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Challenge: Natural Light Portrait (Advanced Editing V*)
Camera: Nikon D70
Lens: Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D
Location: Red WIng, MN
Date: Jul 14, 2007
Aperture: f1.4
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/1500
Galleries: Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Jul 15, 2007

Taken yesterday, my wife graciously posed. Processed using Lightroom and then typical steps including some clone removal of skin defects, curves, hue and sat, bit of dodging and burning around the eyes, gaussian layer to smooth skin and cropped, resized and sharpened. NOt much luck with challenges lately but hoping for a 5.7

Place: 127 out of 366
Avg (all users): 5.7061
Avg (commenters): 6.5000
Avg (participants): 5.3258
Avg (non-participants): 5.9496
Views since voting: 746
Views during voting: 308
Votes: 228
Comments: 8
Favorites: 0

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07/28/2007 09:08:06 AM
Well you asked for my comment so here goes :) Pretty wife, pretty light and well exposed and I like the DOF. There is absolutely nothing wrong with this shot technically so my best guess is why it didn´t score better is maybe DPC is getting used to these technically good photos that you need a little more. I mean she is really pretty and has a lovely smile but it seems a bit like that´s all there is, she isn´t really portraying any deep emotion and you don´t really connect to her in the shot, who she is and that kind of stuff, she´s "just" a pretty lady with a pretty smile.

Also I guess a couple of those low votes were from anal people who think catchlights meant you didn´t use natural lighting from it so they DNMC voted it.

That´s my best guess :)
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07/25/2007 08:12:57 AM
Very nice portrait of your wife, Jack. It does look natural with your carefull PP. Guess your prediction of a 5.7 came true.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/21/2007 07:19:35 AM
An appealing portrait that gives the viewer a bit of an insight into the person rather than just concentrating on individual facial features. Your subtle post processing is spot on. Very good work.
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07/20/2007 10:22:17 PM
Great portrait. The lighting is very good. You must have used a reflector to fill in under the cap brim? Very nice work.
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07/19/2007 11:06:39 PM
like the photo, but wish that the neck had little less light (lower exposure maybe?)
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07/19/2007 01:32:11 PM
nice expression, nice background blur - I find the hat takes away from her eyes -
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07/18/2007 10:15:18 PM
THe texture of her skin seems inconsistent. The focus is a little confusing too. While the eyes and teeth are sharp the nose is blurry.
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07/18/2007 03:48:54 PM
Well green is my favourite colour but I don't like the lighting on her face, it just draws attention to the wrong places.
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