Uploaded: August 17, 2004


Strobe with some ambient light. 1/8th second shutter to give some softness to the end result. Duotoned. 50mm at about f3


Louise A. Starbird August 17, 2004

Gordon - this is lovely - could you please tell me how you accomplish the duotone? I'd appreciate your "how to" Thanks - Louise #159173

Gordon McGregor August 17, 2004

Sure Louise.

Firstly, the image was shot with this effect in mind. I intentionally used a slow shutter speed with ambient light to give an underlying soft blur to the image - it was also slightly soft focused as well.

Converting to B&W was done as follows:

Curve applied to boost the contrast of the original shot, mainly to darken the eyebrows and make-up

Channel mixer - monchrome, mostly red channel (90% ish), _negative_ blue channel to remove skin marks, about 20% green.

Then I used the grain filter - clumpy setting and then duotoned the image ,using the Ken Lee's Balanced duotone

After that, I converted back to RGB, and boosted the saturation slightly to give an even warmer tone. #716981

Louise A. Starbird August 17, 2004

Thanks SO much Gordon - I've got just the portrait in mind to try it on!

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