Lynne Hollingsworth  

Maria by Lynne Hollingsworth

June 2021 - Maria

About the Image(s)

When I took this image, my purpose was to portray the personality of the subject. It was taken with natural light, and a Nikon 70 to 200mm lens and no fill light. Post processing included a small crop and then converting to monochrome using Nik Silver Effects Pro.

Looking forward to the group's comments.

8 comments posted

Russ Butler   Russ Butler
Is a nice image Lynne. For me I would like to see more of her body & less empty space above her head. Also, a thin white/gray border might be a nice add. What do you think? Otherwise I like your composition, natural light & pose.   Posted: 06/04/2021 21:29:51

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
I presume your light source is a large open doorway or window, casting fairly diffuse light. This is a great source of light for portraiture.
Your model seems very comfortable with herself, and with you being present, and that makes the image.
I have no suggestions for improvement, but one for further experimentation. Consider turning your model a little more away from the light source, so as to deepen the shadow on the dark side of her nose. That would slightly sharpen the Rembrandt Triangle of light on the right side.   Posted: 06/04/2021 23:45:29

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
Here is a sample of what I mean--my younger daughter practicing to play the music at her older sisters wedding.   Posted: 06/06/2021 15:13:40
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Tom McCreary   Tom McCreary
Nice portrait of a self assured woman. To me, she is a hard working person, maybe in a factory. Maybe like "Rosy the Riveter" in WWII.   Posted: 06/09/2021 16:32:20

Diana Magor   Diana Magor
I agree that a 2px outline should be added to define the edge of the picture. I also think you should crop slightly so that there is less space behind her and above. I tried darkening the gap between her bun and her shoulder as well as the corners so she appears more gently from the background. I do like the pose-she looks as if she knows who she is and what she wants. I like the lighting effect as well.   Posted: 06/12/2021 09:12:49
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Lynne Hollingsworth   Lynne Hollingsworth
Love the crop and the darkening by the bun. I rarely do portraits so any feedback is appreciated!   Posted: 06/18/2021 15:21:25

Wes Odell   Wes Odell
Wonderful portrait.
The comments seem to revolve around cropping and spacing. I think Diana's rendition is just what the young lady needs. I love the low key Nik.

Do you recall what pre-set you used in Nik SilverEfex?   Posted: 06/16/2021 16:32:45
Lynne Hollingsworth   Lynne Hollingsworth
I agree with the crop…it looks great. I can't remember which preset I chose in NIK, but I know it wasn't any of the portrait choices. I think it was the second high contrast choice, but sometimes I mess around with the sliders in the preset.   Posted: 06/18/2021 15:20:09


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