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Saint Nick?!?!
Saint Nick?!?!

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Challenge: Free Study 2007-12 (Advanced Editing V)
Camera: Nikon D50
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G IF-ED
Location: Dining room of my home
Date: Dec 25, 2007
Aperture: f / 4.5
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/60 sec
Galleries: Snapshot, Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Dec 27, 2007

Still not very good with Photoshop so the editing is minimal.

Levels, saturation and then selective blurring of the background -- thus creating the slight back lit effect.

Taken with my D50 + the SB-600 with a home made bounce card.


Post Challenge:

Looking at it now, I see how the aura could be distracting. I did this on purpose to help show the glow of the smile and to give it a bit of a saintly look.

Thanks for all the comments! My new personal best!

Place: 128 out of 429
Avg (all users): 5.9091
Avg (commenters): 6.4286
Avg (participants): 5.8421
Avg (non-participants): 6.0323
Views since voting: 782
Views during voting: 275
Votes: 176
Comments: 10
Favorites: 1 (view)

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01/08/2008 02:30:21 AM
The lighting is quite good for this, though the more professional portrait types could give you a better critique. Me, I love his smile! I will say I'm not fond of the background. For a portrait, a plain background is probably good, but to give the shot a three-dimensional look, I think it needs some texture to it of some sort - but that's a personal preference. I'd say overall in the challenge it did pretty well.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/05/2008 01:10:29 PM
Hehe nice timing:) The glowing edges around him is not working for my taste but still i like everything else about it:)
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01/05/2008 11:39:56 AM
Santa on his off days :) Very nice portrait :D
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01/04/2008 07:48:02 PM
Your portrait makes me smile. Bit of an odd glow on the right hand side of the image along his ear and skull, but I love his exprression. You can't help but smile in return. Good luck in the challenge. 8
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01/03/2008 10:41:46 PM
Looks a little like a former coworker of mine. Great portrait. Wonderful expression and the lighting is just right.
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01/02/2008 06:11:58 PM
wow, i bet you're regretting not getting this in the "spectacle" challenge! its very sharp and clear, and i like the slight halo around him /8
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01/02/2008 02:34:20 PM
I like the "soft" feel of this shot.
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01/01/2008 06:57:48 PM
Nice lighting and good detail.
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01/01/2008 01:30:45 PM
The portrait is good but the halo around your subject indicates a poor command of post processing.
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01/01/2008 11:11:35 AM
I suppose the light aura arond you subject could be seen as saintly, but to my eye, it's a distraction.
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