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This is a shot of my stepdaughter and my first attempt using a flash. I am quite pleased with it but would appreciate some honest thoughts.
I used a black velvet background, a little daylight through a window blind on the left and the flash high right.

Camera:Canon EOS 5D MkII
Lens:EF24-105mm F/4L IS USM
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Jennifer
Username:derekhansen derekhansen
Uploaded:27 Jan 2013 - 8:05 AM
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AnnChown
AnnChown e2 Member 4183 forum postsAnnChown vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jan 2013 - 8:15 AM

A modern day "The girl with a pearl earring" was my immediate thought. I don't know anything about lighting Derek, but it looks very good to me. A lovely portrait!
Ann

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WhiteRose1
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27 Jan 2013 - 9:10 AM

Very Vermeer. It looks very good, Derek. should the forehead be toned down slightly and the stray hairs on the right cloned out?? Just thoughts as I've never done a portrait before... or used flash as a main light.

Dave

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jasonrwl
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27 Jan 2013 - 9:26 AM

I had exactly the same first reaction as Ann. Great eye contact and agree with Dave's comments.
Jason

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derekhansen
derekhansen e2 Member 5184 forum postsderekhansen vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jan 2013 - 9:30 AM

Although I wasn't conscious of it at the time I took the shot we immediately saw the resemblance to the Vermeer painting when reviewing the raw image afterwards and I couldn't resist processing with the painting in mind. (Purely by coincidence Jen is even wearing a pearl around her neck).
I did tone down the highlight on the forehead and her right shoulder during the process stage. Perhaps not enough. keeping the stray hairs was deliberate.

Last Modified By derekhansen at 27 Jan 2013 - 9:32 AM

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mlseawell
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27 Jan 2013 - 10:35 AM

I like it Derek! Beautiful capture!

Mark

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NDODS
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27 Jan 2013 - 12:07 PM

For me the image has been wonderfully crafted with a wonderfully soft feeling, although I do think that the sheen on Jen's forehead could be toned down. Other remodelling/shaping could include the removal of the necks lines and the cloning of the wispy hairs.

The resemblance to Vermeer's Girl with the Pearl Earring is indeed uncanny, maybe a reconstruction of the painting might prove to be a winner.

Regards NathanGrin

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Rende
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27 Jan 2013 - 12:12 PM

Can't believe this is your first attempt with the flash; looks absolutely perfect to me, like an old Dutch painting.
Rende

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Daisymaye
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27 Jan 2013 - 12:38 PM

Very lovely. Such a resemblance to the Vermeer Girl........Sandy

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Scottishlandscapes
Scottishlandscapes e2 Member 968 forum postsScottishlandscapes vcard Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jan 2013 - 3:53 PM

It is indeed a classic pose and face. I was couching a question and looked at the comments. Now I must look up The Vermeer painting.


Marvellous image a lovely lass.

Dougie

just looked at the painting and the face is a slightly older and Jennifer's mouth is slightly fuller, but almost the exact twin of the Vermeer.

They do say we all have a twin somewhere, I think you've found one here.

Last Modified By Scottishlandscapes at 27 Jan 2013 - 3:59 PM

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geffers7
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27 Jan 2013 - 5:01 PM

Beautiful classic pose and shot Derek.
Geoff

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AnneWorner
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27 Jan 2013 - 6:31 PM

Classic 3/4 pose. Beautifully lit. I love to see this pose done correctly with the nose not protruding beyond the cheek. It's excellent to my eye. She's lovely.

Anne

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LesF
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27 Jan 2013 - 7:17 PM

One both you and your stepdaughter should be proud of Derek. I am sure there are far more experienced people around to give advice, me I just like it.


LesF

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Lelah
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27 Jan 2013 - 8:39 PM

Derek is this is your first attempt of a portrait using flash I look forward to your progression because this is lovely. Just like LesF I can't give technical advice on lighting, but to me this is perfect. GrinGrinGrin Lilian

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martin.w
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27 Jan 2013 - 9:09 PM

No advice from me either, but I do like it Wink

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fazzer
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27 Jan 2013 - 10:36 PM

Wow Derek really impressed,it's a class portrait.i think all it needs to make it perfect would be a bit more catch light in the eyes but then it may take away on the whole Dutch painting theme so I'll leave the advice to the portrait experts Smile
Regards
Jeremy

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martinl
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28 Jan 2013 - 2:02 PM

You'd never know it was a first attempt Derek! Inspired me to give this type of shot a go.
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