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nice portrait from a recent session which I'm quite pleased with. New lens, new lights, non studio setting. A tricky situation, but worked out well.

Camera:Canon EOS 5D
Lens:85mm prime f1.4
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:portrait
Username:Bogwoppett Bogwoppett
Uploaded:22 May 2012 - 7:23 AM
Tags:Black & white, Portraits / people
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Buffalo_Tom
Buffalo_Tom e2 Member 82322 forum postsBuffalo_Tom vcard Wales9 Constructive Critique Points
22 May 2012 - 7:42 AM

Excellent her eyes.." Pop".
Tom.

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rontear
rontear e2 Member 11rontear vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
22 May 2012 - 8:01 AM

New experiments too, love the directness.
Ron.

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Richsr
Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England207 Constructive Critique Points
22 May 2012 - 8:48 AM

Like the eyes in this one
Regards Richard

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puertouk
puertouk  21054 forum posts United Kingdom17 Constructive Critique Points
22 May 2012 - 11:05 AM

Lovely looking model with a sultry look. I put the image into Photoshop camera raw, boosted contrast and shadows. I also made some adjustments with a little sharpening and masking. I went into PS, copied the background layer > layers panel > blending mode > multiply > opacity 50%. I used the dodge tool to remove the dark shadow around the collar bone. I added a new layer new layer and used the spot healing tool to remove slight blemishes, stray hairs. I then used the patch tool to remove some hair on her right arm to tidy it up a little. Hope you like my mod.
Stephen

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Bogwoppett
Bogwoppett e2 Member 8Bogwoppett vcard United Kingdom
22 May 2012 - 2:12 PM

Very interesting mod, Stephen. I can see what you're aiming for. It's all a matter of personal taste, I'd never bother about the stray hair on the arm as it seems quite natural to me. I also find the work in reducing the shadow around the collar bone is quite noticable. It looks photo-shopped and again I think I'm more bothered by the un-natural-ness of the digital manipulation. I did actually remove a couple of spots prior to posting, but left the rest.
I think what it comes down to is personal preference, I'm happy to leave minor blemishes alone, but I know that some aspects of publishing, for instance let's mention High Fashion magazines, want everything to be perfect.
As a consequence my skills in photoshop are quite poor, and I suspect you'd run rings around me in this respect!
cheers
steve

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10781 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2796 Constructive Critique Points
22 May 2012 - 6:22 PM

Nice pose, comes off well.


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puertouk
puertouk  21054 forum posts United Kingdom17 Constructive Critique Points
23 May 2012 - 8:37 AM

Hi Steve, as you say, it's all down to personal taste. I noticed that I had gone a little too far on the collar bone area and wanted to leave a slight shadow to give it some depth, but I had to rush out, so that's my fault. Yes, you can go too far with post production work, that's why the industry watchdog has put there foot down with a lot of the photography world. Changing images to an extent, the models were perfect. It's a billion business beauty and all it's related products. The normal person on the street getting fooled by Photoshop! Models with perfect figures (liquify tool) perfect skin (spot healing brush) beautiful skin tones (brush tool) and it goes on. Where do you draw the line on post production work? They say beauty is skin deep, not in Photoshop it isn't! I've seen images of really ugly people turned into very attractive people. It's amazing what can be done in Photoshop. Some people are just pure artiststic geniuses.
Stephen

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