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By arhb      
1 flash camera right, level with me at head level, with a piece of card taped to it, to stop light spilling behind.
1 flash camera left, set behind me with card taped on to stop light spilling in front.
Cropped, levels, contrast and almost-mono conversion.

Be nice to get some feedback on lighting and mono conversion - done with channels layer, and anything else worth mentioning.
Thanks for taking a look.

Tags: Self-portrait Contrast Portraits and people Flash and lighting Almost mono Ocf

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taggart Plus
18 47 15 United States
23 Jul 2010 8:02PM
Feedback: I like this lighting choice, gives just enough detail and works well with the(most pleasing) toning--shadows are there, but not occulsive----
I would give this a much closer crop and try to open the left side of the face jsut a tad-- very tiny tad.....

the best of your recent experiments IMHO!
arhb 15 3.4k 68 United Kingdom
23 Jul 2010 8:19PM
Thanks for your comments Jennnnnn-n, much appreciated.
I should add, I did intend the lighting to be the way it is, although a tiny tad lighter in the shadow - yes maybe.
Dave, what you have done is to remove too much shadow.
Maybe a white to transparent gradient might work, right to left and face only, but the intention is to light one side of the face so the light fades across the face, and light one end of the BG, so it fades from left to right across the BG.
banehawi Plus
18 2.8k 4321 Canada
23 Jul 2010 8:36PM
I gather from the lighting arrangement that you were directing light towards one side of your face, - somewhat like barn doors on studio lights?

It did what you wanted, though I dont light what seems to be light behind you on the fence, so I would remove it by cropping.

The mono is not mono as you mention, but its not a bad look. It works in a high contrast mono also. A tad more light on one side, - or, less light, as theres just enough there to suggest it needs more, - so a little more, - or full shade IMO.

Loaded a couple of mods, - cropped tighter, darkened fence, slight brighten of both sides of face.


arhb 15 3.4k 68 United Kingdom
23 Jul 2010 8:40PM
Thanks Willie for the mods and your comments - I really like the mono crop mod you've done, very impressive.
Eviscera 16 1.1k 149 United Kingdom
23 Jul 2010 9:31PM
Well hot diggedy do , what the f do I know eh !

Willie is the master , I do concede.
arhb 15 3.4k 68 United Kingdom
23 Jul 2010 10:29PM
My fault Dave - I didn't elaborate in my description as to the intended lighting.
BTW, that should be a question mark after 'eh' Wink
banehawi Plus
18 2.8k 4321 Canada
23 Jul 2010 11:11PM
Master is used very loosely in this context!

DeSilver Plus
15 14 12 England
24 Jul 2010 10:31AM
Its a very competent image and the people who have commented already are people who have the skill and knowledge to make such comments unlike myself. I do like the image and consider it a master class in lighting and the only thing that I would like to see is just a little more light on the subjects right eye. Just a touch though.

paulbroad Plus
15 131 1294 United Kingdom
24 Jul 2010 4:30PM
The image and lighting is competent indeed. The mono conversion? Doesn't look mono to me, looks desaturated but with some vestage of colour still there.

The problem for me is composition. The head needed to be on the extreme left and cropped as the similar mods above. That then puts the heavy facial shadow on the left edge, making a super lead in foil to the side view portrait.


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