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Rachael + purple trees

Discussion in 'Formal Portraits and Weddings' started by imagesbyelizabeth, May 3, 2011.

  1. I've been walking past these trees on campus for over a week and have been wanting to do pictures with them but have been busy with school and haven't had a chance. I finally got a chance to do them and loved every second of it! Here are a few pictures from my session with Rachael!

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    Lets just pretend I didn't cut off her fingers on this one :tongue:
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  2. Longshanks

    Longshanks

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    May 16, 2007
    Netherlands
    Great shots, nr 4 is my fav.
     
  3. Thanks Marc!!
     
  4. I like #1 the best. She looks like she is having a good time and the pose works, especially because she is on a hill. I would have liked to see just a little bit darker, more saturated pinks in it though. Maybe something closer to number 5. or split the difference :tongue:

    I really like her jacket too :biggrin:

    (next time, watch the bracelets/hair ties. I always have to tell my friend/fav model kelly to take hers off :tongue:) 
     
  5. Billy_M

    Billy_M

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    Apr 17, 2009
    Los Angeles
    #1 is also my favorite. the pictures look better w/ her not wearing that big coat.
     
  6. ArtO

    ArtO

    Jun 14, 2008
    Florida
    She's very pretty. I'm going with #4 as my favorite of the series.
     
  7. Tony Ad

    Tony Ad

    May 20, 2008
    Fairfax Station, VA
    Tony Admana
    Nice set. #1 & #7 are my faves.:smile:
     
  8. Scott, I will try that later. I actually brought up the pinks a lot in that one and I'm afraid if I bring it up much more they're gonna start glowing. I'll see what I can do.


    I kept asking her to take her coat off and she'd get upset and say I didn't like it (jokingly of course) but she was pretty fond of it so I let her do some with it.

    She is very pretty! I have SOO many pictures of this girl! I think I have 10 of her for my POTD's. I'll be living with in about 5 days so I'm sure there will be even more!1

    Thanks Tony!
     
  9. gordong

    gordong

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    Jan 11, 2009
    Eden NY
    I like number one and number four. Would like to see the colors pop a little more via curves though, with just a touch of smoothing to her skin. Very pretty model.

    With your permission I love to try to PP one.
     
  10. Gordon, you have my permission! :smile: If you would like to work with the raw file, let me know!

    I always feel like I have enough contrast and then let it sit for a few days and see so many changes I could make to my pictures
     
  11. I love those trees, Elizabeth... I can see why you wanted to use them. The first picture stands out for me. As for the cut-off pictures, well, you just can't take that back... it's "painful" haha. :smile: Do it enough, and you will learn to look for those details before pressing the shutter button. I still don't look closely enough. That's why I take an assistant when it counts...
     
  12. Thanks Shaun! And she didn't need her fingers anyways :tongue:
     
  13. gordong

    gordong

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    Jan 11, 2009
    Eden NY
    Ok; here is a version, mind you quick and dirty...so to speak, about 3 minutes in photoshop Adjusted levels and curves, a touch of dodging and very small amount of smoothing.


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  14. Looks good! What exactly did you do for the smoothing?
     
  15. gordong

    gordong

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    Jan 11, 2009
    Eden NY
    Clone stamp tool in photoshop, but their's lots of different methods depending on how much or how little you what to edit. I personally don't like to over do the smoothing because it just doesn't look realistic. But for some shots you can.
     
  16. Elizabeth - I love #1. The colors are just punchy enough and the background is perfectly blurred.

    Very nice!
     
  17. Ronnie B.

    Ronnie B.

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    Jan 22, 2011
    Vienna
    I really like #3, composition, her pose, it all works. You did a good job on those!
    There is definitly more to good pictures than not cutting off Fingers. Like you said, I don't think she is missing them here.;) 
     
  18. mchong75

    mchong75

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    Jul 2, 2010
    Frisco, Texas
    You did great on #1.
     
  19. Ok, that's what I thought you did but I just wanted to make sure there wasn't an easier trick I didn't know about! :tongue:

    Thanks Mike!

    Thanks Ronnie! I've gotten better about not cutting feet, arms, and fingers off lately but sometimes you just forget to include those suckers!

    Thanks mchong!
     
  20. Billy_M

    Billy_M

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    Apr 17, 2009
    Los Angeles
    I like how you got the colors to match in #3 with the jacket and background :) 
     
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