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Elizabeth and Lorie

Elizabeth and Lorie
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Copyright: denis arseno (atomas59) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 746 N: 637] (3826)
Genre: People
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-06-01
Categories: Decisive Moment, Portrait
Camera: Nikon D7000 with MB-D11 Multi, AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/100 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-06-09 17:33
Viewed: 1588
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A more "formal" portrait of two of my friends. On the left side, Elizabeth, beautifull girl, with lots of charisma and full of life, also one of my favorite model, a real pleasure to work with.

On the right side, here is Lorie, the best make up artist that I've met so far. Love Lorie, what a charm she is. She also the creator of the make up shown on many of my previous presentations of "body painting" shots.

Lorie at 23 as already won many IMPORTANT constests. Not long ago, about 2 weeks ago now, she competed in a big competition in Fort-Lauderdale, in the US, with the best of her craft. 3 prices and won all of them.
That girl has so much talent.

Now as the shot technical part:

Camera set on manuel, using two speed lights, one (the main) on the right side of the set, and one bouncing attached on the top of the camera, used as a fill.

Black background, unlite...you see if I would have wish to give contour and separate them from the background, I would have used and other speedlight, but that wasn't my "intention". Kind of stepping back from old "clichés" when it come to lighting.

Had an other model to photograph, so this shots, were done to check my lighting, took about 30 secondes, and turn quite nicely, I find.

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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2012-06-09 22:33]
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Hi Denis

Please don't take it personally, but with dark subjects, (such as the black hair here) a dark bg is not usually the best choice, as the 2 bleed together, and all graphism & detail is lost. Compare the lighter tones of their faces (which do work), against their black hair, which is lost in the black bg.

But on a positive note, the smiles are authentic & they obviously have a cordial rapport with you. Not easy to do sometimes. I can also see some 'jaggies' on the girl's neckline at left, which suggests oversharpening. I have done this too, sometimes. It's hard to get the right balance between too soft, & too sharp.

Everything else is there. Color, density, compo. The oof fingers don't bother me.

What an amazing expression caught, so endearing so intimate and
of course impish. I wonder how good the colored braid, the
hair streak and the adornments would have come out against a
contrasting background. To me, blended in black, they are
creating a good contrast and lending drama to the presentation.

Beautiful picture with great light effect Denis. TFS


BTW I am not sure who is on the left Lorrie or Elizabeth? Your
note puts both of them on the right :)

Hoi Denis,

I agree with Chris about the black-on-black, but I must also say that this is a superb portrait of the 2 models.
Very good colors of the skin, and great exposure and contrast.

Good composition and a nice pose. I like the expression on their faces.


Dear Atomas59,
nice girl, fine women, superb poses, superb scene, good double portrait, interesting info, good post.
Thanx for sharing!!!

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