Russ Butler  

Paige by Russ Butler

November 2020 - Paige

November 2020 - Russ Butler


About the Image(s)

Paige is my granddaughter who posed for this photo. I asked her to look straight forward until I focused then turn her head to look at me when I took the photo. To me the background was to busy, I try to keep my images simple (KIS) so I cleaned up the background & gave it ultra-high key look via Silver Efix Pro 2. Then added a border with FastStone Image Viewer gave me the effect I wanted.

This high-key image is more than I generally do, but I like the effect & eye contact.

Taken with a Canon T2i, 45/1.8 Tamron lens, hand held, spot meter, 1/80, f/2 & ISO 400

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13 comments posted

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
I have never tried high-key, so I can't comment, except to say that it looks very nice. Cleaning up the background was a must, and well done. Asking your granddaughter to turn her head at the moment of shooting is very clever, and it looks like it worked well. How many shots did you take in the session?   Posted: 11/04/2020 11:13:48
Russ Butler   Russ Butler
Thanks Stephen, this was the only shot I took in this session.
Was a fun session.
  Posted: 11/04/2020 13:25:47

Tom McCreary   Tom McCreary
First let me say that your granddaughter is very attractive and makes a good model. I like the pose and the hair falling on the right side makes a "stop" to help keep the eye in the image. Going with monochrome to simplify the image is a good choice. I have never done high-key so I looked up how to do it, and was informed that you should start with an image that is low-key, that is does not have a lot of contrast from side to side, or about a 1 to 1 lighting ratio. Your original lighting was that, so you had a good start for going high-key. All that said, I like the image and the processing that you did -- a winner.   Posted: 11/04/2020 16:51:32
Russ Butler   Russ Butler
Thanks Tom for your input & taking time to review this image. I appreciate your opinion.   Posted: 11/04/2020 17:39:00

Jennifer Doerrie   Jennifer Doerrie
In my admittedly limited experience, high key is difficult to do well. I think it was a good choice for this image. On my monitor, the face is very light. I tried bringing up the shadows just a little bit, hoping that doing so would add emphasis to her eyes. Does that help, or is it too much contrast for what you had in mind?   Posted: 11/09/2020 23:30:16
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Russ Butler   Russ Butler
Jennifer, I do like your edit/suggestion as they make this a more pleasing image. Thanks for your help...   Posted: 11/10/2020 15:53:27
Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
I like what Jennifer did overall, but I find it a bit too strong in the eyes. Maybe tamp the eyes down a bit to be consistent with the rest?   Posted: 11/13/2020 19:57:52
Lance Lewin   Lance Lewin
(Groups 83 & 87)
Well, this Edit is not anything like Russ's very creative and Moody, seductive illustration: Russ's final piece is very different and creates a visual-meditation through the soft aesthetic that covers the entire composition - and which makes it unique, compared to the normal portrait. An example of thinking outside the box, indeed.

In my opinion, Russ's portrait needs to be seen for which it represents: an outside-the-box rendering one may even see as reminiscent to some of the (pictorial) work seen in 19th Century Julia Margret Cameron's (1815-1879) studio work.

  Posted: 11/18/2020 09:06:36

Asbjørn M. Olsen   Asbjørn M. Olsen
High key is an unknown field for me as well. But I will surely try it. This is a nice portrait with a nice model. I am sure she is happy with the final product. Well done.
For me, I would have kept the image like the one you submitted. Jehhifer put a bit more contrast to it, but I feel it pushed the image slightly into looking a bit artificial. But that's just me..   Posted: 11/11/2020 05:40:45
Russ Butler   Russ Butler
Thanks Asbjorn, I appreciate your comments.   Posted: 11/11/2020 16:55:28

John Roach   John Roach
(Group 64)
This is an interesting approach for a portrait. I like your original high-key conversion for its softness. The alternate suggested by Jennifer is very nice, too, although it gives us a very different feel in terms in it being more contrast oriented.   Posted: 11/12/2020 10:42:50
Russ Butler   Russ Butler
Thanks John for taking time to look at my image and comments.   Posted: 11/12/2020 22:16:07

Diana Magor   Diana Magor
I agree that the two versions look different after not much tweaking. i think in the end it has to be down to the author which one they prefer. I think I like the slightly darker one which Jennifer did, but I rarely do such high key images. As said, the background definitely needed to go.   Posted: 11/16/2020 08:42:20