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This is the last of my images from the recent Bodygraphia symposium and is Libby's favourite of all the ones I've posted. It was taken during the same session as this one (the one that Libby said was the worst shot I'd ever posted), and was post-processed using just two curves: one for contrast, the other for tone (as described in my Toning Colour Images tutorial). As an aside, toning an image with a Curve is a great way to hide blown highlights. In this case, because I lowered the white point for the blue curve (i.e. moved it down the right-edge), the previously blown highlights are now yellow. It's a great way of making an accident look intentional ;-)

Anyway, to get back to Bodygraphia ...

As I'm sure you know, if you've been keeping up with the comments over the last couple of weeks, quite a few of the shots that I've posted haven't been especially well received, while others have received a decidedly mixed response. And while it would have been great if everybody had liked all of them, I'm not surprised by the mixed response: a lot of the shots I posted have been quite different from the stuff I normally post. On which note, it's back to normal on Monday when I'll post something a bit more ordinary :-)

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12.28pm on 18/8/10
Canon 5D Mark II
EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
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3x2 + people [portraiture] + show the original
comment by Cesar at 05:42 PM (GMT) on 4 September, 2010

I like this one. Specially how you change the white balance to a more "tungsten" effect.

comment by Gorkiy at 07:32 PM (GMT) on 4 September, 2010

...حواشی روزمرگی سایه ها

comment by steve deer at 02:48 PM (GMT) on 5 September, 2010

dave... typo! you moved the curve down the right-edge ;-)
(please delete me)


comment by djn1 at 03:11 PM (GMT) on 5 September, 2010

Thanks Cesar.

Steve: thank, I've corrected it now.

comment by Pete at 04:01 PM (GMT) on 5 September, 2010

This looks amazing - love the lighting and colour, plus how there's still some details left in her, rather than a simple silhouette.

comment by Dan McNab at 04:49 PM (GMT) on 5 September, 2010

Very cool shot David! I love the toning in this one and the silhouette effect while maintaining the integrity of the space behind her. I love it!

comment by ROB at 10:45 PM (GMT) on 5 September, 2010

The final version is...eer...less revealing. The green tinge gives it almost a sci-fi feel.

comment by Tolga at 11:53 PM (GMT) on 5 September, 2010

This is very cool Tones work really well, as well as the negative space. Love it.

comment by Tony at 08:11 AM (GMT) on 6 September, 2010

Yep I like that one David.
I like that theres still a hint of enough detail in her body.
Great processing.

comment by chesuidayeur at 11:26 AM (GMT) on 6 September, 2010

I like the mood in this shot. It feels so much like the memory of a dream. Good work !

comment by Rob at 01:30 PM (GMT) on 6 September, 2010

Really like this. Very different.

comment by Justin Photis at 02:51 PM (GMT) on 6 September, 2010

I think a lot of the shots have been interesting, if not much to my liking in some cases, but 'if we don't change, we stay the same', so good on you for trying something different yourself. JP

comment by djn1 at 11:00 AM (GMT) on 7 September, 2010

Thanks everyone.

comment by Chris Yakimov at 02:08 PM (GMT) on 7 September, 2010

This is absolutely stunning. Stunning! My favorite shot.

comment by Pierre at 02:31 PM (GMT) on 7 September, 2010

Sublime image dans un ton monochrome.

comment by Dave F at 05:55 PM (GMT) on 8 September, 2010

10/10 Dave! Superb orignal photo, perfect post processing, love it.

comment by Mark Dodge Medlin at 05:59 AM (GMT) on 22 September, 2010

This is fantastic - I love the mood and the contrasts, and those curvy lines on the left are very cool.

comment by chiara at 02:38 PM (GMT) on 26 September, 2010

i love this picture. I love the tones and her pose. Really great work.