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Stefan
Stefan
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Challenge: Image Grain (Advanced Editing IV*)
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 USM
Location: Isafjordur / Iceland
Date: Oct 20, 2005
Aperture: f/5.6
ISO: 1600
Shutter: 1/20
Galleries: Portraiture, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Oct 20, 2005

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Place: 146 out of 274
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Avg (commenters): 7.0000
Avg (participants): 5.2185
Avg (non-participants): 5.1867
Views since voting: 678
Views during voting: 288
Votes: 194
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11/03/2005 02:57:58 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club:

The brief for this challenge, Image Grain, was to use grain or noise to enhance the shot. This you did, thereby meeting the challenge.

Technical:
It would have been nice to see the steps used to create this shot. But I am guessing you already had the grain/noise from using ISO 1600, perhaps a little more added in PS or a similar programme? The eyes appear to be the point of focus. Converting to B&W does add a certain appeal, however I think this could have worked as well in colour. I am not sure if it is the darkness of the shot or slightly off focus that makes the face appear on the soft side. Maybe you didn't use USM?

Composition:
The positioning of your subject works very well. Also the near square format with prudent cropping makes this a competent photo.

Personal:
I like most of what you did with this shot, but it looked a tad on the dark side for my taste. I do like the lighting on this, I don't know if you used off camera flash or reflectors but the lighting is even with no harsh shadows. The score appears just below what I would have expected, with it being nearer the higher end of the 5 or even 6. I hope this helps and is constructive.

Steve
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/28/2005 05:39:02 AM
Very nice portrait of a terrific subject. I think the use of grain is particularly effective, because it creates a 'painterly' feel to the image which, combined with the simple woollen hat and tee shirt, somehow serves to accentuate the mesmerising eyes of the model. 7
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