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String of Pearls

By retec  
Second picture of Melissa, tried a new take, on a very old idea.

Thank you for all your votes on yesterdays upload, especially Eastland's for your comments and UA.


Tags: Glamour Pearls Melissa Portraits and people Flash and lighting

Voters: Chrism8, ChristineD, uktruckie and 17 more


Chrism8 12 931 26 England
19 Jan 2014 12:03PM
Nice idea, I think you'd do better to pull the model further from the BG, about 6 feet ish, you'd then loose the creases / folds in the BG and it would go completely black

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dudler Plus
16 927 1516 England
19 Jan 2014 3:18PM
I see the point - I often have the same problem shooting at home (and I love my black backdrop!) Trouble is, there's not six extra feet to play with!

My feeling is that this would benefit from a higher degree of contrast - it covers the spectrum on the histogram, but in practice, moving both the highlights (quite a bit) and shadows (a little) sliders in levels towards the middle makes it livelier. To my eye, anyway.
9 5.2k 127 United Kingdom
19 Jan 2014 4:16PM
A very well thought out composition which works in someway and fails in others. For me the backdrop is rather distracting pulling ones eye straight into the mass of folds and shadow thus in turn taking ones eye from the main subject. I feel that a more square on approach with the model standing slightly further away from the backdrop would have resulted in a cleaner image. Alternatively try to bounce your light away from the backdrop allowing the figure to be illuminated "Backlighting", 'Just a thought'

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
mrswoolybill Plus
12 1.6k 2079 United Kingdom
19 Jan 2014 5:46PM
I like this a lot, the string of beads is sheer drama.

A few suggestions from me -

First off this needs to be rotated a wee bit clockwise, she's definitely tilting.

Secondly, someone pull that backdrop straight on the left, and get rid of that little gap bottom right!

Thirdly, I tend to agree with John regarding a Levels adjustment. Plus if you want her to be wearing fabric that matches the background I would want either total black-out, or alternatively to do a bit of very discreet dodging and burning to define the edges of the dress, and the way the light catches folds in its fabric, to give her a bit more substance.

I find the double shadow from the beads, on her hand and on her arm, a bit messy. Was it possible I wonder to rearrange things very slightly to avoid at least the shadow falling on the side of her hand?
retec 13 England
19 Jan 2014 6:42PM
Thank you all very much, for all your critique, all of your comments have been taken on board. Iíve put the original image on as a version. This was taken in the 1920s by Eugene Robert Richee, of the famous actress, Louise Brooks. This image was the inspiration, a very strong and iconic image. I didnít want to copy the image exactly, thatís why there are so many differences in my version. Also, Iím afraid, I donít like the original version, even though it is iconic, but it is a very good idea.

Thank you again, for your suggestions, all very much appreciated.

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