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By RobDem    
i like to get som critigue about light and post processing...With this portrait i try to use only natural light..Was sunny day and light was very strong so i used tree to make light more soft and some light what was coming thru leaves for her face and skirt with small shadows.

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banehawi Plus
12 1.5k 3534 Canada
10 Sep 2013 12:28AM
Youve done a lot og things right with this shot.

The light has been well handled I think. You have avoided having an obvious mottled appearance with light comin through trees, and her face is illuminated just right.

Youre aperture is quite narrow, - it does a good job of keeping the wall a little soft, but it does suggest you need her head and eyes a little sharper..

I have done this in the mod, - really not much else required. I did brighten the catch-lights in her eyes, and cropped to a 10 X 8 format, which moves her more right, and lower.

A very nice image.



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pablophotographer 5 678 269
10 Sep 2013 12:31AM
Hi. Lighting looks great, it actually compliments her facial expression. No doubt she is an attractive woman actually lighting and her presence (with the folklore clothing) are the reasons that your picture attracts attention. What I see as points that have weaken the impact of the picture are: a) posture/pose and b) background. I can't figure out why a 'violinist' (as you suggest us to perceive she is) would hold the violin like that, rather than play a happy tune and smile at the same time. Is she sat on a stool? Normally the travelling musicians play on a stage, or play stand up. I don't think there will be someone who will deny returning her a smile but when I compare such a little part of the picture with the vast double coloured background I wonder is all of the space from the left needed? Would she look better in a square frame? Is this a wall? How does she relate to the background? Do train your brain to think these issues as well, when taking someone's picture. I have noticed that her figure cuts diagonally the frame following the pattern of the colour split on the wall, good placing of the poser there, it might had been more obvious if the frame was square. I understand that these are not issues you had asked to be looked but I hope you'll find them useful.

Irishkate Plus
6 38 100 United Kingdom
10 Sep 2013 1:10AM
Despite the above observations/suggestions , this was one of the most striking images I
saw from the thumbnails tonight.
A lovely girl and a beautiful costume and the indistictive b/g is perfect.
Willie's crop makes it a stronger image.
paulbroad 9 116 1064 United Kingdom
10 Sep 2013 9:21AM
Very nicely done in general. I do wonder why yiu needed such a wide aperture though. Think I would have been at f5.6 or even 8. The pose confuses me. What is she doing? It looks very un-natural and contrived. The position of the violin, her grip on it? Just doesn't look right to me.

This, reposed, could be superb.

RobDem 4 United Kingdom
10 Sep 2013 3:20PM first my story about this photo. I went to a concert where was folklore music and i realy like this violinist. So i was waiting till the end and i ask her if she dont mind to pose for one portrait photo. Concert was inside on stage so we went outside. She is not sitting on stole she squat down if you know what i mean.(im not english so i hope you understand..Smile..) and backgorund is a wall..Concert was in very old Castle..

Thanky you for your comments and yes i should use better aperture for sharper result.
pablophotographer 5 678 269
11 Sep 2013 1:49AM
Thank you for clarifying. I don't know how I managed to understand almost immediately today that the 'blue' side of the background (wall) is actually the shadow of a tree near to the building. I have learnt to look back at a picture and see if I can interpret it with 'fresh eyes'.

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