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Old Jun 1, 2006, 10:59 AM   #1
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Ive been working at improving my portrait shots for some time now. Still don't have it down as well as I might like but am posting a few for critique and any opinions on improvement or are they Ok as is?




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Old Jun 1, 2006, 11:28 AM   #2
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I think this is just about perfect. This young lady seems like a child Mona Lisa.
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Old Jun 1, 2006, 3:26 PM   #3
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outstanding shot

love the diffusion efffect?



did u use a diffusion filter for this shot?

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Old Jun 1, 2006, 5:54 PM   #4
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thanks, no filters used on this shot. just levels and noise reduction. It was an overcast day and shot at high ISO.
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Not bad but,,,,for my taste I would like to see the rest of the head appear in the shot. Again that is just my taste but I will tell you one thing that smile grabs you and brings you to the shot.
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Old Jun 1, 2006, 9:49 PM   #6
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aladyforty wrote:
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thanks, no filters used on this shot. just levels and noise reduction. It was an overcast day and shot at high ISO.

it finished off with a nice diffusion look. and i like the cut head. I find shots look funny when the entire head is in the shot. I think it puts the importatn features of a face in the "3rds" positions nicer



great work mate

keep em coming, really enjoying wat u and ur 30d and doing

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Overall this is a nice shot and the lighting looks great. I'm not overly excited about the framing, however.

I am bothered by the messed up hair. I would probably clone out as much of the wild hair strands as I could.

Thank you for sharing.

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Old Jun 2, 2006, 2:13 AM   #8
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Rodney i deliberately left the messed up hair for the natural effect:-) thanks everyone for your comments
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sorry about that stupid imternet playing up
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I tend to agree, the wild strands loose broad appeal on this photograph. Essentially rendering it a nice personal shot with a bit of character.

For it to stand as a good portrait the loose strands need to go, which are very distracting and to be honest not really adding anything.

You might have deliberately left them in, but you were wrong to do so in producing the most effective shot in this case.

Again cropping looks a bit awkward. Crop a 1/8 of the right hand.

The soft focus is just a bit over done for my tastes and slightly more DOF would benefit. Thats personal taste. I would have kept in focus to the ears. I would like to see the strands of hair on the forehead clear and sharp. It has me rubbing my eyes otherwise.

I would like to see the highlights on the left slightly reduced. Actually second thoughts, I think its a bit to light all over and could do with some adjustment. Selective levels to give a wider range from black to white.

Beautiful little girl.
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