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By MikeJG  
A shot with off camera flash using the 105mm f2.8 micro lens.
For comments please.

Tags: Black and white Close-up and macro Portraits and people

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Lynamick 19 2 31 United Kingdom
10 Dec 2011 1:58PM
I do like the half face portrait, the only thing you could have done to make it even better is to reduce the bright spot on the cheek.
Well done.
banehawi Plus
16 2.4k 4233 Canada
10 Dec 2011 3:07PM
I would suggest that your light could have been better placed a little more to camera right to give a little more light to the eye; and either further away or less power to reduce the reflected light on the side of the face, - or a diffuser on the flash head. I feel this may have been better shot in a portrait format, - but it does also work as is. Otherwise a good effort.

I loaded a mod with the image cropped to show less of the bright side face; more light on the eye and lip, and a little sharpening.

Hope this is helpful,


Jestertheclown 12 8.4k 253 England
10 Dec 2011 8:47PM
I like this Mike.
I don't have anything to add to what Willie's said above.
paulbroad 13 131 1293 United Kingdom
11 Dec 2011 8:06AM
I rather like your lighting and composition, but it lacks any plane of sharpness. I'm guessing the problem is focusing rather than movement, but you really do need that crispness which I'm sure your lens is capable of. At this distance, depth of field will be minimal.

MikeJG 10 22 United Kingdom
11 Dec 2011 11:22AM
Thanks for the comments. I'm interested in Paul's comments as the original is actually very sharp (probably a little unflattering with this lens!) and as a result I applied a filter layer in Photoshop to soften it. I also applied another layer to tone down the reflections from the nose, but missed the cheek, so appreciate the comments by Willie.
Jestertheclown 12 8.4k 253 England
11 Dec 2011 11:32AM

Quote:I'm interested in Paul's comments as the original is actually very sharp

Remember also Mike, that there's usually some loss of sharpness during the process of uploading.
It's something I struggle with frequently.
Willie's the master in that department!
NickParry 15 1.0k 79 Wales
12 Dec 2011 8:01PM
Agree about the sharpness, and have suggested a crop and added sharpness to the modification. Nick
paulbroad 13 131 1293 United Kingdom
13 Dec 2011 5:52PM
Sharpness is not mandatory, but usually a plane of sharpness is necessary in most images. All is personal, but I would say that sharpness across the eyes at least is needed on an image like this. I would always think deeply before reducing a sharp image to a soft one.

We used to use nylon stocking over the enlarger lens in the wet darkroom, or a weak diffuser on the camera lens for transparencies, but the intention was always to retain the basic sharp image with a diffused glow which suggested softness, not un-sharness.

It is, of course, up to you.

(Those who use spot metering should consider this image. This is how it should be done. Spot should not be used on any auto setting without close control.)


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