Salvador Atance, EPSA  

Red Lips by Salvador Atance, EPSA

January 2020 - Red Lips

About the Image(s)

My january photograph is a studio one shot with two lights and grey backlight. At the postproduction with photoshop, I have draw am eliptic mask leaned to the right and applied a vigneting.

I have mixed with the background a picture with blue sky and a white cloud to help to forget the studio effects. Also I have mixed a wood texture with a ancient frame around the picture, cleaning the main parts of the portrait areas.

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10 comments posted

Jim Hooper   Jim Hooper
I do like the idea of texture overlays, and you've done a nice job of incorporating the overlay to give it a big of a distressed feel.

For me the pose is a bit awkward, and the framing feels very tight. Can you tell us which lens was used on this? I get the sense that it's a wide angle lens, but I could be mistaken.

My only other comment would be that the highlights on the models face are a bit harsh, and could probably be knocked back just a little bit in post processing.   Posted: 01/02/2020 13:54:41
Salvador Atance   Salvador Atance
Sorry about that, I forgot to send the technical information:
Camera Olympus E3, lens Olympus 50-200, f:2.8-3.5. Shot ISO 100, f:4, 1/125. Focal length 101mm (olympus), 202mm (35mm equivalence). Please find attached the original shot.   Posted: 01/08/2020 17:41:54
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Manfred Mueller   Manfred Mueller
Salvador, my first reaction is the same as Jim's; I find the framing of the image quite tight and cramped. Is this something you did intentionally?

Your studio lighting is quite effective, but I have the same reaction as Jim, I find some of the highlights on your model to be a bit hot and the shadow from the of her hair is a bit of a distraction.

I know you like introducing replacement backgrounds and the choice of background is effective. I wonder about the implementation a bit though. You have replaced the background, but you have let the background streaks blend with your model's arms and shoulders. Is this the foreground or the background? You have mixed the two and it just adds to the viewer's unease from the tight crop; something just does not look quite right.   Posted: 01/02/2020 23:09:29
Salvador Atance   Salvador Atance
The work done in that case was to blend with the background and not to substitute.   Posted: 01/08/2020 17:46:22

Donna Paul   Donna Paul
Very cool pic. I also feel it is a little tight for me.   Posted: 01/03/2020 09:02:15

Dick Burr   Dick Burr
(Group 84)
Hello all,

I am Dick Burr, Admin of Group 84 video. I have been following everyone's work in Portraits for about a year now and I love all of your work.

If I may, I would like to comment on Salvador's portrait.

I really like the wood texture with a ancient frame around the picture, but I feel that the clouds in the background could have been left out. To me, it looks like she has white puffs of smoke coming out of her hair.

The shadow on her forehead is a little distracting, but you can see that it is coming from the lock of hair
that is hanging down, which explains it.

All in all, I love the image. Beautiful woman and beautiful shot. WELL DONE !!

  Posted: 01/10/2020 23:46:23
Salvador Atance   Salvador Atance
Many thanks for your words, Dick. Appreciate you enter in this group to comment my picture.   Posted: 01/21/2020 13:19:46

The model's expression and red lips are effective in this straight on shot. The positioning of your lights is a little unorthodox and causes some strange and harsh shadows. I would rather see a more conventional arrangement. Also, her arms and elbows are a little overwhelming. I can see that you carefully thought out all the aspects of this image but, it just doesn't work for me.   Posted: 01/15/2020 17:14:23

Cheryl Dubois   Cheryl Dubois
For an image which was intended to focus on the lips, the angle would be good, except her elbows are the first thing encountered by the camera lens and that is distracting me from focusing on her lips.   Posted: 01/18/2020 18:11:48

Cheryl Dubois   Cheryl Dubois
  Posted: 01/18/2020 18:11:51