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Old Feb 8, 2009, 10:12 PM   #1
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Son of a friend for whom I did a shoot outdoors yesterday for his senior pics. (Background substitution made to remove a dreary sky)







Finally, a somewhat sinister look that is belied by the previous shots.



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Old Feb 8, 2009, 11:17 PM   #2
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Paul, those are some very nice pics you have made for him. I like what you did in the first one. The last one I didn't care for, but that's my personal taste. These are some very nice shots! Robert
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Great shots. I think #2 is stunning though.
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Old Feb 9, 2009, 8:07 PM   #4
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I like the #2 shot as well - you really open up his soul.

Seems like a nice young man.
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Old Feb 12, 2009, 2:02 PM   #5
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All great shots, but unlike some others, I like the last one best. Dark and gloomy for sure but I don't think I'd call it sinister.

Was that done with a colored gel?
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Thanks to all for the feedback. I really like #2 as well, although I'm not totally pleased with the framing; he's too close to the center. I cropped to vertical orientation in one version of this shot and fell I lost too much contrast with the background.

Conor, shot #4 was taken with a Pentax 540 flash with a fabric diffuser that gives a very warm light. In addition, I was using a large gold reflector to reflect a bright sun to shaded areas of the photo. This is the original shot



I then simply used the Levels command to darken the whole photo. The bright red color was brought up by using the mid-tone slider in the Levels dialogue box. I then got rid of the white collar to enhance the darkening effect.

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Old Feb 21, 2009, 11:56 PM   #7
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Paul,

Nice work on the second and last shot.

The first shot has a distraction in the foreground. I believe it is a rock.

The third shot has a distraction of the curb behind him that goes through the back of his head.

The second shot is the best of the lot shared here.

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