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The Key's to Success
The Key's to Success
jefalk


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Challenge: Portrait (Advanced Editing I)
Camera: Canon EOS-1Ds
Location: Westhills CA
Date: Mar 12, 2004
Aperture: 20
ISO: 100
Shutter: 200
Galleries: Portraiture, Studio
Date Uploaded: Mar 13, 2004

Levels by just a tad, crop, frame and resized; otherwise as shot. 6) Heads, 5) grids, 2) diff and one snoot. Canon 1Ds, 70-200L @ 70mm, Speedotron.

Statistics
Place: 19 out of 135
Avg (all users): 6.4147
Avg (commenters): 7.9643
Avg (participants): 5.9694
Avg (non-participants): 6.7815
Views since voting: 2352
Votes: 217
Comments: 33
Favorites: 2 (view)


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AuthorThread
01/14/2005 06:23:04 PM
Excellent photo!

I am considering purchasing the Canon EOS - 1Ds, could you email me with information as to where you purchased your camera and if you believe it was worth the money.

Thanks,

Jeff O.
jostrowsky@earthlink.net
08/13/2004 09:36:58 PM
Hi John,

I just wandered in and took a look at this.
Superb composition, pose & lighting.
I didn't vote on this competition, but would have put this in my top ten!
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03/26/2004 06:24:39 AM
No offense Jefalk umm...boring! It merits technical value but past that mental value is stringent and washed out!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/21/2004 07:01:39 PM
This is a good industrial portrait. Suitable for a cd or press release. The lighting is perfect. Very good job. The palette is even harmonious.
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03/21/2004 06:14:43 PM
Beautiful capture. I love the pose and the setting. I think the only thing that could possibly strengthen this photo would be some light to highlight the detail of the piano casing on the right side of the frame. = 10
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03/21/2004 06:08:11 PM
I really like this. A portrait not just of a face but I portrait that tells a story of a mans profession. Very nice detail and excellent lighting. Awesome!!! Good luck with the challenge!!!
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03/21/2004 09:08:16 AM
Hi!

You seem to have nailed all the technical details of this pic down! The framing, composition, lighting and exposure all are very good. But the pose of the model strikes as forced and/or unnatural. It just seems a bit cliche (spelling).
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03/21/2004 07:31:19 AM
Execellent composition and posing. I would tone down the highlighted button and the specular hightlight on the piano. I like how the hair light adds separation between the subject and background.
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03/20/2004 10:08:55 AM
nice photo and great portrait. high marks!!
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03/18/2004 10:11:02 PM
interesting portrait putting the person into their "environment". Great lighting. The only 2 things I would tweek would be to 1) change his hand position to face the back of the hand to the camera rather than the side of the hand... back of the hand is more masculine. 2) I might have him lean toward the piano a bit more, or rest the other arm or hand on it. He is getting his portrait taken with the piano, so it must be an important aspect of his life.
nice going all around. :)
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03/18/2004 09:46:33 PM
Very nicely done ... I like seeing a portrait in some sort of context. The wrinkles in the background are distracting though.
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03/17/2004 08:46:03 PM
Very cool shot. Love the lighting and the piano. I would have zoomed in a little more maybe. Not sure.
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03/17/2004 05:46:34 PM
Good lighting and skin tones. I like the way the background enhances the subject
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03/17/2004 04:52:26 PM
Classic portrait of a musician - the lighting is warm and the hints of color balance each other well - nice shot. - 8
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03/16/2004 07:32:16 PM
Lovely composition and lighting. Wonderful colours and attention to key elements. Evidence of substantial time and effort. Well done.
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03/16/2004 03:48:12 PM
I like this one because it truly conveys the subject's personality (somethign every portrait should do).
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03/16/2004 02:36:34 PM
Nice lighting, and color. Maybe a bit more light on the piano? :)
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03/16/2004 11:45:32 AM
Professional all around
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03/15/2004 10:02:52 PM
Nice composition, relaxed and good light. I only wish to be closer, but this is really nice.
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03/15/2004 08:41:19 PM
nice photo for the challenge and one of the few (maybe only) using a prop...the coloring and lighting gives such a nice realxing feel to it...well done
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03/15/2004 02:25:45 PM
a tad sharper is needed but all in all a great photo 9/10
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03/15/2004 11:49:50 AM
perhaps a little dark, but that might be a monitor difference ... the bright spot on the piano is a little distracting, but i like this one a lot :)
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03/15/2004 10:36:52 AM
Beautiful Shot..... nice composition... I just love the feel...
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03/15/2004 10:25:36 AM
Most Excellent!!
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03/15/2004 10:08:15 AM
Very well executed. Terrific lighting, angling & composition! 10+
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03/15/2004 09:39:05 AM
Nice title, attractive portrait, the framing (for once) adds to the overall effect. The open lid leads the eye nicley to the subject and the warmth of the light in the piano lends a good balance to his head and hair. Even the piano keys take the eyes to the main subject. The more I look, the more I see, the more I like!
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03/15/2004 08:56:59 AM
Beautiful pic.
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03/15/2004 07:26:40 AM
fantastic lighting and composition, but i wish for more passion. also, "Key's" is making me crazy, it's "Keys" unless you're making some sort of deliberate play on words involving a key that I don't get.
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03/15/2004 01:53:15 AM
Beautiful shot. A wall hanger for sure. Bit of a white hot spot near the keys, and the background behind the model isn't my taste, but might just be me. Really well done photograph...
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03/15/2004 01:26:24 AM
Great lighting on the piano. Subject looks familiar
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03/15/2004 01:12:55 AM
Great Shot! It might of been better without the yellow light on the right side. It takes your eyes away from the subject.
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03/15/2004 01:12:11 AM
I like this shot a lot. I think it's nice to have some aspect of the person's interests or personality in the portrait.
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03/15/2004 12:40:41 AM
This is my favorite portrait of the challenge so far. This is perfect work. The subject is more than just a face. This tells the story of the person. Nice simple color with formal black drops that help keep your attention on the subject. The only thing this needs is your signature :) Beautiful work! 10
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