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Daisymaye Plus
8 23 10 Canada
30 Oct 2013 12:15AM
Not looking too happy. Good candid.

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taggart Plus
12 47 13 United States
30 Oct 2013 12:24AM
A thoughtful person! interesting processing!
Potra 3 Venezuela
30 Oct 2013 12:33AM

Quote:A thoughtful person! interesting processing!

It was in color originally, desaturated it using two different options, and then I used the 'cross-processing' option in Picasa and it lightened it up very nicely.
M
S_Psharma 4 1 India
30 Oct 2013 2:07AM
Lovely portrait. well taken
saltireblue Plus
6 6.2k 33 Norway
30 Oct 2013 5:55AM
I can't make up my mind if she is sad, wistful, or if her thoughts are merely far away.
Good effect you have added.

Malc
30 Oct 2013 7:12AM
She is in another world....
Magical
Mollycat Plus
3 11 2 United Kingdom
30 Oct 2013 7:44AM
Very wistful young lady. Lovely portrait. Peter.
WhiteRose1 Plus
6 1.6k 148 England
30 Oct 2013 7:45AM
Pensive.. but I bet she has a lovely smile.

Dave
30 Oct 2013 8:21AM
Pleased that you are carrying on with your portraits, Marian.
Beautiful face - I want to make her laugh.
rontear Plus
13 8 8 England
30 Oct 2013 9:37AM
A concerned gaze Marian, excellent portrait though.
Ron
mrswoolybill Plus
10 990 1516 United Kingdom
30 Oct 2013 9:44AM
It's a gorgeous portrait, and enigmatic; engaging, while still keeping a distance, respecting her privacy. I love the eyes, looking away from us, out of the frame. That's supposed to be against the rules, it's a rule that I love to see broken because it makes the viewer think, imagine.
I do like the processing, but manipulation of this sort results in some loss of image quality. That has affected those eyes in particular, which have a slightly flat, dull look that I'm sure isn't there in the original. And they are so important...
I'd like to do a bit of very discreet dodging (highlights and midtones) and burning (shadows), just on the eyes. No more than say 2% exposure at a time. To bring a bit more more sparkle and life into them - particularly the catchlights on the irises.
Hope you won't be offended by that, I really like what you have captured here.
Moira
Nikonuser1 Plus
4 108 14 United Kingdom
30 Oct 2013 10:07AM
She looks so sad Marian, great captureSmile

Cliff
Irishkate Plus
6 38 102 United Kingdom
30 Oct 2013 10:50AM
A wonderful far away look so beautifully captured and processed.
KateGrinGrinGrin
dudler Plus
13 468 912 England
30 Oct 2013 5:05PM
It's a picture with a story, and I'd love to know it.

Not really a candid - you know her, and her name.

It's not sharp, though. Sometimes, it's unavoidable. Better get the right picture, blurred, than the wrong one sharp.

The EXIF data tells a story of extremes, so I think it was a choice of like this, or not at all.

Better like this...
Potra 3 Venezuela
30 Oct 2013 5:08PM

Quote:I'd like to do a bit of very discreet dodging (highlights and midtones) and burning (shadows), just on the eyes. No more than say 2% exposure at a time. To bring a bit more more sparkle and life into them - particularly the catchlights on the irises.
Hope you won't be offended by that, I really like what you have captured here.
Moira



Thanks Moira for you kind assessment of this picture. I am glad that arose all those thoughts in you. I am not offended whatsoever about the technical points you made but I have no clue of how to do what you suggested. I use Picasa for editing, that's all. Smile

As an amateur with little experience on any subject I appreciate the references to the rules, these are the first portraits in my portfolio. I am grateful for all the comments they have received. I still have a few images left from this series.

Marian
Potra 3 Venezuela
30 Oct 2013 5:23PM

Quote:It's a picture with a story, and I'd love to know it.
Not really a candid - you know her, and her name.
It's not sharp, though. Sometimes, it's unavoidable. Better get the right picture, blurred, than the wrong one sharp.
The EXIF data tells a story of extremes, so I think it was a choice of like this, or not at all.
Better like this...



Thanks John, I took the picture during a concert of Spanish songs of XVI and XVII centuries last Sunday. She was lost in her thoughts while another singer was up front. I chose vivid colors on my little Canon. Later, at home I realized that I made the wrong choice, although beautiful in color, her expression begged for monochrome. Smile

I didn't have a tripod (I think I should get one as a self-given Christmas-gift) these portraits were taken at approximately 15-18 meters from the subjects and are my first portraits. I am satisfied with the results, and I am taking notes of the mistakes I made to improve on them next time I have a chance.
Marian
30 Oct 2013 7:13PM
"I still have a few images left from this series."
Good news.
Source 6
30 Oct 2013 9:02PM
Such an intriguing portrait.Superb.
-source
30 Oct 2013 11:55PM
Excellent portrait, Marian. Perhaps she's listening intently?

Alan
Potra 3 Venezuela
30 Oct 2013 11:58PM

Quote:Excellent portrait, Marian. Perhaps she's listening intently?

Alan



I bet she was, her turn was next. Smile
She has a beautiful velvety contralto voice.
M
gajewski Plus
12 10 9 United States
31 Oct 2013 4:34AM
A classic beauty, Marian -- very nicely captured in this shot.
I like your processing here and they way you caught the light on her hair. Very nice.
-=\Walter
dudler Plus
13 468 912 England
2 Nov 2013 7:56AM
Marian -

Much as I've tried to manage without a tripod at all times, there are some occasions when there's nothing else that will do: a good idea for Christmas!

Keep up the good work - purely by chance, I've found your latest post, which is brilliant (and which also gives me the context I was craving, along with the posts in between).

There are few more interesting pastimes than photographing people doing what they love, whether they are parents playing with children, or craftsmen at work. You've hit a seam of pure gold with this concert.

And done doubly well to take pictures unobtrusively at a public event!
Potra 3 Venezuela
3 Nov 2013 2:10AM

Quote:There are few more interesting pastimes than photographing people doing what they love, whether they are parents playing with children, or craftsmen at work. You've hit a seam of pure gold with this concert.

And done doubly well to take pictures unobtrusively at a public event!



Glad you got the context you need it!
I am really glad you liked these images. I am exploring other possibilities for me and my Nikon other than the streets of Caracas, where I would be at a pretty high risk of being robbed.
Thanks John for the support and advice.
Marian

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