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Standing Nude

This was posed to maximize the look of the model's long red hair.


Damian Muszkiet , July 07, 2009; 02:23 A.M.

You have used to big brush for soft-light mask. I see strange black turning into grey all around her body. Her pose and tones are very kind :)

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Jerry Matchett , July 07, 2009; 01:38 P.M.

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Damian, You made a comment regarding a standing nude that I did. You said "You have used to [too?] big brush for soft-light mask. I see strange black turning into grey all around her body."

I am sorry but I don't know what a soft-light mask is . What kind of technique is that? Is it described in any book you can refer me to?

I also do not see what you describe as black turning into gray all around her. I have both a Wacom Cintiq and a Gateway CRT monitor, both being balanced regularly and I do not know what you are seeing, because it does not appear on my monitor. Is your monitor balanced on a regular basis?

There is a big problem with people seeing things differently when the picture is transmitted over the web and viewed on different monitors. There is a recent article stating that the newest monitors are out of balance and much too bright, causing a correct looking image on that monitor to print much too dark. Since I adjust my monitor to match the output of my printer, perhaps your monitor is making the image too bright, thus separating tones that are normally very slight variations.

Is it possible for you to make a screen copy of the image and send it to me in an email?


Jerry Matchett

[if any other viewer can help me with this problem, I would appreciate your wisdom]

Jerry Matchett , July 07, 2009; 03:13 P.M.

continued email communications

Good evening, In the beginning I want to apologise for my language mistakes. I use very high contrast on display monitor in work but to check my obstructions I went for your image here as well on my home PC. I still see this strange trails all over her body. Screen I've made you have here as a attachment.

In order to your words I can say that I am using CRT - to be exact: LG Flatron F900B. I was using calibration stuff as well to get the best hue and tones on it. I can agree that I see much brighter then before the calibration. I have better tonal lenght.

To be honest I don't know much about grahpical post-process but I know very well the differences between CRT and liquid class screens.

Sincirely, Damian Muszkiet

Well Damian, the attachment you sent looks very close to my original, except I can see no "strange trails all over her body."  Your copy does seem to have a slightly lighter background.  The studio was used with a black curtain.  On my copy the curtain does not show but looks entirely black, while your copy sent to me is less dark and I can see the folds in the curtains.  It does appear to be some kind of mismatch in our equipment, but I cannot see what you see so I do not know what to say about it. l do thank you for the information, however and will keep pursuing an understanding. Regards, Jerry Matchett (again - if anyone reading this can help I would appreciate your expert opinion)

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