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Shawna's wonderful eyes
Old 01-19-2007, 01:51 AM   #1 (permalink)
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This is one of my favorite images from Rolando's workshop in Oregon. Let me know what you think. A single 5ft octobox, hensel 500w, Nikon D2X 24-85mm 2.8.

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Re: Shawna's wonderful eyes
Old 01-19-2007, 02:40 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Where is the image you want us to look at? Use the little Images link to post the image direct from your portfolio.
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Re: Shawna's wonderful eyes
Old 01-21-2007, 12:37 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Oops,
Sorry about that. I forgot. Sort of like forgetting to put the attachment on an email message. Here it is...

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Re: Shawna's wonderful eyes
Old 01-21-2007, 02:16 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Lovely.
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Re: Shawna's wonderful eyes
Old 01-21-2007, 03:16 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Nice shot. To my eyes it looks a little too soft. This is obviously subjective, but I would sharpen the image a bit. Due to the anti-aliasing filters in our digital cameras (unless you are shooting a medium format digital back which does not have AA Filtration) our images tend to be soft. Some folks like that, I prefer a sharper image, especially in the area of the subject's eyes.

Also you're blowing your whites behind your subject. Next time you may want to either flag that down or increase illumination on your subject's fact (say with an additional grid spot) to bring the scene into a tighter dynamic range (5 stops, tops).

All that said, it's a great start!
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Old 01-21-2007, 10:01 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I have this image printed in 11x14. The eyes are tack sharp. Any sharper and they would cut you. I did use a technique where I first sharpen the image, make a layer, then use guassian blur at 8.0 then pull opacity back to 30% and make a mask and paint back the eyes, nostrils, lips and sometimes the hair. I like the softness and it is an improvement over the unedited version.

I'm also okay with the blownout highlight in the background. It makes it less distracting in my opinion.

I appreciate your input and I will consider them for the future.

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Old 01-23-2007, 12:21 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I think it's lovely. Looking at her eyes it looks like you had the Octobox almost dead on the camera axis. Is that accurate? How far away did you place it?
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The light is just to my right side. I'm and the box is about 6-7 feet away. Based on the fact that light falls off at the square of the distance from the source, the further the ligth is from the subject the less fall off there is on the background. Since this was a single light this increased distance was adequate to light the background. It it were closer than there would be less light on on the background. Make sense? It is not necessarily intuitive.

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