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Miles away...

By xanda  
Another attempt at rescuing a shot - just for the exercise! The usual selective contrast shifts to try and restore some detail to the areas that were in deep shadow. Selective sharpening/softening which has resulted in an overall soft look. Some cloning, some blending of grafted bits. Something of everything really. Yes, I've got plenty of shots that don't need working but I like to play.

Exposure for the original shot (this is a 50% crop) was 1/160th at f9.

Thanks for looking.

Tags: Portrait Model Woman Liv Beauty Xanda Beautiful General Pretty Girl Digitally manipulated Serene New age Horsham Portraits and people

Voters: User_Removed, tenerifejohn, answersonapostcard and 13 more

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tenerifejohn 14 126 England
23 Jun 2006 8:47AM
As Alfred Lord Tennyson might have said, "Oh maiden, fresher than the first green leaf, they have never learned to love who never knew to weep." Cracking image and I thought I would bring a bit of poetic licence to epz. click. John
xanda 17 244 2 United Kingdom
23 Jun 2006 8:55AM
Thank you, John. My wife, Jean, is a poet and she loved your comment. Cheers.
DaveU 15 1.4k 126 England
23 Jun 2006 9:09AM
She is a stunning model Simon, but I think you've gone a bit far with the soft focus. I would suggest that you try to sharpen the eyes up a little. It also looks a little flat on my crappy works monitor, and could perhaps do with a hint more contrast.

Other than those niggles, I love it (and her).

xanda 17 244 2 United Kingdom
23 Jun 2006 9:20AM
Thank you, Dave. I'm having a similar issue with monitors. On the laptop which I use for editing this looks more punchy (and a bit sharper) yet on my old CRT based desktop, which I use for uploading, it looks very soft and lacking in contrast. I'm glad you've mentioned this and I'm wondering which monitor (if either) is telling the truth! Cheers.
DaveU 15 1.4k 126 England
23 Jun 2006 9:33AM
I have exactly the same problem Simon. I regularly edit/view images on my home laptop and desktop CRT, and also view them on my works CRT.

On each display the contrast and colour saturation is noticably different. I've come to the conclusion that the CRT's give a more reliable image than the laptop.

I guess the purists would say that each display should be calibrated, but I can't justify the cost of calibration equipment.

tull 17 181 United Kingdom
23 Jun 2006 9:43AM
Really has a dreamy qauilty to it Simon,excellent.

23 Jun 2006 2:00PM
Personally I do like the dreamy nature with the soft focus. Yet again another stunning photograph. Ian
xanda 17 244 2 United Kingdom
23 Jun 2006 2:40PM
Thanks for that, Dave. As far as I've now been able to tell, the sharpness or softness of an image is most accurate on my laptop, partly because my CRT is old a fuzzy, but the contrast is most accurate on the CRT because it doesn't boost the contrast like the laptop screen does. Clearly both are 'wrong' but the laptop gives the more pleasing results. Like you, I can't justify the cost of calibration so I guess we'll have to live with it!

Thank you, Mark.

Thank you, Ian. I'm finding more and more often that soft focus or diffusion effects are a matter of taste. I've always liked them but clearly there are plenty of people for whom critical sharpness is everything. Cheers!
23 Jun 2006 3:40PM
I like what you're doing with this model very much, but the backgrounds are sometimes letting the shots down. For me, there's too many distracting lines/boundaries/bright areas behind her. Other than that, this is a very nice shot indeed.

xanda 17 244 2 United Kingdom
23 Jun 2006 7:13PM
Thank you, John. I totally agree that sometimes the backgrounds are a problem in these shots. The four shoots I've done with Liv to date have been to see how she looks in different colours/settings and to find out what she's comfortable doing. She seems so much at home in natural settings that it's easy to let her sort of blend in. As our shoots become more focussed (if you'll excuse the pun) then I hope the backgrounds that are allowed into the frame will form a more integral part of the composition rather than something that I forgot to take care of! It's good to get a comment like yours because it gives me a better idea of what it is different people respond/react to in a photo. Thanks again.
silburkp 16 3 England
24 Jun 2006 8:05AM
Excellent, like this a lot.
xanda 17 244 2 United Kingdom
24 Jun 2006 8:26AM
Thank you, Kelvin.

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