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Challenge: Portrait with Spectacles (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-30D
Lens: Tamron SP AF 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di for Canon
Date: Jan 3, 2008
Date Uploaded: Jan 3, 2008

I so wish this was advanced editing. Basic sucks for portriats.

Shot with the 420 as a slave off a silver umbrella to the upper right. The 580 was on camera angled to shoot just over her head to light the white muslin background. Let me just say that it is so hard to get a 3 yr old to face the camera and then "look over there" without moving her head. The glasses are mommy's old prescription.

PP - RAW conversion, multiple selective color, hue/sat and levels layers to get the high key effect, NI, resize, USM.

We have found that Rowan just works well in high key. I would have preferred to keep this in color, but because its a basic challenge I couldnt clean up her eyes like I wanted to in color. Their always seems to be a slight blue tint in her whites of her eyes that I can't get rid of in basic. To tweak the color in her pupils means to tweak the color in her whites. So black and white it is.

And 7 hours into the challenge I a pleasantly surprised at a 6.88 with 45 votes or so. 2008 may be a good year.

Post Challenge - Whooh hooh! I am beginning to like 2008. So glad this scored as well as it did. High key kid shots dont normally do so hot. Thanks for the comments and votes. A part of me was hoping to yellow ribbon as I dont have one of those yet. But I can settle for blue. ;)

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 209
Avg (all users): 7.0662
Avg (commenters): 7.8261
Avg (participants): 6.6512
Avg (non-participants): 7.2438
Views since voting: 6515
Views during voting: 482
Votes: 287
Comments: 72
Favorites: 11 (view)


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01/21/2008 11:05:34 AM
I think everything ... the mood the lighting the DOF the expression ... but sheesh ... that really really really hard sharpened edge under the top lip makes me cringe. It seems such a small fault with an absolutely gorgeous portrait.

Please don't get me wrong ... it is actually INCREDIBLE in all other ways ... It just looks like the bottom of her top lip was cut with scissors IMO.

... sorry ... but I thought you would like everyone's opinion ... please send me an email to tell me if you agree or disagree so I don't feel so guilty?

Edited later ...

oh ... STUPID me. I did not even think about looking at the editing rules allowed for the shot and did not notice it was Basic Editing Rules. I can see how this happened now and LOVE the shot and now realize that that lip halo would not be there on a full size image. It IS a beautiful image and something else that I just realized ... a PERFECT example of how rules should be broken in some instances and better for her looking OUT of the shot rather than in.

Message edited by author 2008-01-21 20:39:28.
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01/21/2008 12:31:57 AM
Wow, it's not often my top pick actually makes it. Congrats!!!
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01/20/2008 02:05:08 PM
Originally posted by timfythetoo:

Originally posted by digifotojo:

Not sure why this took first place, it's burned out and not very interesting. Hmm

I think it took first place because it had the highest overall average. But I could be mistaken. ;)

I think it was those great glasses...yeah...it was the cool glasses! Beautiful shot of our wee babe! Adding to fav's of course!
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01/19/2008 04:24:11 PM
Love the high key look and she has such a wonderful expression. Congratulations!
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01/17/2008 10:07:58 PM
Way to go on yet another blue. I love the high key image here and the detail is razor sharp. Well done.
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01/17/2008 06:59:53 PM
Not sure why this took first place, it's burned out and not very interesting. Hmm

Perhaps, some "spectacles" may help??? :)

Lovely shot Tim! This must have been a difficult capture! Three year olds are notorious for sitting still at the best of times, let alone when trying to focus and get lighting right! I find this an interesting shot because it's quite a "natural" look on this child's face, even though it likely took about 50 shots to get it "right" *smile* Congratulations! Very well deserved!
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01/17/2008 05:25:11 PM
she's adorable!
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01/17/2008 01:54:39 AM
Nice picture, but as she is looking on right side, so space should be on right side not left. So that she looks into the frame :)
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01/16/2008 09:40:49 PM
Congrats Timmy....a beautiful High Key photo.
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01/16/2008 05:31:02 PM
This is fabulous! Congrats!!

(Sounds like jealousy is rearing it's head below!)
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01/16/2008 04:45:40 PM
Originally posted by digifotojo:

Not sure why this took first place, it's burned out and not very interesting. Hmm


you having a bad day? I'm glad you are not the majority voter.
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01/16/2008 03:28:47 PM
Well deserving of the blue.
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01/16/2008 03:01:56 PM
Congrats to you. I love that you photograph your kids so often. So do I. Your images deserve the recognition they are getting. Congrats.
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01/16/2008 01:46:11 PM
Originally posted by digifotojo:

Not sure why this took first place, it's burned out and not very interesting. Hmm

