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SS05 - II

By xanda  
Another photo from Monday's shoot with Hannah (aka Phoenix).

ISO 800 and 1/20th at f3.5 hand-held

No noise reduction. Instead I added some blue to the mid-tones and hue shifted the yellows -10. Gaussian blur layer applied with a radius of 50 pixels, blended using the multiply mode. Midtones lightened and the image sharpened with a USM layer set to amount=50%, radius=250 pixels, threshold=0. This was adjusted to get the desired balance. Image was flattened and then sharpened again but with the radius set to 1 pixel.

Thanks for taking a look Smile

Tags: Hannah Portrait Beauty Xanda Phoenix General Digitally manipulated Piano Portraits and people

Voters: lonely_oryx, Milla, plugin and 47 more

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lonely_oryx 13 61 55 England
29 May 2008 12:46PM
Great pose
Milla 13 7 2 United Kingdom
29 May 2008 12:49PM
Lovely soft image, agree the pose is great, everything nicely composed and work great together. Top quality once again.
xanda Plus
17 244 2 United Kingdom
29 May 2008 12:54PM
Thank you, John Smile

Thank you, Milla Smile
Geraint 14 715 34 Wales
29 May 2008 1:13PM
Great work. It isn't level (or at least the piano isn't) - this may have been your intention, and for me it works brilliantly as it goes well with the angles of her legs. I really like the inclusion of the light, and your processing is fantastic too.
GregorP 16 4 Slovenia
29 May 2008 1:14PM
Fantastic shot and work! Beautiful as always! Smile

xanda Plus
17 244 2 United Kingdom
29 May 2008 1:16PM
Thank you, Geraint. Call me weird but I wanted the lights straight for some reason Smile

Thank you, Gregor Smile
conrad 17 10.9k 116
29 May 2008 1:26PM
The rather nonchalant pose in this unusual spot (I mean, who uses a piano like this...) in itself works very well for me already, but the warm colours of the piano and the wall, and the soft light, all add to the atmosphere of the shot, which appeals to me a lot. And I agree that making sure the lights were straight (which attract more attention than the piano) was a good decision. The whole image has a warmth and a certain hint of playfulness that I really like.
xanda Plus
17 244 2 United Kingdom
29 May 2008 1:37PM
Thank you, Conrad. I tend to work very spontaneously so instinct plays a big part in that. I can't always explain why I do things the way I do but there is always a reason. I think you've summed this shot up more succinctly than I ever could lol Smile
rontear Plus
18 23 9 England
29 May 2008 3:28PM
Expressive, love the off the shoulder style. Ron.
29 May 2008 3:34PM
Wonderful shot, perfect in every way.

John Smile
xanda Plus
17 244 2 United Kingdom
29 May 2008 4:43PM
Thank you, Ron Smile

Thank you, John Smile
LesF 14 182 9
29 May 2008 7:24PM
Really like the shot and your processing just one niggle for me the black gloves lack detail and blends into the dress making it look like she has no hands. The printed version or the no compressed may look ok.

Les F
BERTRAM 13 United Kingdom
29 May 2008 7:48PM
and you did very well
xanda Plus
17 244 2 United Kingdom
29 May 2008 7:59PM
Thank you, Les. I'll take a look Smile

Thank you, David Smile
paulnemo 15 2 United Kingdom
29 May 2008 9:12PM
Wonderful shot, like the soft touch.
xanda Plus
17 244 2 United Kingdom
29 May 2008 11:20PM
Thank you, Paul Smile
xanda Plus
17 244 2 United Kingdom
2 Jun 2008 5:51PM
Hey, thanks for the User Award, John Grin
Simon-Gimson 15 236 1 England
3 Jun 2008 11:41AM
hi Simon i like this one the best out of the set. Why the colours and the lighting ,the pose and the softness to me just say class
it wouldnt look out of place in a magazine at all

Si Smile
xanda Plus
17 244 2 United Kingdom
3 Jun 2008 12:32PM
Thank you, Si. Yes...I'd kinda like that too Grin
Diana 14 2.0k 19 Netherlands
10 Jun 2008 11:57AM
this is great for all the above reasons, as for the hands..the imagination is a wonderful thing and always compensates for what the eye cant see, so it just doesn't matter (IMO)

love it, and it has a cheeky feel on the piano like this

tigertimb 13 40 66 United Kingdom
13 Jun 2008 8:41AM
Great image Simon; a really fun pose on the piono and I love the effect (and thanks for the tutorial)

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