My First Portrait Posted

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  1. vandecarr

    vandecarr TPF Noob!

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    Hi,

    My name is Mike and I'm new here. I'm a full time photographer/digital imageer.

    I thought I'd share a portrait with you, get your opinions, etc...

    My wife actually took the picture and I thought she captured a nice moment of our kids with their grandpa.

    I did some enhancing on it and really liked the results. I look forward to your thoughts and I hope you like it.

    I should tell you what I did to it.

    1-fixed levels
    2-added an s-curve
    3-channel mixer to monochrome then, slightly added a small amount of color back into it
    4-hand colored 2 jackets and the bucket
    5-added a lens flair for a dreamy look
    6-used a softning trick

    Scrool down just a little and you'll see the picture.


    Mike V
     
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    I was going to suggest cropping out the flair before I read that you added it in. I would personally skip it. I find it a distraction. I would also crop out some of the tree in the left. That's a lot of dark space taking up the image. A crop off the left and top brings the focus a bit more on the three.
     
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    Christie Photo No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Mark, you read my mind.

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    vandecarr TPF Noob!

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    Thanks,

    I accidiantly uploaded the wrong picture and didn't pay attention to what I was doing.

    Here is the one it was supposed to be which is almost what you both mentioned except about the lens flair. That Part I won't change in this portrait because it add's a dreamy feel to it...at least in the cropped version.

    In the first one it is a major distraction.

    here it is:

    [​IMG]

    Mike
     
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    Why do you think a lens flair adds a dreamy feel?

    I would like to see the original before PS.
     
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    You took the words right out of my mouth! I also would like to know what the original looked like..:blushing:
     
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    Hi guys,

    Here is the original:

    [​IMG]

    After I softend it it looked good but when I tryed some different things with a lens flare it gave me more of a dreamlike feeling.


    Thanks for your thoughts,
    Mike V
     
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    vandecarr TPF Noob!

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    vandecarr TPF Noob!

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    I thought , perhaps, I would get further feedback after delivering your request and posting the original picture.

    Anything?


    Thanks,
    Mike V
     
  10. Big Mike

    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Don't take it personal...

    It's harder to give feed back on so many images...and your style is very 'artistic'...which doesn't lead to a lot of photo related comments....

    I like what you have done...the very first one...and the little chicken one...you are taking snap shots and making them interesting. A lot of us would suggest trying to improve the photography aspect first...any not doing so much in post...but that's just a suggestion...you seem to be doing fine with what you are doing.
     
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    Well said.
     
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    vandecarr TPF Noob!

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    very understandable. nothing personal was taken.


    mike v
     

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