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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


Place: 146 out of 274
Avg (all users): 5.2062
Avg (commenters): 7.0000
Avg (participants): 5.2185
Avg (non-participants): 5.1867
Views since voting: 678
Views during voting: 288
Votes: 194
Comments: 2
Favorites: 0

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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.

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?

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

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.

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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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