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Photo of Ms Darlyn. See her profile on Model Insider. More of my images of her on DA is HERE.

When we were planing the shoot she suggested some starkly lit sepia toned images, the effect worked very well here.

See more of my work at my Model Insider portfolio or my website

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GalleryByHal Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011
Words are at best, a poor substitute for expression and can only approximate impressions. Especially when the subject is visual in nature & is pushing those "emotional" buttons, and make no mistake, this image is pushing those buttons for me...

I'm especially impressed with the minimalist nature of the composition. There's nothing to distract the eye from your model's portrayal. That her face is hidden from view only adds to the tension of the overall effect and inspires the viewer to wonder precisely what has happened.

Is she sad? Happy? Relieved? Grieving? In pain? Praying for guidance? Salvation? The possibilities are seemingly endless and therein the image's strength is revealed: The viewer finds himself stopping and considering and wondering. An exceptionally impressive accomplishment in this age of "Hurry, Look, and Move to the Next," to say the least...

The only thing I might change up just a bit is the sepia toning; it may be my monitor, but the image appears to be just a wee bit "over saturated" with red tones. The background is almost a light pink, rather than the subtle browns I'm partial to for sepia toning...
slephoto Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks Hal. The toning's a bit higher in the web edition than the print version because my sepias usually come out odd online, so I pushed the saturation about 5 points to maintain the bronze skin tone I have on the model. With it lower her skin looked odd. I'm still trying to find a balance that works for that.
GalleryByHal Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011
I've found that a two step sepia application is superior to a single step.

First I cut/paste the model into a separate layer from the background. I then apply identical sepia toning to each layer separately. This way I can adjust and/or blend the various lighting levels, color tones & curves of each layer to better complement one another in the saved TIFF or JPEG. Take a bit more time, but it do work...
slephoto Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I hadn't thought of that, I'll have to try it. As I said, the print version looks different. Talk to folks who've seen my prints vs the computer versions, there's a huge difference.
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