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I have shot some new material since I returned from Barcelona, but haven't been especially happy with any of it, so am posting another shot taken at much the same time as this portrait of Harmony. In some ways I think I prefer this one.

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comment by Al at 08:39 PM (GMT) on 4 August, 2008

I prefer this one as well David. I think the B&W does it for me... Is there also a slight hint of yellow toning as well?

comment by djn1 at 09:29 PM (GMT) on 4 August, 2008

Al: yes, it was toned using a Curve by dropping the 'white' point for the blue channel. This adds some yellow to the image - more in the highlights, less in the shadows.

comment by E y e V i s i o n at 09:54 PM (GMT) on 4 August, 2008

Very nice portrait with these soft tones and I really like her wind blown hair. I prefer this one too.

comment by Josef Renklint at 11:29 PM (GMT) on 4 August, 2008

Love the expression on her face, and the wind blowing. Very nice composition.

comment by Tony at 08:57 AM (GMT) on 5 August, 2008

Hi David - You are doing some very exciting work with black and white: any chance of a tutorial showing these new ways of working?
With your reply to Al - am I right in thinking you are referring to LAB mode?

comment by djn1 at 09:37 AM (GMT) on 5 August, 2008

Hi Tony,

no, this was done in RGB by altering the Blue Curve as follows:

As for the conversion: this was done using the Channel Mixer, as outlined in my existing Black and White tutorial.

comment by Bill at 07:29 PM (GMT) on 5 August, 2008

"but haven't been especially happy with any of it, ..."

Sorry to read this. I enjoyed looking at all your Barcelona photos and seeing your version. Out of all the European cities I have visited, Barcelona is my favorite city to photography. I find it a city full of eye candy from its architecture to its people.

comment by Jennifer at 09:48 PM (GMT) on 5 August, 2008

The soft tones suit her serene expression - fab!

comment by Rob at 12:41 AM (GMT) on 6 August, 2008

I like this one Dave. The composition and overall effect is very nice.

comment by Alice at 03:58 AM (GMT) on 6 August, 2008

Nice shot. I love the way her hair is blowing.

comment by csj@id7.co.uk at 09:27 PM (GMT) on 6 August, 2008

Your black and white technique is sublime. The first impression is that it may appear flat, but there is enough tonally to make you look harder and realise actually that its not, and that all levels are represented, your eye for this is brilliant. Compositionally a perfect third, and the pose is priceless. You somehow manage to make the black and white, appear metallic in appearance. CSJ

comment by djn1 at 09:37 PM (GMT) on 6 August, 2008

Thanks all :-)

comment by Richard H at 04:05 AM (GMT) on 7 August, 2008

I love your semi high key work. That +2/3 is really working for you

comment by laanba at 04:25 AM (GMT) on 7 August, 2008

This is lovely. I love the wind through her hair and her pose. Although what I notice the most in this and the other photo is her jacket. It is amazing that we live in the same hemisphere! That particular article of clothing won't be making an appearance in Texas for many, many months. :-)