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AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
27 Jan 2013 8:15AM
A modern day "The girl with a pearl earring" was my immediate thought. I don't know anything about lighting Derek, but it looks very good to me. A lovely portrait!

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Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
27 Jan 2013 9:10AM
Very Vermeer. It looks very good, Derek. should the forehead be toned down slightly and the stray hairs on the right cloned out?? Just thoughts as I've never done a portrait before... or used flash as a main light.

jasonrwl Plus
8 1.1k 10 United Kingdom
27 Jan 2013 9:26AM
I had exactly the same first reaction as Ann. Great eye contact and agree with Dave's comments.
derekhansen Plus
9 210 24 United Kingdom
27 Jan 2013 9:30AM
Although I wasn't conscious of it at the time I took the shot we immediately saw the resemblance to the Vermeer painting when reviewing the raw image afterwards and I couldn't resist processing with the painting in mind. (Purely by coincidence Jen is even wearing a pearl around her neck).
I did tone down the highlight on the forehead and her right shoulder during the process stage. Perhaps not enough. keeping the stray hairs was deliberate.
mlseawell 8 1 United States
27 Jan 2013 10:35AM
I like it Derek! Beautiful capture!

NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
27 Jan 2013 12:07PM
For me the image has been wonderfully crafted with a wonderfully soft feeling, although I do think that the sheen on Jen's forehead could be toned down. Other remodelling/shaping could include the removal of the necks lines and the cloning of the wispy hairs.

The resemblance to Vermeer's Girl with the Pearl Earring is indeed uncanny, maybe a reconstruction of the painting might prove to be a winner.

Regards NathanGrin
Rende 11 38 4 Netherlands
27 Jan 2013 12:12PM
Can't believe this is your first attempt with the flash; looks absolutely perfect to me, like an old Dutch painting.
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
27 Jan 2013 12:38PM
Very lovely. Such a resemblance to the Vermeer Girl........Sandy
It is indeed a classic pose and face. I was couching a question and looked at the comments. Now I must look up The Vermeer painting.

Marvellous image a lovely lass.


just looked at the painting and the face is a slightly older and Jennifer's mouth is slightly fuller, but almost the exact twin of the Vermeer.

They do say we all have a twin somewhere, I think you've found one here.
geffers7 Plus
7 51 1 United Kingdom
27 Jan 2013 5:01PM
Beautiful classic pose and shot Derek.
AnneWorner 10 620 43 United States
27 Jan 2013 6:31PM
Classic 3/4 pose. Beautifully lit. I love to see this pose done correctly with the nose not protruding beyond the cheek. It's excellent to my eye. She's lovely.

LesF 11 182 9
27 Jan 2013 7:17PM
One both you and your stepdaughter should be proud of Derek. I am sure there are far more experienced people around to give advice, me I just like it.

Lelah 5 1 United Kingdom
27 Jan 2013 8:39PM
Derek is this is your first attempt of a portrait using flash I look forward to your progression because this is lovely. Just like LesF I can't give technical advice on lighting, but to me this is perfect. GrinGrinGrin Lilian
martin.w 16 522 22 United Kingdom
27 Jan 2013 9:09PM
No advice from me either, but I do like it Wink
fazzer 9 54 7 United Kingdom
27 Jan 2013 10:36PM
Wow Derek really impressed,it's a class portrait.i think all it needs to make it perfect would be a bit more catch light in the eyes but then it may take away on the whole Dutch painting theme so I'll leave the advice to the portrait experts Smile
martinl 14 269 2 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2013 2:02PM
You'd never know it was a first attempt Derek! Inspired me to give this type of shot a go.

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