Back Modifications (5)
Views 113 Unique 52 Award Shortlist   

young miss holmes

By krebsbaum    
taken i natural daylight with reflector hand held was going to use flash but unit wouldnt fire so i pressed on with window light.

Tags: Portraits and people

GB Sports Photographer & The Panasonic LUMIX S1


dudler Plus
16 945 1520 England
11 Jun 2019 6:08PM
I'd say it was a good decision to leave the flash off. The lighting's fine, and it's a lovely, gentle portrait.

The focus is less so, especially stopped down to f/7.1. The eyes are soft, but hair and dress are sharp. You need to select a single AF point and place it over the nearer eye.

For the sake of perspective, I'd step back (if possible) and use the long end of the zoom (I'd be shooting this with an 85mm lens).

I quite like hte framing, though I might shave a fraction off hte left side, to make it a tiny bit more asymmetrical than it is now.

Join ePHOTOzine for free and remove these adverts.

banehawi Plus
15 2.1k 4036 Canada
11 Jun 2019 6:08PM
Its a lovely pose with a very pretty subject.

At ISO 1800 the overall quality seems fine; her face is a little soft, - seems the camera focused in front of her face as the blouse is quite sharp and well defined. Might also be that the shutter speed was marginally slow for a person portrait, but you didnt want the ISO to be any higher.

Slightly too much light on the camera right side of her face, so you could have used a faster shutter.

The mod has the light reduced, black level set, a little sharpening, and cleaned up some stray hairs camera left.

Good work.


mrswoolybill Plus
12 1.6k 2080 United Kingdom
11 Jun 2019 6:32PM
A charming portrait of a self-confident and beautiful young girl with her life ahead of her. Much better with natural light, this is gentle and intimate, without the harshness that flash would risk.

Willie has done what I wanted to do though I may still try a modification. A little more shadow on her right side to model the features, but a bit of dodging and burning on the eyes for brightness. Not too much though...

Sepia conversion, perhaps? It would shift attention away from the colour of the dress, which is quite dominant.

I think you have replaced the background, and done it very well. It's difficult with stray hairs. There are a few odd cut-offs in the strands of hair, below her right ear in particular.
11 Jun 2019 7:18PM
many thanks for your suggestions
dark_lord Plus
15 2.3k 591 England
11 Jun 2019 9:33PM
John's covered it. A very pleasing portrait.
The fact the flash didn't fire has resulted in a much more characterful portrait. Serendipity.
Robert51 10 7 90 United Kingdom
12 Jun 2019 8:37AM
Nice shot and like most young children a softer approach works well.

The mod I have tried to reproduce that old classic look you use to find in this type of picture. I hope you like it...
paulbroad Plus
12 131 1285 United Kingdom
12 Jun 2019 3:48PM
A nice portrait marred only by the slight focusing error. You need to be on the eyes as John says. Auto focus is not to be recommended for portraiture of this type unless the focus point is adjusted, or focus locked. If you want soft, use a diffuser as there is a difference between diffused soft and out of focus soft.

I wonder if you shot one with eye contact?


Sign In

You must be a member to leave a comment.

ePHOTOzine, the web's friendliest photography community.

Join For Free

Upload photos, chat with photographers, win prizes and much more.