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Challenge: Natural Light Indoor Portrait (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: My favourites
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark III
Lens: Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM
Location: Leicester, England
Date: Aug 16, 2012
Aperture: f/1.2
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/250
Date Uploaded: Aug 16, 2012

Window behind her, gold/silver mix reflector to her front left (that's what you can see in her eyes.

I may get some comments about her stray hair - I tried it with them cloned out but it didn't look so balanced.

Haven't entered for a while but I was tempted by this challenge - I like to shoot portraits and when I do, natural light is my primary method of illumination. Also - it would be a shame not to give that particular lens an outing for a challenge such as this!

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 60
Avg (all users): 7.5556
Avg (commenters): 8.4444
Avg (participants): 7.3514
Avg (non-participants): 7.6404
Views since voting: 4726
Views during voting: 354
Votes: 126
Comments: 59
Favorites: 6 (view)


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08/27/2014 07:08:53 PM
Absolutely stunning! The facial expression, the angle and the lighting absolutely perfection.
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04/03/2013 02:34:16 AM
Congratulation! Beautiful and inspirational picture!
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09/23/2012 12:42:32 AM
Love this image ..and i want the lens as well i have a 5omm.1.8g but i can see what the 85m does i,m off too a wedding in nov as a guest but i,d like too try using this lens ..well done paul
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09/09/2012 02:14:21 PM
Oh my goodness, she is so very lovely! What an amazing capture... Congratulations! Beautiful image!
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09/06/2012 09:27:20 AM
Saw this on 1X.com today. Congratulations for the ribbon and the 1X add.
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08/30/2012 07:02:39 PM
Congratulations, Paul. Beautiful work (beautiful model, too).
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08/30/2012 12:55:29 PM
Congratulations on the ribbon, Paul. Very well done.
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08/30/2012 08:15:20 AM
Man, your just blowing it away............ Gorgeous shot Paul ( with the new username ).
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08/29/2012 08:40:54 AM
A very good shot, a clever pose, shallow DOF and high viewpoint work well. The ligth dress and surrounding really draw attention to the black hair and her beautiful face. Congrats.
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08/29/2012 03:33:40 AM
Paul, this is really beautifully done. Did you add additional blur to the corners of the photograph in post or is it all the result of the f/1.2?
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08/28/2012 05:19:46 AM
very nice indeed. great style
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08/27/2012 07:58:28 PM
So glad I guessed right, and not just because I love being right(a rarity for me) but also because this place is better with you participating in it. Even if it knocks most of us down a spot in the voting.
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08/27/2012 06:39:00 PM
This was one of my 10s. I must say that this is the single most engaging portrait I have seen to date. Loved the model, the light, the stark but interesting background. I am totally inspired to step up my portrait game. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. Congrats on the ribbon it is well deserved.
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08/27/2012 06:06:13 PM
Love it Paul.
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08/27/2012 02:24:06 PM
Beautiful work Paul. Great to see yours and Johanna's portraits sitting up front here. Lovely and inspiring images both.
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08/27/2012 02:19:52 PM
Gorgeous.
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08/27/2012 01:37:25 PM
Beautiful image done so well as we have grown to expect from you Paul. Congratulations, and nice to see you submitting again :)
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08/27/2012 10:49:38 AM
Congrats, a truly beautiful image. And I love her tattoo work.
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08/27/2012 08:22:37 AM
Back with a vengeance. Took me a while to realize that she was cross-legged. I assumed she was standing, tricked by the shallow dof of the lens.
Anyway, good to see your entries again.
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08/27/2012 07:20:35 AM
Congrats Paul,the new name suits you.
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08/27/2012 06:59:11 AM
Welcome back! What a beauty - congrats!!!
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08/27/2012 06:22:46 AM
Gorgeous!
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08/27/2012 05:07:03 AM
Oh c'mon Paul you come back and take a ribbon and in the process give me lens envy... I used to like you ;-)

Stunning shot, congratulations.
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08/27/2012 04:48:13 AM
great job paul, really happy to see you back and hope you'll stay as it's a pleasure to see your work.
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08/27/2012 02:50:53 AM
10 from me Paul brilliant, I had the pleasure of going through your portfolio last night showing my mrs what Im striving for in my photography, great return and easier new name :)
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08/27/2012 02:22:01 AM
The best in the bunch for me. Congrats on the red and a new PB, Paul
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08/27/2012 02:03:15 AM
u wuz robbed
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08/27/2012 01:57:32 AM
lovely, Paul. congrats on coming back with a ribbon!
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08/27/2012 01:19:55 AM
Another beautifully rendered image. The colours are, as always, specal. Thanks.
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08/27/2012 12:54:15 AM
Welcome back, and wow.
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08/27/2012 12:34:56 AM
Nice toning here Paul. Congrats on ribbon!
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08/27/2012 12:34:25 AM
I like the stray hair! Great image, model, pose, light etc. Congrats Paul
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08/27/2012 12:23:57 AM
I loved this one. Beautiful model and beautifully handled. Congrats on the new PB and the ribbon. Plus, I am happy to see you back in a challenge. I still have so much to learn from your work.
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08/27/2012 12:15:48 AM
Paul, I thought this would win. Your model, light, pov, and pp'g are just divine. Congrats on the red.
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08/27/2012 12:13:17 AM
Welcome back Paul and congrats on your ribbon.
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08/27/2012 12:08:41 AM
Oh her stray hair adds to "the look". It's a perfect, mesmerizing piece of art!
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08/27/2012 12:06:29 AM
Congrats on your ribbon!!

Such a 'dicey' roll with the obvious highlights in her eyes.

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08/27/2012 12:05:03 AM
Lovely! Nice to see you back!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/26/2012 10:13:38 PM
Cool perspective and tones, interesting model. Voted earlier.
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08/26/2012 07:29:17 PM
My oh My.... Love the pov, the directness, and the beauty... probably in that order. What a beautiful photo.
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08/25/2012 12:49:09 PM
love the angel,the light! and the tattoos makes this greater.
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08/25/2012 10:05:19 AM
Your perspective adds a nice element and spreads the light all around. Nice.
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08/24/2012 05:14:36 PM
Could this be the return of 21.gif Paul?
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08/24/2012 04:48:59 AM
Top pick from me! Just awesome.
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08/22/2012 09:55:25 PM
Completely engaging shot.
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08/22/2012 03:37:35 PM
this is simply amazing and inspiring at the same time on what you can achieve with indoor light! Beautiful - 10
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08/22/2012 05:17:33 AM
By far the best one in the challenge
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08/21/2012 01:04:59 PM
great pov and dof stands out from the rest get a ribbon from me
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08/21/2012 12:18:08 PM
one of the better entries, good luck
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08/21/2012 06:54:37 AM
lovely shot, nice depth of field.. really like this, favourite shot from the challange, have a 10
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08/21/2012 01:31:16 AM
Nice one!
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08/21/2012 01:07:25 AM
Love the angle you have taken this.
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08/20/2012 04:36:21 PM
I really like the perspective.
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08/20/2012 11:21:35 AM
Love the point of view,not a bad face either.
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08/20/2012 11:10:46 AM
LOVE this. LOVE it. Her tattoos are gorgeous.
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08/20/2012 05:05:46 AM
The depth of field in this really makes it work, lovely point of view and model, the just visible half lotus position is the icing on the cake for me. Could almost be a 21.gif paulbtlw shot. 8
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08/20/2012 02:52:52 AM
Oh I just love this. Lovely shot
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08/20/2012 01:24:34 AM
Total standout in this challenge, Paul. I stand by my prediction
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08/20/2012 12:05:04 AM
What an intriguing portrait!

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