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I have recieved a number of great tips of late regarding processing and capture, these tips have made me realise that some of the images that I have taken could truely be improved with a little care and attention in PS, so untill I become more capable of managing these images I am going to crawl back tommorrow onto more familiar ground.

This image has been cropped from 3:2 to 2:1 to take out unnecessary elements at the bottom of the frame. The shot is fairly straight with a little general curves work applied, the blurring is "Non digital" as with some of the previous posts - the blurring was created using vaseline smeared on a very light warm up filter, it's a bit of a hit and miss technique (especially when the subject is a live and very mobile one). Poppy was very heavily lit from one side by natural window light casting great shadow on the eye and face.

A number of comments recieved recently have commented about eyes being very important to a portrait image and that's why I was attracted to this one.

All the best Mal

Pop

Meet Pop.

I have recieved a number of great tips of late regarding processing and capture, these tips have made me realise that some of the images that I have taken could truely be improved with a little care and attention in PS, so untill I become more capable of managing these images I am going to crawl back tommorrow onto more familiar ground.

This image has been cropped from 3:2 to 2:1 to take out unnecessary elements at the bottom of the frame. The shot is fairly straight with a little general curves work applied, the blurring is "Non digital" as with some of the previous posts - the blurring was created using vaseline smeared on a very light warm up filter, it's a bit of a hit and miss technique (especially when the subject is a live and very mobile one). Poppy was very heavily lit from one side by natural window light casting great shadow on the eye and face.

A number of comments recieved recently have commented about eyes being very important to a portrait image and that's why I was attracted to this one.

All the best Mal

comments (12)

nice 'surreal' portrait mal. it is really interesting.
Mal: Thank you, it's a bit of a weird technique, but I enjoy it. Mal
Lovely shot! Looks like it's from a 1930's film.

Regards,
Jason
Mal: Hi Jason, I had not thought of your take on the image and I like your thinking. All the best Mal
hey mal,

pretty cool shot. great capture of the eyes. really interesting experiment with the vasoline. if i could make one suggestion it would be to blur a little further away from the left side of the face. i might have tried to avoid blurring the left eye. other than that i really like this shot and the pping is really great.
Mal: Hey Nicole, your quite correct, I nearly did not post the shot because of the very fact you mention - it does lead the eye away from the good detail in the shot - Always be honest Nicole, I appreciate it. Mal
Love that sparkle in her eyes, lovely capture.
Mal: Hi Ayash, thank you for calling by. Mal
  • nev
  • australia
  • 19 Sep 2006, 10:34
love the bling and blur mal. would like a bit more contrast on the left but nice pp.
Mal: Cheers Nev, I hate it when your right!!! Mal
  • david
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 19 Sep 2006, 13:47
i think the rusk (?) is a trifle deistracting, but it's a great shot nonetheless.
Mal: Hi David, it bothered me to and its why I cropped 2:1 to get rid of it at the bottom of the frame but there was still too much there as a distraction. All the best Mal
  • Samarth
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 19 Sep 2006, 17:26
lovely sparkle in the eys...blurring is a bit heavy on the left (i know its non digital)...but overall very nice mood....8.25/10
cr=9/10
Mal: Thank you Samarth - always expect (no demand) honesty from you! and you are right, it takes my natural gaze away from the good bits in the shot. All the best Mal
  • Mia
  • United States
  • 19 Sep 2006, 23:12
Wow, I'm gone for a while and Mal comes up with awesome shots smile

Just saw your previous pictures and I have to say you have a knack for capturing the right thing in the picture (the eyes in this case) and presenting it in a unique way. I'm liking the crop too.
  • Diya
  • Switzerland
  • 19 Sep 2006, 23:18
This shot has two totally different side the right side (of the girl) is very blurry and with the star in her eye it has something fairy and mystical and her left side, being a bit more clear but not quite show her innocence and playfulness, not to mention her beautiful smile…, the shot is just amazing, thank you Mal!

Diya
  • sk
  • UK
  • 19 Sep 2006, 23:39
lovely lovely shot
  • Suby
  • Milton Keynes, UK
  • 20 Sep 2006, 00:11
Awwww, how cute, she looks very cheecky :d

Suby
  • deji77
  • United Kingdom
  • 20 Sep 2006, 09:34
Love the softness of the image, gives it a dreamlike quality.
Much has already been said about the even blurring across the face. Otherwise very nice!

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