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Windows to the soul

By jimpy1
Photo of my granddaughter, has the most beautiful eyes I have ever seen. She has had more than her share of pain and misfortune in her 16 years of life. She enjoys making herself up and as I have a competition for the photography club at work titled Parts of the face I knew she would be up for it.
As always thanks for looking, comments are welcome and appreciated.

Tags: Portraits and people

Voters: xleex, optik, PranavMishra and 15 more

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PranavMishra 5 52 17 India
2 Feb 2014 3:29PM
love those eyes..

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psu68 5 1 2 United States
2 Feb 2014 4:54PM
Absolutely great title for a beautiful image.
banehawi Plus
14 1.8k 3894 Canada
2 Feb 2014 5:20PM
Its a nice shot that will do well in a competition.

I would suggest some tweaks that may improve it. I did download the image and tried them.

Increase exposure by about +0.7; this makes a big difference in the eyes, especially the whites. This suggests a +1 rather than a +1/3 would have been better. I used adobe camera raw, and imply used the exposure slider.

Her finger nail, small finger, left hand. Try to clone out most of the nail by covering it with fabric; or, f you prefer, lighten it. I tried the cloning and it looks better.

Hope you find this helpful,


jimpy1 9 England
2 Feb 2014 5:34PM
Thanks Willie I will give your suggestion a try, must admit though the image does look much darker oh here than on my PC.
ali63 Plus
6 775 1 United Kingdom
2 Feb 2014 7:02PM
This is beautiful Jim, you must be so proud of her, great work,

Ali GrinGrin
mohikan22 14 2.3k 2 United Kingdom
2 Feb 2014 7:44PM
banehawi Plus
14 1.8k 3894 Canada
2 Feb 2014 11:23PM
The suggestion I made removes the PC and the monitor from the equation completely Jimpy1. Its an objective measurement of the image using Photoshop. Thats why you need to use caution with monitor differences, and use measurements to confirm that what you see is accurate. As an example of the difference, - look at the whites of her eyes. On my screen, they have a yellow bias, - caused by underexposure. Its how it looks when the judges look at it that really matters.

When you are entering an image in a competition, the use of a calibrated monitor, and close checking with software, which doesnt care about your monitor, is important. Use the histogram to asses your image. If anything, leave the exposure overall as you like it, but do increase the exposure on the eyes alone unless the competition is over and it doesnt matter. if its still to happen, - look after that finger-nail.

Do a quick check of your monitor set-up by scrolling down to the bottom of the page and looking closely at the greyscale strip. You should see 16 separate and distinct blocks. if you dont, and any of them "run inot: each other, the monitor needs calibration.

If your monitor is fine, and you prefer it darker, then thats fine too, - as long as the monitor is calibrated and your not looking at the image displayed incorrectly.


jimpy1 9 England
3 Feb 2014 5:58AM
Carried out the changes that you suggested Willie and agree completely, cloned out the nail with a fold of cloth, increased exposure on the eyes, a real difference. Just wait to see what the judges think in a couple of weeks.
My monitor is calibrated, I replaced the graphics card on Monday so had to redo it.
Thanks for the very constructive help, as you can see from my portfolio on here portraiture is not really my genre, so any tips are extremely helpful.

jimpy1 9 England
3 Feb 2014 6:08AM
Thanks for the user award Ali much appreciated


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