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The Soft Light of Yestermorn
The Soft Light of Yestermorn
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Challenge: Free Study XII (Advanced Editing IV*)
Camera: Nikon D70
Lens: Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 VR DG IF-ED
Location: Cherry Creek, Denver, Colorado
Date: Aug 20, 2006
Galleries: Fashion, Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Aug 31, 2006

One of my faves from one of my first real model shoots. Of course I hope it does well, but for me this is truly a free study and one in which I hope I get a ton of comments so I can improve.

Here is another from my time on this shoot.

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Statistics
Place: 8 out of 684
Avg (all users): 6.9132
Avg (commenters): 8.0833
Avg (participants): 6.9034
Avg (non-participants): 6.9483
Views since voting: 5048
Views during voting: 469
Votes: 265
Comments: 53
Favorites: 19 (view)


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06/28/2007 10:39:15 PM
brilliant. i spend 3 minutes trying to figure out what the blotch on her forehead was, and then it all became clear (literally) once i gave my monitor a vigorous wipe. stupid dust on the screen.

great shot.
02/12/2007 12:13:00 AM
WOW....Supier Nice picture of ONE BEAUTIFUL LADY !!!!!
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02/10/2007 11:22:08 PM
Gorgeous and inspirational!!
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09/10/2006 11:55:02 PM
Brilliantly executed. Congratulations on your top ten finish.

Message edited by author 2006-09-11 00:49:51.
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09/09/2006 05:21:33 AM
I never would have guessed that this was yours...although I probably should have when you said that you had done something different.

At any rate, congrats on the very well deserved top-10 finish. If this is the type of portrait work you're capable of, I'm very much looking forward to seeing more.
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09/08/2006 08:49:37 PM
I scored this one high. Very glad to see it broke into the Top 10. Nice work!
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09/08/2006 08:06:33 PM
Here I am again...GREAT SHOT....WooooooooooooooWWWWWWWWWWWWW !!!!!

I was showing this shot off at work today....

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09/08/2006 02:05:40 PM
Congratulations on your top ten, great shot!
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09/08/2006 12:33:26 PM
Originally posted by IreneM:

Congrats on your top ten finish with this gorgeous image. I actually thought this was Kiwiness's shot when I was voting ;-)


Gary should be so lucky! hahaa, i am kidding. He beat me anyway.
09/08/2006 12:09:04 PM
Congrats on your top ten finish with this gorgeous image. I actually thought this was Kiwiness's shot when I was voting ;-)
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09/08/2006 09:49:03 AM
These challenges are tough ! Not to take away from the top 3 but this should have won!

KS
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09/08/2006 08:08:02 AM
Gorgeous portrait! Congrats on top ten.
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09/08/2006 01:02:56 AM
duuudee what the hell, congrats!
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09/08/2006 12:40:25 AM
Mighty fine gold reflector you got there. Very nice use of it I might add. You go boy.
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09/08/2006 12:39:00 AM
beautiful portrait, the lighting is perfect! congrats on top 10 ;)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/07/2006 11:10:00 PM
nice soft focus.
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09/07/2006 10:56:35 PM
I'm not sure who the photographer is but I'm buying the same set-up when I find out...can I borrow the beauty Queen and your skill?

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After challenge:

Well we have the same camera and I have a similar lens but that's about it!

