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This one was taken on the same shoot as this one, but I didn't post it at the time as I didn't think it was sufficiently different to warrant a separate post. Since then though I've spent quite a bit of time working on different ways of toning my images. I haven't come to any firm conclusions - either about technique, or the end results - but I am reasonably pleased with the way that this one turned out.

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3x2 + children [portraits] + lighting diary + show the original
comment by Stephen Brewell at 08:39 AM (GMT) on 11 July, 2010

I like the idea but I'm not sure about the outcome. They eyes look unnaturally bright - especially on the right of her face where it is in shadow. The toning is good but, for me, the lighting on her face isn't right. If her face were pointing to her left then the lighting and composition would be better. Just my opinion.

comment by djn1 at 08:48 AM (GMT) on 11 July, 2010

Stephen: yep, you could well be right. To be honest, I think I probably spent a bit too long messing around with this one. As I said, I'm reasonably happy with it, but there's something about it that's not quite right.

comment by howi at 09:16 AM (GMT) on 11 July, 2010

Hi David, I agree with Stephen, that Rhowans right eye is a little bit too bright. But much more, I personally don't like the red toning (particularly her skin and hair), it appears a little bit too "candy" whereas the look in Rhowans eyes says the first time (by all the pictures I've seen of her) "hey Dad, it's not so far that I'll become a young lady". Well, just my thoughts…

comment by Mark Feliciano at 04:09 PM (GMT) on 11 July, 2010

Love the facial expression, but I think I prefer the moodiness of the blue original to the toned.

comment by Dan Kaufman at 09:14 PM (GMT) on 11 July, 2010

...as you move your mouse cursor over the "show the original" the original transitions in, there's a half-way point of the transition between the original and the pink-toned version. I like this half-way point. I agree with the comments that the whites of her eyes are too bright. ...and also with the comment that there's a young lady comin' 'round the corner in a heartbeat!

comment by Carlos Garcia at 02:44 AM (GMT) on 12 July, 2010

This photo gives me a mixed response. Blue is a favorite color, so I like the tone of the original... I know, totally subjective. For me, the tone it too "pink-ish". (How's that for a technical term?) Between her position in the frame and the way she is looking through the lens the shot seems "staged". Boy, someone must have put some "negativity nectar" in my coffee :)

comment by JF at 03:00 AM (GMT) on 12 July, 2010

Very nice touch. I like the result very much

comment by Daily at 06:54 AM (GMT) on 12 July, 2010

Whats happening?.... for me, even if you have "gone too long messing" with this, the end result is stunning as usual, if there was no show original link below, the treatment of the eye would have gone unnoticed. I really do like the treatment.

comment by Kevin at 03:20 PM (GMT) on 12 July, 2010

Your last two portraits David have been a-mazing. The trouble I personally have with toning images that aberrantly is that it looks so different to the true colors it looks jarring during editing. But when such toning is seen first and immediately prior to seeing the true colors it's a-mazing. Love it. I need to learn to see better.

comment by David Leland Hyde at 02:24 AM (GMT) on 16 July, 2010

I am not an expert in portrait photography so this is just random opinion. In some ways I agree with what Daily said in that I disagreed that the eyes were too bright until I saw the original. Now that I have, they seem to be glaring at me and overdone. On the other hand, being that my father Philip Hyde was a student of Edward Weston, Ansel Adams and Imogen Cunningham and followed the straight photography tradition, I tend to lean toward the natural look of the original for this particular photograph, though the shadows could be lightened from the original. I am generally open to other techniques and enjoy the toning on some of your images.

comment by Sara at 09:37 PM (GMT) on 17 July, 2010

Toning is interesting, but I think photo looks better in original colours. Just my opinion :)
I must also agree that there is something bad with eyes, but on the other hand it perfectly fits to toning...

comment by Salar at 08:13 AM (GMT) on 18 July, 2010

You're an expert in post production. But I think a higher DOF would create a more dynamic image. Currently it looks detached -- like she has been superimposed on the background.

comment by Korske Ara at 06:23 AM (GMT) on 19 July, 2010

I like the location this photo was taken. I like the B&W post a lot more. But that might be because I'm a little boring.