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Unnur Birna
Unnur Birna
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Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Color Portrait (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
Location: Laugardalur, Reykjavik
Date: Sep 11, 2005
Aperture: 1.8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/250
Galleries: Nature, Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Sep 6, 2005

This is Unnur Birna Vilhjalmsdottir, Miss Iceland 2005 who was kind enought to pose for me specifically to take a shot for this challenge.

Lit with ambient light and used a 580ex hand to the left side above triggered with a transmitter as fill light and to create a catchlight in her eye. Only PP is a slight crop off the top and right side, curves to increase contrast and unsharp mask after resizing.

Post-voting edit: I canīt believe so many of you thought the backround was distracting, as always I strongly value everyones opinion but I donīt think I have ever disagreed so much, I think the backround makes this photo work. Oh well, fortunately different people have different tastes :o). Anyway, the shot did better than I thought so thanx for the rating and especially comments and favorites.

Statistics
Place: 14 out of 284
Avg (all users): 6.8669
Avg (commenters): 7.6154
Avg (participants): 6.8158
Avg (non-participants): 6.9123
Views since voting: 60154
Views during voting: 717
Votes: 323
Comments: 55
Favorites: 34 (view)


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07/04/2007 10:21:55 PM
Such a magnificent picture. the background compliments here eyes perfectly. Nice!!
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04/02/2007 08:28:28 AM
what a fantastic shot..superb crop and great background too
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10/15/2006 07:08:06 AM
I completely agree the background makes this photo. Excellent shot!! You certainly do great work!
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06/10/2006 08:53:56 PM
Man I need to browse more this is like finding money in the street, Awesome shot and the background helps this shot
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02/07/2006 10:52:35 PM
Very nice model indeed. Sometimes, I wonder how human faces can be different in different parts of the world. Are almond eyes quite common in Iceland? Nice picture, if the background was a little bit darker, this picture could have reached the top positions.

Chapeau bas tout de meme...

Ciao

Max
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02/07/2006 08:07:30 PM
Love the background and the lighting, excellent shot
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12/10/2005 09:19:55 PM
Miss world 2005!!! YEAH
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12/10/2005 03:27:13 PM
Background distracting?? With a face like that, you could have a trash heap in the background and it would pull my gaze away from her eyes. ;-) Great job!
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12/10/2005 03:15:56 PM
...and now she is Miss World...quite a beauty.
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11/20/2005 03:32:55 PM
beautiful pic, i think the background helps to bring her eyes out even more!
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09/20/2005 05:37:02 PM
Good job! The background would work better if it was slightly dimmer, but it does add to the picture. Once again, congrats.
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09/19/2005 11:34:56 AM
Such a great photo. I think it deserved a ribbon but 14th isnt bad. Going in my Faves.

GG
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/18/2005 11:23:53 PM
Nicely Lit. Good use of bokeh. Good luck in the challenge
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09/18/2005 10:41:28 PM
Nice, beautiful and delicate. 7
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09/18/2005 03:08:31 PM
nice composition and colours. beautiful photo!
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09/17/2005 06:10:55 PM
nice lighting and depth of field control. beautiful model.
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09/17/2005 04:41:41 PM
Miss Iceland?
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09/17/2005 12:13:53 PM
A very good commercial type of portrait. Expertly done!
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09/17/2005 11:58:33 AM
Nice portrait and beautiful subject. The bright higlights in the background are distracting to me though.
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09/16/2005 09:24:19 PM
Beautiful model – lovely picture. Great job! :o)
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09/16/2005 06:38:46 PM
Miss Iceland !! Nice !
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09/16/2005 05:48:48 PM
very pretty, wish the background was a little darker so it didn't compete with her so much
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09/16/2005 10:45:18 AM
I love this one a lot !!!!
Not only because of the beautiful model , she is fantastic !
I like the half smile , the way she looks at the viewer ...
Colors are natural , light is good , hard to ask for more ...
One of my favs for this challenge.
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09/16/2005 03:39:35 AM
Nice color match.9
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09/15/2005 08:52:48 PM
amazing! beautiful girl, nice makeup and hair. the lighting isnt bad either... dont care too much for the white parts in the bushes.. nice use of the sun as a back light.. congrats and keep up the good work!!
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09/15/2005 06:55:16 PM
tennnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn!
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09/15/2005 08:31:58 AM
amazing shot, i really like it
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09/15/2005 05:12:11 AM
Lovely bokeh. Excellent composition and tonality.
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09/14/2005 08:40:00 PM
beautiful image and subject... background may distract a bit but otherwise, well done... :)
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09/14/2005 08:22:42 PM
9 outstanding.
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09/13/2005 11:26:07 PM
Oh baby, you know you got this one in the bag- nice job :-) I'm guessing you're score is well around 7.0+ or so? I smell a winner!
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09/13/2005 02:50:33 AM
Simple but obviously effective. Strange effect created by the bokeh on the background and the hair as they amalgamate...it looks cool. Something about her right cheek is a little oversharp, maybe? Anyhow, great shot, nice and simple.

