There are no excessive highlights on her face which is an important judgement - this being a conservatory with open light - so you're looking at just about her natural skin tone here, at least by Portra's reckoning. The digital versions I posted are a different story, but if you flick between them, the wall and radiator tonality on the right image is just about the same. Which is interesting to me. So this difference in skin tone then has to do with the film's rendering and, as you'd expect (this being APUG) I prefer the result on film to the digital 'interpretation'. But, as an experiment, if I was to show both versions to the subject it would be interesting to see which she thinks is more accurate. With that in mind I think we're touching on some difficult questions about subjective interpretation at this point. I will darken it further and see how I feel though.
Originally Posted by benjiboy
Alternative version, with slight curves tweak on right image - about as far as I'd go:
Out of interest, how would one deal with this in the colour darkroom? If it was a question of burning in her face, at what point do you accept the way the film renders tone?
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