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Copyright: Suprasanna Bhattacharya (Suprasanna94) Silver Note Writer [C: 1 W: 0 N: 11] (151)
Genre: People
Medium: Black & White
Date Taken: 2016-03-12
Categories: Portrait
Camera: Nikon D5200, AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR
Exposure: f/4.8, 1/50 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2016-03-20 23:42
Viewed: 1332
Points: 5
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a portrait of one my friend. This photo was taken during a seminar.
To me she has a beautiful face or we can say a photogenic face.
I purposively keep this photo a little bit darker to have different shades both side.
I want your comments on this photo to find out my faults.
Thank You.

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Hi Suprasanna,
I love the intense eye contact and the mix of light and shadow has really worked well in this instance. Great composure and a good artistic monochrome choice. A beautiful model she sure is!

Unbelievable. When I first looked at this image almost none of her right eye and cheek was visible and I would have suggested cloning it out. Now I can see the whole face and she certainly is very photogenic. Skin imperfections could have been cloned out, though, and more DOF to bring her hair into sharp focus would have added value. Her eyes look a bit sleepy but that adds to the mood of the image. The "writing" near the right edge is disturbing. Overall a lovely image and a pleasure to view.

Hi Suprasanna

I'm not an expert on portrait photography and this is my opinion only. It is not meant to offend.

I have to say that I'm not keen on the low key in this instance. It looks to me, and if I'm wrong please accept my apology, that the lighting was very harsh and has caused ugly highlights which have been hidden by the darkening of the image. I tried only brightening the image, but that caused an unflattering contrast. Maybe a bit of fill in flash would have improved the lighting, and would have added some catchlights to the eyes. I do like the pose and the contact with the camera.

I don't know why, but I like playing with portraits so, I hope you don't mind, I've done a workshop. I'm not saying it's better, just my interpretation.

Hi Suprasanna,

Like the idea, but not sure if you have pulled it off. Good eye contact, sharp where it needs to be. However a low key portrait of a girl it needs to be stunning, as its more usual to find low key used for male portraits due to the harshness of the lighting. I feel (personal taste) that the image is too dark as presented. I am in agreement with Bobsmith on this point , also his point about the skin is also worth noting. Have done a W/S hope you don't mind

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