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Jul 26, 2008 12:51 |  #1

Another attempt at a portrait but without flash this time,just natural lighting on the beach.
Looks like I found a model in my niece Emily.
I would appreciate all C & C.


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Jul 26, 2008 13:47 |  #2
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Beautiful girl and I love the framing of this one! Great shot. I think it's a touch underexposed and a bump in your levels would help.

Do you mind if I post a tweak of it?




  
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Jul 26, 2008 13:51 |  #3

This is a wonderful shot. I like the intensity and yes beautiful indeed. Love it, nice job.


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Jul 26, 2008 14:44 as a reply to  @ andrepaul's post |  #4

Thanks guys for the comments,I really needed that boost because my last portrait attempt was a disaster.
fjgindy I don't mind if you tweak it,I suspected it was a bit underexposed,I am still learning to edit raw files.


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Jul 26, 2008 15:10 |  #5

Lovely portrait. Just me but could you remove yourself from her eyes :) If you look closely you will see yourself.


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Jul 26, 2008 15:12 |  #6

Sharon,

You've done a much better job on this one. The eyes are nicely framed in the rule of thirds. Some folks won't like the crop because of cutting off the top of the head but not me. I like the framing because it draws nice attention to the eyes. I'd call this a nice "casual portrait".

Keep practicing, I'd like to see you do one that is a little more formal and shows more of the subject.

Good job.


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Jul 26, 2008 15:22 |  #7

She indeed is beautiful.

I like this shot, Composition is great!


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Jul 26, 2008 15:24 |  #8

This is a very nice portrait... perhaps a smile? It doesn't need it though.
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Jul 26, 2008 16:30 |  #9
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Sharon S wrote in post #5989090 (external link)
Thanks guys for the comments,I really needed that boost because my last portrait attempt was a disaster.
fjgindy I don't mind if you tweak it,I suspected it was a bit underexposed,I am still learning to edit raw files.

It's not much of a tweak because your original photo was so good. This really is a terrific shot originally!

Photoshop levels showed it just a tad underexposed. My tweak probably isn't even worth it....just a levels adjustment to brighten it up a bit, and a bit of vignette to draw more attention to her great face and eyes. More of a defog than anything..:

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Jul 26, 2008 17:26 |  #10

A wonderful shot, well done:-)


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Jul 26, 2008 19:06 as a reply to  @ KenTT's post |  #11

She is really lovely.... you could go crazy taking photos of her and I bet she is very camera friendly.

I upped the exposure a little and sharpened the eyes and lips. Not sure if I like it any better than the original, tho. Nice work.


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Jul 27, 2008 05:07 |  #12

VERY powerfull shot with such an intence look youv done a great job imo.
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Jul 27, 2008 11:15 |  #13

Thanks all for the lovely comments ,I like the two edited versions,so I am going to sharpen the eyes and lips on the original.
Michael I can't blame her for not smiling maybe she knew what was to come,and hour after this was taken our boat engine conked out and we were drifting as the anchor was not holding,four hours later we were rescued by the coast guard and what made matters worse we did not catch much fish that day.
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Jul 27, 2008 12:00 |  #14

With such model you cannot go wrong. Her eyes and lips are so perfect that the crop of her top is not distracting as it would be in other shots.
I have no negatives for your effort, just envy that you have such model for future shots.


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Jul 27, 2008 12:12 as a reply to  @ Sharon S's post |  #15

I don't think this image is underexposed.. I checked the historgram and yes it does lie to the left a tad but don't forget she is an olive skinned girl with dark hair which will push the historgram to the left..Not all skin tones are white Anglo Celtic.. There is still detail in the shadow areas..

Maureen,, IMHO your edit is a bit too contrasty for my liking..

BTW,,,lovely natural light portrait and I love the catch lights..


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