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Classical Beauty

By guler

Tags: Portraits and people

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banehawi Plus
14 1.8k 3892 Canada
5 Dec 2011 11:55PM
Hi guler,

I have seen a shot of this little girl before in your portfolio, and she is indeed beautiful.

However, I think converting from colour to b&w has resulted in a very dark, underexposed shot that does not show off her beauty at all.

When converting, - depending on what software you use, - you should be able to access the colour channels separately to adjust the result. If Photoshop, than the Channel Mixer is the best way. Converting by simply clicking the Greyscale mode gives poor results.

I have loaded a mod where Ive tried as much as possible to make the shot look brighter, and to improve the girls appearance.



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Lynamick 16 2 31 United Kingdom
6 Dec 2011 12:36AM
I like this image. What Willie said about converting is worth remembering. I have put up a mod that I cropped square. Also I lightened the image and added catch lights to the eyes.
Hope this helps.
lonely_oryx 10 61 55 England
6 Dec 2011 9:36AM
Love the calm expression
CathR 11 151 564 United Kingdom
6 Dec 2011 10:55AM
It's so difficult to critique this type of shot. from your portfolio you can obviously do "normal" portraits. I see also that you have another very low key shot of the fisherman. So I am assuming you wanted a low key look of the peasant girl. It does have a timeless look and Frank's comment about a young Queen Victoria strikes a chord. But it would help to have some information about what you were trying to achieve. Perhaps there is a language issue - but just a few words would be enough.

Best wishes

fentiger Plus
17 918 24 England
6 Dec 2011 5:15PM
A delightful composition but I felt the rather stark black and white approach did not suit the subject. I have therefore produced a mod with a highlight/shadow adjustment, dodged the heavier shadow areas to lighten them further and warmed the tones up slightly.

guler 6 Turkey
6 Dec 2011 9:11PM
I thank all comment. I upload a modification. That is modified little from orginal photo. I am sorry for exif
Sony DSLRA 200
ISO 400
paulbroad 10 123 1249 United Kingdom
7 Dec 2011 9:15AM
Yes, we need EXIF data and your intentions. There is nothing wrong with content but I do prefer the tighter crops in the modifications.

Your B&W conversion is very wrong and looks close to solarised. It has been covered above, but the effect here is not dark and sultry it is just flat and heavy. You need to use a conversion tool that allows control of all three colour channels - R,G and B. But also the complimentaries if possible. Then you control the output.

IN the vast majority of images there should be a near white somewhere and a total black with a full range of tones between. That's what the histogram tool is mainly for. This tonal range is particularly important for quality monochome.

guler 6 Turkey
7 Dec 2011 10:36AM
Thanks Paul. I hasen't noticed exif data when when I was working on Photoshop. Genarally I upload my photos with exif data. My two BW pictures uploaded are extraordinary aplication. I has trained some variations.But I am happy all comment they help me other works. Greeting.

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