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By Geraint  
This is from a shoot I did yesterday for a singer/songwriter. The location was an old pub in the middle of Cardiff. I went along with most of my flash kit as I had loads of ideas for the shoot, but once I got there the brief was 'pensive, thoughtful, casual and sexy', so I decided to ditch it all and go with window light. We didn't have much time as a band were waiting to set up, so it was a little belt and braces!

I came away from the shoot really happy with what I got (and the client was too), but I'd appreciate any comments and critique you all have, because this was one of those shoots that I had to think very quickly on my feet, and all my (groundbreaking, original and brilliant) ideas were thrown out of the window; so I'm looking at the shots through rose-tinted glasses perhaps....

Tags: Black and white Portraits and people

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banehawi Plus
17 2.5k 4247 Canada
19 Aug 2010 4:10PM
Its really good, fits the requirement very well, - might need to blur the Guinness sign if they dont want and ad in the shot

Geraint 14 715 34 Wales
19 Aug 2010 4:23PM
Good point Willie! Thanks
accipiter 11 61 England
19 Aug 2010 4:51PM
I think you have done well with the light here. A
BarryC123 12 43 25 Ireland
19 Aug 2010 5:50PM
I know I'd be delighted with a result like this.
Excellent work, and certainly fits the brief you were given, in the circumstances.
It might have been better to have a small space between the Guiness sign and her head, and as mentioned above, the sign is somewhat too strong (although you could always pitch this to Guiness too for their own use ! )

Also, if you could remove that wall-join to give a cleaner background, that might improve things.
Nevertheless, this is really a great shot, and I'd love to see what else you came up with from the shoot.
freybird 14 1 England
20 Aug 2010 9:01AM
Fab. Geoff
johnnyboy114 12 231 106 United Kingdom
20 Aug 2010 9:11AM
Can't say there is much wrong with this to be honest. Light is good, pose is lovely, composition works, lovely tones in mono, well exposed.......nah, nowt at all. I would have been over the moon with this, so be pleased! Smile Lovely, lovely shot
Geraint 14 715 34 Wales
20 Aug 2010 9:24AM
Thank you for the comments, and thank you Geoff for the User Award - much appreciated.

Barry - good point about the separation between head and frame, and cloning the join in the wall is a good suggestion. Thanks,
Pete 20 18.8k 97 England
20 Aug 2010 12:35PM
I agree with Barry about the closeness of the Guinness frame I was going to suggest you cheat and move it using the clone tool, but that would have meant cropping the frame, so I didn't say anything. I've since seen the shot you've uploaded to the "tell it as is" group I don't think the cropped frame hurts, so yes, move the frame to the right Smile
Incidentally you've done a grand job of the black and white processing...even more apparent on the tell it as is shot.
Geraint 14 715 34 Wales
20 Aug 2010 2:56PM
Wow thanks Pete! Well chuffed. And thanks for taking the time to comment. Steve asked on the other shot about the b&w processing - I used to use the gradient map tool (and still do sometimes), but I bought the Nik Software suite a couple of months ago, and this is Silver EFX's emulation of the b&w film TMAX Pro, but I customised it with no grain at all. It seems to give just the right amount of contrast while keeping the blacks rich and the highlights unclipped.

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