Richard Siersma  

Southern Belle by Richard Siersma

January 2019 - Southern Belle

About the Image(s)

This was taken at a civil war reenactment. The woman was sitting on the front porch of a "Southern Mansion" wearing a dress of the same period. The photo was taken with my D500, ISO 800, f9 @ 1/160. The lens is my Nikkor 200-500 5.6 @ 200mm. This image was cropped and auto adjusted in LR then exported as a .jpg file.

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4 comments posted

Barbara E Miller   Barbara E Miller
She is lovely and a good capture. My additions here are rough, so please don't be offended. I cropped the image to eliminate that which seems unnecessary. The BG is roughly done but I am sure you get my idea. I added a low opacity catch light twinkle to her eyes   Posted: 01/06/2019 08:36:25
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Oliver Morton   Oliver Morton
I agree with Barbara.... she's a lovely woman and a good capture. But, I must admit, I like your original cropping since having a bit of her dress below her gloves seems to balance the image. Your background is a bit distracting but help add the feeling of "Old Southern Mansion". It might work to blur the windows/certains a bit instead of removing them completely. Barbara's catch light is an excellent addition.

I love how you've caught her in a relaxed moment and with such a welcoming smile. Well done.   Posted: 01/07/2019 07:13:54

Nick Muskovac   Nick Muskovac
She is a very striking woman. I also like your original cropping. I like what Barbara did to the curtains and the twinkle in her eyes.   Posted: 01/15/2019 16:17:33

David Cooke   David Cooke
You've captured a great expression, Richard, which is very appealing and makes for a lovely image.

I like the original crop too but I think that I would clone out the window bars as Barbara has done. I think also that the bright white of the chair is distracting. I've taken the liberty, below, of cloning the window bars out and I've also used the Nik Darken/Lighten Centre filter to emphasise her face and darken the other areas to draw more attention to her.
  Posted: 01/25/2019 01:11:32
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