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Rachel

By TrevBatWCC  
A first for me here on EPZ. Portraits are not a subject Iím comfortable with, and Iím neither used to capturing or processing them, but wanted to get some new images with my new camera. As we had a worknight with Rachel at our Camera Club meeting last night, thought Iíd give it a go, and this shot was about the best of the bunch. Other than a bit of tweaking with shadows/highlights, dodging & burning, V1 & V3 are straight shots in colour & mono. In V2 & V4 Iíve softened the focus a little with a touch of Orton Effect to try to make my images of her a bit more flattering!

Might look a little better seen large if you have the time.

1/160 sec, F8, 55mm, ISO 200

Single Raw image processed in Adobe Camera Raw, tweaked in Elements 6, with some assistance from Topaz Adjust.

Thanks again to everyone for your votes & comments on my previous uploads, it really is appreciated and encouraging.
Trev Smile

Tags: Black and white Rachel Camera club Portraits and people Worknight

Voters: CarolG, GlynnisFrith, Glostopcat and 33 more

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CarolG Plus
9 196 18 Greece
9 Mar 2010 4:02PM
An excellent portrait, Trev, very well captured. Carol

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9 Mar 2010 4:08PM
You are like me not very happy taking portraits & I quite like doing candid type shots but as for portrait sittings like this I feel well out of my depth, we have two lots of how to evenings on the subject since we jointed the York PS

But looking at your images here you have copped well with it so you have some nice images
Glynnis
9 Mar 2010 4:49PM
well caught
Gareth
9 Mar 2010 4:57PM
A delightful shot of a very pretty lass
I feel you have done really well
I can see how portriat photographers use their lighting as your phot is the first that I have been aware of shadows
I actually like them ,,, but thinking about it in magazines you just dont see nose shadows
mrswoolybill Plus
9 971 1494 United Kingdom
9 Mar 2010 5:19PM
Not something I'm comfortable doing either, so full marks for courage. V1 & V3 for me, I like real skin, real textures. And shadows.
Moira
shaz4 11 26 2 United Kingdom
9 Mar 2010 5:38PM
Nice pic Trev...you say you aren't comfortable with portraits.....? I used to hate it,now I can't really say I do much of anything else...it's just the more you do ,the easier it gets....Keep doing it........
Sharon
davidhu 10 19 United Kingdom
9 Mar 2010 5:41PM
Not something I've ever done Trev, but we are discussing a session at the club. I'd be pleased with this result, V3 works best for me.
Dave
cassiecat 8 39 46 England
9 Mar 2010 6:41PM
like the comp, and v2 is my fav, no experience of portraits wouldnt think of using orton, but worked well.lesley
pluckyfilly Plus
10 351 33 United Kingdom
9 Mar 2010 6:52PM
much prefer either of the two colour versions (not my forte either but one has to try these things or get stuck in a rut) not a blown highlight anywhere - great job
Sue_R 10 11 6 Scotland
9 Mar 2010 8:34PM
You are so brave, Trev. I would never have attempted this. If I'd known it was portrait night, I'd probably have stayed at home, but you've done really well. V3 is my favourite of this set.

Sue Smile
Mavis Plus
14 143 2 England
9 Mar 2010 9:27PM
A lovely girl . A fine portrait . xxx
Hanners Plus
10 875 10 Ireland
9 Mar 2010 9:39PM
it's always good to try something different Trev and I think you've done a good job, I like V1 the best, good work Smile
SashaB 7 Northern Ireland
9 Mar 2010 9:42PM
Know what you mean about the portraits - its not my thing either. One of our club competition rounds this year was portraiture and I really struggled. However, I suppose it did make me try something out of my comfort zone and that was good. You have done well with this one.
Frances
stephenscott 7 8 2 United Kingdom
9 Mar 2010 10:06PM
Very nice portrait shoit trevor,so well captured,V2 and V4 for me,nice work..

Steve..
9 Mar 2010 10:13PM
Lovely portrait Trev - V3 for me, I like the sharp mono look !

Chris
Bob_V 9 1 2 United States
9 Mar 2010 11:35PM
What a wonderful portrait Trev, I have to go with V! followed closely by V3.
Bob
Mynett 8 142 6 United Kingdom
10 Mar 2010 8:14AM
v1 for me too I love the tones in this one and you have made a good first attempt at this, how is the foot?

Linda
PinkK 7 80 1 United Kingdom
10 Mar 2010 10:49AM
A great portrait. I really like V4 Smile
Canadiann 6 2 Canada
10 Mar 2010 12:56PM
These a really good portraits can't decide on them. Very well done indeed. You should do more. We all need to get out of the comfort zone. Take a risk LOL
Regards
Ann
LeighRebecca 8 267 10 England
10 Mar 2010 1:32PM
Great stuff Trev. I like V1, but I like V3 even more - a super portrait.
Lillian Plus
7 22 17 United Kingdom
10 Mar 2010 5:02PM
Trev, that is a very well taken portrait, framing and cropping spot on!, both her hands beautifully placed for effect, and she is looking at you, so great eye contact as well, The lighting on the right side has lifted the shadows nicely too. If this is your first effort...sorry Trev think that you have found a new profession!
and go for it... V1 and V4 for me
Lillian
10 Mar 2010 9:18PM
A beautiful portrait, have to say v4 for me compliments the skin, imho.
Christine
phil99 9 45 6 United Kingdom
11 Mar 2010 10:48AM
All 4 are excellent . When I went to your portfolio page and saw this as your latest image I thought I had gone to a wrong page. This is brilliant and your best work ever in my opinion. I will p.m . you later for details of the model as this is something that we are hoping on doing next season from September at Halifax for a couple of evenings....Phil
sable 8 9 7 England
11 Mar 2010 7:07PM
A super set of images I like them all - Elizabeth
Richsr Plus
9 91 223 England
12 Mar 2010 6:06PM
Nicely done for a first time Trevor, good lighting and tones too.
Regards Richard
tigertimb 8 40 66 United Kingdom
16 Mar 2010 9:03AM
Beautiful portrait Trev and I love the pose and the eye contact.
Looking slightly on the red side to me though, and the high contrast is a little harsh on the skin tones - try reducing ita little and this should also give an alternative way of softening the image.
Tim
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JanieB43 8 47 6 England
16 Mar 2010 10:23PM
Must admit I'm hankering after doing more portrait work and have a "shoot" scheduled with my friend as my model this Friday !! I'm quite excited at the prospect and am busy looking to others for ideas. Vs 2 & 4 for me in this collection Trev as I like the soft focus type of portrait. Sorry I've not been as attentive of late - I've been that busy processing my Egypt pics and have been uploading,clicking & running !!! Must get back into scanning the gallery soon.
Great work here & have fun with your new aquisition Wink

Jane

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