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I don't usually do portraits as I have not a ***** clue how to do them. This is a photoshopped image from a night to celebrate the end of class and the retirement of this lady. She has been the most fabulous French teacher over umpteen years... one of life's born teachers. Her name is Joy and that is the perfect name for her - she radiates joy.

Thanks to Bridget and Maggi if I have got anything right with this! Any hints gratefully received - I can see some things I should improve,



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Date: Tue July 1, 2008
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Nigel C Young
I bet she'd soon give up on me! She'd need a big stick to beat that lingo into me.
#1 Tue July 1, 2008 5:42pm

Lol Nigel! She has been great fun and a great teacher - she managed to get some into me and I was still suffering from a teacher at school with a Belfast accent - NOT my favourite subject then! Viv
#2 Tue July 1, 2008 5:44pm

Is sunject french for subject then lol.Super portrait Viv,my only niggle is the hand is a touch light.but what do i know Wink

Oh you have changed the spelling mistake lol Smile
#3 Tue July 1, 2008 5:46pm

She looks a lovely woman, good for her!!! I think her eyes are wonderful, they look as though she has laughed well and often! Only thing I 'd have done is backed off a wee bit to include the entire hand with the glass. Nice shot kiddo, (your younger than me)...well done.
~In His Love~ Maggi D
For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
Romans 1:16
#4 Tue July 1, 2008 5:48pm

Thanks Bridget - as it was PSed I put a couple of gradients across as I can't find any other tool in my inventory to soften it slightly around the edges. I have obviously done too much - I will try easing off. Viv
#5 Tue July 1, 2008 5:50pm

Before you do that Viv try the burn tool or dodge is it,oh the one that makes things darker lol Smile
#6 Tue July 1, 2008 5:53pm

Ooops I was too quick. Have a look now and if you don't like it I will try again later. Viv
#7 Tue July 1, 2008 5:54pm

Oops - Maggi (yes grandma....this is turning into a age thingy night..Lol!) - missed you there. Yes you are right. I still get embarressed taking shots of people...will get better with practice.
#8 Tue July 1, 2008 6:01pm

I think you have a great start there, Viv! Photographing people always makes me nervous along with my being photographed,...LOL I must have issues! She has a very kind and open face! Lovely portrait! Smile Daenna
#9 Tue July 1, 2008 6:14pm

Trouble with you is you are too quick lol.Much better Viv Smile
#10 Tue July 1, 2008 6:15pm

She Looks a very kind Person, I thnk you done a good Job, it's a well done from me.........Jimmy.
#11 Tue July 1, 2008 9:18pm

LOL @ Nigel... you make me chuckle OUT LOUD!
"The poetry of photography will always be more important than the mechanics of the camera..." - J-H. Lartigue
#12 Tue July 1, 2008 10:23pm

Lovely portrait, Viv. You've really captured her sparkle and I like the softness you have while keeping her lovely eyes. She has a great smile. To be honest, I'd get rid of the hand and glass altogether (it takes the eye away from her) and crop to balance it all up. Am impressed that you'd want to photograph a teacher instead of drowning him/her ... Jan
#13 Tue July 1, 2008 11:21pm

Jan I never thought of that ..ok a bit of cloning and cropping tomorrow! It was only a hand held snap originally but I thought the slight softness as a result was ok. Must hit the hay now. Viv
#14 Tue July 1, 2008 11:34pm

Viv, I'm trying to PM you but your message box is full!!! You're too popular. Jan
#15 Wed July 2, 2008 12:21am

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