OT PESO - The Look

David Savage ozsavage at gmail.com
Thu Oct 29 07:34:17 EDT 2009

2009/10/29 Larry Colen <lrc at red4est.com>:
> On Wed, Oct 28, 2009 at 09:37:55PM +0800, David Savage wrote:
>> G'day All,
>> Last one from the beach shoot for a while:
>> <http://www.flickr.com/photos/disavage/4052053907/>
>> Direct link (~230kb)
>> <http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2445/4052053907_b86c58ba73_o.jpg>
> Is the orange light coming from a gelled strobe, or the sunset?  I suspect
> that its a strobe off to camera right, because the background is too
> evenly lit for it to be from a fill.
> I just went back to the main page and see that you're using a gold
> reflector.
> The model is gorgeous, the pose is nice and I pretty much like the
> level of lighting, but I find the weird mix of color balance a little
> unsettling.

Yeah it is a bit OTT

> As I see it:
> There's sunlight on her left shoulder, from behind.  That would be
> color balanced with the sand.
> Most of the light on her face is from a gold reflector, which seems a
> bit too gold to me.
> Her right arm and leg are in shadow, and color balanced a bit closer
> to the background.
> Am I close?

100% correct.

> The warm lighting is nice, but maybe a touch too much of a good thing.
> I'm also curious how it would look in black and white.
> There's also something weird about the out of focus background when I
> look at the large version of the photo, it doesn't seem so odd looking
> on the smaller one.

The background was masked in Lightroom and the clarity was dialled all
the way to -100 to soften it up. It is too much but meh!


Thanks for looking & commenting.



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