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By HelenaJ
Taken in Paris. I loved the lighting but fear that some of the highlights have lost all the detail. Technical tips and creative versions of the photo all much appreciated. Smile

Tags: Architecture Portraits and people


Philip_H 7 12 United Kingdom
28 Jul 2012 7:04PM
Lovely image - peaceful and reflective.


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banehawi Plus
15 2.2k 4044 Canada
28 Jul 2012 9:34PM
No blown highlights in this. On the contrary, it can be exposed just a little more. You can check this yourself by lookiing at the histogram using Levels or Curves, - theres no data extending beyond the right hand limit.

Its a nice shot, - hard to decide if the colour appears right as theres obviously coloured light, but its nice overall. Theres a little tilt to the wall on the right, though the centre of the image is straight. You can straighten using the transform/distort tool. I am tempted to crop the empty space by the right off, - I find I want to look there, wondering whats over in the darkness, than look at the subject.

Ive uploaded a mod, a little brighter, cropped and sharpened.


pamelajean Plus
13 1.2k 2095 United Kingdom
28 Jul 2012 9:52PM
This is very well done, Helena, I like it a lot.
The setting is perfect for your title, with lovely texture in the architecture and that delightful water trough(?). There is some wonderful coloured light coming in from the left, probably from a window.
I'm not sure which highlights you are referring to, it all looks ok to me. If you mean the floor or walls, I don't think that loss of detail in those areas is important. That light from the left has made your model's legs very bright, compared with the rest of her skin, and the orange light has given her a suntanned look. But her eyes are well defined and have little catchlights, too.
There is a beautiful atmosphere captured here, and the idea of "Prayers" is perfect, especially the way the girl is looking upwards. You have put a lot of thought into creating this atmosphere, and it works really well.
I have done two modifications. It's mainly the composition that I have altered. You need to keep the space at the top because the girl is looking up, but some of the floor could be removed, and the walls either side. I cropped, adjusted levels and cloned out the white on the bottom of her boot, then used the burn tool on her legs, and sharpened. My second mod simply has some of the red removed. I know it's a nice feature, with the orange light filling the space, but thought I'd try it a little less so. I'm not sure what these modifications are going to be like because I had to change your colour space to sRGB before making my adjustments. It's a good idea to assign the sRGB colour to your image before upload.
I considered making the image even darker, for even more atmosphere, but you could try that for yourself, or even apply a dark vignette.
PS: Having uploaded the mods, the colours are much brighter than when I edited them.
NEWMANP 11 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
28 Jul 2012 10:11PM
i would just love to have an image of the girl lit like that and with this expression and in that outfit and pose. she would be extracted and put into a dozen different composites. she is perfect.

i love the lighting on the floor and i think that this is the area you refer to as burned out because it may have lost some of the vibrancy that you saw on location when you exposed (perfectly) for the figure, you can corect that by multiplyiong a duplicate layer and then dropping a graduated layer mask over the top half of the image.

i agree with Willie in that id lose the black patch right side and maybe crop some of the bright area on the left. (never a good idea to bleed the edges with bright patches.)

has something special this one. you could make this an international salon acceptance with a bit of work. the lighting and expression on the face is sublime

NEWMANP 11 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
28 Jul 2012 10:35PM
hi again, did two mods,

1. did a mono a straight conversion in neutral in silver efex pro with a crop bottom top and both sides. think this is my favourite way to go.

2. did the same crop in colour, doubled up the density in the floor reflections (light pools) and desaturated the reds a bit as its getting a bit too much caste from the reflected colour.

Sooty_1 9 1.5k 221 United Kingdom
29 Jul 2012 12:49AM
I agree with cropping the sides slightly, and I prefer the verticals to be vertical. The colour has to be natural and not forced, so the original is fine. For some reason, I keep thinking the image would have more contemplative innocence if the girl had no shoes on...!

PranavMishra 7 52 17 India
29 Jul 2012 8:26AM
Very beautiful and intimate atmosphere.. The unusual thing is that she is looking too directly at God.. If she is just looking at the sky or ceiling, it represents hopelessness and despair more..
Focus_Man 9 481 631 United Kingdom
29 Jul 2012 9:48AM
A quiet moment of contemplation is well portrayed in a well balanced composition. If a little mention, I would prefer to see the reds toned down a little.

HelenaJ 8 3
29 Jul 2012 10:01AM
Thank you all so much. You have given me a lot to think about. I really appreciate this way of getting feedback as it is like no other - everyone is very generous with their time and give constructive comments both negative and postive which really helps me to see the photos I take more objectively. The model is my daughter and she was delighted to read the enthusisatic compliments about her part in the photo! I need to keep encouraging her to particpate and this should have earned me a few more sessions with a bit of bribery and holiday money thrown in too!

Niknut Plus
9 2.3k 80 United Kingdom
5 Aug 2012 6:01PM
Cracking shot !!!....lovely quality & 'aura' from the light & colours !!....impressive !!

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