Alex
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09/12/2005 10:28:04 PM
10
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09/12/2005 08:56:42 PM
Nice background and interesting bokeh. Background almost too bright though. Light on model very good. Amazing look.
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09/12/2005 08:36:03 PM
Having a beautiful model always helps in these challenges, doesn't it? She's stunning! And you did a great job with the lighting and depth of field, too! 10
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09/12/2005 08:05:52 PM
Nice, crisp portrait - would work nicely for a hair or makeup ad in a magazine.
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09/12/2005 06:52:50 PM
Flott mynd, góður hlutlaus bakgrunnur og vel rammað inn. Sæt stelpa Unnur.
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09/12/2005 05:29:57 PM
I love the composition ! Very good looking model too ! Godd job.
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09/12/2005 04:54:55 PM
good job!!! looks really AMAZING
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09/12/2005 02:41:30 PM
She is stunning.
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09/12/2005 02:17:38 PM
Technically this is a beautiful picture. The colors, exposure and pose are all very attractive. For me I would like to see a little bit more personality in a portrait, or at least something that tells you about the person being photographed. Maybe having some emotion on her face would help. Or possibly having the background be someplace that is symbolic or important to her. The bright green of the background is also a little distracting.
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09/12/2005 02:06:21 PM
Glad to see her back. I gave her a 10 in the Beauty challenge. Should have been in top 10 at least. Worthy of a 10 in this shot as well. I like the lighting and the background.
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09/12/2005 12:54:44 PM
The green is too bright and distracting from the otherwise beautiful subject. A little green could have gone a long way! I would crop the entire left half off.
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09/12/2005 11:50:42 AM
Wow, vibrance would be the word I use to describe this photograph. From the girls hair and eyes to the wonderful backdrop. Very nicely done. 8
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09/12/2005 11:08:51 AM
very nice
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09/12/2005 10:11:02 AM
Pretty. Perhaps a tighter crop could have improved it?
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09/12/2005 09:30:37 AM
the background is a little bright and distracting from an otherwise pleasant image
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09/12/2005 09:02:08 AM
Beautiful model, great pose. Only thing I'd change is a tighter, closer crop/composition. The bright spots are distracting.
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09/12/2005 08:50:48 AM
Nice model, nice shot.
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09/12/2005 08:20:17 AM
Amazing model. Nice bokeh 9
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09/12/2005 06:59:10 AM
Nei blessaður Lalli. Flott mynd! Off camera flash og reflector?
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09/12/2005 04:18:35 AM
Falleg mynd ég kannast við nafnið og þekki stelpuna :)
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09/12/2005 02:33:45 AM
Very nice. I like the green background but I think its too much. Maybe crop a bit off. Love the highlights in her hair. It brings out the hazel in her eyes.
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09/12/2005 02:22:02 AM
amazing, what a great looking face does to a well setup portrait! She's stunningly beautiful and so is your portrait. From what I've seen so far, this should make at least the top 20.

I give you a 9 - my first. No 10 yet.
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09/12/2005 01:12:29 AM
this is gorgeous, the background is somehwat disctracting though, but it does bring out the green iin her eyes 7
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