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Apr 18, 2011 19:25 |  #1

I've gradually been aquiring speedlights, modifiers and triggers so I could learn to do some portrait work. This is my first 'session' and is a shot of myself.

I used a 580EX II in a Qbox, camera left as the main and a 430EX II in a home made snoot 180° opposite the main as a kicker. I purposely lit this so my left side was in deep shadow.

I'd appreciate your comments, thanks.

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Apr 18, 2011 20:06 |  #2

Very captivating... Wonderful focus..maybe a tad dark on the dark side... I would have liked to see a bit more of the dark eye, but I think a wonderful photo.


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Apr 18, 2011 22:27 as a reply to  @ PEACHMAN's post |  #3

Thanks so much for the comments. Doing this type of photography is a lot different than usual for me and outside my comfort zone. I like to push my boundries whenever I can and flash photography definately does that for me.


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Apr 19, 2011 00:05 |  #4

Yeah, really love the focus in the one eye, It would be nice to see your left a little more lit up, but you really hit the focus and the coloring just spot on. I am also making a slow transition into off camera flash lighting and portraits, and trying to figure out lighting set up, so I had a question for this shot, where were you aiming the snoot at?




  
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Apr 19, 2011 00:34 |  #5

Have to agree with Peachman on this one. Even a reflector would probably add enough light.


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Apr 19, 2011 00:41 as a reply to  @ Chrisnuge13's post |  #6

Thanks so much for the comments. As I mentioned, I purposely left my left side in dark shadow. The goal was to create a 'mysterious' kind of lighting. I did have a foam board that I used as a fill for other shots.

Aiming the snoot was by guess and by golly since I was aiming where I hoped I would be when I sat down. I was 'aiming' for my left shoulder area.

At the risk of being repititious, here is another similar shot only done in black and white.

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Apr 19, 2011 00:57 |  #7

I like em, a lot Gene. Very sharp and the lighting does have a mysterious feel to it. Nit pick for me would be the dark eye in the first shot. Would love to see just a bit more, not a lot.. but just a bit more and as I said, a nit pick for sure. It's a great shot.

I think the dark eye works much better in the second shot...




  
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Apr 19, 2011 01:40 |  #8

Is this the Guy in 007? j/k Nice photo Gene!


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Apr 19, 2011 02:03 as a reply to  @ Tigerkn's post |  #9

:D At my retirement lunch, they put on a little slide show titled "The most interesting man in the County" ala the Dos Equis ad..."Stay thirsty my friend". I guess they thought I looked a bit like the guy in the ad.


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Apr 19, 2011 09:10 |  #10

I like both images. It might be just me, but the catchlight on the dark side eye in the first pic is so intense that it interrupts the continuity of the image. I might soften it a smidge. Other than that I have no nitpicks, well there is a lot of empty space @ top, but its not really bothersome.Other than that (last time, I promise) I have no nitpicks! :p


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Apr 19, 2011 09:22 |  #11

very sharp and the processing is excellent. Just a tad of light on the other side the face would have made either one perfect. Good work and you're obviously learning quickly.

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Apr 19, 2011 10:33 as a reply to  @ snyderman's post |  #12

Thanks once again. I think I'll make it easier on myself next time by not wearing a hat. ;) When I open up the shadows, there is a lot of noise and the colors seem a bit odd.

Btw, these were shot using my 1Ds MkII and 70-200 f4 lens if anyone is curious.


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Apr 19, 2011 10:48 |  #13

An excellent first image! You're capturing a lot of character of yourself as well as adding more feeling with the lighting which i thought was very appropriate. Great detail, composition and rad shirt!




  
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Apr 19, 2011 11:30 |  #14
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Your left eye catchlight bothers me also. Like it dos xx


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Apr 19, 2011 15:27 |  #15

These are fantastic, very well done. The details in your eyes in #1 are tack sharp.


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