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Jack's Strumpet

By Plumit  
One of a series of photos taken at a get together for Jack Sparrow look-a-likes, I liked this one particularly as it concentrates on the young girl, but you get the sense that she is being looked out for!
The event was to raise money for Gt Ormond Street.
The term strumpet was one chosen by the women present...not me!

I took two lenses with me, my travel lens and the one I used here - 85mm on aperture priority...F1.8

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paulbroad 10 123 1244 United Kingdom
4 Feb 2013 8:13AM
Mixed feelings. Very well done indeed and obvious skills on show. My problem is with Sparrow there in the background. I know what you are after, but I find him very distracting indeed. I want to look at the girl, but am continually looking at him, and it should be the other way round. He actually looks like a painting in the background.


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Focus_Man 8 481 631 United Kingdom
4 Feb 2013 10:39AM
An excellent picture here and well composed and presented. I certainly get the message that the strumpet is being watched over and I hope you raise loads of money for St Ormond Street hospital.

banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3881 Canada
4 Feb 2013 9:06PM
Hi Steve, - a nice shot overall. jack needs to be more in the background, so a little more blur works, This is because its his eye that are engaging the camera, not the ladys.

Dont use a strong dominant colour in the frame from the image, - its a distraction.

Sharpen the lady and lift the shadows on her eyes, and a slightly warmer tone helps on her too. jack has the colour advantage, being in the orange/red zone that appealing to the eye, so de-saturate him.

Ive uploaded a mod to show what I mean, scroll up the page and click the modifications tab, then view large.

Plumit 7 United Kingdom
5 Feb 2013 2:03PM
Thanks Willie for your time on this.

I've just a print back from (almost) the original I posted on here, and I'm really pleased with it.
I changed the key line thicknes (not colour) as it was too thick when seen at full size, Its now mounted on black based black card and even though its a strong colour, the finer line works well.
I took the dodging tool to the edges of the image and darked down the white/grey area behind her head.
Good shout about lightening her eyes, a big improvement.
although I didn't sharpen her any more. I used a number 2 warm promist to soften her a little - I have actually taken colour from her face, to match what she wanted a (dubiously) historic pale look...they used to use lead oxide!
Thanks again Willie, I really appreciate your time and suggestions

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