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BFSOAB 11 United Kingdom
27 Nov 2008 9:32AM
Really nice image, love the way the model stands outso well. Well Done

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DaveU 13 1.4k 125 England
27 Nov 2008 9:38AM
Everything works here Dan .... it's a very classy looking image. Just thinking is it worth toning down those two bright patches in the background top right though? A teensy bit distracting.
culturedcanvas 14 4.7k 59 United Kingdom
27 Nov 2008 9:42AM
Interesting you picked up on that ... I actually did clone them at one stage but then it felt unnatural for some reason. Maybe because I had been looking at the image some time ..

I felt the natural framing of the verticals and the bright reflections in the shades were enough to balance it out. It's actually one of my fav shots this so I'm biased .... Wink
27 Nov 2008 9:46AM
I must say it really is an amazing style, all looks like closed scene just in one frame...
DaveU 13 1.4k 125 England
27 Nov 2008 9:47AM
It is funny to see a pic you've grown into through someone else's eyes. I would'nt clone the bright patches out, just tone them down so they're not so bright. Be interesting to hear other people's viewpoints on this though.
27 Nov 2008 9:49AM
Great light well spotted - love the reflections too!
POOCHIE Plus
13 21 6 United Kingdom
27 Nov 2008 9:52AM
...kin brilliant reflections and all sort of light you dream of and a beautiful perfect model for the shot super backdrop and obviously the right blerk behind the box brownie,

Pooch.
culturedcanvas 14 4.7k 59 United Kingdom
27 Nov 2008 9:55AM
A quick edit of the jpeg with two versions .. one with highlights toned down, the other with highlights gone.

Smile
andytvcams 17 10.4k 1 United Kingdom
27 Nov 2008 10:02AM
Cannot me mind up between Leaving the highlight in V1 or without V3. still it gets my vote and award.

Andy...
DaveU 13 1.4k 125 England
27 Nov 2008 10:06AM
Lol but I prefer V1 ...... where's the door?
POOCHIE Plus
13 21 6 United Kingdom
27 Nov 2008 10:15AM
3 yep 3
angej 14 479 United Kingdom
27 Nov 2008 10:52AM
V 3 for me, excellent portrait DanSmile
Sezz 14 619 15 England
27 Nov 2008 11:13AM
Excellent work Dan, like the reflections in the glasses - V3 for me.

Sarah *
sut68 16 2.0k 76 England
27 Nov 2008 11:21AM
V3 gets my vote!!!
PeteWilliamson 14 545 2 Isle of Man
27 Nov 2008 11:26AM
3 looks good with the higlites removed.
MikeBonsall 13 474 3 Guernsey
27 Nov 2008 11:45AM
v3 I think???

Either way it's a stunning image. The light is just wonderful and the way her long sunlit hair complements the pillars and the reflections in the shades...and she's a bit of a looker isn't she Smile

Award winning material Dan.

Mike
CathyT 13 7.3k 18 United Kingdom
27 Nov 2008 11:56AM
Version 3 for me........love this.
rogues 15 4 India
27 Nov 2008 12:13PM
i like ver 3
grt lighting and tones
SKavanagh 12 312 5 England
27 Nov 2008 12:23PM
Superb shot can see why you like this stlye V1 for me
Steve
DaveU 13 1.4k 125 England
27 Nov 2008 12:24PM
Hey, V3 was my idea. If you get an EC can I have half please?
culturedcanvas 14 4.7k 59 United Kingdom
27 Nov 2008 12:30PM
V2 was you're idea Dave! ... V3 was mine ... but I disregarded it because V1 is better ....

Wink

PS Thanks for the user award Andy. Much appreciated !! Smile
DaveU 13 1.4k 125 England
27 Nov 2008 12:39PM
Lol .... I bow to your superior wisdom (and memory)
Coleslaw 14 13.4k 28 Wales
27 Nov 2008 12:43PM
v3 for me too. like it a lot
casson 13 3 United Kingdom
27 Nov 2008 12:44PM
v3 for me well done
john
Ian_Sweet 14 92 1 England
27 Nov 2008 1:10PM
I prefer V3 mate, superb shot, i can feel an EC coming on mate.

Regards

Ian...
MarkT 14 119 2 England
27 Nov 2008 1:25PM
Quality Dan, V3 for me too.

