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Silence, just  the boat swaying. Lake Mergozzo. italyGreat night image and well lit, I find the bottom part of the scene however offers the eye nothing of real interest, there is good detail on the lake bed but I feel it doesn't lift the image enough, I've done a crop and straightened the verticals up to the right side and lifted the light in the shadows and rocks especially where the trees and rocks meet towards the left side. A small amount of sharpening added too. A very well seen image and nicely taken. Thanks for giving the oppertunity to put a difference stance on it. Phil SmileSmile
16/09/2013 - 7:29 PM

Jayne - headshot

Jayne - headshotHi there, a great start to your port on EPZ! I have done a few tweaks to this one as you allowed mods, A great shot to begin with with regards to exposure, colour etc. I opened it in Raw and adjusted clarity down to give the skin a better/different feel then in PS use a mask to reveal everything except the skin, made a few mods to the eyes to make them grab the viewer as this is crucial with any portrait image (I may have slightly overdone the whites but you will see the differences) a little dodge and burn to the eyes to make the colour punchy. Lost the bra strap as mentioned elsewhere and the vertical line so as not to distract. A vignette to bring the models face centre stage and a final sharpen and Bobs your uncle, All done without any plugins or fancy portraiture software as I do with all my model shots. I must confess to NOT being a pro by any stretch, but like to do it my way so to speak. Hope you feel the work was worth it. Best Regards Phil
14/03/2013 - 10:32 AM


twilightGreat light and the silhouette works well to bring it all together, I would have straightened the horizon personally but a great capture all the same..PhilSmile
19/02/2013 - 1:22 PM


SundownThe image is good as presented imo, as mentioned above the water flow is good too.
Regarding your exposure issue you would need to use ND grad filters which would allow an even exposure throughout the image, if you pm me I can give you some sites to check out. The other way is to bracket three or more images then use software to "mix the three exposures, either by HDR or using layers and masks, I used to do the later but its too time consuming and Iíve managed to get some nice Lee Filter ND Grads, for sea like this where the horizon is straight you would need to use a hard grad, but if the horizon is not flat with say buildings or mountains then a soft grad should be used. Hope this helps.