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Copyright: kenny mcmurray (x-ray) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Workshop Editor [C: 38 W: 69 N: 3] (163)
Genre: People
Medium: Black & White
Date Taken: 1990
Categories: Portrait
Camera: Nikon FG, Nikon 75-150/F3.5 Serie E, Ilford HP5 Plus, Yellow
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2016-02-03 14:47
Viewed: 1357
Points: 7
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Taken in the late 80's / early 90's. I rediscovered this image when showing camera club members how to scan negatives using a film scanner. I think the lighting was probably 2 large soft boxes or diffusion brollies. Film was probably HP5+. Some sharpening ,dodging ,burning and level adjustment only using PSP X6. Tint added at scanning stage not in PP.
This was a quite early attempt at a semi hi-key portrait. Feel the image could have more light on the background to make it more white.
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  • john1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 0 N: 886] (8448)
  • [2016-02-04 4:11]

Hi Kenny,

Nice mood, very nice silhouette of the model.
Great choice of the B/W here.
My best regards.


I looked at this picture many times before I decided to write my opinion.
The first time I immediately thought that I didn't like at all.
The second time, I was wondering if I had to judge this picture by the criteria of the late 80's or according to the state of mind of nowadays.
The third time, I reasoned thinking of the late 80's and I still thought that I did not like at all this pose (typical of the 80s and 90s).
Finally, here I am !
I don't like the use of grain, that I find excessive, the pose and the fake glance.
But I like your idea to share your work of the late 80's (I'm nostalgic of those years).
In the 80's it was the years of the colors, the excessive makeup ... I would have liked to see this photo in color I think.
Just my personal taste of course.

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  • tcr Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 40 W: 10 N: 59] (708)
  • [2016-02-04 13:41]

I like the partial covering of her face using the hair and
the atmosphere created.
The vertical composition fits the image very well.
Great work.

Hi Kenny

I'm with Daisy. I think the grain is excessive, but I do think the high key would work. The body shape is okay but the look through the hair is a little contrived.

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  • Clanyi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 254 W: 7 N: 100] (7129)
  • [2016-02-08 14:23]

Hi Kenny. Beautiful work, well done. Regards Csabi

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