Challenge: Free Study 2009-02 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D
Location: Los Angeles, CA - My Apartment
Date: Feb 27, 2009
Date Uploaded: Feb 27, 2009
|Outtake from Brown Ribbon Deja Vu, thinking maybe you guys prefer a subject who looks down the lens? Or maybe just want another (hopefully) 6+ score to counteract the clunkers I've entered lately.
Shot was lit directly above and front by an SB-900 in a DIY turkey-pan beauty dish. Opened in camera raw and added a slight boost to contrast. Changed to Lab color and gave a strong contrast curve to the Lightness channel, and dragged down the center of the a/b curves very slightly. Converted back to RGB, made a strong b/w version of the shot (optikverve's Hollywood filter), which I then set to multiply, at 27% opacity. Used a curve to darken his ear, lighten his neck. High pass-ed version of the shot, at 4px radius, set to Hard Light and 56% fill. One more curves layer to brighten up the image and the red channel a little. Resize, sharpen, save for web.
These were the steps copied and pasted from the Brown Ribbon challenge, but they should be about the same. Enjoy! Again!
Original (after RAW adjustments):
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