Message edited by author 2006-09-08 09:50:08.
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09/07/2006 10:01:10 PM
Nice soft cute portrait. doesn't Pow! me enough.
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09/07/2006 07:58:14 PM
Perfect balance of soft and sharp. I'm curious how that is achieved. Is it DOF, or lens, both or what?
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09/07/2006 05:05:48 PM
Great portrait. 9 e.t.a - bumping to 10. It's flawless to my eye. Could/should be in a mag. Thanks!
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09/07/2006 12:22:13 PM
My favorite portrait in this challenge. Very natural. Like the soft focus around the edges. Lighting looks great. Bumping up.
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09/07/2006 08:46:36 AM
Great work. Nice DOF. Gorgeous eyes. The negative space on the left actually enhances the photo. Great color.
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09/06/2006 08:50:40 PM
Masterfully lit. nice detail retained in the face and hair, the neck and chest seem almost too smoothed, but what do I know.
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09/06/2006 01:23:21 PM
Really nice portrait. Colors and soft tones are great. Beautifull eyes. Well done.
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09/06/2006 11:15:55 AM
Wonderful shot and beautiful model, great eyes. I like the soft feel with good lighting. good luck.
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09/05/2006 07:22:48 AM
Very nice skin tones. Good choice of backround color. Great eyes. Overall a very pleasing portrait. Well done.
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09/04/2006 12:20:28 PM
I'm not in love with the title, but I am with this shot. Soft light indeed, everything about this shot is soft and inviting, the exposure on the hair and face is spot on. Beautiful model too, of course.
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09/03/2006 08:29:02 PM
Wow. The colors are amazing. The soft focus and background are perfect too. She's a 10. The photo is a 10 too. :)
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09/03/2006 06:55:41 PM
One of my favorites this time around. A stunningly beautiful girl, excellent sharpness and smooth bokeh. Nicely done! - 10
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09/03/2006 12:39:10 PM
Great portrait! I like the softness on her skin. She has beautiful eyes also.
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09/03/2006 10:23:35 AM
Nice one.....
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09/03/2006 09:47:52 AM
Beautiful portrait. Gorgeous colours.
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09/03/2006 08:47:02 AM
stunning portrait, exceptional lighting...superb focus...cannot fault this image
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09/02/2006 08:54:29 PM
definately soft. interesting effect soft yet still sharp. very well done. 9
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09/02/2006 07:28:47 PM
wow
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09/02/2006 05:30:31 PM
I liked this one when I first saw it. First off, beautiful model with lovely eyes. You did a nice job capturing her expression. I also like the soft feel to this image. Very nice.
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09/02/2006 09:37:09 AM
she's a lil stunner
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09/02/2006 08:45:54 AM
Wow, nice portrait. I see nothing to make this one better.
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09/02/2006 12:00:46 AM
Everything here works well.
An attractive young lady, pretty eyes, nice tonal range and just enough of a smile in progress to add a nice feeling overall.
For what it's worth, she is one of the more beautiful & photogenic naturals I have seen on DPC.
Very well done!
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09/01/2006 07:53:28 PM
Great balance of tones and contrast, good light, good photo.
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09/01/2006 07:11:37 PM
The muted pastel colours, the gradient diffusion, the appropriate amount of neat image, all make this a great photo. One teeny nitpick, is that the asymmetry of the catchlights in her eyes draws my attention. Was the left eye's catchlight postprocessed, or natural? It's a very minor detail, but her eyes are such an integral part of the visual and subjective appeal, that that occurs to me. But a superb photo, the like of which I wish I could take. 9.
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09/01/2006 06:55:05 PM
Wow, Lighting and DOF spot on. Very nice!
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09/01/2006 05:04:01 PM
Composition: 10 - Spot on :)
Technical: 9 - Wonderful soft lighting, matched well with a great shallow DoF and soft processing technique. The only thing that bothers me a little is the white dot in the right pupil. Catchlights are good but in this case it makes her eye just look a bit strange.
Creativity: 5 - The location and the pose aren't that creative here but I won't rate that too strongly in the overall average since the photo is a whole is so good.
Appeal: 9 - Beautiful model and beautiful photography.

Overall Calculated Average Score: 9
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09/01/2006 01:30:10 PM
What a gorgeous portrait..and not only because of the young pretty girl...The quality of light, the feeling you have gotten the model to express, compostion is perfect..
a beautiful portrait!! COngrats
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09/01/2006 12:58:44 PM
Perfect 10
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09/01/2006 07:37:31 AM
A fine model and a fine portrait. The soft blurring isn't coming over so well though. The uneveness and irregularities around the shirt straps and in the hair reveal this.
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09/01/2006 07:32:22 AM
Well executed portrait. Lovely skin tones and colouring.
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09/01/2006 07:23:31 AM
Lovely !
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09/01/2006 02:10:27 AM
Soft and almost too perfect, glad you left her freckles alone ;)
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09/01/2006 01:56:30 AM
Very pretty. Looks like an image that would have done well in Soft Focus as well. Love the eyes and the overall lighting. Well done.
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09/01/2006 01:26:23 AM
:-0! beautiful!

wow...those eyes are amazing. maybe a bit crude...but your model is HOT. 9
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09/01/2006 12:59:28 AM
great lighting, good choice of framing and model
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09/01/2006 12:30:05 AM
what's not to like here?

gorgeous model...beautiful tones...well composed...nicely lit...tack sharp.

all around a very strong portrait.
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