What do you mean it's just a prop!?

Posted by Magda (Vancouver, Canada) on 6 January 2010 in People & Portrait and Portfolio.

I've been admiring this portrait for a long time...http://bduhamel.aminus3.com/image/2009-04-30.html. Bertrand Duhamel was kind enough to share his action with me so I could transform my own images into something similar. I'm hoping that with time I will be able to achieve what he did in that photo! For now I'm just doing "baby steps". Thank you so much Bertrand! :)

Thank you so much for taking your time to visit and comment on my photographs. It is greatly appreciated! :)
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Henk van Rijssen from Utrecht, Netherlands

Very nice picture and processing. Often duotone pictures with some coloured spot are out of balance, but you managed to fix that!!
Great work. And congretulations with your decision to turn your passion into a career. What can be better?
With the nice photos you make you will certainly be succesful.

6 Jan 2010 7:55am

@Henk van Rijssen: Thank you so very much for the encouraging words! :))

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

Here is a piece of wonderful processing! You've given the shot even more impact by choice of main tonality AND selective colour! My compliments!

6 Jan 2010 8:00am

@Japanalia: Thank you very much! :)

Zora Zoé - sichtbar fotogrativ from Berlin, Germany

I think, it's a huge candy :-) Outstanding child portrait - fife stars, Magda! Really on top!!!

6 Jan 2010 8:04am

@Zora Zoé - sichtbar fotogrativ: Thank you so much! :))

Yvonne Simons from Tilburg, Netherlands

Another beautiful portrait Magda! Too bad you live so far away, my 2 teenage sons, I would like to be photographed by you! congratulations on this new step in your life!

6 Jan 2010 8:14am

@Yvonne Simons: Just remember if you ever visit Vancouver, BC I will be more than happy to take some photos of you and your family! :) It would be my pleasure :)) And thank you for your wishes :)

Mirjam from Kyiv, Ukraine

I agree this is a wonderful portrait!

6 Jan 2010 8:21am

@Mirjam: Thank you

Florence from Paris, France

Great PP as usual. I love this soft, tender, sepia tone you gave here. Well done too for the selective desaturation.

6 Jan 2010 9:26am

@Florence: Thank you so much

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

I love partially desaturated photos, but this one has really something "special". And the girl is fantastic !!!
Really well done :)

6 Jan 2010 9:47am

@Tamara: Thank you so much Tamara! I can't take a full credit for this PP. Thanks to Bertrand I was able to achieve this effect! :)

Mithun Varma from Bangalore, India

An awesome portrait Magda.. The processing was excellent.. Looks like you had to spend some time to get this done.. Which was the tool? PhotoShop?

6 Jan 2010 10:00am

@Mithun Varma: Thank you Mithun. I got a ready action for Photoshop from one of my AM3 friends! :)

Judy from Brooksville, Florida, United States

Wonderful use of sepia and color ... and I smile at Tara's serious expression.

6 Jan 2010 12:25pm

@Judy: oh yes! my perfect model! well she wasn't happy that I told her not to lick it! LOL

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Super portrait Magda! The eyes say it all...... ;-)

6 Jan 2010 12:33pm

@Eric Cousineau: :)) thank you Eric

Hervé from Juvisy, France

A great shot with nice PP!!
Best regards

6 Jan 2010 1:05pm

@Hervé: Thank you! :)

Roman from Thunder Bay, Canada

good job baby, beautiful effect !

6 Jan 2010 1:22pm

@Roman: Thank you Roman! :) I'm glad you like it! :)

Ada Panich from S.Benedetto del Tronto, Italy

Wonderful as every your shot!

6 Jan 2010 2:08pm

@Ada Panich: Thank you so much Ada! :)

lougris from France

very beautiful portrait !! I like the treatment !! :)

6 Jan 2010 2:38pm

@lougris: Thank you!

mirela from brighton, United States

what a wonderful portrait!

6 Jan 2010 3:13pm

@mirela: Thank you

marc battault from clermont ferrand, France

Partial desaturation a splendid portrait of a high artistic quality!

6 Jan 2010 3:31pm

@marc battault: Thank you Marc! :))

Laurent from Lille, France

Thank you very much for you comment. This portrait and traitment are very nice.

