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The things that define us
The things that define us

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Challenge: Faceless Portrait (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Lens: Canon EF 28-135mm F/3.5-5.6 IS USM
Location: Reykjavik
Date: Oct 5, 2006
Aperture: F/4.5
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/30
Galleries: Portraiture, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Oct 5, 2006

I did some sharpening, channel mixing, curves and that\'s it

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10/21/2006 02:35:03 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club Guðbjörg!


I like the position of the 'model' in the frame and your choice of location is intriguing. I would agree with some of your commenters that the cross needs to be more defined, as it is now it blends in with the trees too much and isn't as noticable as it could be. It also looks to me as if the 'model' is wearing pyjamas (bed clothes?) which seems out of place and is confusing me a little. The railings on the very edge of the right handside of the frame are a little distracting too.


I think B&W suits the subject and adds to the mood of the image. I am no photoshop expert so can not offer serious technical advice all I would suggest is as above, if its possible to use photoshop to bring out the cross a little more from the background this would really help.

My Personal thoughts:

This image has so much potential, it is already a powerful shot but I feel isolating the 'model' and cross a little would add even more strength and emotion to the overall image.

I would love to know your thinking behind this shot and its title if you get time to explain I would really appreciate it :o)

If you've got any questions about this critique, please feel free to contact me via the PM system.

- Natalya :o)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/15/2006 08:50:52 PM
Very nice composition.
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10/12/2006 10:16:20 AM
What are they? - the things that define us?
The title is lost on me, I can't associate it with what I'm looking at.

However, this is supposed to be about the image so I'll ignore the title.

Nicely composed with the girl in the corner. Left half of the image is fine, but that big black cross is sort of lost in the big black trees. The tonal range selected probably has much to do with this. It might have been better just a little lighter to allow a differentiation between the cross and the trees.
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10/12/2006 10:06:58 AM
fascinating title. I suppose some of us are defined by grief, at least for phases of our lives. 7
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10/11/2006 08:58:39 AM
Thought provoking and nicely done,
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10/09/2006 10:33:38 AM
hmm , nice B&W ... more sharpness would fit this photo very much, i like the compo
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10/09/2006 03:20:37 AM
Great emotion. I think the b/w works really well for this picture. You did a nice job composing both the cross and person into the shot.
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