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A couple images for critique (3 images)
Old 07-26-2005, 11:00 AM   #1 (permalink)
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These were taken last week, and I just now got around to finishing them up.





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Re: A couple images for critique (3 images)
Old 07-26-2005, 11:36 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I am not sure exactly why...but I really really digg the first one.
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Re: A couple images for critique (3 images)
Old 07-26-2005, 01:23 PM   #3 (permalink)
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For my two cents ... the second image is absolutely incredible! great work - beautiful model! The first and third images are also good, but couild use a few tweaks to make them great. Image #1 needs a little more light on the face for my taste, and in image #3 something about the softness of the hair to the model's right bother's me. Otherwise, I really love these shots.
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Re: A couple images for critique (3 images)
Old 07-26-2005, 01:52 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Jason, I agree with you on #1. I usually don't like the 'nose up' viewpoint, but when I saw this image I really really liked it. Still do in fact [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]

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Re: A couple images for critique (3 images)
Old 07-26-2005, 01:59 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Thanks Marty. My favs are a toss up between #3 and #1, and #2 trailing up the rear. But in the end, I really do like them all. I feel it was a very productive day, as I have quite a few more from that shoot I like. The model has an understated beauty in my opinion, and I really didn't see it until I went through the images.

The softness you see in her hair on #3 is the very shallow DOF I used from my 85mm 1.2 lens. It doesn't bother me, but I can see how it would distract others.

Here are a couple more I liked. They are all from the same 3 hour session.



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Re: A couple images for critique (3 images)
Old 07-26-2005, 02:32 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Thanks for the second look. She certainly has a beautiful, yet understated quality. I hope you get to shoot more work with her, I'd love to see her blossom.

As for the shallow DOF -- I really love it. Unfortunately, my old non-variable Norman strobe system has three settings - bright, brighter and burn-your-eyes-out. So, the image below was take with just the modeling lights, my 50mm 1.8 and one Alien Bee 400 at the lowest setting for a catch light.

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Re: A couple images for critique (3 images)
Old 07-26-2005, 03:44 PM   #7 (permalink)
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To me, the 2nd and third look to have a fake "depth of field" in that the backgrounds and around her head seem to be unnaturally blurred in a way a camera wouldn't perfrom.

Other than that, they're beautiful.

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Re: A couple images for critique (3 images)
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None of these have any PS effects or such for DOF. Especially #3.

I've seen this argument before on the Rob Galbraith forms about whether some images by Mark Tucker (awesome work btw) were shot and post processed afterward to add in a fake DOF. I was always the one believing it had to be faked, that there is no way a lens could create such a unnatural plane of focus. Even after some very technical discussions, I was unconvinced.

Then one day about 6 months later, I shot some images with my then brand new 85mm 1.2. The follwing image came out of my camera with the DOF just as you see it here. I'll be damned. Proven wrong at my own hand [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img] This was touched up, but nothing that would have messed with focus was done. Only a texture overlay, color saturation, levels, and balance was done. No layers, no soft focus, blurs, etc, at all.

(I don't think my son will mind being in the accompaniment of such fine ladies on this site. If fact, he will probably be honored once he discovers girls [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]

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Re: A couple images for critique (3 images)
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Stephen,

My fav is #2... it's just absolutely amazing! The others definitely rock... I'd be proud to have any of these images in my portfolio!

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Re: A couple images for critique (3 images)
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Yes this unatural depth of field is a part of many if not MOST of my portraits this is my intention. I use a lens set to 1.8 and create a very short or asmall depth of field so that if I focus on the eye at short distances the hair behnd the ear is noticably out of focus. When the backdrop is close (usually i am shooting in close quarters) it is a nessisary part of the style of image i am trying to create.

This is the resized original with no photoshop at all yet.






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