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p.1 #1 · High Contrast Lighting Portrait


Continuing the family series, this is my daughter-in-law.

Sometimes you gotta take the pictures where you are.
But I am sure you folks have some pointers and tweaks. How do I make the most of this image?

Thanks.
Scott



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May 01, 2012 at 11:52 PM
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p.1 #2 · High Contrast Lighting Portrait


For what it is I think it's OK as is because the lighting pattern even though it is direct sun isn't creating any really distracting oddly placed shadows on the face. The only one that's noticed is under the nose. You might want to try clone it out completely on one layer then blend back the orginal at about 50% as I did here...







I tried removing it completely but that looks fake and out of context with the other lighting clues and difficult because it is crossing the upper lip and shading the teeth a bit. A crop as shown would help too unless the background has special significance.



May 02, 2012 at 12:58 AM
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p.1 #3 · High Contrast Lighting Portrait


Selective fast tonemapping (G'MIC) and selective Wavelet Decompose degrunging. Kept it on the realistic side (could have pushed it beyond).








May 02, 2012 at 04:16 AM
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p.1 #4 · High Contrast Lighting Portrait


Perhaps pull it into ACR and add fill light. Rotate, crop, retouch and diddle with the color:







May 02, 2012 at 07:54 AM
 

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p.1 #5 · High Contrast Lighting Portrait


Thanks, guys.
I am fond of the wider format. Its the Niagara River, just east of Niagara Falls and the context matters for us.
Karen, why the tilt?
I was thinking the image is awfully centered, straight on.

Scott



May 02, 2012 at 11:54 PM
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p.1 #6 · High Contrast Lighting Portrait


sbeme wrote:
Karen, why the tilt?
I was thinking the image is awfully centered, straight on.


Because it was blandly centered and her posture was poor, I used a tilt to partly compensate: dead straight is dead boring, as they say.

Also, does more blurred river on either side really add any meaning?



May 03, 2012 at 09:21 AM
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p.1 #7 · High Contrast Lighting Portrait


AuntiPode wrote:
Because it was blandly centered and her posture was poor, I used a tilt to partly compensate: dead straight is dead boring, as they say.

Also, does more blurred river on either side really add any meaning?


Thought so, and good question.
Time for me to find some seriously good images.
Bit of a dry spell. But I appreciate learning from these "lesser" shots.

Scott



May 03, 2012 at 01:55 PM





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