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This is from a shoot I did yesterday for a singer/songwriter. The location was an old pub in the middle of Cardiff. I went along with most of my flash kit as I had loads of ideas for the shoot, but once I got there the brief was 'pensive, thoughtful, casual and sexy', so I decided to ditch it all and go with window light. We didn't have much time as a band were waiting to set up, so it was a little belt and braces!

I came away from the shoot really happy with what I got (and the client was too), but I'd appreciate any comments and critique you all have, because this was one of those shoots that I had to think very quickly on my feet, and all my (groundbreaking, original and brilliant) ideas were thrown out of the window; so I'm looking at the shots through rose-tinted glasses perhaps....

Camera:Canon EOS 40D
Lens:50mm 1.4
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Rhian
Username:Geraint Geraint
Uploaded:19 Aug 2010 - 3:45 PM
Tags:Black & white, Portraits / people
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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 9706 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2667 Constructive Critique Points
19 Aug 2010 - 4:10 PM

Its really good, fits the requirement very well, - might need to blur the Guinness sign if they dont want and ad in the shot


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Geraint
Geraint  7715 forum posts Wales34 Constructive Critique Points
19 Aug 2010 - 4:23 PM

Good point Willie! Thanks

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accipiter e2 Member 4accipiter vcard England56 Constructive Critique Points
19 Aug 2010 - 4:51 PM

I think you have done well with the light here. A

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BarryC123
BarryC123  543 forum posts Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
19 Aug 2010 - 5:50 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

I know I'd be delighted with a result like this.
Excellent work, and certainly fits the brief you were given, in the circumstances.
It might have been better to have a small space between the Guiness sign and her head, and as mentioned above, the sign is somewhat too strong (although you could always pitch this to Guiness too for their own use ! )

Also, if you could remove that wall-join to give a cleaner background, that might improve things.
Nevertheless, this is really a great shot, and I'd love to see what else you came up with from the shoot.

Last Modified By BarryC123 at 19 Aug 2010 - 5:52 PM

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freybird
freybird  7 England1 Constructive Critique Points
20 Aug 2010 - 9:01 AM

Fab. Geoff

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johnnyboy114
20 Aug 2010 - 9:11 AM

Can't say there is much wrong with this to be honest. Light is good, pose is lovely, composition works, lovely tones in mono, well exposed.......nah, nowt at all. I would have been over the moon with this, so be pleased! Smile Lovely, lovely shot

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Geraint
Geraint  7715 forum posts Wales34 Constructive Critique Points
20 Aug 2010 - 9:24 AM

Thank you for the comments, and thank you Geoff for the User Award - much appreciated.

Barry - good point about the separation between head and frame, and cloning the join in the wall is a good suggestion. Thanks,
Geraint

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Pete
Pete Site Moderator 1218416 forum postsPete vcard ePz Advertiser England96 Constructive Critique Points
20 Aug 2010 - 12:35 PM

I agree with Barry about the closeness of the Guinness frame I was going to suggest you cheat and move it using the clone tool, but that would have meant cropping the frame, so I didn't say anything. I've since seen the shot you've uploaded to the "tell it as is" group I don't think the cropped frame hurts, so yes, move the frame to the right Smile
Incidentally you've done a grand job of the black and white processing...even more apparent on the tell it as is shot.

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Geraint
Geraint  7715 forum posts Wales34 Constructive Critique Points
20 Aug 2010 - 2:56 PM

Wow thanks Pete! Well chuffed. And thanks for taking the time to comment. Steve asked on the other shot about the b&w processing - I used to use the gradient map tool (and still do sometimes), but I bought the Nik Software suite a couple of months ago, and this is Silver EFX's emulation of the b&w film TMAX Pro, but I customised it with no grain at all. It seems to give just the right amount of contrast while keeping the blacks rich and the highlights unclipped.
Thanks,
Geraint

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