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Congrats! You've put your M9 to a use not normally seen here from this camera. Your model, lighting, pp, hair and make-up styling are all top-notch commercial quality. A question, if I may: How did you achieve the ring of lights in her eyes? Very nice!

 

Larry

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Hi Larry,

Wow! Thanks for the compliments :-)

 

I was doing a little experiment. Before I reveal what was used in post etc I'd like to see what other forumites think.

 

Just for the record though I also had my Canon 1d4 with me. I knew the model and she was happy for me to experiment so I could take my time and get some decent M9 usage on her :-)

 

More details later though. Thanks again for the feedback.

 

Rick

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Very fine picture. Two things - there seems to be some blemish on her right cheek (should be removed), and personally I don't like the ring light effect (others will, I would clone it into a single source).

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Rick -

 

Beautiful. I assumed the "blemishes" Michael cites are part of her intended make-up.

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Can't figure out whether she's real or else, a 'doll'.

 

Whatever though! Nicely captured, and that is what counts.

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Rick -

 

Beautiful. I assumed the "blemishes" Michael cites are part of her intended make-up.

 

I wonder- is he referring to the silver jewels on the side of her face - or the rouge on the right hand side (as in our right not models right)

 

She was very real - not a doll!

 

That would be weird to shoot photos of a doll no?

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-Just wondering when we get the update of what you did in post?

 

Larry

 

Right now

 

So - Here's the setup..

 

A small bedroom - large window on one side, small white wall on the other, pretty much a square room.

 

model facing the window - with a teeny bit of light from a desk lamp on the right although it wasn't real doing much but gave a little warmth.

 

That was all there was when I took the shot- M9 and the 75mm, semi-naked girl and a flower.

 

So.. in post. All done in aperture with plugins and Aperture controls.

 

slight upping of exposure

no sharpening

reduced the highlights slightly

upped the shadows a little

teeny bit of curves

teeny bit of contrast.

 

Now..then I

changed her eye colour

whitened the eyes

smooth her skin (she had terrible pitted skin)

replace her skin with a textured skin

added the ring lights (perhaps should have added something more subtle but hey!)

smoothed the hair

extended the neck a touch

 

So basically- pretty much a lot of post work..

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Good write-up, and a very fine result-looks like a cosmetics ad, IMO, and I'm guessing that's what you were after. How did the original file compare to the Canon file?

 

Larry

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So - Here's the setup..

 

A small bedroom - .................. ................... ........................ ..................... ...... ... ..

 

So basically- pretty much a lot of post work..

 

 

You can't really blame me could you after all that .....

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Well.. Have to say there wasn't a massive difference after post on either files. The m9 had some more latitude with the shadows perhaps- and somewhat sharper.

 

This was more about me wanting to put myself In a situation with minimal resources and seeing what I could come up with. For most of the shoot I was on the m9. I found myself having to faff with strobes when I used the Canon.

 

Essentially I'm on a quest to rid myself of canon kit and be a sole Leica shooter so I'm trying out various real world situations with the Leica gear and the DSLR in the bag

 

Hope this makes sense!

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