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Challenge: Image Grain (Advanced Editing IV*)
Camera: Nikon D70
Lens: Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX Macro for Nikon
Location: Rome
Date: Oct 23, 2005
Aperture: F4
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/200
Galleries: Emotive, Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Oct 23, 2005


Place: 46 out of 274
Avg (all users): 5.8148
Avg (commenters): 7.8750
Avg (participants): 5.7265
Avg (non-participants): 5.9583
Views since voting: 784
Views during voting: 304
Votes: 189
Comments: 12
Favorites: 1 (view)

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11/03/2005 09:34:46 PM
Hello from the Critique Club!

I have been studying your image for a while now, leaving it on the screen and coming back to it now and again and just looking at all the aspects and qualities. First - I love the image. It is simply a beautiful portrait. Nice job - very well done!

Perspective/composition - I like that this was taken on her eye level. It gives it a feel as though you - the viewer - is her brother/sister standing next to her. I don't mind the elbow being out of the picture, but would have liked it if the top of her head was also in the picture. The crop seems a little tight on the right side as well. Perhaps this was done to keep her feom being too centerd in the shot. However, I don't think it would have hurt this image in the least.

Lighting - well done. Her eyes are clear and not showing any bright reflections either from your lighting or ambient lighting. The face shows clear definition of all features without any glare as well. Her shirt seems a little bright on the shoulder area and along the front of the bicep. You can see the tops of the waves in the fabric but they begin to get lost as you move down and to the left just above the elbow. Her left cheek is a little bright, however the grain helps to negate the effect and keeps it from being a distraction or detractor.

Color - the overall tonality of the image is very nice. The sepia shades are well done and certainly not overdone. In my opinion this was the perfect choice for the shot. It helps bring out the overall mood and set of the scene while not adding dark shadows that hide detail. The skin tone remaining is just enough.

Challenge requirements - there is no doubt your addition of grain/noise meets the challenge. I think you added just enough to let it help the feel of your image and not too much to hide the rest of your processing or become a negative aspect.

Overall/my opinion - this is an excellent demonstration of many techniques both with the camera and with the post processing. Your subject could not have been better - she is a very cute little girl - lucky you! The combination of your chosen title and the image is an extremely well made connection and also adds to the overall quality of the image. Very well done!
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10/31/2005 12:04:09 PM
i picked this to win a ribbon-i guess i still have alot to learn on what is needed for a photo-i loved this -great colors-loved the model-just a great picture in general.you can see the catch light in the model's eyes.

Message edited by author 2005-10-31 12:05:21.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/30/2005 10:15:18 PM
BEAUTIFUL lighting. Excellent highlights and great grain and coloration. 10
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10/27/2005 05:55:46 PM
What beautiful composition! And such a beautiful model too. The sepia tones add so much to this. Fantastic job.
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10/26/2005 10:22:30 PM
8 - Good use of grain for the Challenge. Good 'wistful' catch. Clothing is subtle, toning is nice. Criticism; to really 'nitpick', perhaps an even more subtle/bland choice of clothing, maybe some more space 'left', may have made this better in my opinion.
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10/25/2005 08:59:42 PM
Very nice lighting on the portrait. Eyes are also clear, even with the intense grain of the image.
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10/25/2005 07:59:33 PM
Beautiful expression and lighting!
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10/25/2005 03:06:31 PM
Wow, great image. You can tell she is very interested in something out there. Love the sepia coloring but it tends to bring out the grain too much.
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10/25/2005 12:54:21 AM
that is an amazing photo. well done. you don't need to worry about christmas cards this year!
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10/24/2005 02:45:00 PM
This is magical, beautifully done.
If I could make one small criticism, the clothing is slightly too bright and detracts very slightly from the face, but this is trivial to an almost flawless image. 9
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10/24/2005 01:06:40 PM
This photo is precious... I love the expression on the child's face. Good capture!
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10/24/2005 12:15:55 AM
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