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Portrait of Ruby

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jonasfj says:

Please feel free to comment on anything in this photo

Ruby in Karzakkan, Bahrain
9:21PM, 16 July 2020 PST (permalink)

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DaveInMesa says:

I'm not a portraitist, but I don't see anything wrong with this shot. Well composed, well lit, focus is good... Nice shot!
6 months ago (permalink)

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Melindros1152 is a group administrator Melindros1152 says:

My own thinking has me feeling the same as Dave's comment.
I do have a question ... I've noticed the 'bluish' streaks in your subject's hair. Is that something she has or is it something added in post? I saw only one other shot of Ruby in your stream and couldn't tell from that one.
Originally posted 6 months ago. (permalink)
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Blurian Gauss says:

Very pretty.
The shot looks pretty heavily edited and color graded but I like the look. Lighting, posing, expression, composition,... all look really good. The flaws I see are more the job of a stylist. The hair for example looks a bit rough on the far side. The scalp showing through above her forehead makes her hair look very thin in this area, almost like she is developing a bald spot (I am exaggerating to illustrate my point). If you want to be all perfectionist about this, then moving her ear ring more into view to create a more circular feature would be an option.
Usually I prefer more vertical lines below the shoulder in such a crop but the triangular base formed by the red jacket works really well here.
I also like that her neck is hidden by the hair, which creates a really defined jaw line ant therefore a strong interesting feature.
Originally posted 6 months ago. (permalink)
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Puddin Tain says:

Agree with most of the above but for me the head is too chopped off and the crop on the right is too tight.
6 months ago (permalink)

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jonasfj says:

Thank you all for taking your time to share your insights.

The bluish streaks are not her own but congress from, as Blurian noted, from the color grading. My ambition was to let the background and dress take on cooler colors, while I tried to give the face a little bit more warmth and appearance of natural colors. Apparently, the hair might have ended in the wrong bucket.

I agree with the styling comments. It was very windy which tended to mess up the hair of the model. I spent quite some cleaning it up. Not an excuse though. It's always the responsibility of the photographer. I think it is the tight crop that makes the parting of the hair appear a little bit unflattering. Again, the responsibility of the photographer.

I have been experimenting with tight crops for a while now. It has its pros and cons. I'm still not sure how I feel about it. The judges are still out.
6 months ago (permalink)

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Blurian Gauss says:

jonasfj:

Tight crops fan here...
6 months ago (permalink)

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Melindros1152 is a group administrator Melindros1152 says:

I haven't seen Blurian or anyone else mention 'color grading'.
6 months ago (permalink)

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jonasfj says:

Melindros1152 Check the second sentence in his first post to this thread....
6 months ago (permalink)

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John Edward says:

Hey Jonas, your portrait work has kept improving over time as evidenced by this image. I like that your subject looks natural (un-posed) and the expression of the eyes and relaxed expression. Her pupils are almost to the edge of her eye but works here.

The crop needs to be closer (lower in the forehead) or wider showing her whole head. Not too keen on the pattern (oblique shape) in the background but like the moody exp.

Some hacks could be a better background and some blurred foreground element/s. Also a bit of hairlight but natural looking ideally.

I like the treatment in her face if you dodged and burned it for dimensionality.
6 months ago (permalink)

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