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Jennifer
Jennifer
EddyG


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Challenge: Portrait (Advanced Editing I)
Camera: Canon EOS-10D
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
Location: My basement
Date: Mar 13, 2004
Aperture: 4.0
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/100 sec
Galleries: Fashion, Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Mar 14, 2004

I finally convinced my wife to model for me for this challenge... my first attempt at taking a "formal" portrait shot ever. She has previously been featured in two of my challenge entries (Arrival in "A Night on the Town" and Away From It All in "At Rest"), but never as prominently as this. I don't take enough "people pictures", so I was really looking forward to being able to enter this challenge for some practice. (Jen, in case you ever read this: thanks for modeling for me hunny! You certainly made it hard to choose which shot to submit!)

Shot in raw mode. Bumped up saturation and contrast and made a very small crop off the bottom of the shot before converting to TIFF. Then just some minor "healing brush" touch-ups in Photoshop; resize; a touch of Auto F/X's free Dreamy Photo plug-in; save for web.

Shot hand-held with the Canon 50mm/1.4 (my third successive challenge entry with this lens.)

Lighting is courtesy of natural light coming in through the basement window, with some fill via a 550EX shot into a Photek umbrella and a 420EX positioned behind her.

P.S. This is her natural hair color (except for the blonde highlights, of course)

My alternate entry:
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Place: 14 out of 135
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03/22/2004 08:29:59 AM
You have a very beautiful wife! I think you did chose the right one, Great job!
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03/22/2004 06:03:50 AM
Great photo, Ed. You have a very pretty wife and you did a good job showing us that. (P.S. she's gonna kill you if she reads your comment about the healing brush ;P )
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03/22/2004 04:35:45 AM
I like the expression in your alternate entry even better, a great smile. Only the white back of the chair is distracting.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/21/2004 09:00:10 PM
Very very good... I hope to be able to get shots this good when I start portrait photography :-) I really like her pose, the backlighting against her hair and the composition.
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03/21/2004 05:58:24 PM
very good play with the light on this
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03/21/2004 08:44:04 AM
lovely light, color, and a pretty face
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03/20/2004 07:54:23 PM
Wonderful lighting and focus. Beautiful photograph!
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03/20/2004 07:42:25 AM
I like the backlighting on this very much, very good effort.
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03/20/2004 03:47:47 AM
Just perfect, nice soft light on the face, great expression, make-up, pose, and to finish it all the light from behind the emphasise the great hair color. 10
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03/19/2004 09:16:49 PM
Great backlighting. Naturally looking colours and skin. Lovely portrait well cropped.
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03/19/2004 11:46:05 AM
Good job for giving to someone special to put on their desk. Excellent head shot. This is the kind of stuff that agencies look for for models. Very nice hair highlites and excellent catch lights in her eyes
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03/18/2004 12:22:09 PM
It's easy to over do the catch light and you are on the right track. One of the features that make a wall hung portrait, is the depth "in" character. Keep on this track for sure.
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03/17/2004 03:52:59 PM
Beautiful image.
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03/16/2004 03:57:38 PM
A great capture of the subject's personality - something every portrait should strive to do. I like the tones and the lighting.
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03/16/2004 11:41:25 AM
WOW. Great tones and lighting; the backlighting adds to the attractiveness of the shot. Gorgeous model with beautiful eyes helps too (I'm in love). If this doesn't get a ribbon I'm gonna be disappointed.
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03/16/2004 11:28:05 AM
Superb use of light. Composition is centered and effective. 9
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03/16/2004 07:26:28 AM
Nice coloration and to me a bit more contrast and ya got a ribon.
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03/15/2004 10:14:11 PM
great idea.. nice colors and lighting. slight tilt to her head might make this a bit more dynamic.
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03/15/2004 09:13:03 PM
Wow, such eyes! Great capture, good lighting, good cropping, good pose. This is an A+ portrait of a lovely subject.
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03/15/2004 08:42:56 PM
I'm in love. Fantastic shot. BOL
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03/15/2004 07:26:19 PM
I really like the lighting here
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03/15/2004 03:48:49 PM
Technically a fine portrait with efective lighting, framing and colour. but it lacks emotion - I sense little of the character of this person and in this sense it lacks an essential quality of portraiture.
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03/15/2004 10:52:29 AM
Ooooh love her hair, and brown eyes. I think the back light is perfect for her and this shot. Well done, great entry. Hope you do well.
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03/15/2004 10:13:56 AM
Having a beautiful woman to photograph certainly helps your odds : ) You did a splendid job on top of it! The highlights in her red her are really attractive. Nice job.
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03/15/2004 10:04:56 AM
The color is great. The light on the hair is also great.
I think I'd prefer a less stiff pose though, but thats just me :)
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03/15/2004 08:50:14 AM
This is a lovely portrait - like the style, the black background, the highlighted hair (great colour), the skin tones. I would love to see some more shots from the shoot - perhaps some less symmetrical and perhaps more relaxed? My subject had and has very limited patience and getting her to relax was not one of my strong points!
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03/15/2004 06:42:34 AM
great composition, and the deep stare pulls you right in. i would have tried getting at least the eyes a bit sharper, though.
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03/15/2004 02:27:16 AM
Beautiful colors and focus! Nice lighting
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03/15/2004 01:31:42 AM
I like the highlights on the hair. I would have liked more lighting to somehow bring out the eyes. I don't care for shots of ladies with their head resting on a closed fist.
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03/15/2004 12:50:43 AM
my favorite so far...nice pose and nice coloring...the black background brings out her hair & eyes nicely...she looks very comfortable and at ease posing...good job
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