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Back lit portrait

By Kali
A portrait of my mate at Uni, Helen. I liked the idea of backlighting and this is my first attempt.
I used three prolinca lights , one at the back with a snoot whacked up high, The key to the left with a BIG softbox, and the fill to the right, lower with a smaller S/B.Lighting ratio at the front is 1/4. Med format with Provia 160 downrated to 120. 60/sec at f5.6. Scanned into P/shop, used layers of Gaussian blur to soften skin, blood vesseles 'healed' from eyes and whites whitened and overall luminosity sharpening done.

Tags: Flash and lighting

Voters: paulcr, bytorphoto, John_Horner and 28 more

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Comments


paulcr Plus
16 1.5k 9 Ireland
17 Feb 2006 5:41AM
I Like this a lot, lovely lighting, nicely posed, lovely model. PAul
simont 16 2.3k 4 United Kingdom
17 Feb 2006 5:44AM
Agree it's a lovely shot of of a lovely model.
Simon
keithh 16 25.7k 33 Wallis And Futuna
17 Feb 2006 5:48AM
1/2 a click for the shot and 1/2 a click for Helen....
...but seriously a crackin' job of it.
iajacks 15 24 England
17 Feb 2006 5:48AM
great compositon and I love the back lighting.

posibley needs a bit more DOF to incorperate the hands being a bit more sharp!

well done great shot.
Andy_Britten Junior Member 15 96 England
17 Feb 2006 7:55AM
Excellent shot.
Andrew
StevenPrice 16 30 2 England
17 Feb 2006 8:26AM
really like this well done.

Steve
martinproe 15 293 5 England
17 Feb 2006 8:50AM
Looks terrific to me. Nice shot!
Glamrox 16 304 United Kingdom
17 Feb 2006 9:28AM
Great portrait, really like the lighting and the effect of the dof on the hands
Kali 15 75
17 Feb 2006 9:48AM
Thanks everyone! x
silburkp 16 3 England
17 Feb 2006 9:58AM
Great shot, the lighting is really effective.
Kali 15 75
17 Feb 2006 10:02AM
Thanks everyone! x
mikesavage 18 299 2 England
17 Feb 2006 12:36PM
A beautiful young lady in a strange, inviting pose... Click!
tonymarq 15 1 United States
18 Feb 2006 6:05PM
Laura very beautiful image and love the softness of it and the lighting is perfect!

stay well
tonymarq
sjatkinson 15 1
19 Feb 2006 7:15PM
"Come to Butthead" Smile
Highly technical lighting info there padds! Lovely, lovely shot!! Will write u more in am (oops it IS am!!) im up late xxxxx
sjatkinson 15 1
19 Feb 2006 7:18PM
Portra or Provia? Did u mean Portra in your description? Looks more like Portra/NPH.....strange film isnt it? I think its a bit odd in the colour dept, much like Fuji NPH. I think I see the characteristics in this shot too. I often find "portrait" film is gentle on skintones and a bit un saturated (for me) at times. Still, youre shot here really is interesting and good Padds xxx
maxraz 16 25 United Kingdom
20 Feb 2006 1:03PM
Great beautiful image
7 Mar 2006 1:56PM
Your pf is full of great shots, you are obviously (or becoming) a very accomplished photographer, well done.

David
Kali 15 75
12 Mar 2006 10:58PM
Thank you Beavis, it is just the very day I needed to hear that. I was starting to doubt myself. it was lovely to wake to a nice complement. We get NO encouragement at uni,they just have this thing about never making a positive comment.its wearing!
shane 16 7 United Kingdom
9 Apr 2006 5:51AM
excellent and very beautiful portrait. This is what you should be do9ing instead of all the crap with dolls and blood

shane
Kali 15 75
11 Apr 2006 2:54AM
Shane I shall make an image just for you ..... wheres that chainsaw...

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