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Challenge: Portrait in Landscape Orientation (Advanced Editing IV*)
Camera: Konica Minolta Maxxum 5D
Lens: Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di for Minolta
Location: Ann Arbor, MI
Date: Oct 31, 2006
Aperture: f/3.5
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/13
Galleries: Emotive, Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Oct 31, 2006

USM 40/0.3
USM 0.8 0.1 X3
Levels (increase detail in shadows),
brightness, contrast
Enhanced highlights on face
Darkened rest of the image with curves
brightened eye

Place: 104 out of 271
Avg (all users): 5.5789
Avg (commenters): 6.2500
Avg (participants): 5.3095
Avg (non-participants): 5.7178
Views since voting: 930
Views during voting: 327
Votes: 247
Comments: 11
Favorites: 2 (view)

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11/14/2006 07:22:33 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club: I have been assigned your photo to critique and here are my thoughts:

Personal Reaction: My initial reaction to your photo was very positive. Good looking model. Thoughtful pose. Very good photo.

Composition: Composition is excellent. It really brings attention to the eye, and then to the rest of the face. The shoulder in the background diminishes this a bit. I am sure it is an optical illusion, but the shoulder looks folded forward unnaturally, almost like it is someone elseís shoulder. A bit distracting.

Technicals: Lighting is excellent. Good DoF although blurring the shoulder a bit more might have helped, either with shallower DoF or with Gaussian blur. Color is interesting. There is a bit of a color cast. I am wondering if it would be better with a conversion to B&W. And if possibly subsequent conversion to Sepia would have strengthened it. A third possibility would be to use a Hue/Saturation layer and take out a little bit of yellow. I donít have the original to play with but you might try that.

Conclusions: Excellent image. Itís publication or advertising worthy and deserved a higher score than it received in my opinion. Color cast and shoulder treatment probably cost you 1-2 points in voting. You are pretty new to DPC. I hope you will remain an active participant. I like you style and would like to see more of it.

As always, this is my personal opinion. Feel free to PM me if youíd like further dialog.
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11/10/2006 05:05:20 PM
Brilliant. You got me. I must know the question!
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11/08/2006 12:00:28 AM
great light. The left shoulder/ background seems disconnected from him though.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/03/2006 08:37:54 PM
Why ?...Because the sky is blue. Come on now...cheer up...it can't be that bad! Nice use of low lighting.
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11/03/2006 02:51:49 PM
Lighting sets the mood, tells the story! I will learn from you! :)
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11/03/2006 01:35:05 PM
I would like to see this in B/W also.
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11/02/2006 02:06:57 PM
Because I said so!
11/02/2006 06:43:26 AM
great title matches the expression...very nice
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11/01/2006 11:16:39 AM
excellent mood, I love this kind of portraits a lot.
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11/01/2006 04:38:43 AM
I'm not sure about the yellow cast - I realize that's what you are going for but I think it might be a little too yellow
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11/01/2006 02:07:33 AM
I love the drama in this... love the shadows, the contrasts and the mood: I just find it too orange/red and leaning to the warm glow saturation...hints of "morning and a new day, and hope etc as opposed to loss and the coldness of despair...but that's just a personal respones...nothing to do with technical insights :)
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