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Challenge: Duotones II (Basic Editing III)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Nikon D70
Lens: Nikon AF Micro-Nikkor 60mm f2.8D
Location: Living room, Westphalia, Germany
Date: Feb 18, 2006
Aperture: 7,1
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/60 s
Galleries: Portraiture, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Feb 21, 2006

My husband with a dreamy, tired look on his face, lost in thought after a very hard day.

Post processed in Photoshop. Used channel mixer for the black/white conversion, colour balance for the sepia tone. Adjusted contrast, cropped and resized.

Place: 120 out of 631
Avg (all users): 5.6915
Avg (commenters): 7.3846
Avg (participants): 5.5645
Avg (non-participants): 5.9083
Views since voting: 1927
Views during voting: 359
Votes: 295
Comments: 15
Favorites: 1 (view)

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03/06/2006 11:49:36 AM
Greetings from the Critique Club...

Hi IreneM :)

I think this is an excellent character portrait of your husband. The mood you were trying to convey came out nicely, especially in the duotone. The tones you chose work very nicely in this image. It seems like all of your comments are rather positive, but the image didn't score much above average, and I think I can probably tell you why, to some degree. Portraits of any kind have a very difficult time connecting with viewers who aren't associated in some way with the subject. I don't 'know' your husband, so it does make it difficult for me to really connect with the portrait. As a disconnected viewer, I need something very special in the portrait that jumps out and grabs me in order for me to make a connection that moves me with strong emotion.

I think your composition and technicals here are excellent and woudln't change anything about them...

Nice work :)

John Setzler
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/27/2006 02:07:14 PM
So basic ...yet so very effective.
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02/26/2006 03:26:07 PM
Wonderful portrait and very good use of duotones.
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02/26/2006 02:25:06 PM
Really good crop/composition on this one.
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02/26/2006 01:14:22 PM
Very nice character study exhibiting great use of tinting. 7
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02/25/2006 10:18:47 PM
Very natural, sharp and well done. Like the expression you captured. Hope this does well for you. 10
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02/25/2006 04:19:38 PM
Powerful. Bumping up.
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02/24/2006 10:42:08 AM
Beautiful composition, detail, tonality. Wonderful unobtrusive, yet not totally plain background. Title fits, too. I think my only thing is that the focus is just a little bit off on the eyes, which are usually so important for a portrait. I wonder if advanced editing outside of the challenge could help you apply some additional focus to the eyes and change this from a good to a great photo. I would also crop just a bit more off the top. Small stuff though, I like this shot!
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02/23/2006 10:49:21 AM
Great detail in the face. TOnal range is excellent. Position of the head plays well with the light.
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02/22/2006 07:16:39 PM
More catchlights would have really made this come alive. Nice conversion tho.
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02/22/2006 04:02:46 PM
i dont care for green on a face
02/22/2006 03:12:28 PM
sad thoughts - very expressive eyes
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02/22/2006 01:45:33 PM
i like how you captured such a sincere expression. the eyes say it all. your use of sepia also complements his facial hair and skin tone.
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02/22/2006 01:35:18 PM
Great detail and a really nice job maintaining a full tonal range with the sepia conversion.
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02/22/2006 04:39:18 AM
excellent portrait, good colour choice.
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