Mark.
Geraint 13 715 34 Wales
27 Nov 2008 1:36PM
I'm undecided over V2 and V3. The highlight is too distracting in V1, but I find that I miss it when cloned out. Either way it's a fantastic shot. Truly beautiful.
Geraint
PeteWilliamson 14 545 2 Isle of Man
27 Nov 2008 1:48PM
Yeah V1's only good point is that that is how it was captured.. so if you couldn't edit the shot then the high light doesn't damage the image at all really... but with the beauty of a little cloning its not even a consideration.
And its a shame for anything to distract from the cracking reflection in the shades.
layts 12 2 United Kingdom
27 Nov 2008 2:05PM
V3 all the way
Layts
culturedcanvas 14 4.7k 59 United Kingdom
27 Nov 2008 2:12PM
V3 loses something for me .. and let me explain why. Without the highlight the shot feels slightly set up and contrived ... and that goes against everything else that is in the shot. It's not that I don't like it and it was a close call between the two but ... It's mean to feel cinematic and not directly 'set up'. Almost like a film still ....

The general opinion is that V3 is the choice but a couple of people are still siding with me on V1.

As usual I'm glad to have provided a bit of photographic discussion

Wink
PeteWilliamson 14 545 2 Isle of Man
27 Nov 2008 2:22PM
Would you feel the same way if you had angled the shot so that the highlight wasn't there? Would you feel something was missing?
I'm guessing that due to you making versions without it and your comments thus far, the high light wasn't really an intended part of the shot, or certainly not so prominant?
ashley 15 167 1 United Kingdom
27 Nov 2008 2:33PM
V3 for me with highlights gone, very nice pose on the model with the background working great and on a par with the main subject with out being distracting to the viewer.

like the warm golden light falling across the shot from left to right with models face lit on both sides using the reflector.

great lighting as usual. Dan

well done

Ash
culturedcanvas 14 4.7k 59 United Kingdom
27 Nov 2008 2:41PM

Quote:Would you feel the same way if you had angled the shot so that the highlight wasn't there? Would you feel something was missing?
I'm guessing that due to you making versions without it and your comments thus far, the high light wasn't really an intended part of the shot, or certainly not so prominant?



The highlight was unavoidable from this angle ... and yes I spotted it at the time of taking the shot. Here's the story behind it ....

I worked this location for some time and as sunset was upon us I originally shot lower down the bridge. Using the darker background to give great seperation. When I moved further up it was to get the full effect of the golden rays ... and the best position was here at the time of taking the shot. The model had to be angled like this because the posts provided the ideal natural frame .. the highlight was from a gap in the bridge iron work with sky behind.

Before taking the shot I wondered if it might be an issue so fired one off anyway .. had a quick review .. decided I actually like it and then continued to shoot. With this capture being my favourite. With it in I feel there is balance and as I say it gives the shot a greater sense of reality ....

That said when I came back and had these on screen I did take a look at it cloned out. After doing some clean up work on the stray hairs (it was windy despite the look) ... I decided that the shot with it in worked best.

Then Dave pointed it out ... (as indeed I half expected him to) .. Wink

The result is we get the benefit of some genuine discussion on the make up of the shot and hopefully a bit of an education for everyone involved including myself Smile
PeteWilliamson 14 545 2 Isle of Man
27 Nov 2008 2:51PM
I hate to admit it but the version with it in is starting to look good... so maybe I'll settle on V2 and be a bit happier Smile

Cheers for the explanation.
culturedcanvas 14 4.7k 59 United Kingdom
27 Nov 2008 5:04PM
Interesting ... V3 has actually grown on me again during the day Wink
wamp 13 276 8 England
27 Nov 2008 7:31PM
Aye, v3 for me. Once you see the image without the highlights and compare the two they become quite distracting. Probably wouldn't be an issue if there was no comparison shot lol Smile

Cheers, Sean
culturedcanvas 14 4.7k 59 United Kingdom
27 Nov 2008 7:48PM
Ive gone back to V1 again now Wink
Bodiewil 12 46 Wales
27 Nov 2008 9:52PM
Now I dont know ver1 adds to the light direction and ver3 just takes me straight to her glasses.... oh pooh going for No1. No3 just loses it for interest.

Superb image love the dof and elegance of the composition
LesF 13 182 9
28 Nov 2008 8:39AM
Very classey

LesF
Richsr 12 91 223 England
28 Nov 2008 9:52AM
Excellent work Dan - version 1 for me.
Regards Richard.
Iain_Proudfoot 13 40 2 Ireland
28 Nov 2008 10:30PM
A fine photograph. Great work.

Yours, Iain.
dathersmith 12 564 12 United Kingdom
1 Dec 2008 1:35PM
An excellent image, #3 being my favourite with the highlight removed.

Darren.
8 Dec 2008 8:26AM
versio 3. good photo and good pose. like the reflection in the sunglasses
what lens did you use?

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