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Uncropped of previous

By dwjones
This is the original version of my previous picture.
Any feedback on how the cropping was done (good & bad). I've not cropped many shots and therefore I'm trying to get the 'balance' of what to take out/leave in right.
So expect a few more of this type Smile

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seabloke 18 844
22 Apr 2004 7:54PM
This is potentially a nice shot, with lovely rim lighting but a bit of fill-in flash would have improved it stacks by lightening the face up a couple of stops, also worth trying to get the horizon level and maybe it would have worked better vertical (ie full-length...) or going in tighter to the face and trying to get a catch-light in the eyes (bit of flash again).

noseprints 18 576
22 Apr 2004 9:09PM
your cropping instinct is good. both are good. the face is a little too much in the shade. the hair is nice, but there's too much happening in front of her, with her hand, to make an effective silhouette.

in adobe, you could bring up the midtone levels and then increase the contrast some. in this version i would crop out the post in the corner, and as a personal preference i made it b/w, just because i'm really too fussy about colour and i find her face a bit too flushed, but you'd be doing this to the original file, not the 50k one, so i really don't know what the colour looks like.

i'm not bothered by the crooked horizon. nice candid.
dwjones 18 232 United Kingdom
22 Apr 2004 9:39PM
I had added some comments after seabloke's comments but they've gone

I've had a fiddle and I htink it's getting better. Straighting the horizon does improve it.
Not 100% sure how to use the fill-in flash but it does brigthen up her facial expression.
Will try B&W and see what comes.
Thanks all.

PS. The post is actually a cricketer on the cricket pitch Wink

PPS. Have just done a remove colour and the image changes completey (slightly for the better! to my surprise I have to say). Never done B&W before. Is that the best way to convert to B&W ?
noseprints 18 576
22 Apr 2004 11:37PM
glad it worked for you. what is it you did to brighten up her facial expression? yes, b/w is a whole other adventure! it is best to remove the colour, but sometimes greyscaling comes in handy.
mattmatic 18 598
26 Apr 2004 1:21PM
I've done a B&W technique. It's adventurous, but completely "twiddable" so you can go for the look you want.
Click here!
Have fun!
dwjones 18 232 United Kingdom
27 Apr 2004 11:47PM
I used the fill in flash on Elements hav a look at the picture in my list.

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