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Chloe in Mono

By Philo  
I would be interested in general critique on the image but I am particularly after thoughts on the mono conversion as I want to use it for a black and white competition. Mono processing done in Lightroom 5.
Lighting: studio flash + large softbox overhead and triflector under the chin at about waist height.
Original colour uploaded for reference or to play with.


Tags: Models Lighting Black and white Softbox Studio lighting Triflector Chloe Portraits and people Flash and lighting Wakefield Camera Club

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This photo is here for critique. Please only comment constructively and with suggestions on how to improve it.


16 Oct 2013 11:06AM
Stunning photo, both in B/W & Colour well done.

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banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3849 Canada
16 Oct 2013 4:16PM
Hi Phil.

A really nice original shot.

The mono is good. I do find that the shine on her nose in the original has carried into the mono as a slight gull-wing shape on the tip of her nose. I used the original to reduce shine, and then converted.

I used the standard mono converter in CS6, with red and yellow filters reduced for mod2; and mod3, my preference, has a small amount of diffuse glow applied.

Another point of view for your consideration.

Philo 7 99 83 England
16 Oct 2013 4:52PM
Thanks, Willie, your diffused glow mod is what I was aiming for so I will have a go at that. Good point about the nose reflection.


paulbroad 10 123 1234 United Kingdom
16 Oct 2013 6:05PM
I much prefer the colour. The skin tones are a bit bright and monotone in B&W. Nice shot, but she needed her nose powdering. There is ann unfortunate highlight there due to reflection.

Philo 7 99 83 England
16 Oct 2013 6:18PM
I prefer the colour too, Paul, but unfortunately I need it for a mono competition. Yes a bit of powder on the nose would have helped but, to be fair, Chloe was a last minute stand in for a model that was ill so she did really well.

Nigeve1 Plus
4 1.4k 101 United Kingdom
16 Oct 2013 7:27PM
This is an excellent portrait in virtually every respect and Willie has done excellent mods. To my eye, the concern I would have with respect to a competition is with respect to the mouth. The lips are slightly adhered on the right side ( left looking at the image ) which has led to a assymmetry in the mouth posture. The result of this is that the tip of the upper left lateral incisor ( second tooth along on the models left side ) is clearly visible but the tip of the upper left central incisor is not, the central incisor is always longer than the lateral incisor so we expect to see it more prominent. The shadow on the lower lip is quite dark in the central incisor position giving the illusion that that tooth is missing. It may be possible to correct this visual effect in photoshop but I am afraid that is way beyond my processing skills.

Philo 7 99 83 England
16 Oct 2013 8:55PM
Thanks, Nigel, you have very sharp eyes. Are you a dentist?Wink
Cheers for the mod, I will have a go on the original.
banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3849 Canada
16 Oct 2013 9:06PM
Well seen Nigel!

Nigeve1 Plus
4 1.4k 101 United Kingdom
16 Oct 2013 10:28PM
You are very welcome Phil, thanks Willie. I tried to critique from a photographic point of view, but I guess my day job showed through!


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