to capturing or processing them, but wanted to get some new images with my new camera. As we had a worknight with Rachel at our Camera Club meeting last night, thought Iíd give it a go, and this shot was about the best of the bunch. Other than a bit of tweaking with shadows/highlights, dodging & burning, V1 & V3 are straight shots in colour & mono. In V2 & V4 Iíve softened the focus a little with a touch of Orton Effect to try to make my images of her a bit more flattering!

Might look a little better seen large if you have the time.

1/160 sec, F8, 55mm, ISO 200

Single Raw image processed in Adobe Camera Raw, tweaked in Elements 6, with some assistance from Topaz Adjust.

Thanks again to everyone for your votes & comments on my previous uploads, it really is appreciated and encouraging.
Trev Smile

Camera:Nikon D3000 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm VR Check out Nikon Nation!
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Rachel
Username:TrevBatWCC TrevBatWCC
Uploaded:9 Mar 2010 - 3:50 PM
Tags:Black & white, Camera club, Portraits / people, Rachel, Worknight
Votes:36
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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7125 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
9 Mar 2010 - 4:02 PM

An excellent portrait, Trev, very well captured. Carol

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GlynnisFrith
GlynnisFrith e2 Member 7GlynnisFrith vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
9 Mar 2010 - 4:08 PM

You are like me not very happy taking portraits & I quite like doing candid type shots but as for portrait sittings like this I feel well out of my depth, we have two lots of how to evenings on the subject since we jointed the York PS

But looking at your images here you have copped well with it so you have some nice images
Glynnis

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Image123
Image123  4 United Kingdom
9 Mar 2010 - 4:49 PM

well caught
Gareth

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barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 5barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
9 Mar 2010 - 4:57 PM

A delightful shot of a very pretty lass
I feel you have done really well
I can see how portriat photographers use their lighting as your phot is the first that I have been aware of shadows
I actually like them ,,, but thinking about it in magazines you just dont see nose shadows

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7328 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom880 Constructive Critique Points
9 Mar 2010 - 5:19 PM

Not something I'm comfortable doing either, so full marks for courage. V1 & V3 for me, I like real skin, real textures. And shadows.
Moira

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shaz4
shaz4  826 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
9 Mar 2010 - 5:38 PM

Nice pic Trev...you say you aren't comfortable with portraits.....? I used to hate it,now I can't really say I do much of anything else...it's just the more you do ,the easier it gets....Keep doing it........
Sharon

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davidhu
davidhu  8 United Kingdom19 Constructive Critique Points
9 Mar 2010 - 5:41 PM

Not something I've ever done Trev, but we are discussing a session at the club. I'd be pleased with this result, V3 works best for me.
Dave

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cassiecat
cassiecat  539 forum posts England46 Constructive Critique Points
9 Mar 2010 - 6:41 PM

like the comp, and v2 is my fav, no experience of portraits wouldnt think of using orton, but worked well.lesley

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pluckyfilly
pluckyfilly e2 Member 7282 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
9 Mar 2010 - 6:52 PM

much prefer either of the two colour versions (not my forte either but one has to try these things or get stuck in a rut) not a blown highlight anywhere - great job

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Sue_R
Sue_R e2 Member 8Sue_R vcard Scotland6 Constructive Critique Points
9 Mar 2010 - 8:34 PM

You are so brave, Trev. I would never have attempted this. If I'd known it was portrait night, I'd probably have stayed at home, but you've done really well. V3 is my favourite of this set.

Sue Smile

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Mavis
Mavis e2 Member 12143 forum postsMavis vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
9 Mar 2010 - 9:27 PM

A lovely girl . A fine portrait . xxx

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Hanners
Hanners e2 Member 8875 forum postsHanners vcard Ireland10 Constructive Critique Points
9 Mar 2010 - 9:39 PM

it's always good to try something different Trev and I think you've done a good job, I like V1 the best, good work Smile

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SashaB
SashaB  4 Northern Ireland
9 Mar 2010 - 9:42 PM

Know what you mean about the portraits - its not my thing either. One of our club competition rounds this year was portraiture and I really struggled. However, I suppose it did make me try something out of my comfort zone and that was good. You have done well with this one.
Frances

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stephenscott
9 Mar 2010 - 10:06 PM

Very nice portrait shoit trevor,so well captured,V2 and V4 for me,nice work..

Steve..

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Imagephotographics

Lovely portrait Trev - V3 for me, I like the sharp mono look !

Chris

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Bob_V
Bob_V  6 United States2 Constructive Critique Points
9 Mar 2010 - 11:35 PM

What a wonderful portrait Trev, I have to go with V! followed closely by V3.
Bob

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Mynett
Mynett  5137 forum posts United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
10 Mar 2010 - 8:14 AM

v1 for me too I love the tones in this one and you have made a good first attempt at this, how is the foot?

Linda

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PinkK
PinkK  480 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
10 Mar 2010 - 10:49 AM

A great portrait. I really like V4 Smile

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Canadiann
Canadiann  4 Canada2 Constructive Critique Points
10 Mar 2010 - 12:56 PM

These a really good portraits can't decide on them. Very well done indeed. You should do more. We all need to get out of the comfort zone. Take a risk LOL
Regards
Ann

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LeighRebecca
10 Mar 2010 - 1:32 PM

Great stuff Trev. I like V1, but I like V3 even more - a super portrait.

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Lillian
Lillian e2 Member 4Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
10 Mar 2010 - 5:02 PM

Trev, that is a very well taken portrait, framing and cropping spot on!, both her hands beautifully placed for effect, and she is looking at you, so great eye contact as well, The lighting on the right side has lifted the shadows nicely too. If this is your first effort...sorry Trev think that you have found a new profession!
and go for it... V1 and V4 for me
Lillian

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ChristineD
ChristineD e2 Member 8ChristineD vcard England
10 Mar 2010 - 9:18 PM

A beautiful portrait, have to say v4 for me compliments the skin, imho.
Christine

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phil99 e2 Member 743 forum postsphil99 vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
11 Mar 2010 - 10:48 AM

All 4 are excellent . When I went to your portfolio page and saw this as your latest image I thought I had gone to a wrong page. This is brilliant and your best work ever in my opinion. I will p.m . you later for details of the model as this is something that we are hoping on doing next season from September at Halifax for a couple of evenings....Phil

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sable  5 England7 Constructive Critique Points
11 Mar 2010 - 7:07 PM

A super set of images I like them all - Elizabeth

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Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England205 Constructive Critique Points
12 Mar 2010 - 6:06 PM

Nicely done for a first time Trevor, good lighting and tones too.
Regards Richard

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tigertimb
tigertimb  640 forum posts United Kingdom66 Constructive Critique Points
16 Mar 2010 - 9:03 AM

Beautiful portrait Trev and I love the pose and the eye contact.
Looking slightly on the red side to me though, and the high contrast is a little harsh on the skin tones - try reducing ita little and this should also give an alternative way of softening the image.
Tim
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JanieB43 e2 Member 547 forum postsJanieB43 vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
16 Mar 2010 - 10:23 PM

Must admit I'm hankering after doing more portrait work and have a "shoot" scheduled with my friend as my model this Friday !! I'm quite excited at the prospect and am busy looking to others for ideas. Vs 2 & 4 for me in this collection Trev as I like the soft focus type of portrait. Sorry I've not been as attentive of late - I've been that busy processing my Egypt pics and have been uploading,clicking & running !!! Must get back into scanning the gallery soon.
Great work here & have fun with your new aquisition Wink

Jane

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