Michael Nath  

Heather by Michael Nath

November 2021 - Heather

About the Image(s)

The image was originally taken in color at 1/40s, F2.8, ISO = 100, with a 24mm-70mm lens sat at 56mm. Nik Vivenza was used to enhance the colors and conversion to black and white was done with Topaz Black & White Effects using an infrared preset that was then adjusted to achieve the final image.

The image was taken inside the customer waiting area of a local restaurant whose walls were painted flat black with a few metallic decorations placed on the wall. Lighting was from sunlight streaming through a glass wall adjacent to the entrance (camera left -no fill from flash).

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11 comments posted

Ian Chantler   Ian Chantler
Hi Michael

To say you were only using available light indoors you did remarkably well,I looked at the large image the eyes are pin sharp the left hand holding her hair is a great touch the other arm does rather take prominence and may have been better resting by her side or on her knee I do a lot of portraiture and know that hands and arms can be an issue,I would just lighten the back padding on the seat she is sitting on a touch as its rather bright.A portrait Heather should be very pleased with.   Posted: 11/14/2021 12:32:29

John Gilkerson   John Gilkerson
I am glad Ian commented before me as I am not really competent with portraits!
I agree with Ian concerning the seat back.
Also. I find those bright decorations to be a bit of a distraction.
Super portrait.   Posted: 11/15/2021 07:13:46

Peter Clark   Peter Clark
Michael - technically a good image bar the highlights on the seat and her upper arm, but, like Ian, I feel that the pose is very awkward and not that attractive. Like John, I find the decorations in the background distracting.   Posted: 11/15/2021 08:37:59

Michael Nath   Michael Nath
Thank you all Ian, John, and Peter. I appreciate your input very much. I am definitely not an expert in portrait photography as you can see. No instructions were given other than to pose in a way that she thought would look nice to her. I could clone out the reflective wall decorations but would struggle a bit with the black 2x4 that does not extend all the way across the image and does not reflect the light evenly along its length. Also, does Ian mean for me to tone down (darken) the bright area behind her?   Posted: 11/15/2021 11:03:31
Ian Chantler   Ian Chantler
Hi Michael
So so sorry for last minute reply I had my covid booster jab and had a severe reaction to it and have been quite poorly thankfully well on the road to recovery I did mean darken the area behind her seat hope you get this in time   Posted: 11/30/2021 14:33:49

Ella Schreiber   Ella Schreiber
HI Michael: To my eye, at first glance, your image appears to be an extemporaneous portrait rather than one created in a studio setting. Having said that, I do believe, given the restraints or constraints of the restaurant waiting area, you probably achieved your goal of photographing this young lady as a snap shot image.   Posted: 11/16/2021 19:25:10
Michael Nath   Michael Nath
Thank you Ella, I appreciate it. You are exactly correct.   Posted: 11/17/2021 10:59:53

Ed Ries
Hello Michael. I am not knowledgeable re portraiture. Having said that you did a very nice job in handling the lighting you were given. As other have suggested the pillow in the background is a bit distracting. If this was my portrait image, I probably would have cloned out the lights in the background. They are distracting and not clear to me what they are.   Posted: 11/18/2021 13:10:39
Michael Nath   Michael Nath
Thank you Ed, I appreciate it.   Posted: 11/18/2021 13:46:42

Paul Roth   Paul Roth
Michael, technically, I feel your image was very well handled. The pose to me as well seems a little awkward.   Posted: 11/24/2021 14:39:27
Michael Nath   Michael Nath
Thank you Paul, I appreciate it.   Posted: 11/25/2021 11:11:12