Heavily vignetted, B&W portrait for C&C

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  1. crimbfighter

    crimbfighter No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    So, my girlfriend (left) and her sister wanted a fun portrait of them. Soo, I thought this might be a good route to go.

    The heavy vignetting is intentional, but I'm not sure if it's...too heavy. Maybe a tighter crop with less vignetting? :scratch:

    The one thing that bugged me about this shot is the busy background. I think it sort of ruins it. :grumpy: But, I'd like to hear from y'all if I'm even on the right track. If so, I will recompose it with a better background and reshoot, otherwise I'll scrap it and start over.

    Also, what do you guys think about the pose? :thumbup: or :thumbdown:

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    I think it's a cute idea, but you're spot on about the background. It detracts massively from the strength of the image. A couple of other factors are that your conversion is rather mid-tone rich and lacking in contrast. A little more black and white would help greatly. I would like to see the density of the vignette reduced and it opened up so that it's not impinging on the subjects.

    I think this would work much better outside on a flat lawn with a nice, softly focused hedge as a background. Don't forget to level your images in post.
     
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    Thanks for the suggestions. I didn't even look at the "horizon" line in this one, I guess I was paying attention to the vertical lines rather than the horizontal ones... For a quick edit, I adjusted the vignetting and upped the contrast a bit. Is this one better with respect to the vignetting and contrast? Obviously the other issues I will have to take care of when I reshoot...

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    Crap, now that it's posted it looks toooo contrasty... :er:
     
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    u know u can delete the post right?
     

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