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Messages - trentchau

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Portrait / Re: Ah! A few for the ladies... ;)
« on: July 25, 2012, 02:11:05 AM »
awesome than, it rocks when a clients happy.

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Portrait / Re: Noob here. Feedback appreciated
« on: July 24, 2012, 11:03:19 AM »
For post work, To bring attention to the little one, burn the right side of the bench a little, and dodge her.

I agree with what everyone says here for stuff next time.

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Portrait / Re: Ah! A few for the ladies... ;)
« on: July 24, 2012, 11:00:56 AM »
Sandy imho the softness of his body in the first one takes away from the picture.  It's great for a headshot, but with the softlines and details, and the more tired that at attention pose it looks like it would be a better headshot.  It's a great headshot, but a weaker mid body shot imo.

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Portrait / Re: Meet Damaris (PNSFW)
« on: July 24, 2012, 10:58:31 AM »
While I like the idea, part of good thing about a white dress in a field is its glow.  I feel your edit, while showing more detail, actually takes away the personality of the dress.

I agree about the glow value of a light colored dress like that for providing an ethereal feel to the shot, it works especially well in a certain situations.

This is all highly subjective, but I find the original version draws my eyes away from her face and towards the lower L part of the image.  There are also the bright green weeds that are getting a little extra illumination and I find they also compete for attention.  Dropping those down an EV or 2 still keeps them in the image for interest but reduces their competitiveness with the main subject, which I presume is the pretty girl under the hat and the interesting expression on her face rather than the dress she's wearing.

And that's just MY opinion. 
Everyone is free to create whatever they wish that appeals to them which is one of the main things that makes photography so engaging and enjoyable.
I'm certainly no conformist to convention in many of my images either and that non-conformist approach does appeal to some viewers even more.  One of the main reasons I was requested for weddings or other work was someone saw what I shot and they decided they liked it more than the usual, more formulaic and formal methods often used.  There are plenty of ways to express that creativity.  Have fun with it and develop whatever style you like. :)

Thanks:).  And you are right, it's an opinion and I'm thankful we can all express it cordially. 

Though the develop whatever style you like amuses me...after 9 years of shooting it's still developing.  Stupid diluted stop bath is taking forever.

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Portrait / Re: Meet Damaris (PNSFW)
« on: July 24, 2012, 12:42:15 AM »
While i hear what aglet is saying, i like what you did there and wouldn't change a thing.

i agree with you - I understand aglet's points...BUT, the light from above forms a wonderful highlight on her mischievous grin, while at the same time her eyes are hidden in dark mystery...photo art.

Yes, the eyes & face work well that but I'd like the dress toned down about half a stop, maybe more, I find it distractingly bright.
If you don't have snoots, easy to do in Lightroom with a neutral grad dragged up from the bottom left and tweaked to see if it looks better…

I just did a quick 2-grad filter, -0.7 from the bottom with some angle to tone down the white dress a wee bit. Another from the top R corner.  I'd play with it a bit more if I had time, maybe only -0.5 EV grad, slight sat and contrast boost

Also the hot-spot on her left shoulder jumps at me like a case of sunburn.  It's nitpicking for hobby level shooting but if you want to hear some hopefully constructive criticism, I'm full of it.  ;D

While I like the idea, part of good thing about a white dress in a field is its glow.  I feel your edit, while showing more detail, actually takes away the personality of the dress.

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Portrait / Re: Meet Damaris (PNSFW)
« on: July 23, 2012, 03:54:07 PM »
Great shots. What are you doing for lighting?
White Lightning x800, vagabond lithium, and a 42" brolly box

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Portrait / Meet Damaris (PNSFW)
« on: July 20, 2012, 05:28:50 PM »
A new model in Atlanta, trying to get her portfolio together.  This is is a few of her photos taken yesterday. These were shoot at a Lake in North Atlanta.  She kinda has a Mila Kunis thing going for her.

Check out flickr for more: [url ="http://www.flickr.com/photos/trentchau/sets/72157630657450882/with/7607991010/"]Damaris by Trent Chau (Flickr)[/url]

Equipment Used:
Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 70-200 2.8L IS, Canon 85 1.2L II, Canon 50 1.2L, Canon 135 F2L
White Lightning x800 with Vagabond Lithium, and a 42" Brolly Box

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Portrait / Re: First post - Sharing work
« on: July 20, 2012, 04:47:22 PM »
http://trentchau.wordpress.com is my blog.

I'll put it in detail, need to generate traffic anyways.

LOL awesome you are a legend!

by the way i have to say you photographic skills far exceed your web design skills :P
not that i can talk i'm not even doing my own site and its still under construction :(

Lol a legend?  Do tell?

Heh my website design is from 2007 (www.trentchau.com), it's so dated but I'm kinda emotionally attached to it :)

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Portrait / Re: First post - Sharing work
« on: July 19, 2012, 08:12:39 PM »
http://trentchau.wordpress.com is my blog.

I'll put it in detail, need to generate traffic anyways.

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Portrait / Re: First post - Sharing work
« on: July 19, 2012, 09:05:25 AM »
Oh it's important to make sure your subject is back lit also.  I'm currently editing a crazy big wedding, but as soon as I'm done will put up the effect on my blog.

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Portrait / Re: First post - Sharing work
« on: July 18, 2012, 01:31:29 PM »
It's a mixture of the lens (the 135 f2) being fully open, and post production using some linear bluring to create the lighting effect.  I used a varient of this technique several years ago for a set called "Lost in the woods" and it's always created a nice affect.

Here a sample from it




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Portrait / Re: Studio portraits, Share some!
« on: July 13, 2012, 12:03:57 AM »
i really like the light bulb shot but wouldn't those be getting hot and risk burning your model?
 

I was concerned about that last year, but they were very cool touch for when we did it.  We only shot for a few minutes.

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Portrait / Re: Studio portraits, Share some!
« on: July 12, 2012, 01:12:33 PM »
Nice photos, but what's with the way you're posing the woman in the 3rd one trentchau? The lighting, and surrounding scene is great, especially with the mannequin torso & arms & legs all over the place, but her arms just look uncomfortable.

That's the story of it all.  She was built wrong.

Ah, gotcha. Well, you accomplished that feel with me :)

There's more to the series, but it was shot about 4 years.  I would revisit it and do it better if given the chance.

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Portrait / Re: Studio portraits, Share some!
« on: July 12, 2012, 02:25:09 AM »
Nice photos, but what's with the way you're posing the woman in the 3rd one trentchau? The lighting, and surrounding scene is great, especially with the mannequin torso & arms & legs all over the place, but her arms just look uncomfortable.

That's the story of it all.  She was built wrong.

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Portrait / Re: Studio portraits, Share some!
« on: July 11, 2012, 05:40:25 PM »
Sandy you photos bore me, it's always the same.

Pretty woman.  Great technique.  The 135mm probably.  And I always see them on flickr.

:)

Good seeing you here bud.








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