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OK..Ive been playing around with an old file, I'm trying to perfect a look for an upcoming project. I know not everyone will like the style, but want a Gothic almost ghostley feel wiith a cold look, ironically the end project wont be portrait or glamour, but chose the base image as I felt it had a similar atmosphere to what I was looking for.

I really would like suggestions.. I dont normally enable mods but I will do here just for fun. But I stress its a cold (cross processed) look I'm after to create atmosphere.

I've put up the original straight from Lightroom

Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Ice Maiden
Username:Nick_w Nick_w
Uploaded:16 May 2014 - 9:29 AM
Tags:Flash / lighting, Portraits / people
Votes:37
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TanyaH
TanyaH e2 Member 11532 forum postsTanyaH vcard United Kingdom40 Constructive Critique Points
16 May 2014 - 10:43 AM

Hi Nick - I did have a quick play with your image, but to be honest couldn't really manage to get the effect I was trying to based on your description, so didn't put up a mod. (I tried a slight diffuse glow among other things which, while giving a slightly ghostly feel, didn't really do much else!). So I didn't think you'd appreciate my efforts Grin As it currently stands as an image, I really do like it the way it is though. (Mind you, it did make me smile when I went back and re-read your title ... I'm not sure 'miden' was quite what you meant!? Smile

Last Modified By TanyaH at 16 May 2014 - 10:44 AM

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Nick_w
Nick_w e2 Member 73882 forum postsNick_w vcard England99 Constructive Critique Points
16 May 2014 - 10:56 AM

Thanks Tanya, I've had a problem with my keyboard with the "a" I thought I'd picked up all the typos, but forgot to look at the Title .. Thank you Blush

Meant to say, any mods appreciated on this one.

Last Modified By Nick_w at 16 May 2014 - 10:58 AM

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TanyaH
TanyaH e2 Member 11532 forum postsTanyaH vcard United Kingdom40 Constructive Critique Points
16 May 2014 - 12:31 PM

Nick - I've added my mod for your consideration. Probably not the look you've got in your mind, but it's my take on it Smile
(Edit: I used a bleach bypass effect tutorial on planetphotoshop.com for the HDR look - and learnt something in the process, so thank you for that Grin)

Last Modified By TanyaH at 16 May 2014 - 12:34 PM

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rontear
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16 May 2014 - 4:28 PM

A touch of the Helen-Bonham Carters Wink Nick. Classy.
Ron

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Niknut
Niknut e2 Member 4605 forum postsNiknut vcard United Kingdom63 Constructive Critique Points
16 May 2014 - 5:08 PM

Beautiful shot !!......very elegant portrait, & very impressive !!

Tried a mod for cold/cross process, plus a hint of 'glow' ?.Smile

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Nick_w
Nick_w e2 Member 73882 forum postsNick_w vcard England99 Constructive Critique Points
16 May 2014 - 6:32 PM

Thanks everyone, some great mods there.

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dark_lord
dark_lord Critique Team 101475 forum postsdark_lord vcard England130 Constructive Critique Points
16 May 2014 - 8:45 PM

You are spoiled for choice with all those mods for suggestions.
Just shows, take a great starting image and the possibilities are huge.
I'm afraid I don't have time to play just now, but I wish you well with your project.

Keith

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michaelo
michaelo e2 Member 7michaelo vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
16 May 2014 - 9:12 PM

totally mesmerizing!!!!

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Richsr
Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England209 Constructive Critique Points
17 May 2014 - 9:51 AM

Nick, not sure if this is what you want, but there is a chapter in a Kelby book "Professional Portrait Retouching Techniques for Photographers."
Which details how to create Porcelain- looking skin. Might be more towards what you are after
Regards Richard

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Nick_w
Nick_w e2 Member 73882 forum postsNick_w vcard England99 Constructive Critique Points
17 May 2014 - 11:01 AM

Thanks Richard, I wasn't looking for that here - in the project, I may include a reflection, that will have anything but smooth skin. But it is of interest for something else so will look to get the book, I have a couple of Kelbys books and they are excellent.

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sparrowhawk
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18 May 2014 - 1:45 PM

a wonderful shot i think i prefer the colour version !!

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Paintman
Paintman e2 Member 8858 forum postsPaintman vcard United Kingdom173 Constructive Critique Points
20 May 2014 - 12:41 PM

It's difficult to try achieve a look someone else is after, but I had a go at two mods, probably not quite what you're after. Basically just a version of a bleach bypass effect, changes in colour temperature using luminosity masks, some retouching on the model, just because I wanted to and messing around with the saturation panel.

Alan.

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Nick_w
Nick_w e2 Member 73882 forum postsNick_w vcard England99 Constructive Critique Points
21 May 2014 - 8:01 AM

Thanks Alan Smile

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