Slightly NSFW: New image - Casual Portraits - Island Cottage

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  1. Tropicalmemories

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    These casual shots were taken under what is common conditions for us - small room, no studio set-up, travelling light as travel was by small boat - so any feedback will help me to improve my portraits under these sort of conditions.

    Fuji X-E2 (didn't want to risk my newer X-T2 on boat/motorcycle trip), only one lens to keep weight down - a 35mm f1.4 - (options would have been a 23 f1.4, 56 f1.2 or an 18-135 zoom).

    Heavy monsoon rain kept us in the cottage for a while, so a chance for a few photos - 'model' not keen on posing, so some shots taken while she was messaging on her phone.

    Minimal post processing and black and white conversuons using Lightroom on a mobile (no access to a laptop for a while).

    Last image was just a fun one - but shown in color - the sun on the previous days had darkened her skin, much to her horror and my delight - I love the 'dusky maiden' look.

    1. Window light
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    2. Phonetime
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    3. The Look
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    4. Laughter - Color
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    What a wonderful muse you have.
     
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    Tropicalmemories Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Yes ..... 10 years together now, and I'm still entranced. Often have to grab the camera just to record the moments.
     
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    Hands down the last one is my pick. A genuine smile just lights up the whole face, beautiful!
     
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    I can't add much to the above. She has a delightful smile.
     
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    One more from the beach-side cottage. I thought the mosquito net would make a romantic back-drop, but of the two dozen photos we took, I wasn't really happy with any. But I looked again at the images today, and thought this one had something - and tried a black and white conversion. Fuji XF35mm f1.4 again, as it was my only lens on this trip.

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    Did you get any from this series with her looking to the side? She looks like wherever she is in thought, it's troubling. She's such a pretty lady, I want to see happiness :)
     
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    I think the B+W works well for this more melancholy feeling picture. I really like the oof foot at the bottom of the frame forcing the eye up to the subject.
     
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    She can't remember where she left her phone LOL

    @Tropicalmemories all kidding aside I think the conversion works extremely well here, plus you have so many elements of the composition working together. As mentioned above the foot/leg directing the eye inward, the texture/lines of the netting. All around it's a good shot. The only negative I can see is that the detail in her hair has merged to solid black.
     
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    Tropicalmemories Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    I had several of her looking up, but we were chatting, and I didn't realise how speaking can make some odd expressions when frozen in a photo ..... another learning for me.

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    Thank you! I cloned her phone out of the image :)

    I'll try lifting the highlights in her hair.
     
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    My attempt at recovering some highlights in her hair ....

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