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I was having to do some business with a local printing company and was dealing with Olivia who worked there. I thought she had a classic look that I would like to try and capture. We talked about art and photography a bit. It turns out she is a local artist and the conversation turned to models. She told me when she was doing her Arts degree, that she had had trouble getting models to pose for her. Hmm, I thought. (!) After our business was finished, I sent her an email asking if she would consider posing for me and sent her examples of some of my work. After a couple of weeks, I received an email agreeing to this. :) We have since struck up a good friendship. I must admit to be nervous about doing that as I had never asked anyone I didn't know previously.

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Looks like you stepping out of your comfort zone and asking her to model paid off big time Onslow!
Very beautiful young lady and well shot in my eyes.
Someone is bound to say something about stray hair clean-up, so I'll say it first. :) Probably could use a bit more. :)
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TomCofer wrote:Looks like you stepping out of your comfort zone and asking her to model paid off big time Onslow!
Very beautiful young lady and well shot in my eyes.
Someone is bound to say something about stray hair clean-up, so I'll say it first. :) Probably could use a bit more. :)

Cheers. :) Stray hairs don't really bother me unless they are covering eyes etc in a way that doesn't compliment it to me. Hair on the edges not so much either although I will clean them up if I don't like them.... (6)

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I didn't say that I'd clean them up, only that I expected someone else to suggest it and wanted to beat them to it. :lol:

I tend to leave more fly-aways than many seem to care for.
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Sounds like me then as well Tom...

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Number 1 is a very nice shot. Her features are classic and her eyes are beautiful. You did great with the light as I thought it was a window light at first.

How big/close was the lighting that you achieved this beautiful falloff towards her right shoulder?

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AliH wrote:Number 1 is a very nice shot. Her features are classic and her eyes are beautiful. You did great with the light as I thought it was a window light at first.

How big/close was the lighting that you achieved this beautiful falloff towards her right shoulder?

Thank you Ali. :)

The lighting was standard portrait light of Main 90x90cm softbox at 45 degrees camera right around 2 metres from her and the bottom of the softbox around 6" above the top of her head. The fill was the same except for the placement of around 10 degrees camera right. The ratio between the main and fill was 2:1.
Finally, for the falloff I wrapped a light vignette over the image to drop the extremities and bring focus to the face. This last stage was done in LR on export. Those Effects panel settings were as follows.
Amount = -45
Midpoint = 18
Feather = 87

The amount I vignette will differ according to the lightness/darkness of the background.

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Do I see a toned version coming ??? :) (OK)

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EJones wrote:Do I see a toned version coming ??? :) (OK)

I hope so... ;)

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Onslow wrote:Thanks for that. :) I already do similar to them, a slightly different process but similar results... I tend not to recolor eyes though....

Sometimes I do and sometimes I don't. I just did it here to see if it made a difference and using a natural color from her own eyes did kind of enhance the color slightly after I lowered the opacity. I think it's a mater of personal taste and making it still look like her real eyes.

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