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Old Jun 21, 2011, 6:44 AM   #1
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Default Madelyn B&W

I decided to make sure I took some pictures for "World Pentax Day" this past weekend. Even cleaned up my garage so I'd have a space to set-up some off-camera flash so I could start learning about that again. I had a chance late at night to try out a set-up that had been bouncing around in my head for a couple of weeks. Any comments / critique graciously accepted.

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Manual exposure - f8 - 1/160sec.
28-80mm lens at 80mm.

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Old Jun 21, 2011, 7:04 AM   #2
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Very nice lighting and the focus on the eye and cheeks make this a winner. I am not a fan of B&W, but this one is an exception!
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Old Jun 22, 2011, 8:53 AM   #3
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Hello Jelpee!
Thanks for the comment. It's greatly appreciated.
Personally, I love B&W. Don't know what it is. The dramatic lighting? The detail?
I haven't played around with doing it yet, but plan to.
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Old Jun 22, 2011, 9:11 AM   #4
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It certainly reminds me of the old 35mm film Pentax photos, It wasn't to my taste in portraiture, way back then

I prefer B/W portraits to have less skin resolution and are more flattering when they are head shots.


When Cromwell sat for his portrait he said, "Paint me as I am, warts and all!"


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Old Jun 22, 2011, 10:16 AM   #5
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Outstanding portrait... Indeed the lighting has played very well.
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Very nice both the lighting and the portrait.
It looks somewhat oversharpened tho, with unnatural skin texture.
The hanging hair is easy to clone, as musket did.
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Old Jun 22, 2011, 9:35 PM   #7
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Thanks everyone!

Greatly appreciated.

Musket -- Yeah. You got me thinking, would I do this same shot with someone older? And if I did, what would I do differently.

Saketb -- Thanks for your kind words!

Ordo -- I took a closer look, and I agree. I did over sharpen. I think I'll approach this slightly differently and see where I get.

Thanks! Take care,
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Old Jun 22, 2011, 10:26 PM   #8
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Nice use of lighting to sculpt the form with both shadow and tone gradations. Agree with the above about too much skin resolution.

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... and the focus on the eye and cheeks make this a winner.
That's exactly what makes it not work for me. The depth of field and point of view turns her right eye into a distraction for me. I'm a fan of using depth of field to accentuate body parts, but not when they're so close together.
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Old Jun 22, 2011, 10:57 PM   #9
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The depth of field and point of view turns her right eye into a distraction for me.
Yeah. The more I look at this image, the more the nose being out of focus is bugging me.

I'm going to try to increase the depth of field more.

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Old Jun 24, 2011, 11:14 AM   #10
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i love it just the way it is
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