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Taken using floor lamp as sole lighting. Colour individually desaturated except blue and the hue adjusted to reflect the violet tones of the sweatshirt

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS-1D Mark II N
Lens:28.0 - 135.0 mm (35 mm equivalent: 35.0 - 168.6 mm)
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:22 Dec 2012 - 3:17 PM
Focal Length:100mm
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/4sec
ISO:50
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Evaluative
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Blue Gail
Username:ErictheViking ErictheViking
Uploaded:4 Jan 2013 - 9:42 PM
Tags:Black & white, Digitally manipulated, Female, Portrait / people, Portraits / people
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widtink
widtink  2406 forum posts Scotland2 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jan 2013 - 11:03 PM

nice portrait Eric if this is yer wife well done ma wife hates my camera Wink

Rod

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ErictheViking e2 Member 1124 forum postsErictheViking vcard Scotland102 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jan 2013 - 11:22 PM

Mine hates the camera as well Rod, she thought a wiz handin out the hoos keepin WinkWinkWink

Eric Grin

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Growmore e2 Member 5Growmore vcard England3 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jan 2013 - 11:25 PM

One beautiful portrait lovely pose with the hand and that smile says it all.

Gary

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debu
debu e2 Member 4debu vcard India
4 Jan 2013 - 11:48 PM

Excellent work.
debu

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paulbroad
paulbroad  781 forum posts United Kingdom850 Constructive Critique Points
5 Jan 2013 - 8:37 AM

A strong image with instant impact. I do find the eyes to be just black holes and that is unsettlng. Would like a bit of detail in the eyes.

Paul

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ErictheViking e2 Member 1124 forum postsErictheViking vcard Scotland102 Constructive Critique Points
5 Jan 2013 - 9:25 AM

Thanks Paul, this was an impromptu shot with limited lighting which has left the eyes very dark. I pondered whether to lighten the right eye or leave as is, so perhaps a slight level change was necessary.

Eric

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banehawi Critique Team 10826 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2830 Constructive Critique Points
5 Jan 2013 - 7:52 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

There are two thinks that struck me when I saw this. The expression, - very nice close tangible connection between bot of you; and the dark eyes. I saw your comment and agree, - dark eyes are generally not a good idea, so a little more helps. Its actually on the far eye you can recover detail.


The blue.lilac is personal thing. I dont like it for the way it turns her hair a blue grey which is not attractive. I would also suggest you add space on the right.


So I worked on the eyes; mono conversion and darkened the overall appearance in all but mod3; sharpened; toned down reflected kight on the side of her hand and the front of the nose. Three variations, straight B&W, a duo-toned image, and a diffuse glow applied to mod1.



Regards



Willie

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ErictheViking e2 Member 1124 forum postsErictheViking vcard Scotland102 Constructive Critique Points
5 Jan 2013 - 9:33 PM

Thanks Willie portraits are a new thing for me so all advise is helpful. I like all your mods but I think Mod 2is the best with its touch of warmth.

Thanks again Eric

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SteveNZ
SteveNZ  6 United Kingdom5 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jan 2013 - 5:25 PM

From a personal point of view, I think 'colour popping' (as I think it's called) works best when it's used to highlight an object of interest within the image - for example, a red bus in a street scene.

Something that can work well with a portrait is to leave some colour/tint just to the eyes, although it needs the right kind of image for it to work to good effect.

Cheers -- Steve

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