I think it took first place because it had the highest overall average. But I could be mistaken. ;)
01/16/2008 01:27:46 PM
Not sure why this took first place, it's burned out and not very interesting. Hmm
01/16/2008 12:18:53 PM
Congrats Tim! looks like 2008 is being good to you! You do such great work!
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01/16/2008 11:35:41 AM
Congrats for this beautiful image & for the Blue. Well deserved.
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01/16/2008 10:33:18 AM
Congratulations. I love her expression!
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01/16/2008 09:40:48 AM
congrats on ANOTHER ribbon - great image.
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01/16/2008 08:53:10 AM
Nice to see a really well-done high key win the blue. Good work Tim!
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01/16/2008 07:11:36 AM
Congrats! Very nice shot!
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01/16/2008 06:57:35 AM
Nice! I really like this shot of Rowan - she's becoming quite the model! And now you're the guy to beat in 2008, you know... :-)
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01/16/2008 06:53:24 AM
Congrats on the blue Tim! Excellent high key photo! Just love the little girls expression! Way to start off 2008!
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01/16/2008 05:52:19 AM
Awesome! Congrats Tim. I love the high key approach
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01/16/2008 04:43:47 AM
beautiful picture,well done and congratulations
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01/16/2008 04:12:22 AM
Steady Eddie, you becoming a bit of a Whizz with these blue things...
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01/16/2008 02:56:37 AM
Missed that one, have been tired of voting these days - surely a deserved win. Congrats! *mumbles* so how can I catch up with that %$&/"§#*@
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01/16/2008 02:39:07 AM
terrific shot - congrats on the Blue :- )
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01/16/2008 01:35:36 AM
BINGO!
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01/16/2008 01:19:58 AM
Very well done High Key!
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01/16/2008 01:16:17 AM
Superb shot! Love the expression on her face. WTG Tim!!!
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01/16/2008 01:07:25 AM
Your kids and high key do quite nicely Tim. Congrats and I"m looking forward to a new trend at DPC. ;)
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01/16/2008 12:43:38 AM
Lovely shot, congrats on the riboon, Tim.
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01/16/2008 12:34:30 AM
I love high key portraits, and this one is great. Awesome expression and great dof.
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01/16/2008 12:31:14 AM
Love the high key and her expression...congrats!
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01/16/2008 12:24:12 AM
love the high key! congrats on the ribbon!
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01/16/2008 12:17:23 AM
2008 is being very good to you :) Cute portrait.
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01/16/2008 12:15:15 AM
Well, that's the way to start 2008. Congrats! :)
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01/16/2008 12:11:56 AM
congrats for another blue Tim!! But I think I should congratulate Rowan instead!! :-)
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01/16/2008 12:07:20 AM
Two in a row, way to go!
I like the off centered composition and the eyes looking in the same (off-centered) direction.
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01/16/2008 12:07:14 AM
Well done and congrats on another ribbon!
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01/16/2008 12:04:53 AM
Great image Tim! Congrats man!
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01/16/2008 12:04:32 AM
Tiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiimmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm! Again! another blue! Go, Tim, Go...picked this as a winner
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01/16/2008 12:04:28 AM
Congrats Tim. You're on a roll.
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01/16/2008 12:03:56 AM
Great shot. Congrats on the ribbon
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/15/2008 11:51:04 PM
Combinations of shoftness and detail like this one never fail to amaze me.
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01/15/2008 10:47:43 PM
This is cute. Is this called high-key then? I don't like the oversharpened mouth but everything else looks awesome.
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01/15/2008 09:29:16 PM
Cute shot and technically very nice.
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01/15/2008 03:13:08 PM
love it..just right side a litte to much light..but still good one!
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01/14/2008 08:16:21 PM
nice high key effect. also glad to see that it was in focus. the past several that i have voted on were making me think i need to check my monitor or have my eyes examined.
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01/13/2008 03:13:47 PM
Love the expression!
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01/13/2008 03:00:26 PM
Awwwww!!! How can I not like a picture of a baby with glasses!?
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01/13/2008 01:34:02 AM
beautiful.
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01/12/2008 08:02:37 PM
Nice comp, the border works well
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01/12/2008 03:52:55 PM
I was delighted when I saw this - the skillful lighting is so delicate. Everything is so soft, smooth, and lovely. And that expression is perfect. ;) I LOVE it!
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01/12/2008 01:29:25 PM
Looks like a Tim/Aimee creation to me - a masterclass in high key. Good fun.
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01/11/2008 09:10:12 PM
a potential winner...great pose, love the processing and the narrow depth of field...good luck with this 9
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01/11/2008 08:16:46 PM
bright cute
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01/11/2008 05:33:09 PM
cute and simple. almost too simple. y'know what i'm sayin, cuz?
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01/11/2008 03:32:49 PM
perfect! Could be a blue.
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01/11/2008 12:53:05 AM
adorable!
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01/10/2008 09:44:43 PM
i think the white border might take away from it, but a classic photo. i love it.
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01/10/2008 02:32:36 PM
The eyes look unnatural.
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01/10/2008 01:27:20 PM
The eyes is what this challenge is all about and they are a nicely presented pair therein. I feel a little uncomfortable about the cropped chin. 7.
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01/10/2008 12:10:13 PM
Great expression, and the exposure looks great although it's a little overexposed...it makes is seem softer and gives the face a nice glow.
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01/09/2008 08:45:05 PM
Perfect composition and the look on her face is priceless.
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01/09/2008 08:39:58 PM
great photo , love it
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01/09/2008 06:48:49 PM
Cute! Blends in a little with the background in some places, but the framing of this shot is so interesting!
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01/09/2008 06:44:59 PM
Like the black and white aspect.
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01/09/2008 06:44:33 PM
I really like the exposure. Very clean and soft yet focused. Very Nice.
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01/09/2008 12:31:33 PM
This picture is very clear and pure looking. Nice!
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01/09/2008 02:45:38 AM
ADORABLE!!!!! wow, your lighting is light fantastic!
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