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Challenge: Black and White Portrait II (Advanced Editing V*)
Camera: Nikon D50
Lens: Nikon AF Micro-Nikkor 60mm f2.8D
Location: Vancouver, WA
Date: Jan 6, 2007
Aperture: 1:10.0
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/8s
Galleries: Portraiture, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Jan 6, 2007

Taken in home studio with four lights. Editing steps were to convert image to gray scale, increase contrast slightly and resize.

Place: 139 out of 491
Avg (all users): 5.6700
Avg (commenters): 5.3636
Avg (participants): 5.6822
Avg (non-participants): 5.6609
Views since voting: 1037
Views during voting: 415
Votes: 303
Comments: 11
Favorites: 0

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/16/2007 01:09:31 PM
The beads are trying to steal the show. You have an attractive model, but the first thing that caught my attention is the beads she is holding. They are brighter than her face and naturally draw attention. Overall, I think her face is a little soft (would like to see her eyes sharper). One side item is her lips/lipstick - the way the lighter color appears to be between her upper and bottom lip, it looks like the tip of her tongue is sticking out. :) All of the above is JMO of course. Best of luck to you in the challenge.
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01/15/2007 03:48:15 PM
Nice entry here. I like the way her hands and the beads frame her face.
Good luck
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01/14/2007 09:01:15 AM
I think it would have been better without the beads.
01/13/2007 11:30:43 PM
IMHO, every bit of light value in the frame that is not the face, distracts from the face. I know this is rather picky, but this is quite good. I might try to get a bit more shadow on the left side of the face.
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01/12/2007 02:28:59 PM
Could use a tad more focus IMO. I cannot find the focal point.
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01/11/2007 11:42:51 AM
I think you captured her world
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01/10/2007 05:53:14 PM
This would really stand out if the eyes were sharper/in focus versus the lips. Otherwise, nicely captured.
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01/10/2007 01:09:03 PM
Too artificial
01/10/2007 12:18:10 PM
I really like some of the contrasting tones. Are the eyes a little out of focus?
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01/10/2007 07:29:36 AM
seems a little out of focus..
01/10/2007 12:35:52 AM
softer light would really make this image.
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