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Portrait of Amy

By MarkyL
The digitally manipulated part is, as if you couldn't tell, the background. The reason this had to be done is it was taken in our dining room, at night under normal houselights. The original image contains elements such as our carpet, lilac curtains, an upturned dining table, a bookcase and various wires and cables - not ideal.

I'm pleased with the lighting, especially as it was created using two large standing houselamps and a table lamp. Neither of the standing lamps have prehensile arms so getting the light directed correctly involved some inventinve propping using various chairs, table legs, books and other elements to balance them. I also made some use of a home-made reflector -foil wrapped around a piece of card. Considering the cramped working space, reletively poor light intensity and home-made hodge-podge of studio equipment, I quite like how this one turned out.

I changed the floor/background and added the shadow, one of my earlier attempts and probably the part I'm least happy with, especially around the hand.

Anyway, I hope you like it. Amy did, but now it reminds her of a time that seems a long time ago now, back when she wasn't 9 months pregnant!! ;o)

Tags: Digitally manipulated Portraits and people

Voters: redstag, silverwolf, JohnDyer and 20 more

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redstag 16 100 15 United Kingdom
7 Jun 2006 10:00PM
Like what you've done here a subtle presentation.
silverwolf 20 7 United Kingdom
7 Jun 2006 10:12PM
Good manipulation, very subtle image.
JohnDyer Plus
15 80 2 United Kingdom
7 Jun 2006 10:20PM
Well done, nicely subtle, good portrait
shane 17 7 United Kingdom
7 Jun 2006 10:26PM
good work to disguise the original unwanted background. I like the highkey in this, beautiful lady

Deego 15 27
7 Jun 2006 10:37PM
Nice balanced photo :o)
blueorchid 15 27
7 Jun 2006 11:58PM
Excellent hi-key work that suits the model so well. Well done and on a shoestring. Just goes to prove you don't need to spend a fortune for a really nice image ! And tell Amy that women are stunningly beautiful at all stages of pregnancy. Don't miss the opportunity for some truly wonderful and memorable shots at this time. Click.
MarkyL 15 7
8 Jun 2006 12:36AM
Thanks Paul. I'll pass the message on although I do mention this to her myself quite often. She's 5 days overdue now and with the temperature rising she's feeling a little put out and tired of it all now. Any further nice comments I can pass on I'm sure will make her feel better.
xanda Plus
17 244 2 United Kingdom
8 Jun 2006 12:58AM
Like this a lot. The subtle tones are perfect as is the pose. Good piece of unobtrusive manipulation too. Clix.

Mixpix 17 1.1k England
8 Jun 2006 6:14AM
You've done a good job with the background and I agree with Shane.

CP_01 16 1
8 Jun 2006 7:26AM
I love the lighting soft and flattering. Beautiful!!
clevercloggs 17 251 15 Netherlands
8 Jun 2006 8:13AM
well done on a high key portrait. click
silburkp 17 3 England
8 Jun 2006 10:36AM
An excellent piece of digital manipulation.
MarkyL 15 7
8 Jun 2006 10:18PM
Thankyou everyone for your comments, I'm glad you like the lighting. I guess this means I don't need to fork out for a home studio set just yet... having nowhere to keep it notwithstanding ;o)
BillS 15 27 United Kingdom
9 Jun 2006 7:18AM
Beautiful colour and tone , very well lit ,makes a very pleasing picture.Bill
User_Removed 16 32 United Kingdom
9 Jun 2006 12:19PM
You have done a really fine job here

mikesavage 19 299 2 England
4 Sep 2006 11:43PM
Like it very much. Click!

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