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update: I got up this morning, read Richard’s comment below, looked at this image again, and realised that i) it’s about time that I took some more photographs and stopped playing around with Photoshop, and ii) the shot I originally posted wasn’t really worth bothering with ;-) So, the version you can now see is just a straight duplication of yesterday’s image, with a b/w version tacked on one side. So just ignore most of what follows … ;-)

After the comments on yesterday’s entry I had decided I would post the black and white version of this image, but I ended up constructing this hybrid version instead. Normally, when I work on a black and white image I usually just use an adjustment layer to desaturate the image, and make any Curves (or other) adjustments ‘below’ this layer. But while I was working on this version I noticed that the resulting colour image was (in my opinion) better than yesterday’s entry.

So that left me with a bit of a dilemma as I didn’t think that I could post versions of the same image three days in a row, so I decided to combine the two. Compared to yesterday’s entry this one is i) less diffuse (e.g. there’s more detail in my wife’s face), ii) slightly lower key (I wanted to retain a bit more detail in this one), and iii) the colour version is less saturated. What it loses of course is the negative space, which I think was one of the things that definitely helped yesterday’s shot, but I like this one nonetheless.

As always, I’d be grateful for your thoughts. And on a related note, while I really do appreciate all the wonderful comments I’ve been getting lately I wouldn’t mind a bit more constructive criticism too. All of my images could be better – as could anyone’s – so if you do have a suggestion, or comment as to how I could do things better in the future, then I’d definitely like to hear it.

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10.22pm on 8/3/04
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4x3 + people [portraiture] + digital art
comment by myla at 06:50 AM (GMT) on 10 March, 2004

I really like this one too -- and not that my photography is anywhere near yours to be critiquing. . . but here's a thought: it might be interesting if you crop it right underneath her eye. . .

comment by Richard at 07:16 AM (GMT) on 10 March, 2004

I kept switching back and forth between the prior version and this and I think I really prefer the prior one for a number of reasons;

a) the 'gray girl' to the left and the background are almost exactly the same colour, I think it would look 'cleaner' if the background was white and make the b&w image stand out a bit,

b) the now muted pink colours are not bad - but I think once again that the gray background 'ripples through' and makes the pink colour look kinda 'dirty' (switch back and forth and you may see what I mean).

Bottom line: I much prefer the old version :-)

comment by nantel at 12:18 PM (GMT) on 10 March, 2004

I hope that you are aware that cloning is illegal in this country.

comment by Houser at 06:20 PM (GMT) on 10 March, 2004

Maybe you could try stitching them so that they meet in the middle (resulting in your model (wife) being 1/2 color and 1/2 not in color? Unless the symetry is off and it looks funny.

comment by Houser at 06:24 PM (GMT) on 10 March, 2004

Kinda like this - http://www.houserdesign.com/uploadfiles/pretty_in_pink_2_b.jpg

comment by Richard at 06:28 PM (GMT) on 10 March, 2004

Hey, this is a good version that you've got posted now.

comment by djn1 at 07:56 PM (GMT) on 10 March, 2004

Hi Houser: I did try it, and the symetry is off - by quite a margin. Actually, this really made me laugh, not because there's anything wrong with your attempt, but I can just see my wife's face when she sees it. Believe me, it really, really doesn't do her justice ;-)

comment by Houser at 08:28 PM (GMT) on 10 March, 2004

Hey man - I have no doubt about that. We all now know she's got killer thighs and digs the thigh-highs [green with envy /]

Meant no disrespect, just a little variant on the approach.

comment by djn1 at 08:38 PM (GMT) on 10 March, 2004

Houser: lol - I'm allowed to take flattering shots, but any that don't show her at her best are binned (which is fair enough ;-) And had the joined image worked I probably would have posted it instead of this one as it was an interesting idea. It just makes her look a bit more like a hamster than she'd probably like ;-)))

comment by Rolle at 09:50 PM (GMT) on 12 March, 2004

I realy admire youre creativity! I enjoyed my visit to your site again.

comment by Gandalf at 01:47 PM (GMT) on 18 March, 2004


Thank you very much for suggessting me an idea !