First close up portrait attempt

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  1. Bryant

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    I just shot one of my close friends attempting to get a very close face shot. My goal was to get the arabic look with the pov. scarf to look like she was maybe muslim...? I don't know, I just had the idea to look from the middle east.

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    Comments are very welcome... her eyes are normally unbelievably colorful, i just barely adjusted the levels to bring them out. They're amazing.

    Thanks!
     
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    Great shot, although I have to admit I didn't think it was a girl at first. Kind of has that Zack Effron look in which most cases he looks quite feminine. I don't have much experience with portraits, but the focus looks spot on and the lighting is nice and soft allowing for lots of detail. I love the color of the eyes too, and it looks nice with the other colors in the photo. Again, great work!
     
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    I think the blue scarf blows the eyes out of the water. Maybe some light from a different direction and a different color scarf? Just thinking out loud here.

    Nice sharp image though.
     
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    were you trying to do something like the famous National Geogrphic cover?

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    I agree with sodak, the scarf takes away from the eyes, use a darker scarf.
     
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    Yeah that's exactly what I had envisioned in my mind, except I didn't want a background... I wanted a tight crop. And the national geographic lady has oversaturated eyes, looking a bit unrealistic.
     
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    That shot was taken in like 1976, wayyy before the days of Photoshop. Probably why it is revered as one of the best shots ever.
     
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    Wow that's unbelievable...
     
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    Hey, not too bad, I feel like it's a little too soft, I would love to see some light coming in from the right side of her face, to give her skin a little more detail and bring up those eyes a little bit more. Also girls faces tend to look better if they are turned just ever so slightly.
    Nice job though, keep 'em coming
     
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    I actually found the mouth to be the most distracting part of the picture. At first I only partially scrolled down, and saw these beautiful eyes, and interesting picture. Then I scrolled the rest of the way, only to find and pretty unhappy looking smirk that ruins the image for me. I would try cropping it to just below the eyes, and make the picture all about the eyes. Then just desaturate the blue scarf a bit, and maybe select the eyes and brighten them.
     
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    here eyes are like that. I saw a documentary on it. Here is the more recent shot. She was hesitating to do it but she did it. Same photographer, different camera.
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    Arrrggg! Time is cruel. :violin:
    :lmao::lmao:
     
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    http://www.kutsuphoto.com/LindsEyes.jpg
    Is that kind of what you were thinking about coming in and cropping.
    I do agree with you on the lips.

    Bryant, even if you wanted you could go into photoshop and desaturate the lips a little and/or mess with colors so that way it doesn't stand out (causing a distraction)

    I do want to say, that please notice at the 2 pictures posted of the girl from national geographic (the 2 of the same picture)....they photoshoped her a little bit the second time...she's darker, mainly her lips.
     

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