6 Jan 2010 4:21pm

@Laurent: Thank you and you are very welcome! :)

Pied Crow from Nairobi, Kenya

This is a lovely portrait, and the girl is so beautiful. Well done.

6 Jan 2010 4:21pm

@Pied Crow: Thank you very much

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

WONDERFUL work Magda . One of the best girl's portrait .

6 Jan 2010 4:50pm

@MARIANA: Thank you so much! :)

LESLIE from norwich, United Kingdom

FABULOUS SHOT Magda. The selective colouring works so well

6 Jan 2010 5:03pm

@LESLIE: Thank you Leslie

Bertrand Duhamel from Granby, Canada

Great portait Magda ! You did a very nice job with the post processing :))

6 Jan 2010 6:35pm

@Bertrand Duhamel: Thank you for the action! :))

scheinkenburg from newport news, United States

gorgeous processing! nice work.

6 Jan 2010 6:52pm

@scheinkenburg: Thank you very much! :)

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Wonderfully coloured and processed!

6 Jan 2010 7:56pm

@Curly: Thank you

Marie from FRESNES, France

superbe !

6 Jan 2010 8:00pm

@Marie: Thank you

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom


6 Jan 2010 8:18pm

@Nigel: Thank you

bekkah from Pennsylvania, United States

wonderful portrait and processing...so kind of him to share!!

6 Jan 2010 8:31pm

@bekkah: Thank you! Yes, it was very kind of him to share that with me :))

Christel from Köln, Germany

Good evening, Magda
I am excited about this combination of colors and presentation. It looks a bit nostalgic and comes with a colorful toy very well expressed. They made a very good job. Congratulations. I wish you a pleasant evening.
Dear greetings Christel

6 Jan 2010 8:49pm

@Christel: Good evening, Christel! Thank you so much for your continuos support!

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

Gorgeous shot.....wanna share what you learned???

6 Jan 2010 9:13pm

@Susan: Thank you Susan. I wish I knew how to do it myself. ;) I got a ready action from one of my AM3 friends (Bertrand Duhamel) and I just run it in Photoshop. The colour accent is just layers, easy to do.

Mandy Provan from Johannesburg, South Africa

Fabulous Portrait Magda. I love the processing - it's superb!! Thanks so much for all of your visits while I was away. We had a lovely holiday and I am now so eager to catch up with all your gorgeous pictures for inspiration!!! I hope that 2010 is a wonderful and inspiring year for you. I hope that your business goes from strength to strength and that you and your lovely family are blessed beyond your imagination!

6 Jan 2010 9:22pm

@Mandy Provan: Thank you so much Mandy! Wishing you all the same! :))

Jerry - a moment in time [...] from Chicago, United States

very cool portrait. Great selective color choice. Nice theme and beautiful model.

6 Jan 2010 10:32pm

@Jerry - a moment in time [...]: Thank you

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

The selective color aside, this is clearly one of the best portraits you have ever done. If it were mine, I would do it all in sepia and put it up in an exhibit (it deserves to be there).

6 Jan 2010 11:09pm

@john4jack: Thank you Jack! It means a lot to me! I was debating if to just leave it all in sepia! And I think you are right - I should have gone with my first instinct! :)

BJ from Murfreesboro, United States

wonderfully done, great treatment, my grandkids don't get the whole prop thing either

6 Jan 2010 11:28pm

@BJ: Thank you! ;))

Bill from Belton, Missouri, United States

A wonderful, superb portrait Magda!

7 Jan 2010 1:11am

@Bill: Thank you

MontereyJohn from Salinas, California, United States

What can I say? Perfect portrait and killer processing. Wonderful.

7 Jan 2010 2:49am

@MontereyJohn: Thank you John

Ravi from Bangalore, India

Wonderful wonderful portrait. Very engaging eye and amazing work with selective colouring.

7 Jan 2010 3:48am

@Ravi: Thank you very much

ordinaryimages from Kentucky Bluegrass, United States

You have an action for those eyes. best...jerry

7 Jan 2010 5:24am

@ordinaryimages: ;) Thank you Jerry

Ram from Bangalore, India

Magda.... You Rock as always.. such lovely captures...

7 Jan 2010 6:08am

@Ram: Thank you :)

Zing from Hamilton, New Zealand

Beautiful portrait, 5 stars!

