kinda on the fence

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    good catch granddad, I forgot I had masked in the original sharpness of the necklace. My original idea was to do that to see if it stood out, then I forgot to smooth it back over when I changed my mind. ;-)


     
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    Too late here to work on it tonight; SWMBO demands my presence. It'll be my treat for tomorrow while you guys are sleeping peacefully. ;)
     
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    I toyed with a black and white as well, and I like that the skin is not so harsh but no so smooth, but she does not like any texture on her face....a woman thing I guess. lol so while we'd like that, she would not. lol
     
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    Can you say it's film grain?
     
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    lol could...maybe get away with it. lol

    if it were a paid gig, it would have been deleted anyway...so it's not a biggie.
     
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    You made the hair into mush, as well. Too far, come back! come back!
     
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    lol it wold look all sorts of fake with hair crisp and sharp like on the man with a soft face. I think it either needs to be all or none in this case....I doubt there is a good blend really. hence why it's just not a good shot.

    I might try again with the head angled more toward camera, light rollover a tad more than how it is, and a different woman. goth type...dark mysterious/serious not a soft femme type as this one is.
     
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    normally I start with their nose at the edge of the softbox (in regard to lineup...always about a foot away from light)and assess the rollover of the light..then I have them move either back or forward depending on how I like how the light falls on their face. typically it is more toward camera unless I need to see more eyes...then back toward backdrop. No two are ever the same and the facial contours are all different and the light affects them differently.
     
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    Oh, you were going for a soft focus look?

    Huh.
     
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    pretty much soft focus/painterly look print on canvas and look like a painting kinda thing.
     
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    I do like the light in this one, a great deal.

    So, here's my take.

    Some spot healing burning and dodging on the original to clean up the skin a bit. Add a layer with a light gaussian blur and a layer mask, paint in "blurred" layer on her face, to varying degrees, to taste. Photoshop has a slicker way to do this, I think, with their fancy brush tech. GIMP I just use layer masks for everything.

    The add a glow effect, which is another layer filled with, in this case, solid FDBFCF which is more or less her hair color lightened up a bunch. This layer also uses a layer mask, which is a greyscale copy of the original again blurred to taste. This has the effect of layering "light reddish fuzz" over the image in proportion to how bright it is. The dark areas get left alone, the brighter areas glow outwards subtly. This also has a smoothing effect. This layer is translucent. This is the opposite of "enlarger diffusion"

    Since this effect has a brightening effect overall, insert a translucent black layer between to push the values back down.

    Since things have gotten a bit desaturated along the way, adjust saturation and curves on the base image. Adjust transparency of everything to taste:

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    Also painted the problematic shoulder, somewhat clumsily I see.
     

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