Star of India Among the Leaves (Accidentally shot at ISO 12,800)

by Kelly Landrum

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Gallery: Star of India

Tags: seeking critique

Category: Portrait

Exif Information:
Make : Canon
Model : Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Date Time Original : 2010-06-08 21:26:05
Focal Length : 100/1
Shutter Speed Value : 1/181
Exposure Time : 1/180
Aperture Value : 9.9
F Number : 9.9
Iso Speed Ratings : 12800
Flash : 16
Metering Mode : 5
Exposure Mode : 1
Orientation : 1
X Resolution : 72.0000000
Y Resolution : 72.0000000
Software : Adobe Photoshop CS2 Windows

Published: Wednesday 9th of June 2010 08:30:07 AM


Landrum Kelly

Lex!  Holy cow!  You mean I took that picture?!  Wow, I must be really good.


Seriously, thank you for bringing out creative possibilities I never knew existed in my own work.  I shall have to buy Lightroom just so I can push that button marked "Fine art."


Thank you, Lex!



Landrum Kelly

Yes, of course there is some shadow noise at that ISO.  No noise reduction was applied.



Lex Jenkins

I'm glad you liked these b&w versions, Lannie.  Lightroom offers some very versatile retouching tools - this was mostly done with a brush set to minus clarity, around -50 or so.  Too much softening can look unnatural for some types of portraits, but I was hoping to emulate the style of retouching commonly used in the high end studio portraits up until the 1960s.  I used some of my own family portraits from the 1950s as a guide.


Photoshop or other more advanced software would add the advantages of the hand coloring/tinting effect used to retouch b&w portraits decades ago.  I don't think I'd get enough use from Photoshop to justify the cost, but the annual subscription fee makes it much more affordable.

Lex Jenkins

The low ratings on this photo are just silly.  This is a very good portrait.  Perhaps some viewers are so jaded by overexposure to overcooked glamour shots they weren't sure what to make of a photo of a real person.  She has the lovely look of a classic movie actress.  So I figured, what the heck, let's try a variation of a 1940s Hollywood glamour photo.  Mostly done in Lightroom 4.4, with final monochrome conversion in DxO Filmpack's Ilford Pan F+ treatment.

Lex Jenkins

And here's a slightly different b&w version with more of the original's light and shadow modeling.  You could do a lot with the original raw file - the high ISO noise isn't bad at all, probably better than my old Nikon D2H at ISO 400.  This style is very reminiscent of the studio b&w portraits of my parents' era.

Landrum Kelly
Star of India Among the Leaves Comments welcome.


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