7 Jan 2010 8:02am

@Zing: Thank you! :)

SOUL AFLAME from The bosom of Mother Nature, United Kingdom

This works so well, and is a lovely portrait

7 Jan 2010 11:00am

@SOUL AFLAME: Thank you

Joan Felix from Jakarta, Indonesia

I like the color, and I liked the style and the spotlight this girls eyes. extraordinary !!!

7 Jan 2010 1:11pm

@Joan Felix: Thank you very much

Candice from Asheville, United States

Your kid portraits are wonderful. I'm looking for lighting equipment and backdrops now and wondering if you have any recomendations?

7 Jan 2010 3:16pm

@Candice: Thank you Candice. I am in the same spot.... still looking for good studio lighting. Right now I'm using my speedlight on a stand with umbrella attachment. I try to use natural light as much as I can.

DaveB from Exeter, United Kingdom

Lovely, a stunning portrait! Fancy sharing how you didi it?

7 Jan 2010 4:22pm

@DaveB: Thank you! :))

Meysam from Montreal, Canada

This shot is absolutely adorable. I like the way you have adjusted the colours. Great light, pose, and feeling. Wonderful!

7 Jan 2010 4:36pm

@Meysam: Thank you very much

Garfield from Ancaster Ontario, Canada

Color, tones, textures ... and yet it is the loveliness of the girl and her amazing eyes that grab the attention. Superb!

7 Jan 2010 6:12pm

@Garfield: Thank you so much!

Nilla from Östergötland, Sweden

You´re a perfect portrait photogrpher!

7 Jan 2010 6:29pm

@Nilla: Thank you very much Nilla! :)

flyingwind风飞扬 from Bridgetown, Barbados

wonderful selective color and it was controlled very well!

7 Jan 2010 6:58pm

@flyingwind风飞扬: Thank you :)

Marie-Jezaria from Paris, France

Adorable portrait !
What a wonderful maneer here to play with the mouvment of the hair and the lightning ! The colours are superb !!! Compliments and 5* !

7 Jan 2010 8:09pm

@Marie-Jezaria: Thank you so very much

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Very impressive presentation - amazing quality.

7 Jan 2010 8:52pm

@Ronnie 2¢: Thank you so much

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

Splendide portrait! wonderful selective color!

7 Jan 2010 8:57pm

@mo.langel: Thank you :)

Eduardo from Bahia Blanca, Argentina

Beautiful..., beautiful work.... (and beautiful model indeed)

7 Jan 2010 9:52pm

@Eduardo: :)) thank you Eduardo

jeff (aka dogilicious) from Millerstown, PA, United States

Excellent use of selective color. Very beautiful.

7 Jan 2010 11:22pm

@jeff (aka dogilicious): Thank you

KriKridesign from Cully, Switzerland

Very beautiful portrait. Here in this case, the selective colouring is powerfull, usually I don't like so much this effect..but here...Bravo!
And Bravo, your portfolio is very touching!

8 Jan 2010 7:16am

@KriKridesign: Thank you very much! :)

Shrigley Photography from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

That image totally rocks. Great quality, selective coloring and sepia works well together. Nicely done.

8 Jan 2010 2:49pm

@Shrigley Photography: Thank you so much

manel from Girona, Spain

Excelente composició. Un virado perfecto y una preciosidad de criatura.

8 Jan 2010 10:37pm

@manel: Thank you Manel! :)

jpdm from Pignans, France

one more wonderful portrait of that lovely girl, what a look !! very nice contrast between coloured prop and b&w...what do you use for lightning ? one window ? 5*

9 Jan 2010 9:40am

@jpdm: Thank you! Yes, just one window :))

Vanilla Wine from las vegas, United States

Beautiful, I love the coloring

10 Jan 2010 7:55am

@Vanilla Wine: Thank you

Val37 from Tours, France

A fantastic portrait and treatment !

10 Jan 2010 4:27pm

@Val37: Thank you very much

Albert from Hamburg, Germany

Superb photo! The contact with the girl and also the light are excellent. The selective coloring is very creative and successful!

14 Feb 2010 9:09pm

@Albert: Thank you ever so much! :))

Chris from Seattle, United States

This is a fantastic portrait. I don't know which to look at -- the lollipop or the girl!

10 Mar 2010 7:12pm

Nikon D700
1/125 second
ISO 400
50 mm (35mm equiv.)

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