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Amie Dodgson shot in the window og The Old Inn, natural light with speedlight used as fill

Camera:Nikon D2X Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Check out Nikon Nation!
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:What are you reading
Username:CStGPA CStGPA
Uploaded:30 Sep 2010 - 9:50 AM
Tags:Amiedodgson, Cstgpa, Model, Netmodel, Portfolio, Portraits / people, Purestorm
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akhtarkhan
akhtarkhan  12 United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
30 Sep 2010 - 10:17 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Very good attempt using natural light coming through the window. Model pose is brilliant and natural look.The problem was burnt out area around leg and the body on the right side of model. This could be controllled if you have set the exposure by -3 or -7f stops.
Akhtar

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shush
shush  3 Canada7 Constructive Critique Points
30 Sep 2010 - 11:49 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

In my opinion getting the exposure is very important and we must know how and when to control it. In this instance, the subject is the most important aspect, so get it right here and rest of the picture takes care of itself. Little blown highlights are fine providing they are not falling on the model. Model right leg is getting very slight signs of blown highlights but for me this picture would be enhanced if the models face had more light (may be use of reflector) to accentuate the eyes. I think black & white would work well here.

I have uploaded your image with some changes, more light on models face, hair and shoulder, enhanced the colour of the skirt, taken down the blown highlight in the window (only slightly).

Let me know what you think.

Sushil

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cathal
cathal  9492 forum posts Ireland4 Constructive Critique Points
30 Sep 2010 - 1:29 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

The exposure of the model is spot on, but the light from the window is over cooked... the result being the book (which I struggled to find) is lost. The title would suggest the book was a key element in the picture.

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CStGPA  3
30 Sep 2010 - 2:16 PM


Quote: Very good attempt using natural light coming through the window. Model pose is brilliant and natural look.The problem was burnt out area around leg and the body on the right side of model. This could be controllled if you have set the exposure by -3 or -7f stops.
Akhtar

Thanks for your critique, the blown highlight was intentional but it does break the rules so I take your point

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CStGPA  3
30 Sep 2010 - 2:19 PM


Quote: In my opinion getting the exposure is very important and we must know how and when to control it. In this instance, the subject is the most important aspect, so get it right here and rest of the picture takes care of itself. Little blown highlights are fine providing they are not falling on the model. Model right leg is getting very slight signs of blown highlights but for me this picture would be enhanced if the models face had more light (may be use of reflector) to accentuate the eyes. I think black & white would work well here.
Again thanks for the critique. I do see what you mean about mayb having the model's face a little lighter but I am afraid I don't like your changes, if anything I was thinking of de-saturating rather than boosting the colours. I do appreciate your effort and critique, thank you.
I have uploaded your image with some changes, more light on models face, hair and shoulder, enhanced the colour of the skirt, taken down the blown highlight in the window (only slightly).

Let me know what you think.

Sushil

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shush  3 Canada7 Constructive Critique Points
30 Sep 2010 - 3:31 PM

No problem if you didn’t like the changes I made……..I think when someone posts a picture for critique and modification; by its very inherent nature you’ll get different opinions from members. Then it’s just down to your own personal taste, after all this is art not science.

I hope you get some good ideas from other members to allow you achieve what you had hoped. I will look out for your modification if you decide to repost this image with your final changes and this way we all learn and improve…….good luck and happy shooting.

Sushil

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CStGPA  3
30 Sep 2010 - 5:21 PM


Quote: The exposure of the model is spot on, but the light from the window is over cooked... the result being the book (which I struggled to find) is lost. The title would suggest the book was a key element in the picture.

Excellent point but if you had seen the book you would find a plumber's brochure....not something that might titillate Amie. You are right though, book should have been seen

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10781 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2795 Constructive Critique Points
30 Sep 2010 - 10:51 PM

Excellent shot, lovely model. I see no evidence of any blown areas on the model using the threshold and curves tools, - just the window.

I would like a tad more light on her face which Ive done in the mod (mod2, - mod1 has an incorrect colour profile) as well as toning down the window glare a little using the shadow/highlight tool in CS4.



Regards


Willie

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paulbroad
paulbroad  681 forum posts United Kingdom842 Constructive Critique Points
1 Oct 2010 - 8:26 AM

The model is beautiful but the window is just too bright. The lighting on her is spot on, but the highlights really are too strong. Not sure about her wringing her hands.

paul

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