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Hi all, head shot portrait of sandie.
thank for looking.
cheers phil.

Brand:Pentax
Camera:Pentax K-5 Check out PENTAXPORTAL!
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:19 Mar 2013 - 5:44 PM
Focal Length:45mm
Aperture:f/13.0
Shutter Speed:1/180sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Center-weighted average
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Manual
Title:Sandie
Username:mex mex
Uploaded:2 Apr 2013 - 9:52 AM
Tags:Digitally manipulated, Flash / lighting, General, Portraits / people
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NDODS
NDODS e2 Member 32335 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom96 Constructive Critique Points
2 Apr 2013 - 10:18 AM

Doll like in appearance, a little to overworked for my liking, however still a rather enchanting image.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin

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debu
debu  4 India
2 Apr 2013 - 10:19 AM

Lovely image and a very pretty model.
debu

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DeSilver
DeSilver e2 Member 6DeSilver vcard England11 Constructive Critique Points
2 Apr 2013 - 10:38 AM

Nice portrait but for me (and its only my personal feeling) its a tad on the soft side for me but you have got some nice catchlights in the eyes. Was this done at processing or did you have a soft filter on? If done in processing I'd like to see the original. Smile


David.

Last Modified By DeSilver at 2 Apr 2013 - 10:39 AM

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jovanovic
jovanovic e2 Member 2jovanovic vcard France
2 Apr 2013 - 10:42 AM

Superb! Smile

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Badgerfred
Badgerfred e2 Member 6Badgerfred vcard Wales
2 Apr 2013 - 10:56 AM

Excellent,
Fred.

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johnke
johnke  154 forum posts South Africa9 Constructive Critique Points
2 Apr 2013 - 11:06 AM

Wow i think this is exquisite, the soft focus makes you look directly into her beautiful sharp eye's, great work, if this was my image I would just crop a little bit off the RHS to give the impression she is looking into the photograph, but thats just an opinion and its still a super image...John

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EAS
EAS e2 Member 5EAS vcard Scotland13 Constructive Critique Points
2 Apr 2013 - 11:08 AM

She has such lovely eyes!

Ann

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iancrowson
iancrowson e2 Member 4204 forum postsiancrowson vcard United Kingdom128 Constructive Critique Points
2 Apr 2013 - 11:17 AM

Super photography, I love the softness of the image. Her eyes are exquisite. I don't see any areas for improvement,Although johnke's suggestion of a slight crop would work.
Ian

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mex
mex e2 Member 6mex vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
2 Apr 2013 - 11:29 AM

Hi all, i have uploaded an un edited photo from the same shoot.
cheers phil.

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iancrowson
iancrowson e2 Member 4204 forum postsiancrowson vcard United Kingdom128 Constructive Critique Points
2 Apr 2013 - 12:10 PM

I like your first image, the processing is lovely.
Ian

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 9710 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2671 Constructive Critique Points
2 Apr 2013 - 3:27 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Overall a god shot Phil. Theres a few issues I noticed when I downloaded it that suggest there might have been an issue with re sizing. The background is very pixelated, and shows large blocks of colour; the same can be seen in her hair if the brightness is turned up a little, - so some sort of issue I would put down to re sizing.

The skin colour doent work well for me, - would like to see less blue and a touch more yellow. When softening, dont apply to the hair, hat, eyes or mouth. Small sliver of white at the bottom crom cropping. Would also remove the spot over her lip, - when softened, the natural blemish looks larger, and more like a smudge.

I will take a look at V2 to see if theres any of the re sizing issues, - it lo0oks better here, but will check. Can you lets know both how you re sized, and how you smoothed the skin>


Thanks


regards


Willie

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TyChee
TyChee e2 Member 9184 forum postsTyChee vcard United States1 Constructive Critique Points
2 Apr 2013 - 3:50 PM

Beautiful shot.
Ty

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dudler
dudler Critique Team 1051 forum postsdudler vcard England187 Constructive Critique Points
2 Apr 2013 - 4:29 PM

For me, too, the original is rather OTT in processing.

I can see some resizing issues (found them the hard way in doing a mod of V2, to show that a more natural look can work).

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paulbroad
paulbroad  681 forum posts United Kingdom825 Constructive Critique Points
2 Apr 2013 - 4:41 PM

Very strong in that it makes you look, but even the glossy magazines don't over process this much. You have over done it a lot. I recon the original with pin sharp eyes and just a tiny bit of diffusion could be a gem.

On the other side of the coin, v2 is a bit ordinary and suffers from her upward gaze. Eye contact would be better. The eyes are not very sharp. You are using a tripod of course!

Paul

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7328 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom885 Constructive Critique Points
2 Apr 2013 - 5:36 PM

V1 - Way over-processed for my taste! Apart from the eyes, the face seems to have no real substance. I appreciate the commercial demand for the perfect, flawless complexion, but this is processed to the extent that the eyes seem to be drawn on.
If you want to see why a lot of people dislike this style, have a look at this spoof ad.
V2 - Imperfect, but it's an image with character and a sense of a real person.
Moira

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bobhowell
bobhowell e2 Member 1bobhowell vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
2 Apr 2013 - 6:15 PM

Very nice

Bob

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7328 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom885 Constructive Critique Points
2 Apr 2013 - 6:24 PM

I should have added - she's a lovely model, with warm, sparkling eyes - I'd like to see a more natural, less heavily processed version of V1 uploaded.
Moira

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Alda
Alda  146 forum posts United Kingdom27 Constructive Critique Points
2 Apr 2013 - 6:30 PM

V1 is lovely, but really overprocessed. As Moira said, I would love to see a more natural V1. I've done a mod of V2, where I've softened the skin, whitened the eyes and slightly saturated the lips. Also removed spots, hope you like Grin

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PeterWoodham
2 Apr 2013 - 6:34 PM

Very nice image as it is.

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Fogey
Fogey  168 forum posts United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
2 Apr 2013 - 11:22 PM

The first image is way over-processed.

A tip for you. When softening a a portrait, try this:

Create a new layer > pass the image thorough a high pass filter. I set the filter to 4.2 pixels for the image size of 614 X 800. This pixel size would need to be increased for an image that has just come out of the camera.

Once the image has been sharpened, invert that sharpening so the image becomes soft. On the layers panel, select 'overlay and reduce the layer's opacity, coarsening the softening you applied to suit the image best.

Create a mask and paint out the softening on the eyes, mouth, hair and hat. I used the spot removal tool to take out the blemishes.

See Mod above.

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maggietear
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3 Apr 2013 - 11:43 AM

Love the tones, for me it really works!
Maggie

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jaktis
jaktis e2 Member 1080 forum postsjaktis vcard Sweden
3 Apr 2013 - 6:53 PM

I like the softness that you applied

Peter

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sweetpea62
sweetpea62 e2 Member 3sweetpea62 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
4 Apr 2013 - 2:13 PM

Beautiful eyes,love the tones..Lin

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