Just breathe....by: © Debbie Hendren
8.3
Overall
Rating
8
Subject
of photo
9
Use of camera,
exposure
& speed
8
Focus
9
General
impression
8
Composition
& Perspective
NA
Depth
of field
8
Color &
Lighting
Description
One day I was out walking and there was this soft cool breeze and that moment I felt free and thought it would be a photo with meaning.I finally found this senior to convey the shot I had been wanting to capture.
Technical Details

Nikon D700

Lens: Zoom: Variable focal
Exposure time: 1/200 ,
F-stop: F4
ISO: 200
Flash: None
Reviewed by GuruShots Pro
Mark Lyndersay
20+ Years
Trinidad and Tobago
People
47 Jobs
I've been working as a professional photographer in Trinidad and Tobago for the last 35 years. Most recently I've b...
General
impression
Hello Debbie. I like the image you've made here. The colors are gorgeous, the subject can't help be entranced by the mood of the image. I think the colors might be a little hot and the exposure has blown the detail in the subject's dress. I'm guessing that you might have either used actions or a filter to set the mood of the overall image and while it's attractive, it may have been a little too strong.
9/10
Subject
of photo
This is an excellent treatment of your portrait subject. I love the feel of the image overall and the effort that you've put into it has really paid dividends.
8/10
Composition
& perspective
Your choice of a long lens and wide aperture is bang on for the image you planned. The steady dropping off of focus in the background is excellent and draws attention in on the subject very nicely. I think the wash of flowers merges nicely into the foliage in the background. Still, the subject that close to the centre feels a little wrong. Try cropping a little off the right of the image and see how that works for you.
8/10
Use of camera,
exposure
& speed
Great use of aperture here. I'm guessing that your lens maxes out at f4, so you made absolutely the right choice.
9/10
Color &
Lighting
You've worked well with the natural light and the subject's face absolutely glows. Lovely flesh tones. I have some concerns about the saturation of the colors though.
8/10
Focus
The focus seems nice and clean on the subject, the out of focus bits are absolutely appropriate as well. Nice work.
8/10
How to improve your photo
1.
When radically altering tones and colors in an image, you may find it useful to work on a duplicate layer of the image. This will give you options to reduce the strength of the effect or to apply it less intensely to certain areas of the image. It's certainly worth exploring and it will give you the control to preserve detail in delicate areas like the white dress in your image.
2.
The crop could be tightened up a bit on the right to give the subject's post a bit more tension.
3.
To improve the existing image, you might want to make a softly feathered selection of the upper two thirds of the image and just bring the exposure down by at least an f-stop.
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Mark Lyndersay
Experience: 20+ Years
I've been working as a professional photographer in Trinidad and Tobago for the last 35 years. Most recently I've been working as a portrait photographer specialising in executive portraiture for commercial clients and producing an ongoing series of personal documentary projects about the back...
Specialty:
People, Documentary, Panoramic, Architecture
Location:
Trinidad and Tobago
Jobs: 47 Jobs
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