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Early evening dappled sun through the tree tops, trying to capture the warmth of the light without to much distraction from the dappled light.

Perhaps I should have gone to 70mm to throw the background further out of focus, what do you think ?

Settings ISO200, 55mm f5.6 1/100
No post processing other then slight tweak to white balance to make it a bit warmer.

Camera:Sony A200
Lens:18-70mm
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Priscilla
Username:going_digital going_digital
Uploaded:30 Jul 2010 - 1:31 PM
Tags:Portraits / people
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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10781 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2797 Constructive Critique Points
30 Jul 2010 - 2:04 PM

Welcome to EPZ Darren.

This is a nice evening shot with good exposure. The background would have been a little more blurred with the 70mm, but not a whole lot. The bg is fairly close to the subject, so separation would provide better out of focus, but your in the woods, and its not an option. A smaller aperture may have been a viable option, but as it is, you can add a little blur in post processing, or darken the background.

The pose for me is too central, and can work better off centre, with perhaps a little more space at the top.

You have a mix of light with the late sun coming in, and although its well exposed, the bright area of the side of the tree close to her head tends to distract. I have burned this a little darker in the mod. Also the light is uneven across her face and arms, so the arms have been dodged in the mod to make the light a little more even.Overall a good shot, - would suggest to sharpen a little more after you re size for the web as in the mod. Try to avoid uneven light if you can, but with good exposure here youve pulled it off.


Hope this is helpful,


Regards


Willie

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going_digital
30 Jul 2010 - 2:10 PM

I like the new crop, the tree bark on the right was superfluous, I think I just have to get used to the idea of not needing equal spacing all round when composing.

Have you increased the saturation as well as I think my original seems to be a little under saturated compared to yours.

I think I might try this one again with a 50mm prime so I can have greater control over the aperture.

Last Modified By going_digital at 30 Jul 2010 - 2:12 PM

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pamelajean
pamelajean Critique Team 8752 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1578 Constructive Critique Points
30 Jul 2010 - 3:12 PM

Because Willie has covered all aspects, I thought I might add a comment from a female's point of view. To be honest, the folded arms are too prominent and detract from the lady's lovely face. I have a feeling that she is nude and wonder if her hair is long enough to cover any elements that might take this into the "adult" category, so that she could stand behind the tree with her arms down, or at least one of them. I feel she is trying to hide her nudity, which may not be the case, but that's what the image conveys to me, so a more natural pose, leaning against the tree, maybe even with her head resting against the tall bit on the right, could possibly convey a more "natural in the forest" feel, and also suggest an affinity with the tree. Just my thoughts.
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going_digital
30 Jul 2010 - 3:32 PM

Thanks for the suggestions, I had wondered about the arms as she was leaning on them it did make them look large. She isn't nude but does have the straps of her dress off of the shoulder so they don't show through her hair.

I have uploaded a different shot taken at the same time as a modification that might be a better composition going by the feedback. Perhaps I'll upload it properly tomorrow as it seems modification uploads look way more saturated than the originals.

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10781 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2797 Constructive Critique Points
30 Jul 2010 - 3:59 PM

I didnt increase saturation Darren, - but I did increase contrast slightly which would give the impression of increased saturation. Sharpening will also have the same effect.

Theres one thing you need to watch out for too if you notice colour differences in what your image editor shows and what your browser shows, and that is to make sure you are using a browser that supports colour management, and when you save for the web, to make sure your using the sRGB colour space. Your images are coming up as "untagged"

the latest Firefox performs colour management, IE does not, nor does Chrome, Opera, or any Safari prior to Safari5. So if your using a non colour managed browser, change it.

Heres a useful link on the subject:

http://www.gballard.net/psd/go_live_page_profile/embeddedJPEGprofiles.html


regards


Willie

Last Modified By banehawi at 30 Jul 2010 - 4:04 PM

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going_digital
30 Jul 2010 - 4:14 PM

@benehawi

Thanks for the suggestion re colour management but the intriguing thing is it seems to be the mods that look different. Take this picture, the original upload looks quite unsaturated, I have uploaded the exact same image now as a mod and it looks far redder than the first time i uploaded it as a gallery picture. It seems that something makes it look different most puzzling, I am using Safari 5, the JPEG files are being produced using Aperture and are set with the sRGB profile.

Last Modified By going_digital at 30 Jul 2010 - 4:16 PM

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10781 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2797 Constructive Critique Points
30 Jul 2010 - 4:34 PM

The files are not tagged with sRGB Darren, so when you open them in Aperture, it should give you a dialogue asking whether to colour manage by assigning a colour space, or do no colour management. Im using Photoshop CS5 as a refrerence for this. In Photoshop, if I tell it NOT to colour manage, its quite red, but if I tell it to use sRGB its NOT red. So the issue is that the files you are uploading are not carrying the sRBG profile. When you view the mods, they are tagged with sRBG by default in Photoshop.


Willie

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banehawi
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30 Jul 2010 - 4:40 PM

Meant to mention that your original and the last upload all look identical to me using Firefox.


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