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By rmd
Taken at Highland Folk Museum. Not cropped, shadows lifted a little, warmed slightly and a little vibrance applied.

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mrswoolybill Plus
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2 Oct 2019 10:48AM
This is nice. Well timed for the height of the action, just before she winds the thread onto the spindle. (I am a former member of the Hampshire Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers, I have had some odd interests in my life... )

A few points. Was the minus EV left over from another shot I wonder? In the event it helped a bit, because light is bouncing off her apron, risking blown highlights there.

More importantly, was 1600 ISO left over from a previous shot? That was not necessary, and it didn't help! F8 - fine, but the sight of 1/2500 second shutter speed appearing at the bottom of the viewfinder, in normal daylight, should ring alarm bells! 1/250 would have been quite fast enough, so you could have knocked the ISO right back.

Final point - the choice of format. Portrait (vertical) seems so obvious for a vertical subject but it's not necessarily a good idea. It can make the subject look like a pencil standing on its end in a pencil tin, both cramped and at risk of toppling over. A strong vertical generally benefits from a strong horizontal for balance. I would prefer to step back here, use landscape and then crop to square, to include more of the background on the right - for balance and for context.

I've uploaded a modification which has a few tweaks. I used the burn tool set to midtones, just 3% exposure, very gently over the top of her apron, to protect detail there, then I added 10% brightness and made a Levels adjustment to boost lighter tones.

Then I reduced yellows a bit. That's all.

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