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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · C & C requested


I finally had a chance to do some photography yesterday and I would like c & c on processing etc.
Thanks, Barbara







Dec 11, 2011 at 06:15 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · C & C requested


For some odd reason I am having trouble downloading this image.
I was going to play with sharpening. Looks like the focus may be behind the eyes. Or perhaps the image is just soft. Wish you had a bit more sharpness and DOF.
I think the processing is fine otherwise.
Scott



Dec 11, 2011 at 09:15 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · C & C requested


Scott, thanks for your observations. I think some of the softness you may be seeing is due to some compression issues. I am including another version version that is very similar but shot to include a little more upper torso area. I am trying to keep it on the high key side so I am keeping the contrast a little lower.

I am not sure why you are having trouble downloading the image. The image was shot with a Fuji X100.







Dec 11, 2011 at 09:59 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · C & C requested


I prefer the second, crop aside. Seems a bit more DOF/focus. I like the high key look for these alot.
Scott



Dec 12, 2011 at 12:30 AM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · C & C requested


Scott, the second image was shot at F5.6 also but because it was shot on a more parallel plane it gives the extra DOF. I think the second image balances a bit better with the trees on both sides of the photo. I wish there was a little something for the backround center / top.


Dec 12, 2011 at 12:41 AM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · C & C requested


What I do as a first step with any image I comment on is copy it and open it in Levels to evaluate the tonal range. In the first image a few highlights are clipping as they should be in a full range image but there's an absence of any rich black tones. That may be intentional on your part and in any case it's a subjective decision, but for comparison purposes here is an edit with deeper blacks (shadow slider moved right) and a bit more contrast in the midtones (middle slider moved right). There is also some selective USM on just the front of the face, similar to how I'd apply it on a photo of a real person:







Here since the overall field of the photograph is light I used a 255, 255, 255 mat and 0,0,0 rule which "anchors" perception of the tonal range in the photo.




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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · C & C requested


Chuck, thank you for your insightful comments. I will do a re-work of the photo. I find it interesting that on my monitor it is sharper than what is appearing on screen and I have processed based on what I see. I like your re-work and the large white mat really makes the image pop.


Dec 12, 2011 at 05:46 PM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · C & C requested


A quick re-work, hopefully not oversharpened.

EDIT: Maybe a tad oversharpened







Dec 12, 2011 at 06:21 PM
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I really like your second, more distant, version. The first and last rework just seem too cut-off. Would like to see a bit more separation between the head and the back-ground though, they tend to blend together on the longer version. I like the high-key nature, but agree that a bit more contrast as in your second post is better!

Jo



Dec 13, 2011 at 11:41 PM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · C & C requested


Jo, thank you for your observations and suggestions. I will work on trying to get some separation between the head and the backround on the second more distant version. Barbara


Dec 16, 2011 at 04:55 AM
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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · C & C requested


Took a little different approach ... tried to bring out some more character of the texture. Interesting image ... would like to see the wider view for context as to its location / background.







Dec 16, 2011 at 05:53 AM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · C & C requested


Kent, that's an interesting way to enhance / process the backround. This particular image is cropped slightly as I shot it close up. I do have a couple of others that are a little further back but nothing full length. The statue is located in a Church garden with a small fence around it.


Dec 17, 2011 at 04:34 AM





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