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16/12/2008 - 10:51 PM

Blue Eyes

Blue EyesStunning portrait Henk, and quite amazing detail. V1 is my preferred. V2 appears a touch under/flat, and I feel could have done with a slight increase in tone favouring the face - just to increase the contrast somewhat. Even a little adjustment in Curves can do it. What a pleasure to see your work large now.
05/12/2008 - 1:53 AM

Pensive

PensiveHi Kenny. I think that 'maybe' V3 is my favourite. The vignetting effect isolates the face more, and that I like in this shot, as the bacground is non-specific, and does not tel much about the scene or circumstances. However, saying that, my upload of today conradicts what I have just said, so inconsistency is the buzzword here! However, the face - I feel that is might be a straight conversion, if I look at te colour shot. That's all fine and true, however, I feel that the face might benefit from the slightest (very, very slight - 1 - 2%, soft brush burning of the shaded areas of the face) Thats foe example over the corners of the mouth, around the flares of the nostrils etc - wherever the tones are slightly darker. Be guided my the image. Problem is that it might not make the model more pretty if you do that, but it tends to give more depth and character. So it is a spin-off. Just be selective - she appears to have some skin blemishes along the chin area - so avoid those, or even tone them down with the slightest of dodging.
Along the left side of her hair is looks like cliping that has occurred (blown highlights), however, with the vignetting this has become less visible. However, that grey apearance that you see is a tell tale sign of this, and should be avoided. It is present on the colour one as well. My suggestion (if this colour one was the original), would have been to make a duplicate copy, and then isolate that area with the lassoo tool, and after feathering to about 100 - 150 (depending on file size), to lower the exposure in RAW if that is possible. That would have corrected the clipping, and the subsequent conversions.
Make no mistake, this is a lovely pic, hence the vote, but I know that you wish to learn more, and therefore my lecture Smile Andre
03/12/2008 - 2:01 AM

The Matriarch

The MatriarchThanks for the upload. Such a characterful face. I like Poochie's modification the best, maybe with a little less toning.
Great eye contact, and her expression speaks for itself.
The central placement and crop works well, however, I feel that this lady's face needed a n increase in contrast to further illustrate the memory of darkness and present determination.
03/12/2008 - 1:49 AM

Das Boot

Das BootI would have preferred a greater DOF to get the toes sharp, and the tone is too dark. Pity that you uploaded the wrong one. Let us see the correct one next. Great still life composition.
01/12/2008 - 11:03 AM

Watching

WatchingHi again Kenny. Great tones and composition, however, if you look closely you will still feintly notice a band of clipping in the white background. This is one's worst enemy!!! and you have continously keep an eye open for that. I personally have not used the diffuse tool so am not an expert is deciding what works for me or not, however, if I may chuck in an opinion I feel that diffusing an image goes hand in hand with a more mysterrious or atmospheric composition, and this one would possibly have worked better for me with the eyes in clear focus, especially as the model is having direct eye contact with the camera.