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Challenge: Black and White Portrait II (Advanced Editing V*)
Collection: Favorites - Ribbons
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Tamron SP AF 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di for Canon
Location: Easton, CT
Date: Jan 9, 2007
Aperture: f/3.2
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/160
Galleries: Portraiture, Children
Date Uploaded: Jan 9, 2007

I'm lucky to even have an entry this week. My first model was a no-show. My second choice didn't have time. No problem... I'll just shoot my daughter again. As I was setting up the lights, she was playing in another room and broke her arm (tip: rocking chairs don't belong on the bed).

This is my son and it was well past his bedtime, so he was in overdrive. The calm expression you see was a freak shot captured in the midst of his Tasmanian Devil act. I was playing with a new wireless remote trigger for my Alien Bees lights, and for some reason the light on the right side didn't fire. So this lighting was accidental, with just a brolly box in front and a reflector in my free hand.

The saga continued when it dawned on me that this was Tuesday- as I was sitting at the airport on a business trip. Doh! That forced me to do all the editing on a laptop at 30,000 feet. I arrived at my hotel just before 11pm... barely enough time to write this and submit. Whew!

Statistics
Place: 18 out of 491
Avg (all users): 6.6100
Avg (commenters): 8.2000
Avg (participants): 6.5152
Avg (non-participants): 6.6845
Views since voting: 1644
Views during voting: 446
Votes: 300
Comments: 25
Favorites: 3 (view)


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01/17/2007 07:10:29 PM
I always enjoy coming back to find your shots after a challenge has ended, even with such a simple shot, the photographers notes are still interesting! This was one of my top picks in the challenge... it's fantastic (even if it was accidental)! :)
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01/17/2007 07:44:38 AM
Shannon, this is wonderful! Your portraits are testimony to your wonderful versatility as a photographer.
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01/17/2007 03:32:48 AM
Excellent,nice framing!!
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01/17/2007 01:16:40 AM
What a saga of the endeavors to get this one taken as well as sumitted!
And your daughter broke her arm as a result of your selfish desires??
Just kidding Shannon - sheesh you go to some lengths...
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01/17/2007 12:44:16 AM
I can't believe this didn't add another ribbon to your collection! This one stood out and made me keep thinking about it even long after I'd voted!

What a flawless face!

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/16/2007 07:36:51 PM
What a cute face. I like how he is looking right at me through the picture.
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01/16/2007 06:46:37 PM
Brilliant lighting, composition. I love this photo. The only thing that stops me giving this a 10 is I find the sleeve on the left arm (right in the image) a touch too close to the mouth and a bit distracting. You've done a fantastic job here. 9
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01/15/2007 08:22:36 PM
Nice lighting and composition. Good luck in the challenge.
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01/14/2007 10:17:21 PM
Perfect 10!
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01/14/2007 09:22:11 AM
very nice
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01/14/2007 04:52:54 AM
good composition
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01/13/2007 11:26:09 PM
VERY cute! Focus and tonal range right on the button I would crop it in on the left all the way to the lip of the cuff. - 9
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01/13/2007 08:14:50 PM
This is so good. Perfect!!! 10, and I hope to see it at least in top 5.
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01/13/2007 03:26:28 PM
A wonderful photo!
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01/13/2007 02:59:47 PM
Great shot. Clean and adorable. Back to bump you up to 8. Well done.
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01/13/2007 11:35:52 AM
wow, great child portrait. really like it, stands out from the competition. 9
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01/11/2007 12:13:47 PM
beautiful lighting and technical detail - the BW conversion is very rich with a great tonal range. nicely done SC ;)

P-ness
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01/11/2007 02:21:42 AM
Looks too posed, otherwise very well executed shot 7
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01/10/2007 07:57:06 PM
Just BEAUTIFUL! Truly BEAUTIFUL 10!
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01/10/2007 05:07:38 PM
Ok, there is a raging debte about people's voting habits at the moment, so i will attempt to give a detailed comment with my vote:

good lighting. good use of DOF. good title that goes with the image. Nice focus on the eyes. composition isn't bad either. 7
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01/10/2007 04:50:58 PM
Ohmy!!! What refreshing beauty! A refreshing adorable face for sure, photographed to absolute perfection, but also refreshing talent in this surprisingly weak challenge! I will be disappointed if this one is not one of the top 3! 10!! (only my 2nd one given today)
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01/10/2007 10:09:49 AM
A great idea to give him some "business" to do with his hands.

The hat and arms make a nice natural frame and combined with the out of focus background, really allow the eyes to stand out. 8.
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01/10/2007 08:06:50 AM
Nice sharp focus on the eyes. Lovely lighting and b&w treatment. Nice out of focus, non-distracting background. Cute pose. Well done.
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01/10/2007 06:50:08 AM
Nice portrait!, if only you focussed on it's face and not on the cap since the cap is much sharper than the face.
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01/10/2007 02:11:44 AM
I love this composition and how his hands make a frame w/in the frame. Excellent tones! Thanks!
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