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By LeighRebecca  
Hannah and her friend asked me to take some photos of them a couple of nights ago. We went onto Saltburn beach, and the shot I liked best of Hannah's friend Emma was this taken with flash under a very low scruffy bridge near the beach. I'll post another of her in the shelter on the seafront area.
Most of the shots in the evening were taken in natural light - which was lovely evening sunlight, which played havoc with exposure control, resulting in too many shots with harsh shadows or very bright areas of skin.
Ever more learning....

Btw, the background wall has a texture overlay which I downloaded and pasted in. This is a first for me - do you think it has worked ok?

Thanks for all c&c's.

Tags: Portraits and people Flash and lighting

Voters: ripleysalien, dmhuynh72, AlanPerkins and 27 more

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LeighRebecca 10 267 10 England
25 May 2009 8:16PM
Wow, I don't think I've ever had so many views without a single vote. I'd appreciate any feedback on the shot so I can learn from it for another time. Smile

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ripleysalien Plus
11 1.2k 11 United Kingdom
25 May 2009 8:29PM
I realy like 2, she looks great in that and has your "now" look, verynice I like the timber on the left and the rest of the shelter in the back ground.
As for 1 well, first I would keyline it, a white ( as you have an area of black on the edge of the frame) 1-2mm line to seperate it frm the frame, I like the shot but think it would work better cropped, cracking eye contact and confidence from Emma, I think its a good effort, out of ten, I will give 1, 6/10 and 2, 8.5/10
But they do get my vote, that concludes the voting from the whinging old git.
ripleysalien Plus
11 1.2k 11 United Kingdom
25 May 2009 8:38PM
You cant see the keyline cos it puts the shot on a white BG, DOH
LeighRebecca 10 267 10 England
25 May 2009 8:44PM
Thanks Steve. Very clear feedback - even scoring out of 10 lol. I think the crop does work better. I was just pleased I hadn't chopped any toes off etc, so I didn't plan to crop, but you are right that it works better.
I was also pleased with the eye contact and confidence from Emma. The last time I took shots of them Emma was really nervous and found it hard to relax into any sort of pose, so she did really well this time.

Edit - yep, prefer your mod of v2 too. I'll probably alter the originals before showing them to her Mum to choose a print. Thanks Steve.
ripleysalien Plus
11 1.2k 11 United Kingdom
25 May 2009 8:51PM
Dont let the views worry you (like I do, grrr) my last 4 of Hannah are like this, 27 Unique views, 53 Actual and 7 Clicks
50 U, 90A 8C
88U, 166A 21C
76U 148A 18C

Its the way of Landscapasunsetozine I fear, look at my latest, I put the least amount of effort in and its gone nuts, stuff I work my heart out on does nowt.

Didnt do much to 2, corners and in selective colour boost the reds ( by using te black slider) and a touch more contrast.
And your welcome, anytime if I can help I will try.
andy210966 10 4 119 Wales
25 May 2009 8:57PM
Hi Leigh!

These are wonderful shots - very appealing and you should be proud of them. I have posted a mod of each of the variants - making them both a little more high key toned and a touch bleachy - I only put the mods up for your perusal and to perhaps give you a little food for thought on further processing. I hope I have done them justice.

Top shots - well done!

LeighRebecca 10 267 10 England
25 May 2009 9:16PM
Thanks Andy - I do like your mods. Thanks for your feedback and the food for thought. I tend to stick within a usual range of processing, and it's great when someone offers alternatives. I think you've brought out a funkier look there, which suits the young portrait style. Thanks.

See what you mean Steve, but I know I could do better with these shots - the mods show that - I just don't know what to do often.
rocky41 14 170 England
26 May 2009 12:38AM
i like v2 best
LeighRebecca 10 267 10 England
26 May 2009 9:16AM
Thanks Rocky, and for the mod Glazzaro.
oll1e Plus
11 57 2 United Kingdom
26 May 2009 7:31PM
hi leigh ,like both images of Emma but just for a bit of fun ive uploaded a couple of quick mods as ive gotta dash out in a mo !!!!.much prefer v2 and all i have done was to get rid of that crossbar above emmas head ,also lightened her highlights just a touch.
v1 ive just had a play and aged her jeans a bit ,reduced the sat a tad,also cropped the top and altered the wall a bit as i found its line distracting ,also cloned out the yellow on the back wall.
your doin well ,keep at it
ollie Smile
oll1e Plus
11 57 2 United Kingdom
26 May 2009 7:44PM
ps ......if you dont like the mods,don't throw rocks at me on the beach
LeighRebecca 10 267 10 England
26 May 2009 8:44PM
Hi Ollie,

I certainly do like the mods, thanks. How on earth do you 'age' jeans like that? I do like that effect.
ripleysalien Plus
11 1.2k 11 United Kingdom
26 May 2009 10:12PM
Now Ollie has pointed it out Emma does have a lump of wood coming out of her head in 2, I didnt even notice it.
But that said its not too distracting and I prefer the crossbar in as its part of that building and stops the bit coming out of her head looking strange.
dathersmith 11 559 12 United Kingdom
26 May 2009 10:46PM
Two more nice portraits Leigh, some great mods too.

TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
27 May 2009 10:55AM
Well, Leigh, it works for me! Two lovely portraits, well captured and processed.
TrevB Smile
GazzaG2003 15 358 England
5 Jun 2009 10:17AM
2 excellent portraits, great poses

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