I love these two Fred!! Composition is great, facial expression is great, lighting and everything else is wonderful!!!! The only thing I would suggest is that Jodie get a manicure. With her hands that visible in the shot, it really takes away from a really incredible image...(for me)
Fred, The B&W is excellent. Great skin work with nice detail remaining and an excellent pose with very nice framing.
The second is a cool idea, but I'll second Woody's comment that the shot is definitely good enough without the wizardry. Cool concept though.
Here's is your photo with levels highlight slider moved left to meet with the bulk of the data and a de-fog sharpening which is USM set at 50%/10 pixels.
I think it clarifies it a bit and eliminates the original's *slightly* murky appearance.
Great work here Fred!! An excellent shot!!
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As far as Steve's comment about the manicure.....this is a lesson I learned a few shoots ago. I always ask about their nails during the pre-shoot phone interview. Since most models working on a TFCD basis are usually young and broke I'll offer to reimburse them for a manicure if they have one done before the shoot. This also helps eliminate stripper/porn star nails which I detest. You know the ones......squared off French manicure. Yuck! It is also one more thing that makes them look forward to working with you again in the future. What young woman wouldn't enjoy a free manicure?:biggrin:
In the overall scheme of things it is a very minimal added expense.
I think you could get in and fix the rough cuticles with the healing and clone tools if you want. It would be worth it just for the photoshop exercise.