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NHL Oct 7, 2009 3:41 PM

This is first try in People Photos so be gentle (I normally shoot BIF) as I attempted to make Allison performing the same with the wind blowing... :):

pj1974 Oct 7, 2009 4:54 PM


As I admire lots of your BIF (birds in flight, for those who are unfamiliar) shots over the years, I also really like this one. You've done a great job (and I'm not just being "gentle").

I believe you might get some people picking up on the blown highlights (or "hot" / bright) on the Allison's left upper arm and hand, but it's not a huge deal breaker for me in this one (rarely is a big problem for me, I prefer correct exposure to underexposed but "definitely no blown highlights).

The colour and hues of her dress and the shawl she's holding are particularly pleasing imho. Also I love the use of backgrounds colour / lighting there, I think it's really effective.

A few quick comments.... maybe just subjective. I wonder if a bit of a crop off the top would be welcome. Also, her feet (lower dress) area is somewhat darker than the top part of her legs and upper body, and I feel this presents a slight imbalance. However not to detract from an otherwise great photo. I'd be pleased if I'd shot something similar (I'm not a huge studio / model photog anyway).

Well done. Cheers.


Bynx Oct 7, 2009 6:41 PM

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Nicely done NHL. Very nice background in my opinion. It goes well with the dress. The lighting could be better on the face to soften the shadow beside her nose a bit. Just a bit so you keep the 3D aspects. My main concern Ive touched up and thats the dress shape around the mid area and the backside.

simple Oct 8, 2009 12:59 AM

are you sure it is your first welldone :)

NHL Oct 8, 2009 9:20 AM


Thanks for the comments and I do agree to all of them... The lighting became quite challenging when the model moved - In this particular spot it came out quice nicely: ;)

simple Oct 8, 2009 11:20 AM

did you use a home lighting kit?

NHL Oct 8, 2009 2:22 PM

I used a 12 deg. grid overhead:

and an elongated baffled softbox for the side:

simple Oct 8, 2009 4:03 PM

thanks ! i well the wife as a home lighting kit but we dont get to use it that often :(

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