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Copyright: Manuel Librodo (manny) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 525 W: 24 N: 1485] (11941)
Genre: People
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-09
Categories: Friends/Family
Camera: Nikon D70, Nikon 50 mm/f1.8
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Fernando (favorites), trekks' favorites 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-10-05 22:24
Viewed: 4344
Favorites: 9 [view]
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Angie (picture by me, PP by Peter aka Philos31.

Angie has strong Latina features though she said she's American Thai. However, her grandmom is a native American Indian.

Just a Junior student in our school, Angie is busy going to casting calls and shooting for many print ads.

Thanks to Peter for post-processing this. For those interested about what he did, you can email him.:)

Thanks to those who leave comments for my pics. All of them are very valuable. I will continue posting as often as possible.

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Beautiful model. Nicely lit. Wonderful colors. A real nice "softness" about the model combined with the loud colors and intense background makes this shot interesting. There are some strange reflections in her eyes that are somewhat distracting, but overall I'm liking this picture:-)

Absoluttely stuning.
The model is good and your lighting is amazing.

beautiful shot and subject! I love the reflections in her eyes :0)

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  • Mitra Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1153 W: 70 N: 1116] (16)
  • [2005-10-06 2:54]

nice shot.

The sparkles in her eyes are arresting! Very nice! How did you get these lovely reflections in her eyes btw? It's very nice...it makes the difference in making this photo a head turner. Well done Manuel!

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  • fer Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 741 W: 119 N: 910] (8190)
  • [2005-10-06 4:01]

Hi Manuel,

Amazing!!!!Beautiful model and great PP work.


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  • samr Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 506 W: 31 N: 401] (3329)
  • [2005-10-06 7:16]

Very pretty and striking model Manny - Everything about your shot is great. The one thing that I find distracting is that reflection in her eyes. You do great protraits, thanks for sharing with us. Sam

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  • lukdm Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 332 W: 3 N: 21] (1350)
  • [2005-10-06 7:39]

this is a real masterpiece manuel and the picture also

Great! I like the gesture, the colors and light is great and there is another point who is original. The eyes reflect some very contrasting colors thing. Habitually it would be something who don't help... But here, i like the result! Give some kind of fantasy.

WOW, I didn't see this ;)
OK I got questions about the PP, so I'll try to remember the steps.
Manny, I am NOT going to put your original as a workshop, if you want you can do that so people will see what I have done


I got a 1000 pixel wide photo in my mailbox from Manny, so I first upsized it to a workable format. That's why it is a little soft. I am glad I have a nice program to upsize for me, but still it would have been better with a full size photo.
1. I Rotated the image to get eyes aligned. On the original Photo she has her head in an angle, resting on her hand.

2. After that I selected the irises, the steps I took I have forgotten, I normaly play with Hue/sat Levels curves shadow/highlight etc and do some sharpening.

3. I then used 2 layers with Difuse glow, the lower layer 20% Opacity normal blend
the upper layer 80% opacity soft light blend mode.

4. After that I flattened and pressed ctrl alt ~ to select the highlights and put them on a seperate layer

5. Increased Saturation of the highlights about 30%

6. Flatened and copyed layer.

7. Made the whole picture darker with levels, just used the middle slider.

8. Layer mask

9. Put a vertical gradient from white on the left side to balck on the right side to get the shadow effect you see on her face.

Sorry to say this, but (especialy for a Librodo) the lighting was a bit flat.
I use that trick because I am not as good as Manny in looking for light.


Perfect. The photo and all.

I can see the face wonderfull.

Hi Manuel,
Another very nice portrait with high quarlity. The lighting is superb. The pp work is professional and excellent.

Well I knew this wasn't your PP work on the eyes, but still was so familiar! It's Peter, I knew it! :)
Your photo is great, what else words can you expect from me! :) All the compositional "skills" for close-ups I have learned from you and this is a school example of such a shot. Still, I find the resting space overexposed, with strange border between her hair and whiteness. But, perhaps, that's due to PP work, I'll talk to Peter about that. I also know Peter likes to "play a lot" with eyes, especially at other people's photos, so I think there is too much effect in them. I can also notice his work on the skin, but since he has learned a lot from you, I suppose you will do the same. I still think the skin is too "plastic" and he forgot to work on the teeth! They're in contrast with skin and sharp eyes, those teeth should be sharper.
Once again, I envy you on those beautiful models you find in your school. I know you find Croatian women beautiful, but believe me I can't find that much interesting faces with that interesting combinations of genes from around the globe in my country. American, actually native Indian with some latin roots and probably born in Thai? Well, can you imagine something better for the model? :))

Great job Manny, keep on posting you educative work! We here learn a lot by every photo of yours.

----- Update 10/10/2005
I did some WS. Nothing special, and definitely incomparable to what Peter did. Still, this is something we see a lot around here, so guys read a few books, try different settings and try understand why are some effects interesting and other aren't. TL is a place to learn, and I know I have A LOT to learn. After all, just compare my WS and Peter's work, they are different but you can easily see who's amateur here :)

another beauty....amazing!

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  • lucbus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1809 W: 92 N: 1864] (10358)
  • [2005-10-13 6:08]

Hi Manuel,
That's a great portrait. I like the expression of your model and these eyes with the reflections in them. Great colors and great capture. TFS

Beautiful model,Amazing shot.

  • LuciG Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1206 W: 151 N: 655] (8171)
  • [2005-10-22 19:59]

Hello Manny!
I'm certainly a big fan of your work! You have an incredible eye and I admire the way you play with PSP ... would you explain me how you get these colors and this amazing sharpness? would you reveal to me your secret and processing?





I prefer the original posting - but the 2nd workshop gives a different feel. I think I like the tighter 'up close and personal' crop better - its very effective.

Nice Color and Exposure, lovely potrait!

Very beautiful pic...


very good sharp shot
its so colourful and perfectly sharp in her eyes

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  • thy Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 24 W: 17 N: 3] (438)
  • [2009-08-04 16:13]

40 points. Congrtulation.Welldone

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