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  • NIKON D850
  • 85.0 mm f/1.4
  • f/2
  • 85mmmm

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  1. Matthew Saville

    Very nicely done, a clean simple pose with a nice expression, and the overall mood (lighting and post-production) matches the pose as well. However as I commented on another image here recently, (may have been one of yours; I recognize this subject/s face?) …I think that for this type of darker more moody processing, the subject should have their gaze somewhere other than the camera, in my opinion. The image would be much stronger if she were glancing down at the rail she’s standing on, while holding her right arm (viewer’s left) out just a little bit, as if for balance. Or she could simply look away in another direction, that would work well too.

    For this expression with her looking at the camera, I would brighten up her face ever so slightly, so that her eyes aren’t lost in the shadowy exposure and processing.

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    • Crystal Youhana

      Matthew, Thank you so much for your time in critiquing this image! This is one of my identical twin daughters so you probably do recognize her from a previous submission of mine :) I did a few more shots similar to your suggestion. This is a raw image no post production, but I felt like the blown out spot next to her head here was going to be difficult to make this a very usable image.  Always appreciate your critique, you are always well explained offering great solutions or possible suggestions.  Its obvious that you really do take the time :) 

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    • Matthew Saville

      Hmm, I like this color image, I think the blown-out red area is great, just as long as it is processed and cropped to fit the mood and emphasize the effect. If you don’t mind, I’ll show you what I’m thinking of:

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    • Matthew Saville

      A little brighter, and with a bit of warmth / magenta added to reduce the green-ish tint on the left…

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    Matthew Saville

    Also, I don’t know if it’s a tan or if it’s processing, but this one portion of her arm is significantly darker than her hand, and her other arm. If possible I’d try and balance that out with more local burning & dodging. (And the burning & dodging brushes might need to also do a little bit of work with negative contrast, or negative dehaze, just a little bit.)

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    • Crystal Youhana

      That is extremely helpful! Making the lighting look intentional and matching all the light across the image gave it a more cohesive look. I was using the black and white to try and do what you achieved here, didn’t even think of this beautiful option! Might have to go back through my files with this new avenue of thought.  Thank you VERY much:)

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