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blondiebee 15 295 United Kingdom
29 May 2008 12:15PM
Very cute! Nice lighting. Ness
lonely_oryx 14 61 55 England
29 May 2008 12:21PM
Beautiful expression
Barbaraj 14 450 England
29 May 2008 1:08PM
A winning smile, well captured.
29 May 2008 1:32PM
lovely portrait,hard to fault
zarquon 14 47 55 England
29 May 2008 2:20PM
Thanks to all for your kind comments... very much appreciated.
I do find it a little bit frustrating to be posting 72ppi jpeg images. My background was hand printing 8x10 inch sheets (as a test strip) and 20 x 16 sheets as my minimum print size, in colour and monochrome. Smile

banehawi Plus
17 2.7k 4282 Canada
29 May 2008 6:26PM
This is an excellent portrait. The exposure is spot on, the colur and detail perfect, - well done.

I would suggest that a smaller, less square highlight might enhance the image.

zarquon 14 47 55 England
29 May 2008 7:56PM
Thank you for your comments and the generous plaudit, banehawi. I appreciate the fact that you took the time to stop by and make a really useful suggestion.

The softbox was a relatively large one (120 x 100cm) and I had placed it near to the subject deliberately... so that I could be sure of achieving soft illumination. In this particular case; the shape of the catch-light was always going to be rectangular.

I was far too lazy to deal with the issue in post-capture editing where, ideally, I should have made neat little circular catch-lights. I was without the louvre that normally would have sat in front of the softbox to both restrict and direct the light. The catchlight would then have appeared as if it were from light shining through a window frame. In that case, I concede that the image could have looked more natural.

I shoot far too many portraits under large lights, to want to spend my time adjusting catch-lights... I would never do any work. Wink

In y experience, I have met many people who would disagree (not looking natural is usually the ground for complaint) with the catch-lights derived from a two, three or multi-light set up and even ring lights have their detractors. I try to produce images that are attractively presented and technically competent and to that end, I think this particular image works reasonably well.

If you were to give me a 4 x 5 inch technical camera, unlimited time and the brief to do my very best, then I have no doubt that I could do much better. Sadly, on a day-to-day basis, it is just not a very practical proposition, notwithstanding the fact that I really love to work with large format cameras.

jclaydon1 14 20 1 United Kingdom
14 Jun 2008 11:41AM
I think this answers my question about lighting, out with the soft box soon



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