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Challenge: Color Studio Portrait (Advanced Editing II)
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 700
Location: Living room
Date: Jun 25, 2004
ISO: 80
Galleries: Fashion, Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Jun 26, 2004


Place: 57 out of 92
Avg (all users): 5.4142
Avg (commenters): 5.9130
Avg (participants): 5.1940
Avg (non-participants): 5.5000
Views since voting: 1070
Views during voting: 366
Votes: 239
Comments: 24
Favorites: 0

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07/05/2004 01:21:00 AM
Thanks to all who commented. I appreciate receiving so many comments. I'm a bit disappointed that so many chose to comment about the lighting on the left side of her face. I intended the half-lighting. It is not an uncommon type of portrait lighting so I'm not sure why so many chose to give advice as to how to add fill-light. I actually have other shots from this sitting where her whole face is lit. I used three separate lights.
I thought it was quite obvious that I intended the lighting (some people got it so I wasn't that far off) so those kind of comments just kind of irritate after the third or fourth one. If I had lit her whole face, I would have lost the mood I was aiming at.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/04/2004 08:23:32 PM
Lighting: Needs a reflector to bounce light back onto the left side of the face and hair. The catchlight in her right eye is fine, but she needs on in her left. The light on her neck is a bit hot.
Pose: The pose is fine, but if her head was turned a bit to the right, the light would be able to fall more uniformly on the left side of her face and would not create the heavy shadows under her hair on her right.
Background: The black works well, but would prefer more separation between her and the background.
07/04/2004 02:50:13 PM
Every time I look at this, I try and figure out just how old she is. The lighting, costume and old school portrait framing, make it hard to determine! Great shot.
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07/04/2004 12:49:21 AM
A case where (personally) I'd like a more descriptive title. There's obviously something going on besides someone sitting for a formal portrait -- I'm curious as to what it is.
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07/02/2004 02:42:59 PM
What an odd, wonderful portrait! Make you wonder who is Margaret, she must have a story to tell. She's too old for pure dress ups, too young to really wear this get up. He strange expression adds to the mystery. The phoot itself is really well done, the lighting enhances the drama and makes her look more trapped in her odd life. Her upward glance is tentative to the point of being afraid. Great work!
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07/02/2004 10:20:30 AM
This has a sort of VIctorian appeal to it. I like the choice of costume and hat. The portrait is too dark on her right side, IMHO. I would rather see a bit more detail all over than just on one side. The light seems to blow out on the pearls a bit. This does have potential, perhaps with minor lighting adjustments. :o)
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07/01/2004 02:06:14 PM
I lke the compo and the colors. The pose is very classic. 10
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06/30/2004 05:07:03 PM
this is an interesting composition. the clothing is very period, and i think it would have suited an B&W / sepia type aged look very well (but obviously wouldn't fit the challenge). i like the lighting, and i like how she's off-centre. i'm not all that keen on the background - it's just too oppressing because there is too much black. i'm also not too sure that for a portrait, looking up to the left while face is at the camera works too well. minor other thing (something i've been told off for too) the clasp from the necklace seems a bit distracting - putting it behind her neck might help. what this does have though is ample style and a fair amount of flair and originality. from me, it gets a 7
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06/30/2004 02:24:07 AM
Mysterious - probably as planned. The pearls are the highest point of contrast - which detracts a bit.
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06/29/2004 11:58:58 PM
I think this is a nice portrait, however the lighting seems a blit too dark. Her head fades into the background.
06/29/2004 09:47:05 PM
The necklace looks out of place and quite distracting, the eyes should have been more bright. In portraits the eyes are what should attract attention first.
06/29/2004 06:21:37 PM
very dark, a bit light on the face would of gave this shot a better score
06/29/2004 05:24:17 PM
Right side of face is very dark. Also the lighting makes it seems like a spotlight is on her neck.
06/28/2004 09:55:52 PM
Some front-fill or right-fill lighting would enhance this image.
06/28/2004 09:40:14 PM
I like it. Even the lighting.
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06/28/2004 06:08:24 PM
It's not 100% It looks to hard I guess (6)
06/28/2004 05:10:50 PM
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06/28/2004 04:54:38 PM
a bit dark, but defenitely intruiging
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06/28/2004 04:37:12 PM
good image
the costume kind of spoils it for me
good luck though
great expresion
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06/28/2004 04:04:55 PM
Nice lighting and costumen. I like how it brings out her eye.
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06/28/2004 04:00:48 PM
Great shadows ... but perhaps a little less on the left eye ...
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06/28/2004 03:02:13 PM
cool clothes, cool expression, cool eye catch light and color .... but the shadows distract a little bit.
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06/28/2004 10:26:38 AM
One of my top picks for this challenge. Odd and excellent choices, wonderful model.
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06/28/2004 09:15:13 AM
Good picture. The only thing I would change is moving the necklace clasp behind her neck so it isn't visible.
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