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Monika in Mono

By Alan_Coles
Another shot taken at last week's Focus In Imaging. Tried to convert this to mono but not sure about it so I thought I would stick it up for mods as I am trying to learn what looks right etc here...thansk for looking.

Tags: General Black and white Portraits and people Monika

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andy210966 10 4 119 Wales
14 Mar 2010 8:41PM
A nicely produced image here with really nice tonal balance throughout and a good and viewable pose. I do feel that this may work a little better with a slightly tighter crop though.


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martyn05 11 363 England
14 Mar 2010 9:15PM
It seems to me that the model is leaning over slightly, not sure if this was intentional, but I have uploaded a mod with a tighter crop.
Morgs 9 20 62 Wales
14 Mar 2010 9:41PM
I like the pose, I like the end result re processing. For me Al, she's too central, and I would crop to one side and use dead space on the other to balance the image....just my opinion for what it's worth.

Maiwand 11 3 73 England
14 Mar 2010 10:07PM
Fine shot Alan. As my PF will show I am not too knowledgeable about portraiture so all I can say is I find the shot most appealing.
pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
14 Mar 2010 10:11PM
a few blown highlights but otherwise a well taken shot, I like Andy's mod - bit of a learning curve I feel and one I do not have much experience of
14 Mar 2010 10:21PM
A very pleasing portrait of a beautiful girl. A little over exposed in my opinion but that doesn't detract from the image.
banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3879 Canada
15 Mar 2010 12:05AM
Lots of useful tips already, - the main one being that its usually best to have the subject off centre. In addition, shes too low in the frame, - her eyes will look best on about a third.

Its a little hot in spots, reflection from her skin, so in the mod I reduced exposure by using a multiply layer at 40%. Youve got good catch lights in her eyes, and I like how her head is tilted.

Apart from that cropped tightly. and increased the tilt of her head slightly; increased contrast, sharpened a little.

Hope this helps,


cassiecat 9 39 46 England
15 Mar 2010 2:15AM
looks like youve had some useful tips the off central crops of the 1st and 3rd mod.lesley
Alan_Coles 12 178 11 Wales
15 Mar 2010 6:15AM
Thanks all, some great tips and mods. As most would know this sort of photography is not my usual thing but it is something I would like to try in the future at some point.
paulbroad 10 123 1243 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2010 9:00AM
Technically nice and a good conversion, but why all the space. Crop no. 3 is good - not sure about the other two, but I would come in even closer on that attractive face.

Shows like focus are not condusive to good portraiture and as such you have done rather well. I will post a shot taken at Focus of one of these portraiture scrums - an absolute melee which I keep out of.


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