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Blue Gail

By ErictheViking
Taken using floor lamp as sole lighting. Colour individually desaturated except blue and the hue adjusted to reflect the violet tones of the sweatshirt

Tags: Female Black and white Digitally manipulated Portraits and people Portrait and people

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widtink 5 406 2 Scotland
4 Jan 2013 11:03PM
nice portrait Eric if this is yer wife well done ma wife hates my camera Wink


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ErictheViking 5 124 102 Scotland
4 Jan 2013 11:22PM
Mine hates the camera as well Rod, she thought a wiz handin out the hoos keepin WinkWinkWink

Eric Grin
4 Jan 2013 11:25PM
One beautiful portrait lovely pose with the hand and that smile says it all.

debu 8 India
4 Jan 2013 11:48PM
Excellent work.
paulbroad 10 123 1244 United Kingdom
5 Jan 2013 8:37AM
A strong image with instant impact. I do find the eyes to be just black holes and that is unsettlng. Would like a bit of detail in the eyes.

ErictheViking 5 124 102 Scotland
5 Jan 2013 9:25AM
Thanks Paul, this was an impromptu shot with limited lighting which has left the eyes very dark. I pondered whether to lighten the right eye or leave as is, so perhaps a slight level change was necessary.

banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3880 Canada
5 Jan 2013 7:52PM
There are two thinks that struck me when I saw this. The expression, - very nice close tangible connection between bot of you; and the dark eyes. I saw your comment and agree, - dark eyes are generally not a good idea, so a little more helps. Its actually on the far eye you can recover detail.

The blue.lilac is personal thing. I dont like it for the way it turns her hair a blue grey which is not attractive. I would also suggest you add space on the right.

So I worked on the eyes; mono conversion and darkened the overall appearance in all but mod3; sharpened; toned down reflected kight on the side of her hand and the front of the nose. Three variations, straight B&W, a duo-toned image, and a diffuse glow applied to mod1.


ErictheViking 5 124 102 Scotland
5 Jan 2013 9:33PM
Thanks Willie portraits are a new thing for me so all advise is helpful. I like all your mods but I think Mod 2is the best with its touch of warmth.

Thanks again Eric
SteveNZ 9 4 5 United Kingdom
13 Jan 2013 5:25PM
From a personal point of view, I think 'colour popping' (as I think it's called) works best when it's used to highlight an object of interest within the image - for example, a red bus in a street scene.

Something that can work well with a portrait is to leave some colour/tint just to the eyes, although it needs the right kind of image for it to work to good effect.

Cheers -- Steve

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