DPChallenge: A Digital Photography Contest You are not logged in. (log in or register
Challenge Entries
Portfolio Images

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Portrait II (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: People/Street/Candid
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0L IS USM
Date: Dec 31, 2011
Aperture: 4.0
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/50
Galleries: Portraiture, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Dec 31, 2011

[Jan. 2nd, 2012 07:11:13 PM]

This is my daughter whom I asked to look a little sad for the shot. It’s taken next to a window to utilise the natural light and which was the only light source used. I also decided to add a bit of light-leak effect to image. Both of these may not have been the best choices judging by the comments.

No cropping, little editing and only three shots taken. Less than one minute to set up and take the shot and half an hour of editing (mostly to clone out a hair across her right eye and a couple of marks on her chin and nose. I would not expect this to do very well compared to those with good equipment, plenty of time and most importantly, the skills to take a good portrait.

Oh, and the other two shots? The first was just to try and gage the lighting and my daughter wanted a shot of her smiling. I probably should have taken a few more shots with a smaller aperture to get better focus on both eyes.

[Jan. 3rd, 2012 05:44:31 PM]

Lovely and helpful comments so far – thanks.

To answer some questions:

blindjustice – not formally metered (haven’t got one of those and wouldn’t know how to use it if I did). I used aperture priority and adjusted the exposure time to get a couple of steps down of the camera’s internal exposure metering measurement. I would have tweaked more during RAW conversion but I had lost my conversion software. I took the photo in both RAW and jpg and used the jpg for processing.

pamb – there is a light green tinge to the image. I used a tritone instead of just b&w. I had originally gone for a more brown finish but thought I’d try something different. The more I look at it the more I wish I went with the brown effect. You are not the only one to comment on the washing out at the bottom of the image (and this is probably why I was asked to send in my original). The original shot was already slightly washed out and it was sort of bothering me. So I decided to accentuate the effect. I can appreciate this would not be to most people’s liking but I liked the effect. The photo (not the model – my 10yr old daughter) was not particularly great so the added effect made it just a bit more interesting for me. I haven’t tried this before and if it fails validation it won’t be done by me again. I’m pretty sure I haven’t broken any rules.

Place: 41 out of 93
Avg (all users): 5.7908
Avg (commenters): 5.8571
Avg (participants): 5.4808
Avg (non-participants): 5.9505
Views since voting: 611
Views during voting: 306
Votes: 153
Comments: 11
Favorites: 2 (view)

Please log in or register to add your comments!

01/22/2012 05:01:15 AM
I like the greenish tint, don't know why others don't. It gives it that ole time feel to it. Very pretty girl.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/09/2012 01:03:50 AM
if we're choosing teams I want her on my side.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/06/2012 11:30:34 PM
Love the no-nonsense mien, piercing eyes...
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/04/2012 02:40:04 PM
Nice light, I like the contrast with the shadow.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/03/2012 11:10:29 PM
sweet use of light! I like this shot, but I think it appears as though it could use more contrast to me.. seems like it is a touch too flat.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/03/2012 04:54:03 AM
I have 2 monitors calibrated differently and this comes across as greenish on both of them. Was this the effect you were after? Lovely lighting and smooth tonal range. The white vignette is a little off-putting at the bottom - kind of makes it feel like she's floating.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/02/2012 11:39:15 PM
very nice lighting, well metered? alos, the way the shoulder fades to the nothing is nice.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/02/2012 10:36:36 AM
Like the idea of the sassy look with that hat. I'm not too keen on the bottom of the photo being faded.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/02/2012 10:11:49 AM
not sure about the burnout area around the shoulder. lacking fill light on the side to the camera
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/02/2012 12:34:06 AM
I love... love the light! But... I want a bit of... something.. in her eyes.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/02/2012 12:17:06 AM
Oh, that mood. I've seen it. Be afraid. Be very afraid.
  Photographer found comment helpful.

Home - Challenges - Community - League - Photos - Cameras - Lenses - Learn - Prints! - Help - Terms of Use - Privacy - Top ^
DPChallenge, and website content and design, Copyright © 2001-2021 Challenging Technologies, LLC.
All digital photo copyrights belong to the photographers and may not be used without permission.
Proudly hosted by Sargasso Networks. Current Server Time: 01/18/2021 06:23:20 PM EST.