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One of a series of photos taken at a get together for Jack Sparrow look-a-likes, I liked this one particularly as it concentrates on the young girl, but you get the sense that she is being looked out for!
The event was to raise money for Gt Ormond Street.
The term strumpet was one chosen by the women present...not me!

I took two lenses with me, my travel lens and the one I used here - 85mm on aperture priority...F1.8

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D700 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:Nikkor 85mm f1.8 Check out Nikon Nation!
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:5 Jan 2013 - 1:50 PM
Focal Length:85mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/1.7
Aperture:f/1.8
Shutter Speed:1/800sec
Exposure Comp:-1.0
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:Auto
Title:Jack's Strumpet
Username:Plumit Plumit
Uploaded:3 Feb 2013 - 6:24 PM
Tags:Digitally manipulated, Jack sparrow, Pirates, Portraits / people
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paulbroad
paulbroad  681 forum posts United Kingdom840 Constructive Critique Points
4 Feb 2013 - 8:13 AM

Mixed feelings. Very well done indeed and obvious skills on show. My problem is with Sparrow there in the background. I know what you are after, but I find him very distracting indeed. I want to look at the girl, but am continually looking at him, and it should be the other way round. He actually looks like a painting in the background.

Paul

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Focus_Man
Focus_Man  4481 forum posts United Kingdom631 Constructive Critique Points
4 Feb 2013 - 10:39 AM

An excellent picture here and well composed and presented. I certainly get the message that the strumpet is being watched over and I hope you raise loads of money for St Ormond Street hospital.

Frank

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banehawi Critique Team 10777 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2781 Constructive Critique Points
4 Feb 2013 - 9:06 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Hi Steve, - a nice shot overall. jack needs to be more in the background, so a little more blur works, This is because its his eye that are engaging the camera, not the ladys.


Dont use a strong dominant colour in the frame from the image, - its a distraction.


Sharpen the lady and lift the shadows on her eyes, and a slightly warmer tone helps on her too. jack has the colour advantage, being in the orange/red zone that appealing to the eye, so de-saturate him.


Ive uploaded a mod to show what I mean, scroll up the page and click the modifications tab, then view large.



regards''''Willie

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Plumit
Plumit  3 United Kingdom
5 Feb 2013 - 2:03 PM

Thanks Willie for your time on this.

I've just a print back from (almost) the original I posted on here, and I'm really pleased with it.
I changed the key line thicknes (not colour) as it was too thick when seen at full size, Its now mounted on black based black card and even though its a strong colour, the finer line works well.
I took the dodging tool to the edges of the image and darked down the white/grey area behind her head.
Good shout about lightening her eyes, a big improvement.
although I didn't sharpen her any more. I used a number 2 warm promist to soften her a little - I have actually taken colour from her face, to match what she wanted a (dubiously) historic pale look...they used to use lead oxide!
Thanks again Willie, I really appreciate your time and suggestions

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