Thursday, April 8, 2010

#531. Emma on Mustang Island

Taken a few weekends ago on Mustang Island near Port Aransas, Texas. I used a new (to me) tool on this shot: Portrait Professional. I have been seeing Portrait Professional's advertisements in Shutterbug Magazine for a while and after reading a few reviews on-line I went ahead and purchased it. I haven't used the program much yet but in the early going I find I like it a lot; it is very easy to use and the slider bar interface it uses makes it possible to apply very precise adjustments. I hope you like the results here.

Title: "Emma on Mustang Island"

Shot data: 1/1000s f/10.0 at 275.0mm iso500
Camera / Lens: Canon 5D Mark II / Canon 100-400mm L Zoom
Post-processing: Portrait Professional > Photoshop CS4 > Topaz Adjust plugin > Nik Viveza plugin > texture from


Larry said...

Nice job on the portrait. Not sure about the software though. This one might be a good one to add your roll-over effect to.

Barry Armer said...

Thanks Larry!

I considered a roll-over but in the end I decided it would be more beneficial for me to receive feedback about the results than about the process. I think a roll-over tends to steer discussion toward the process.


Doug Haass said...

I like what you did with this. I think I would like to see if you could bring up her right eye a little more. With the left one being so white the other one tends to be a little distracting to me. They just look a little off when you look at the overall effect. Nice job for a first time with PP.

Cindi said...

Another nice shot of Emma. I am curious to see if you do like that software. The processing looks very natural to me, but then Emma doesn't need much. If Doug had not mentioned the one eye being darker I would not have noticed it, but now I do see a difference there. I like your background a lot, it blends well yet allows Emma to stand out. Did the texture change it much?

Barry Armer said...

Thanks Cindi!

If I get a chance this weekend I'll do a rollover to show the effect of the texture. I'm pretty sure that I already had a nice background straight out of the camera from the OOF waves of the Gulf of Mexico. I added the texture layer just to create a little extra depth.


Larry J. Patrick said...

You did well in your selection of f-stop, it fits the look perfectly. However, this one is about Emma and I think you did a great job of telling us a lot about her in one frame. Good portrait.