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At the museum

By Sus  
I'd got the white balance wrong and the eyes were not in sharp focus. Taken at 1/160, f1.8. In an attempt to salvage something out of it, I decided to attempt a b&w conversion. After comparing the results using Channel mix and converting to LAB and using lightness only, I decided the latter worked better. Boosted contrast with curves and USM in LCE mode (using high radius and low amount values). I then did a far fiercer sharpen than I would normally - about 180% with radius 1 on the eyes only (the rest I reduced opacity of the sharpened layer over an unsharpened layer to reduce the effect).

The original is in the mods section.

Tags: Girl Cambridge Black and white Zoology museum Portraits and people

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ljesmith 18 1.1k United Kingdom
30 Oct 2006 5:15PM
Wow, that's a lot of work. The top of the image is not needed though, if you crop that away you get a much stronger composition. I like the photograph and you've caught the charachter very well indeed with lovely subtle light on the face.
Sus 18 3.2k 9 England
30 Oct 2006 5:18PM
Thanks Luke (that was quick!). You will probably guess that I had your stuff in mind with the effect I was trying to achieve. I left the top in because of the skeleton in the background trying to create context - but I see what you mean - it is not very obvious what it is so the effect is lost.
ljesmith 18 1.1k United Kingdom
30 Oct 2006 5:22PM
No problem

I did a version of it in the mods, I'd be interested to know what you think of it.
Djemde 19 1 Tuvalu
30 Oct 2006 5:27PM
Gorgeous, well worth the hard work. Actually I disagree with the suggestion to crop, I like the context the bones give and it adds depth and space to the image. Great conversion, very clean image. Jem
Sus 18 3.2k 9 England
30 Oct 2006 5:29PM
you are right it brings out the face much better - although I like the low key effect and deep shadows, I can see that I needed to lighten the face a bit it is just too shadowed in my attempt. I do still like my skeleton though - but I think it would be more effective if I'd managed to include the top of it in the shot as well (without the skeleton, she could be in a geology museum or something!)
ljesmith 18 1.1k United Kingdom
30 Oct 2006 5:31PM
Fair enough, my trouble is that mainly I'm looking at the people and nothing else, so that anything in the background is there by luck more than by choice. Unless it fills the frame nicely that is.
30 Oct 2006 7:12PM
lovely girl. everything is ok and a good quality photo than your others
Sus 18 3.2k 9 England
1 Nov 2006 12:08AM
Thank you for your comments. And the mod Rich. Now alhthough you said you converted to sepia, it looks sort of greeny blue on my monitor. I think a warm tone would suit it though. But I still think that without the background, and 'environment' it loses something. I can't believe that of Luke, about the background, as your backgrounds are always so perfect, I think you spend hours arranging them just so! Well you have given me a few ideas...

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