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Just starting out...
Just starting out...
samtrundle


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Challenge: In the Beginning... (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Pentax *ist DS
Location: Brisbane
Date: Mar 24, 2005
Aperture: 4.5
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/60
Galleries: Family, Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Mar 24, 2005

I saw this challenge, and had the extremely unoriginal idea that I would take a baby photograph (I figured there would be even more sunrises than babies, and right now I'm too busy to think of anything exciting :P).

But why stop at shooting a cliched subject (not to degrade, this beautiful and engaging 5 month old...to be honest, there is very little cliche about her) when you can go all out and imitate that overbearing portrait studio style. So that's what I set out to do. I really don't know the first thing about studio shooting, so I thought it would be fun to see if I could muster something appropriate. With that said, here is my best effort.

Lighting comes from a window (how's that for a fancy set up) background is a blanket.

Edit involved a big bump in contrast to bring out her eyes followed by an unhealthy dose of noise ninja to compensate for the harshness of the contrast increase and elevate the cliche factor, I'm well aware there's a couple of nasty artifacts going on with all the noise removal, but I couldn't seem to fix that without spot editing.

Hopefully this won't get too badly trashed.

Statistics
Place: 40 out of 300
Avg (all users): 5.7677
Avg (commenters): 7.4138
Avg (participants): 5.5086
Avg (non-participants): 5.9337
Views since voting: 909
Views during voting: 398
Votes: 297
Comments: 35
Favorites: 0


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04/19/2005 02:27:33 AM
Great light and backdrop bringing out this cuties eyes!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/05/2005 11:17:39 PM
What a beautiful beginning. Bumping up.
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04/05/2005 01:35:26 AM
the colors are a bit too much for my taste, but I think the baby is so very cute
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04/04/2005 01:58:59 PM
Very cute! I think the lighting on the baby is good. The eyes are just incredible! I think the change in background colors is a bit distracting, I see at least 3 different colors between the foreground left, foreground right and background. Otherwise a great shot!
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04/04/2005 11:53:02 AM
Great portrait.
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04/04/2005 10:44:37 AM
beautiful capture...
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04/04/2005 10:34:46 AM
gorgeous baby. Amazing eyes. great focus levels, catchlights, etc. Only criticism is slight lack of ingenuity in relation to challnege subject.
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04/04/2005 09:58:57 AM
This is awesome shot!! I love how sharp the image is...and i love how the blue sheet in the background brings out the babies GORGEOUS eyes...This shot is very nice and i hope you do well with it.
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04/03/2005 03:35:29 PM
too hard light in the face of the baby
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04/03/2005 02:05:14 PM
Those eyes...those beautiful eyes...
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04/02/2005 11:18:39 PM
A new life and I hope blue eyes will be as happy the rest of its life as it appears here
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04/02/2005 02:41:59 PM
Lovely baby and great picture.I especially love the eyes,which are just like this blue backround.excellent work 9
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04/02/2005 11:37:30 AM
Excellent photo. I like the depth of field, I especially like the eyes looking directly at the camera. Keep it up.
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04/02/2005 09:39:43 AM
Adorable baby, nice post, but seems a little soft.
04/01/2005 10:56:02 PM
Love that look! The blue of the eyes is nicely captured, as is the hair, with fine detail!
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04/01/2005 09:46:55 PM
Love it!
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04/01/2005 02:55:54 AM
This yours Glen?
Very happy Shot. We need more Babies in our sights.
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03/31/2005 03:23:12 PM
Cute Kid _ nice picture I would have rather seen his hand kinda a wierd cu off point that would have made it a 10 for me gave you an 8
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03/31/2005 02:55:01 PM
Wow. What eyes!!!
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03/31/2005 11:36:31 AM
very photogenic baby, his eyes really sparkle, and his hair stands out from the background well, i would suggest cropping on the left a little, it was distracting for me.
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03/31/2005 06:50:40 AM
awwe, look at those eyes.
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03/31/2005 01:25:49 AM
That is a beautiful baby. Nice job.
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03/30/2005 08:33:59 PM
Very nice portrait, and what a cutie!
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03/30/2005 05:27:54 PM
Beautiful baby!!!!...........10
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03/30/2005 03:27:42 PM
Awesome shot!
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03/30/2005 02:47:37 PM
Those eyes..... aMAAAZing... 10 - for having the bluest eyes I've ever seen.
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03/30/2005 02:24:56 PM
Cute kid, but it's a very stock image. Not really atristic.
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03/30/2005 02:01:27 PM
Sweeeeeeet!
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03/30/2005 12:22:25 PM
really cute kid and nice portrait, but colors are bit out of line .. ir
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03/30/2005 11:56:54 AM
The background really makes the baby's gorgeous eyes stand out!
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03/30/2005 10:56:03 AM
I like this shot. Great expression, nice framing, really good light. For the most part, purple and blue work, but the blue reflection on the white skin has an eerie cast to it that's a little distracting.
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03/30/2005 03:34:56 AM
The lighting feels very harsh
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03/30/2005 01:59:09 AM
great use of color, cute smile. very nice.
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03/30/2005 01:21:17 AM
cute man!
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03/30/2005 01:20:44 AM
very nice blues
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