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brummieboy November 11, 2016
Superb portrait
Witmar November 11, 2016
amazing portrait
Click_Here November 11, 2016
Such a beautiful image. So difficult to look away. :)
SRSVIEW December 18, 2016
this is so awesome mate, really good colors, expressions and composition
lstonekim December 19, 2016
Stunning! Love this photo!
vojce April 01, 2017
fantastic portrait congrats
gianphotography April 01, 2017
sandypaschall April 01, 2017
Join the conversation. Add a comment or even better, a critique. Let's get better together!
ahuffaker April 01, 2017
Fantastic portrait!... Tony
Irys April 17, 2017
ChristyRStanford September 15, 2017
Beautiful child portrait! I love the way the eyes pop... Colors and tones are fantastic... Detail is wonderful... Perfect in every aspect... Keep up the amazing work... I cannot wait to see what else you post.
imeldabell September 26, 2017
Thank you so much for your lovely comments and awards :D
ellenellen September 26, 2017
beautiful shot!
KellieMyka September 26, 2017
Paulacook144 September 27, 2017
Beautiful portrait shot with nice catch lights in her eyes. Well seen and handled.
FredericMONIN September 28, 2017
Great work !!!
MikeW September 29, 2017
Absolutely wonderful; from the model to the colours to the lighting
jsschultz September 30, 2017
Beautiful portrait. You captured her inner spirit. This reminds of an incredible cover photo from National Geographic from years ago.
karlrittinger September 30, 2017
Beautiful portrait, correct colors, nicely posed.
ahuffaker October 03, 2017
Great portrait and use of color... Tony
debraevans_8145 October 24, 2017
Color is beautiful
paulbloch December 01, 2017
Love the colors and her eyes
dMac99 January 31, 2018
Beautiful. I love the tones.
StuXD1 March 09, 2018
Love this. Well thought out.
bobtoye May 12, 2018
Reminds me of that famous NatGeo photograph. Sweet shot!
ahuffaker August 18, 2018
Beautiful portrait... Tony
RickL Jun 27
Exceptional image

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Behind The Lens

This photo is taken in my small home studio, which is in my back garden. It is really a glorified shed, but it is cosy set up to suit my needs.
This was under studio lighting conditions, so was shot in the morning, but the daylight did not add to this image.
I aim to reproduce Rembrandt style lighting to create a fine art, and painterly effect with my lighting. My key light is from one side, using a 120cm Octabox to give a large, soft light source. I use a reflector to add fill and lift the shadows slightly.
This was shot on a canon 6D with a canon 24-105 F4 L series lens. I used Bowens Gemini 500 Pro studio head, with a 120cm octabox, and a reflector. Occasionally I do use a second studio head to add a tiny bit of fill, but this was just using the one light, and a reflector.
This was taken during a regular fine art session, but when I saw the colour of the model's eye's I looked for a scarf that would make them stand out and compliment her colouring. With her dark hair, pale skin and amazing blue eyes, I was compelled to create a fine art portrait of her.
The post production is this image consists mainly of frequency separation to smooth her skin, then some dodging and burning to give the image a more painted feel. I have brightened her eyes, and increased the blue slightly using a curves adjustment layer. I also added a texture to the background, and a slight brown vignette to draw the attention to her face by darkening the edges. After editing in Photoshop, I then use Lightroom to finish off the image, using my own presets which I have developed to give my images a fine art finish.
In my camera bag
I have my Canon 6D, and my 2 Canon L series lenses (24 - 105 f4, and 70 - 200 f2.8, with a 2x extender when I need it for wildlife). I am a great supporter of wildlife conservation and sometimes add images of animals I have taken to my portraits as composites. A seldom use a tripod, as I feel it limits my movement. On location, I use a selection of speed lights, so I can control the light. I also use a grey card to set my white balance and a Sekonic 308s to measure the light.
Set up your lighting, paying careful attention to the light and shadows. I always meter my light, although in the studio it is pretty consistent. I then to a test shot to make sure it is falling as I want it to, before settling in to take my set of image. As I move my model, I adjust the light to suit the new position, paying attention to how it falls on her face. I am constantly tweaking it, to get it the way I want it.

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