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Are the highlights too blown out

 
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May 07, 2006 19:09 |  #1

Softened this but maybe took the highlights too far. I like the softness but maybe too much ?? Not sure..


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May 07, 2006 23:00 |  #2

Wow...I love this shot...as is. I'm sure there's probably a whole bunch of technical faults with it...but for some reason, it has character that appeals to me. Keep it! Frame it!

Oh...and have a go at converting the original to B&W and show us the result if you have the time?



  
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May 07, 2006 23:04 as a reply to  @ Meaty0's post |  #3

The HK sets the mode. Great shot. I'd only would selectively soften it though. Use the dream glow technique and mask out what you want to keep detail in like hair, eyes, jewelry, etc. Or sharpen using selective masks like Edge, HPF, Red, etc. Adjust opacity of the soften and/or sharpen layer to achieve desired look.


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May 07, 2006 23:11 |  #4

There is such a thing as artistic license, which would excuse the blown out highlights in this case. However, the red cast is a little too much, in my opinion.

Otherwise, I really like the pose, the composition and the mood.

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May 07, 2006 23:16 as a reply to  @ Robert_Lay's post |  #5

Robert_Lay wrote:
However, the red cast is a little too much, in my opinion.

Otherwise, I really like the pose, the composition and the mood.

Congratulations!

Bob, you've just ruined it for me now:D All I can see is the red cast. Your eye doesn't miss much does it?



  
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May 07, 2006 23:20 |  #6

It's a very personal thing. For me a touch less softness, but I think it looks ok.


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May 07, 2006 23:32 |  #7

I agree with Meaty...B&W would make this look nice. Took a stab at it:

(converted to B&W, a little lightening of the edges, lightened the dark spot on her hair and her eyes to bring them out a bit more and added some film grain)

Not the best conversion, but this capture is way too good...the blown highlights is a very unimportant technical flaw for a picture this good. Thanks for sharing!


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May 08, 2006 09:15 as a reply to  @ JaertX's post |  #8

JaertX wrote:
I agree with Meaty...B&W would make this look nice. Took a stab at it:

(converted to B&W, a little lightening of the edges, lightened the dark spot on her hair and her eyes to bring them out a bit more and added some film grain)

Not the best conversion, but this capture is way too good...the blown highlights is a very unimportant technical flaw for a picture this good. Thanks for sharing!

Now, you have what I call the "classic" high key image - although the grain is a little heavy;)


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May 08, 2006 22:13 as a reply to  @ Robert_Lay's post |  #9

Robert_Lay wrote:
Now, you have what I call the "classic" high key image - although the grain is a little heavy;)

yeah, yeah...it was shot on iso 800 pushed two stops! (okay, but hey, I said it was quick! :oops: )


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May 08, 2006 23:24 as a reply to  @ JaertX's post |  #10

JaertX wrote:
yeah, yeah...it was shot on iso 800 pushed two stops! (okay, but hey, I said it was quick! :oops: )

Hey, I did not mean that as a criticism.

I have tons of Tri-X negatives with equal or greater grain of Greek Belly Dancers performing in the Acropolis in downtown Baltimore.

It's just that I was a little confused about why there was any grain at all in this shot.


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May 09, 2006 00:23 |  #11

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May 09, 2006 06:59 as a reply to  @ Robert_Lay's post |  #12

Robert_Lay wrote:
Hey, I did not mean that as a criticism.

I have tons of Tri-X negatives with equal or greater grain of Greek Belly Dancers performing in the Acropolis in downtown Baltimore.

It's just that I was a little confused about why there was any grain at all in this shot.

Tri-X!! Brrrrrrr <shakes head in horror>

My camera hated Tri-X for some reason...always came out too grainy. For some weird reason T-Max was okay...says a lot about my processing skills.



  
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May 09, 2006 07:10 |  #13

I like this, and the grain works for me. I would in Tri-X days have darkenned the top corners in the dark room with my hand made burning wand?


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