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08/24/2010 09:23:42 PM · #1
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I've done a couple of interpretations, neither of which pleases me. Can I ask to see what you'd do? And yes, I believe a slight rotation clockwise would be a good starting point. :))

Link to the full-sized image

David
08/24/2010 09:51:21 PM · #2
As you said, rotate, and crop just above her hair.
08/24/2010 09:51:36 PM · #3
Since it already seemed a little blown out I went with a high key/infrared look:

I liked it w/out the rotation, the angle pleases me as does the grain i added, but hey, i am just a crooked, grainy kinda guy...

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Message edited by author 2010-08-24 21:52:52.
08/24/2010 09:53:32 PM · #4
I'd bump up contrast on the shadows and highlights a bit with an s-curve and pretty much leave it as a natural portrait.
08/24/2010 10:19:03 PM · #5
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left the curve angle thing cause I like it...

upped the saturation and contrast a bit.

added a touch of xero's porcelain to soft it a tad.
08/24/2010 11:16:32 PM · #6
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I am far from skilled at this, but it seemed like a fun to try.

*Applied Portrait Professional in default settings to smooth skin. I think it created some odd artifacts if looking very close (it is brand new to me, so much to learn about using it well).
*Rotated slightly to have the arms resting more level - seems more relaxed to me.
*Cropped away the excess sky (strong contrast draws eye away from subject) and the part of the arm to camera left (geometry makes it seem large out of proportion to the face as though it might belong to someone else).
*Applied gaussian blur to new layer, then painted mask to remove blur from the face and hair and somewhat from the arm (to make more shallow depth of field effect).
*Applied curve to lighten image generally.
*Applied additional lightening curve masked to only apply to the face.
*Applied unsharp mask to new layer, and masked that to only apply to eyes, hair, and lips.
*Save for web to fit DPC size.
08/25/2010 12:08:55 AM · #7
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Matt
08/25/2010 07:22:58 AM · #8
Thanks people, some interesting takes. FWIW, here's the two edits I mentioned, re-edited after some of the suggestions. I see some of you liked the tilt, but damn there's my OCD kicking in...I just HAD to rotate this as a first step or I couldn't even continue editing. :D

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I think I'm leaning toward the high-key B&W, and I wanted to leave her eyes on the thirds, rather than square-cropping.

Message edited by author 2010-08-25 07:23:27.
08/25/2010 08:31:24 AM · #9
The fact that you removed her freckles tells me you weren't going for a natural portrait, but I agree with thos who said to leave it tilted.

Did you try just desaturating the background?
08/25/2010 08:59:52 AM · #10
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08/25/2010 10:05:45 AM · #11
Originally posted by Strikeslip:

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lol. This works on soooo many levels.
08/25/2010 10:15:25 AM · #12
My edit is more about the crop and bringing out the eyes. I also smoothed out the skin some...this was a quick edit:

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(a little too much Topaz, but you see what I'm going for)

Message edited by author 2010-08-25 10:17:04.
08/25/2010 10:21:22 AM · #13
I'm not going to try to edit this, because those before me have done a great job. However, I will say that I like the closer crop because it takes out the distractions in the background and in the full shot her position makes her right arm look freakishly long. :) She's beautiful though!
08/25/2010 10:27:01 AM · #14
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08/25/2010 12:12:57 PM · #15
I'm suprised godzilla hasn't made a visit to this thread
08/25/2010 12:23:29 PM · #16
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theres my try :)
Time ~15-20 min, editing steps in description

-Max
08/25/2010 01:55:56 PM · #17
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I wanted to keep the nice natural lighting look, but make it a bit brighter and lighten the shadows around the eyes a bit. This photo lended itself nicely to bit of a soft treatment because of the soft lighting. I also thought the original photo looked a bit off balance and the crop was at a joint, which generally doesn't look as good. I tilted it to try to add balance as well as interest.

Message edited by author 2010-08-25 14:00:52.
08/25/2010 03:50:51 PM · #18
Gave it a bash for fun.
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I haven't done much portrait stuff, so it's not great.
08/25/2010 05:35:03 PM · #19
here is my take. I can provide editing steps if anyone is interested.
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08/25/2010 06:08:17 PM · #20
Originally posted by NiallOTuama:

Gave it a bash for fun.

That's what it's all about, my man. :))

D.
08/25/2010 06:43:35 PM · #21
Heres my edit;
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Wanted to give it a silver based feel.
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