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Challenge: Color Portrait (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z2
Location: My home
Date: Sep 11, 2005
Aperture: f2.8
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/40 s
Galleries: Family, Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Sep 11, 2005

Myself - again. Did lots of editing, just trying to make it look soft.

Place: 241 out of 284
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09/19/2005 09:53:28 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club...

Hi Tara...

I apologize for being a poor critic of portraits, but I find critique particularly difficult in this arena. I'm not much of a portrait photographer myself, and I don't know most of the finer techniques of lighting and composure. All I can offer is what I feel about the photo in general.

The pose in this photo has it's 'cuteness' and the subject (yourself) seems relaxed enough and confident with the idea. IMO, there are two problems in this portrait that have probably been discussed in any commnents you received on this photo. 1. The light is flat. It would appear that the on camera flash was used, which is a rather poor source of lighting for a portrait. Some of the best portraits you will ever see may be artificially lit, but they won't 'appear' to be in most cases. They will have a natural light feeling to them. 2. As you mentioned, the processing is a bit heavy IMO. There are two levels of 'great' post processing... the kind where you can't tell it was done and the kind where it creates the mood. This one, to me, feels forced. It appears that areas of the image suffered in order to get a problem in exposure (or something else) fixed.

Try experimenting with natural light portraiture... I'm sure you will enjoy it and the results will be excellent :)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/16/2005 08:35:29 PM
blue channels seem to be oversaturated. background seem to have an off-white or beige ton to it which somewhat matches the contrast levels of the skin. this tends to mesh the background and the model to the same tone, instead of separating the subject from its background
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09/15/2005 10:19:09 PM
To me, the skin tones look kind of gray and overly washed out...or something. I like her smile and the pose.
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09/15/2005 06:14:27 PM
over exposed rather than high key - white balance is off - great pose, poor lighting
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09/15/2005 12:37:53 PM
colour seems a little muddy, perhaps thats from trying to isolate the blue? think the blonde hair could have been brightened to give a nice accent to the eyes.
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09/15/2005 10:54:14 AM
i'm not sure the high contrast feel here is the best way to go for this type of image. i like tht it brings the eyes out, but it crams the skintones and hair into the same visual space.
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09/14/2005 10:02:54 PM
although i can tell it hasnt been desaturated the color is not too present, also bouncing the flash off of a wall or putting some diffusion on it might help..
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09/14/2005 11:02:28 AM
Beautiful capture of her eyes, which there was a little more color to her skin tones.
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09/13/2005 11:17:25 PM
sorry too high key for me and the eyes seem way over done.
09/13/2005 10:11:28 PM
The eyes are very intriguing. Good self shot!
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09/13/2005 06:54:01 PM
Not sure if the desaturation helps for the color challenge. Arms are sort've lost in the large mass of blackness. Eyes too unnatural for my taste
09/13/2005 02:25:21 PM
hmm..not sure what tones were used here or what you did to get this effect. Looks almost oversharpened. Great model and pose. Good luck.
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09/13/2005 12:06:13 PM
nice smile and pose but a little overprocessed for me
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09/13/2005 10:49:47 AM
Cute, Love the pose and the over all feel. The light is way too strong. Need to tone this down with the contrast of light hair/dark top. Great blue eyes.
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09/13/2005 10:08:15 AM
Colour is lack-lustre on my screen.
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09/13/2005 09:40:07 AM
I think the eyes look unaturally blue. I love the smile on the model and her fun pose. Best Wishes!
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09/12/2005 11:54:04 PM
Full on flash is tough to pull off, it robs the face of flattering shadows and exposes flaws in the skin. it also looks as if you are slightly back focused as the hair is sharper than the leading edge of the hands and mouth. im sorry if this comes off a harsh, just trying to point out room for improvment.
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09/12/2005 07:59:19 PM
really nice...love the eyes
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09/12/2005 01:17:57 PM
Like how the eyes really pop from the rest of the tones in this photo. Good work!
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09/12/2005 05:14:10 AM
good shot although the fingers look cut off, best to show them I say !!, however the blue eyes and smile make up for it 6
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