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By brian1208
This was shot using ISO1600, hand-held at 1/30th sec using only the available light coming in to Christchurch Priory.

I find portraiture a challenging discipline at the best of times so when I had the chance to try shooting some images of my friend Lesley in very poor light conditions I had low expectations of the result.

As it is, I don't think its too bad (but am seeking your opinion, particularly from the Portraitists amongst us).

I had to put it through Noiseware Pro to remove the high ISO colour noise and then sharpened it up using USM after size reduction

Tags: Portrait Canon 350d Low light High iso Tokina 2870 sv pro Portraits and people Flash and lighting

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miptog 16 3.6k 68 United Kingdom
25 Jun 2006 10:43AM
I am sure that several of the those who take portraits on this site will offer their advice, but for me, the one thing that makes this shot is that it is natural. A very personal opinion, but sometimes we make things look so unnatural . Mike
franken Plus
19 5.5k 4 United Kingdom
25 Jun 2006 2:07PM
This is a pleasent and natural looking portrait. The detail and lighting is excellent.

25 Jun 2006 7:49PM
I agree with Ken and Mike about it looking natural which is very pleasing. I might say perhaps her eyes are looking slightly more to her right than I would like, and glasses are always difficult, I find myself trying to work out what's happening in the reflection rather than looking at her face.
All in all though, Brian, I would be pleased with the quality of this.
brian1208 19 11.8k 12 United Kingdom
26 Jun 2006 11:08AM
thanks for the C&Cs and mod (Mike).

I was trying to capture the warm and friendly nature of Lesley and didn't want to over-process the image to create an un-natural shot, so I'm glad that's how you saw it.

Lydia, I see what you mean but every time I got full eye contact her face tended to take on a "I don't like having my photo taken" look, so I asked her not to look directly at me. The reflections were difficult to avoid because of the direction and nature of the light in the Priory. I guess in hindsight I should have asked her to turn her head a bit more to her right? (but then that would have put odd creases in her neck - you see why I find Portraits difficult! Smile
keithh 18 25.8k 33 Wallis And Futuna
26 Jun 2006 10:32PM
Looks like a very natural, unspoilt picture to me..there's a spot of green cast going on in the highlights due to the light mix, but you got the eyes through the specs and it's not always easy.

I would imagine she'd be quietly pleased with this.
brian1208 19 11.8k 12 United Kingdom
27 Jun 2006 7:47AM
Thanks Keith. I hadn't spotted the cast, that could well be from the stained glass windows.

She did say it was one of the better pictures taken of her for quite a while.
Just Jas Plus
20 26.4k 1 England
21 Jul 2006 2:19PM
A good, honest portrait well done.

brian1208 19 11.8k 12 United Kingdom
21 Jul 2006 2:46PM
Thanks Jas, not my discipline so I was pleased with the result

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