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  1. #231
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    just as the snow moved in. Tay resevoir above the tay valley in scotland, very lonely but lovely place.

    1/125 sec, f4.5, ISO 200, @12mm.

    Sigma 12-24mm
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    Last edited by AllanC; 01-02-2007 at 07:35 AM.
    Nikon D70s, Nikkor 18-70 ED, Nikkor 70-300D ED, nikkor 50mm AF D f1.4, Sigma 105 DG macro f2.8, Sigma 12-24 DG HSM.
    manfrotto 055 pro, 322rc2 head
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  2. #232
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    I am loving this sb-600 flash

  3. #233
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    Need some feedback... please

    Hey guys (n gals of course)...

    Hi-res version of this shot and a couple of others is going for prints tomorrow. The print will be turned in (and probably scanned) for a pageant program. Since portraits aren't my forte, I am open for criticism.

    Critique pose, framing, lighting, b/w conversion, other... Just don't slam the model please - I made her too long ago to change anything now.

    The requirement is for a B/W 5x7 head-shot.

    Click for HiRez

    Last edited by tcadwall; 01-02-2007 at 05:07 PM.
    Nikon D70s
    Nikkor 50mm 1.8D (If you don't have it you need it)
    Nikkor 18-200mm VR II
    SB-600
    Bogen/Manfrotto Tripods/Heads
    NAS (D300, Nikkor 80-200mm (or 70-200mm)f/2.8, Tamron 90mm Macro)

  4. #234
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    Thumbs up

    I am new to this and still learning, but I can Say
    GREAT SHOT!!!

  5. #235
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    tcad, I dont want to take away from the picture thread, but just a few things I noticed from your head shot. First off, it looks great, a few things to look at though...

    The framing/cropping, you cut out the right part of her hair(left on picture), if you could have included whats missing it would be great. Also, the flash spots on the tip of the nose and lips are annoying and capture my eye(use bounce flash). Other than those minor things, you did VERY well, in my opinion. How did you convert to B&W, some take away the dynamic of the photo, there are better ways than others to convert.

    As for the model, you should be proud! I would though, brush out the mole to the left of her nose, the one on the top lip and the one on the neck. Other than that, very well done and you have a great model!

    Just curious, what were the settings and lens used?
    Jason

    "A coward dies a thousand deaths, a soldier dies but once."-2Pac


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  6. #236
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    Thanks for the input so far.

    Yes I did struggle with exactly how I wanted to frame this. Since this is being used for a beauty pageant (errr scholarship program) and they requested a "head shot" I wanted to frame it in a way that would maximize whatever "space" they give her in the program. So you think the angles are all good, you would just shift the crop a bit?

    As far as the reflections... Next time I take a shot of her, she will use less glossy lipstick. But I will definitely "powder" those spots. But the SB-600 was actually pointed up and backward slightly. The spots came from "diffused" photo flourescents that I use.

    Ok, I will provide some more info.

    D70s
    ISO: 200
    Lens: Nikkor 55mm f1.8
    Aperature: 7.1
    Shutter: 1/40
    SB-600 pointed backward.
    3 photo flourscent lights as follows:
    (1) Diffused Key
    (2) Bounced partly off white ceiling with diffuser to direct some fill light
    (3) Backlight directly behind subject for hairlight.

    Black backdrop (Target $24) Has some really kewl texture that I will use for something else later.

    What I did... Tweak, tweak, tweak!

    Shot raw, used Bibble 4.9 for B/W conversion.
    Black and White Plug-in, set to Red versus Green & Blue channels.
    Not good enough had to tweak more settings:
    Color Filter
    Red -83
    Green -9
    Blue +61
    ... That step makes for a very UGLY color picture, but really makes the eyes POP for B/W
    other tweaks (not sure if they made any difference or minor difference):
    Color
    Contrast -62
    Vibrance +100

    Output as 16-bit TIFF file.

    Opened in PaintShop Pro X.
    Added Brightness and Contrast Adjustment layer. Cut the contrast even more, added a bit of brightness to offset the dullness caused by the former.
    Touched up some blemishes (leaving a few trademark 'moles' that just must stay)
    Nikon D70s
    Nikkor 50mm 1.8D (If you don't have it you need it)
    Nikkor 18-200mm VR II
    SB-600
    Bogen/Manfrotto Tripods/Heads
    NAS (D300, Nikkor 80-200mm (or 70-200mm)f/2.8, Tamron 90mm Macro)

  7. #237
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    Yes, in my opinion, the angle is great, just about half an inch or so to the left and it would be perfect. I think you have a winner on your hands!

    That would make a great start for a portfolio.
    Jason

    "A coward dies a thousand deaths, a soldier dies but once."-2Pac


    A bunch of Nikon stuff!

  8. #238
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    Great shot! I dont know what software you use, but when converting to black and white, I always recommend messing around with your red, blue, and green adjustments- it can make a huge difference!


    Chris

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  10. #240
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    i also take laods of pciture sof girls/models and i cant really say anything else jcon said except the firzzy hair bothers me and the black backround should be a little darker imo.
    otherwise i do like the shot and she has a wonderful smile.
    and yes put the rest of her hair!
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