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Something just feels flat

 
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Mar 19, 2013 01:08 |  #1

Was messing around in the snow tonight with my roomate, had a concept in my head that I wanted to try and shoot tonight... Theres something nice about this photo, so I want to save it, but same time im not sure what it is, but something just feels flat and off; Any thoughts?

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Mar 19, 2013 01:10 |  #2

I like it...Looks fine to me.


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Mar 19, 2013 01:39 |  #3

I like it too. Nice work.



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Mar 19, 2013 04:30 as a reply to  @ losangelino's post |  #4

Only you can know if it accurately represents your model...I'm not a fan of a 50mm, f/1.8, lens as it sometimes causes distortion. You tell us, do you see it here?
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Mar 19, 2013 05:49 |  #5

Chaucey... thats shpt with the 50 1.2 L, Distortion doesn't bother me, I have no problem shooting portraits at 35mm, and I've worked for newspapers, so I'm the furthest thing there is from a pixel peeper. just something feels off here, and I still cant figure out what exactly...it just doesn't have the depth


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Mar 19, 2013 06:54 |  #6

looks ok to me, I think the something off you are feeling is because a huge chunk of your subject is lost to the shadows.

if you look at her left shoulder you will see it fades away into the shadows really fast and her hat is also lost a bit. the other shadows are ok but I'm feeling the combination of her shoulder and hat are whats giving you that feeling.


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Mar 19, 2013 07:22 |  #7

proximustherogue wrote in post #15731275 (external link)
looks ok to me, I think the something off you are feeling is because a huge chunk of your subject is lost to the shadows.

if you look at her left shoulder you will see it fades away into the shadows really fast and her hat is also lost a bit. the other shadows are ok but I'm feeling the combination of her shoulder and hat are whats giving you that feeling.


I'm leaning towards this as well. I would try and pull the shadows up and see how it looks.


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Mar 19, 2013 19:31 |  #8

the 100% white snow/bokeh draws attention away from the relatively dark subject/face


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Mar 19, 2013 19:58 |  #9

I agree with getting more from the shadows but would also tone down the saturation a fair bit and crop ends to make 5X7.




  
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Mar 19, 2013 22:42 |  #10

image editing okay? want to give me a crack at it? or anyone else?


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Mar 20, 2013 01:04 |  #11

I like it and my first thought when look at it was it needs broader light on the face area.
The background and lighting there is nice.




  
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Mar 20, 2013 23:26 |  #12

Martin Dixon wrote in post #15733806 (external link)
the 100% white snow/bokeh draws attention away from the relatively dark subject/face

Same here . More i look at it the 3 nickel size white lights,snow on her left seem to me take away from it. Wish i could get Shots this good


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Mar 20, 2013 23:33 |  #13

Well, it looks good but a bit dark to me. I bumped the shadows to 100 in LR4 and it looks much better to me. That brought up the area around her face (but not her face) and the BG a bit. I think it gives the image more depth.


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Mar 21, 2013 02:53 |  #14

the image isn't sharp. and it needs a noise reduction. and it's underexposed
I think the focus is on the front of her coat.

another thing is the way the light is hitting her right check gives it more of a rounded look. The dark on the left check makes it look flat. so that may be something that looks "odd".


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Mar 21, 2013 06:19 as a reply to  @ picturepages's post |  #15

Does this image need to be any sharper? NO. the bokeh is nice , rim light nice. face a tad unexposed. but nice image


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