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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]

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Meet Damaris (PNSFW)
« on: July 20, 2012, 05:28:50 PM »

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« Reply #1 on: July 20, 2012, 08:32:51 PM »
Very nice Trent, keep them coming.
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« Reply #2 on: July 22, 2012, 08:25:05 AM »
Beautiful work...really like #3. 
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« Reply #3 on: July 23, 2012, 02:26:26 PM »
Great shots. What are you doing for lighting?
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« Reply #4 on: July 23, 2012, 03:54:07 PM »
Great shots. What are you doing for lighting?
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« Reply #5 on: July 23, 2012, 04:16:23 PM »

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Good work, but the white dot of light reflection on her nose drives me to distraction. The makeup person needs to get the powder working!

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« Reply #6 on: July 23, 2012, 05:28:27 PM »
I like the compositions, but find the lighting somewhat harsh for my tastes.

#3 especially; her eyes are a bit too far into the dark shadow of the hat with too much light on the white top.
lowering the light source and using a snoot to control the location of the fill a little more might help or use more fill lights.
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« Reply #6 on: July 23, 2012, 05:28:27 PM »

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« Reply #7 on: July 23, 2012, 05:48:47 PM »
Great shots. What are you doing for lighting?
White Lightning x800, vagabond lithium, and a 42" brolly box

Ah, cool. I was wondering if you were using a full strobe or some speedlites. After reading about that Vagabond Lithium pack, that's a really impressive little power supply, especially for that price! I recently got a Yonguo(sp?) with a couple of Phottix Strato RF triggers along with my already purchased 580 EX II and a couple of lightstand mounts. Very cool and handy, but obviously not as much power. Recycle times are not super high, especially on the chinese knockoff, but I just got some Eneloops, so I'll see what it's like with those.
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« Reply #8 on: July 23, 2012, 07:43:27 PM »
While i hear what aglet is saying, i like what you did there and wouldn't change a thing.

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« Reply #9 on: July 23, 2012, 09:46:14 PM »
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.
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« Reply #10 on: July 23, 2012, 10:15:29 PM »
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

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« Reply #11 on: July 23, 2012, 11:30:13 PM »
I like the use of shadows, it helps add depth within the lighting across the frame, we wear these hats (well women do) to do exactly this anyway, there are other ways to work with this with totally different kind of lighting, but for what that shot is, I wouldn't have really changed anything.

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« Reply #12 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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« Reply #13 on: July 24, 2012, 01:49:38 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. :)

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« Reply #14 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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« Reply #14 on: July 24, 2012, 10:58:31 AM »