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The Pianist.

By paulbroad
Lets see what you think to something a bit old after some digital treatment. Shot on a Mamiya 645 1000s with 150mm lens and XP1. Tripod and just window light at about 1/60 @ f8. 645 negative scanned at 2400dpi with Epson 4990 flatbed. Converted to positive and window burnt in a lot. Highlights burnt in. Dark sepia toned with channel mixer in CS3 and smart sharpen.

I have thousands of old negatives and slides - some I've scanned, some not. Don't think I'll live long enough.


Tags: Negative Old Sepia Girl Scanned Piano Portraits and people

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AndyD999 6 43 6 England
8 Mar 2012 8:04AM
Love the whole concept and idea of the shot. Really good! Is there any way you could make the women completely a silhouette. I personally think it would look better that way. Also i would clone out the stray strand of hair around her head that are highlighted.


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mhfore 10 6 176 England
8 Mar 2012 9:21AM
Hi Paul,

I love image of a lady in the 60's/70's (I guess) wearing a cotton dress and playing the piano with sun light coming through the window, a good composition. I think I would go the other way to Andy and selectivly lighten the image to try and emphasize the warm day with the sun on parts of the dress and skin. Also slightly straightened using the candle on top of the piano as a guide.

Take care
Niknut Plus
7 1.7k 76 United Kingdom
8 Mar 2012 8:15PM
Beautiful shot !!!....glad you didn't use fill-in-flash, or reflectors, 'cos it's perfect as it is....lovely 'aura' to this beauty !!!!!

There's a strange sort of 'highlight' on her RH fingers ?, though easy enough to 'burn-in'....other than that it's gorgeous !!!!
f8 14 9.2k 22 England
9 Mar 2012 12:33AM
Sorry about my so called mods Paul they are nothing like I tried to upload, unable to delete them,only pressed preview but its made them permanent.
f8 14 9.2k 22 England
9 Mar 2012 12:47AM
The last one is nearer my intention Paul.
DRicherby 9 269 725 United Kingdom
9 Mar 2012 12:04PM
An excellent shot, Paul. You just need to sort out her little and ring fingers, which have acquired a strangely translucent yellow glow.

paulbroad 10 123 1198 United Kingdom
10 Mar 2012 7:36AM
I like that last mod. Gives things a bit more impact and seems smoother.


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