Dr Brian Wimborne  

Veronica by Dr Brian Wimborne

August 2022 - Veronica

About the Image(s)

Camera: Canon 3D Mark III
Lens: EF24-70mm f/2.8 USM
Focal length: 62mm
Exposure: 1/40 sec., f/2.8, ISO 400, Manual, Pattern metering

Veronica is a model I had not worked with before.

In this image I was trying to capture a look of distraction, as if she was suddenly surprised by something the viewer can't see.

Usually, I prefer to display photographs in monochrome but on this occasion the colour of the model's hair was too stunning to be ignored.

The photo was first downloaded in Lightroom Classic where some clarity and contrast was added, and then finished off in Photoshop.

6 comments posted

Peter Elliston   Peter Elliston
Brian, this is an interesting pose. I agree about her hair colour being a very attractive feature and a good reason to keep this in colour. I think in model shots where you have command of the staging, lighting and props that it's easy to see something as important and overlook other things that stand out only when looked at by someone else and this is why these critiques are very useful in trying to improve our images. So, I'd ask - what do the many bangles on her arm add to this portrait of Veronica? Ok, she was wearing them but do they really tell us more about her than her face and body? To me they are a distraction. Also, I think the lighting on her face and hand is rather harsh and needs to be toned down - either at the point of taking or in post processing. Finally, I'd ask about the covering she's wearing. Whilst for modesty purposes she might have wanted it but its texture and shimmer are also somewhat distracting particularly at the bottom right. If she was prepared to pose like this maybe she would have done without it but still ensured some modesty by a lower placement of her arm.
So, I hope this is not seen as a destructive criticism because it's not meant to be. I have over the last couple of years got more involved with model photo shoots in a studio and these are some of the things I have picked up and I'm far from an expert.
Keep going with these and if you have the chance to work with Veronica again, why not go for a straight head and shoulders portrait which could really emphasise that red hair even more.
  Posted: 08/04/2022 03:29:27
Dr Brian Wimborne   Dr Brian Wimborne
Dear Peter,

Thank you for your comments. They are constructive and welcome.

I must say that I had not thought of the bangles as a distraction, but I accept your point.

The covering she is wearing adds little to the image. I have some more revealing shots of her but was unsure whether PSA would approve. Perhaps I'll submit one next month and see what people think.

Thanks again,

Brian   Posted: 08/06/2022 01:56:37

Glenn Rudd   Glenn Rudd
I like the pose and the hair color is stunning. The lighting on her left side , especially the forehead and hands, is a little harsh and should be toned down. The bracelets are a little distracting, but I suppose that is an artistic choice.   Posted: 08/04/2022 08:13:58
Dr Brian Wimborne   Dr Brian Wimborne
Hi Glenn,

You are the second person to comment on the bracelets. I had not taken much notice of them but I realise now they could have been removed.

Thank you for your comment.

Brian   Posted: 08/06/2022 01:59:49

Sheldon Wecker   Sheldon Wecker
Just a few things to add to Glenn and Peter's comments. Staying with the photo as is, I think cropping from the bottom to just below the covered elbow would help bring more attention to her face. For me, the look of distraction was not achieved - I think it would require more facial expression.   Posted: 08/04/2022 15:30:35
Dr Brian Wimborne   Dr Brian Wimborne
Hi Sheldon,

Constructive comments are welcome. Thank you.

I might do a bit more editing and see what happens.

Brian   Posted: 08/06/2022 02:05:11


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