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sherring 8 46 13 United Kingdom
30 Sep 2011 8:42AM
Works well Richard.

Steve.

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30 Sep 2011 8:44AM
love that background !
quirky look from her .... great image
30 Sep 2011 8:45AM
very nice indeed love her eyes and that hat has made a few great appearances a great prop

Graham
CaroleS Plus
6 417 3 United Kingdom
30 Sep 2011 8:49AM
That background certainly does work. An unusual portrait but it has that extra somethingSmile Carole
PhillipMinnis 6 94 4 Australia
30 Sep 2011 8:50AM
A top-notch portrait image, Richard! A classy capture!


Cheers

Phil
MickyMc 8 8 United Kingdom
30 Sep 2011 9:13AM
A girl with attitude.
I like it
Mavis
BillyGoatGruff 9 191 199 England
30 Sep 2011 9:14AM
This is really great, Richard!

Flawless technique, of course, but what really scores is her wonderful expression: "What! You really want to wear this stupid hat????!!!" Wink

Top shot, mate! Grin

Bill
Richsr Plus
9 90 222 England
30 Sep 2011 9:16AM
Ye think that sums it up Bill.
Regards Richard
30 Sep 2011 9:37AM
Its all in the eyes and you have caught it so well and like bill spot on
mike
gingerdelight 10 298 11 United Kingdom
30 Sep 2011 9:44AM
A super head and shoulder shot here Rich - I rather like that look, it's different, and I'm all for different!
Carol
lonely_oryx 8 61 54 England
30 Sep 2011 10:44AM
Have to confess I am not too sure about the expression
johnnyboy114 7 231 106 United Kingdom
30 Sep 2011 10:52AM
heh heh....yeah, thats a great expression....totally empty in my eyes....lol! I am sure she is not, but it works very well...made me smile Smile Like it again Richard!
30 Sep 2011 11:14AM
I don't think I'd want to get on her bad side with that expression. A great portrait and excellent work on the bg.
Steve.
LesF 9 182 9
30 Sep 2011 12:33PM
Like her expression Richard, texture looks good with the model also


LesF
Suehh 9 39 6 England
30 Sep 2011 1:20PM
I really, really like this - the expression is different' the eyes really penetrating and questioning, the hat jaunty - to me she looks like a "real" person with character and not simply a model posing - so much more interesting in my view.
Sezz 11 617 15 England
30 Sep 2011 1:25PM
Sue has said it perfectly for me - looks good Richard!

Sarah *
30 Sep 2011 1:37PM
This is wonderful.

Carsten
danbrann Plus
11 616 17
30 Sep 2011 2:15PM
I'm not madly keen on textures Richard but this one works so well. Super image.
achieverswales 5 8 101 Wales
30 Sep 2011 2:34PM
Hi Richard
Excellent background but this is not one of my favourite images from you, do not like the expression on this young lady!

Regards

Trev.
TrevBatWCC Plus
8 12 10 England
30 Sep 2011 2:51PM
She looks rather serious, but it's a super quality portrait, Richard...like your textured background, too Wink
Trev Smile
Richsr Plus
9 90 222 England
30 Sep 2011 3:43PM
Thanks for all your comments and feedback too everyone, the expression you either love or not.
regards Richard
30 Sep 2011 4:28PM
Such an unusual look. Her left eye has a quirky look, also her head. I like it like this, makes me stop and study it. Wonderful processing and b/g............Sandy
A Booth 14 11 4 United Kingdom
30 Sep 2011 4:34PM
nicely composed and presented. interesting colours and good eye contact.
TRUEX 9 218 10
30 Sep 2011 5:14PM
Hi Richard

I've looked at this for a while and can't really work out the lighting set up that has caused that diagonal beam of light, is it sunlight? one would think the hat had something to do with it, but the shadow is on the shoulder as well and it seems to be coming from our left anyway looking at the shadow off the nose?....2 catchlights in the eyes, so 2 lights? but how were they set up and what modifiers were used please.

I have a problem with your processing of the face here, it's almost starting to look like a mask, the skin tones are out of sync with the rest of her, the shoulders give us a good clue how the face may have looked, have you added light here in you PP work, the skin smoothing? looks too overdone as well. I notice some people have mentioned the eyes, not so much of a problem to me, but it's an easy fix with the liquify tool in photoshop.

On the plus side I like the simple styling, and the addition of the texture works in that respect.
Brian65 7 2 United Kingdom
30 Sep 2011 5:39PM
Wonderful work Richard.
Brian
30 Sep 2011 6:05PM
Very nicely worked Richard, and I like the quirky expression.

John Smile
gajewski Plus
11 10 9 United States
30 Sep 2011 7:14PM
I like the "quirky" expression -- separates her from a lot of copy cat models. Of course, the real beauty here is your shot -- a fantastic portrait. Nice BG as well.
-=\Walter
chensuriashi Plus
10 231 17 England
30 Sep 2011 7:25PM
Well yes this shot is a bit square, and her eyeballs are off, I think that the bird wears glasses, so for me a little twist to the left, or the right, and head up or down a tad, with a cheeky grin, with the glasses of course as an added prop, would have got it right, nice flash exp, the hat is great the model is attractive, just a little dull here. Chen.
franken Plus
13 3.9k 4 Wales
1 Oct 2011 5:56PM
Superb portrait!

Ken
Richsr Plus
9 90 222 England
1 Oct 2011 6:32PM
Hi Marcus, thanks for taking the time to pose some questions

"I've looked at this for a while and can't really work out the lighting set up that has caused that diagonal beam of light, is it sunlight?"
one would think the hat had something to do with it, but the shadow is on the shoulder as well and it seems to be coming from our left anyway looking at the shadow off the nose?....2 catchlights in the eyes, so 2 lights? but how were they set up and what modifiers were used please.

Yes it was sunlight coming in from a row of large window to the LHS. The lighting was a single flash unit fitted with a beauty dish to the LHS of the camera and a large reflection to the rhs of the camera, which was picking up the window light and so giving the second catch light.

I have a problem with your processing of the face here, it's almost starting to look like a mask, (So do I now - it seem to have gone very flat and mask like as you say.e the skin tones are out of sync with the rest of her, ( totally agree) the shoulders give us a good clue how the face may have looked, have you added light here in you PP work,( not sure I did but I will review the raw file, to check this was processed a while ago now) the skin smoothing?)( I usually add a small amount, but I do agree that this looks over done, it has also lost the tones in the cheek area) looks too overdone as well. I notice some people have mentioned the eyes, not so much of a problem to me, but it's an easy fix with the liquify tool in photoshop.

On the plus side I like the simple styling, and the addition of the texture works in that respect.
Thanks
Richsr Plus
9 90 222 England
1 Oct 2011 6:32PM
Thanks Chen.
wyatturp 10 2 England
1 Oct 2011 9:29PM
The texture background works well Rich
Rende Plus
9 38 4 Netherlands
2 Oct 2011 11:42AM
I like the colours , the background and the unusual expression; lovely portrait Richard!
Rende
PaulLiley 7 2 13 United Kingdom
3 Oct 2011 1:12PM
I think the textured bg works very well and is in no way distracting. Like the way she is off centre too. Nice one Richard. paul
phil99 9 45 6 United Kingdom
4 Oct 2011 10:08AM
The background works well and without any distractions in this one ..The models eyes are superbly captured and make the image for me....Phil
Ayoob 5 Australia
4 Oct 2011 5:03PM
This is wonderful portrait ,great work.............Grin

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