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Many thanks for the comments on yesterdays Wren and especially to Ron (Maiwand) for the User Award, really appreciated. Today something quite different really.

An experiment to try a single 500 Bowens light with a Beauty Dish and Honeycombe from the side and a black bg to get half light and half shadow. A bit of fun on a wet afternoon.
Soon have my studio built and then fully setup. Smile and lots of practice and courses.

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 7D
Lens:EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:22 Apr 2012 - 1:00 PM
Focal Length:70mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Aperture:f/11.0
Shutter Speed:1/250sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Self Portrait
Username:MossyOak MossyOak
Uploaded:23 Apr 2012 - 8:38 AM
Tags:Portraits / people, Self
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pluckyfilly
pluckyfilly e2 Member 8283 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
23 Apr 2012 - 9:34 AM

as a self portrait its very good Richard BUT you look a bit tense and under pressure, try a smileWink

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MossyOak
MossyOak  2 England15 Constructive Critique Points
23 Apr 2012 - 9:36 AM


Quote: As a self portrait its very good Richard BUT you look a bit tense and under pressure, try a smileWink

Many thanks Ann, but I didn't want a smile just a profile. There you go have a smile SmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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ringyneck
ringyneck  7308 forum posts United Kingdom18 Constructive Critique Points
23 Apr 2012 - 9:56 AM

Nice one Mr Oak...like the soft treatment.

Keith

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MossyOak
MossyOak  2 England15 Constructive Critique Points
23 Apr 2012 - 10:13 AM


Quote: Nice one Mr Oak...like the soft treatment.

Keith

Being quite new to this Keith, what is soft treatment, do you mean light or detail?

Richard

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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 7Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
23 Apr 2012 - 1:33 PM

Great shot Richard. I can see the new lights are going to prove themselves most useful. Lighting seems appropriate. I thought maybe the left side of the face was a bit dark but you have cleverly made sure to highlight the left eye which adds far more depth to the face. Spot on matey.
Ron

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MossyOak
MossyOak  2 England15 Constructive Critique Points
23 Apr 2012 - 1:35 PM

Many thanks Ron. I can't light myself too much it might scare people away Wink

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johnjo58
johnjo58 e2 Member 4johnjo58 vcard United Kingdom5 Constructive Critique Points
23 Apr 2012 - 4:10 PM

Richard, mission accomplished with this photo. I know exactly the effect you where looking to get and it works. I think the technical term is split lighting, lends itself to dramatic effect where one side is lit and the other in shadow. Due to the dramatic nature of the light often subjects take a more dramatic pose (like you).

I am not an expert but I like it, great to play with this stuff.

David

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Metro6R4
Metro6R4  3 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
23 Apr 2012 - 6:55 PM

Hi Richard, did you say you have used a beauty dish.........Tongue

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MossyOak
MossyOak  2 England15 Constructive Critique Points
23 Apr 2012 - 9:37 PM


Quote: Hi Richard, did you say you have used a beauty dish.........Tongue

Haha thanks Paul. Think i'll take it back, it didn't work Wink
Thats my 1000 yard stare. Ron will know that one.

Last Modified By MossyOak at 23 Apr 2012 - 9:38 PM

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ringyneck  7308 forum posts United Kingdom18 Constructive Critique Points
23 Apr 2012 - 9:52 PM


Quote: Nice one Mr Oak...like the soft treatment.

Keith
Being quite new to this Keith, what is soft treatment, do you mean light or detail?

Richard

Hi Richard.....He he, I thought exactly the same just after I made the comment.
Yes in wildlife "soft" would be a bad thing but in this case I meant that it was not overdone on harsh details...in my case it would be all wrinkles etc.
So don't worry it worked out well.

Keith

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MossyOak  2 England15 Constructive Critique Points
23 Apr 2012 - 11:15 PM

Many thanks for clarifying Keith Smile

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Richsr
Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England209 Constructive Critique Points
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Good details and tones Richard.
For me looking at the catch lights and shadows/ brights , the light could have been slightly higher and prehaps a touch more right of youra that would have help to sort the two bright areas on the shadow side of the face.
Regards Richard

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MossyOak  2 England15 Constructive Critique Points
24 Apr 2012 - 12:59 PM

Thanks so much for that advice Richard. I realised last night whilst reading up, I had the light at eye level rather than about 20 degs higher.
Really appreciate your very experienced view and critique.

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Louise_Morris
Louise_Morris e2 Member 42352 forum postsLouise_Morris vcard England
24 Apr 2012 - 8:09 PM

I like the shadow on the right (as I look at it) and the glint in the eye is spot on - that is the photographic side of me - the woman side of me says put your collar straight and stop frowning!!! Grin Overall I think this is a particularly pleasing image and something I would not have a clue to even start with! Definitely like the mono touch. Well done for doing something different Richard! Lou

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