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Copyright: Larry A Brechner (brech) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 539 W: 135 N: 1111] (3045)
Genre: People
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-10-13
Categories: Event, HPP [Heavily Post-Processed], Portrait
Camera: Canon EOS 5D, Canon EF 28-200mm f/3.5-5.6 USM
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/30 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2012-01-26 10:49
Viewed: 1526
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Unfortunately I have not been able to get out to shoot any new images, so I dug back into my theater publicity images for this TL posting.

This was a publicity shot for the Stephen Sondheim musical comedy, "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum," that I also produced and directed in the Fall of 2009. Pictured here are the two young lovers, Hero and Philia.

The actors were shot against a green chromakey backdrop. A full studio lighting (monolights) set-up was used with a 24” softbox used as front fill, 2 umbrellas 60” and 46” as key/side fill, and a 12” softbox used for a hair light.

As with most publicity shots of this type, the lighting is intentionally flatter (usually 1:1 or 1:2) than a standard portrait with the final use aimed at Web and print media.

Costumes for these shots in many cases are not their final show costume, but to meet print deadlines for monthly publications are pulled from our in-house stock. In this case the both costumes were what ended up in the final show.

Began PP in PS RAW to balance clarity, and any minor exposure issues. Then in PS made a layer selection of the actors from the Chromakey background, plus removed any “green halo” as much as practical – always a chore! On the actors, I removed any blemishes, plus sharpening, basic balancing of color, contrast, and tone. The background was added in a layer from Royalty free images showing Roman architecture.

I also created a B&W version in a separate PS layer to preview, because many times in the print media, the color images are converted to B&W by newspapers, and they sometimes lack the punch by their conversion. Now I will usually also send a B&W image that I have created in PS to make certain a B&W image will print correctly in the relatively low-resolution newsprint format.

Original RAW image converted to JPEG without PP is in the Workshop.

ISO 200 64mm
(sorry all the EXIF data did not upload)

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  • Juliet Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1250 W: 106 N: 2911] (22323)
  • [2012-01-26 10:55]

A very creative and expressive photo. The actors looking very naturally in love, you've captured the expressions well. Nice natural colors and a well chosen POV. Good job. TFS Julie

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  • eosnut Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 647 W: 285 N: 2085] (13374)
  • [2012-01-26 12:49]
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Great result Larry, the whole image works so well.

I don't want to tell granny how to suck eggs, but a little trick that I use.
When removing the background (in this case, green) I layer this over the Roman background.
Using the Magic eraser set to 100% opacity, and maybe 20% tolerance, and hit it.
If any green halo is left, I undo, alter the tolerance to 30% and try again, etc.
There is usually a point where all the green goes before some of the subject shows some 'fraying' around the edges.
I personally shoot with the most contrasty B/G ie black or white.
It works for me, I'm basically lazy ;).

excellent info again, neat to read, fine sharpness and exposure with the lights, well done,

Techinical quality is awesome as usual. Nicely captured pose with sharp details and wonderful colors. Very well done, tfs.

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  • sela Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 633 W: 11 N: 1379] (8213)
  • [2012-01-31 8:30]

HI Larry, this is a breathtaking photograph of htis nice looking couple.100 % perfect in all ways.
Regards Rose

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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2012-02-03 6:03]

Hi Larry

Good mix of color & b&w with the neoclassical Greco Roman backdrop working fine to augment their authentic looking toga costumes. Good sharpness & framing. Tfs!

Hi Larry
What a beautiful decoration put back in this lovely portrait of this pretty couple, well exposed with amazing light and colors
Well done

Bonjour Larry
A lot of work and passion to get this result
No doubt your portraits are a lot different from those of Roger, but they are very powerful too and fitting perfectly with your theater purpose and aim.So that I consider you both as two different masters in portrait

Bonjour Larry,
Excellente composition de ces deux amoureux romains jouant leur rôle avec beaucoup de sérieux...
Belles expressions sur leurs visages et un décor bien réalisé...
Une jolie mise en scène menée avec brio pour ce charmant duo...
Best regards
Have a nice week end

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  • jan515 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2792 W: 58 N: 4702] (20934)
  • [2012-03-28 9:25]

Hello Larry,
Beautiful portrait with good structure.
Vivid colors and good contrast. A perfect photo.
My best regards.

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