Self-Portrait

Discussion in 'People Photography' started by Laika, Jul 28, 2010.

  1. Laika

    Laika TPF Noob!

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    I am quite aware that it is dark and grainy.

    What I am wondering is if it works for this image, or is it overall an epic fail?

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  2. Alpha

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    Bring your highlights into Zone 8 (lightest shade that still has texture). This is a very textured image, and having areas with no detail doesn't fit. Then let's see it again and see if it works.
     
  3. Laika

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    edit: newer edit of picture below.
     
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    Derrel Mr. Rain Cloud

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    Not too bad--far from epic fail territory. You have pretty legs, and the outfit's nice...I wish there was a bit of a visible eyeball or two under the brim of the hat....buty shown dark and grainy like this, I think the body,and the pose, are more important overall than the eyes...judging from the facial expression and angle of the head, it seems as if you are looking right at the camera...but one cannot actually "see that", one must decipher that...so there's a little aura of mystery about the woman....who is she? we cannot see her eyes and their expression...so, not too bad overall,and far from epic failure!
     
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    gsgary Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Nice legs they are working for me :sexywink:
     
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    I disagree with these guys about your legs, they are terrible.

    Just kidding lol, your quite pretty. :thumbup:

    I like the 1st one better.

    2nd one shows too much of the background imo.

    Edit: What I mean by that is that the eye is drawn to you more in the 1st one. In the 2nd one I was finding myself getting distracted by the background, not a good thing.

    Hope this helps! :hug::
     
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  7. Alpha

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    Tentatively, everything looks OK about the first one except for the highlights. Can you reproduce that image without the loss of highlight detail? I much prefer it to the second one (where the highlights are also still blown).
     
  8. Laika

    Laika TPF Noob!

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    Okay. This is the most details I am going to get out of the highlights. But now I am not sure if it just looks flat.

    I really need to figure out the dodging and burning concept.

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  9. Laika

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    Neil S. - Thank you, and I understand what you are saying about the background.

    gsgary - thats...real helpful...

    Derrel - Thanks for your comments, they are very helpful!

    And of course Alpha thanks for being harsh. Tough critique is the only real way to improve!
     
  10. Derrel

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    Well, I have seen the original, the now-removed first edit (which I did not like),and now the third shot which is in Post #8; I think something in between the original, which had burned out highlights, and in between the shot in Post #8, which looks a bit flat and too low in local contrast. Perhaps, try boosting the local contrast of the shot in Post #8 by applying USM at 10 percent, 150 pixel radius, threshold 0, which will give you about a "one contrast grade" boost, to use old film-speak.

    Incidentally, this shot is so small that it's hard to appreciate it fully; once images on the web get below a certain threshold size, they lose a LOT...and this image is in that too-small size category...at the 450-500 pixel long side category, there just isn't much "meat" in a digital image.
     
  11. Laika

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    Well if this one doesnt work I might just give up! Still not sure if it works quite right. But it seems better. More contrast, but a lot less blown details in the shirt. This time I am posting a bigger picture

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    What are you trying to do?
     

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