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Challenge: Masters' Free Study (Advanced Editing II*)
Camera: Minolta DiMAGE 7i
Location: Studio
Date: Sep 25, 2004
Aperture: f8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/6
Galleries: Fashion, Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Sep 30, 2004

Photographed Keyonna in my home studio.
Post Processing:
* cropped
* selected background and used gray gradient mask for effect
* 50% neat image
* sharpened slighty for this jpeg but not the original
* the highlights on her face were softened with the air brush tool
* border added
I hope that I don't get dq'd because I believe that I have followed the rules.

Statistics
Place: 21 out of 69
Avg (all users): 7.0898
Avg (commenters): 7.8000
Avg (participants): 7.1724
Avg (non-participants): 7.0758
Views since voting: 2703
Views during voting: 878
Votes: 401
Comments: 77
Favorites: 4 (view)


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11/25/2004 12:45:43 AM
Deserved a much higher score imo.

The general requirement for portraiture seems to be to eliminate shadows on the subject. Poohee! I just LOVE your lighting! It's so natural and warm. The shadows are perfect. Well cast model too. Awesome.
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10/09/2004 12:25:51 AM
though this would have scored higher great job
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10/08/2004 08:51:46 AM
Woohoooo!!! Joann this rocks! She is beautiful.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/07/2004 11:30:00 PM
Nice use of props, and good lighting as well. 9.
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10/07/2004 10:37:49 PM
What a wonderful portrait, great lighting, pretty girl, wicker basket fits in good...well done.
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10/07/2004 09:52:02 PM
great portrait. simple ten.
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10/07/2004 07:56:37 PM
This is excellent. A beautiful lady. I love the pose, the composition and the dreamy look in her eyes.
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10/07/2004 06:33:33 PM
Very nice "studio" shot, bottom right corner coulda been cropped out though, (minor nitpick)-- 8
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10/07/2004 11:59:50 AM
Beautiful composition and lighting, focus etc. 9
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10/07/2004 07:10:04 AM
this is a beautiful portrait, very well composed, very compelling. i think it could be improved slightly if the lighting on the face was a little more balanced. if the shadow from her nose was softened, this would move up a notch for me. i like how the black top allows her torso to contribute to the composition without taking focus away from her face.
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10/07/2004 05:01:13 AM
You got this RIGHT! Simply beautiful!
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10/06/2004 07:35:41 PM
Photographically excellent, but the pastels and neutrals of the dried eucalyptus (and whatever those blue things are) seems to me to clash badly with the strong geometrics of her scarf. I'm sure your choice of props was intentional, this being a studio shot, but to a casual viewer it just doesn't fit. The stool is fine, but I'd definitely lose the other stuff on this shot.
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10/06/2004 02:28:42 PM
I wish you focused on her beautiful face only. The light could be dimmed a bit more. And there is strong shadow on the left which is disturbing a bit.
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10/06/2004 03:07:24 AM
Returning for comment:

Excellent portrait, well-done on the lighting and the soft focus treatment enhanced the photo quite well. 8
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10/06/2004 01:17:11 AM
A great photo. I have one problem with it though. It seems like it should be a great studio shot. Almost a 'glamour' photo but I feel she is either too bored or troubled. I definitely think more expression and personality could have been captured.
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10/05/2004 09:51:57 PM
I don't care for the wide border 6
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10/05/2004 06:34:54 PM
Your model is way to pretty to not have a big smile on her face! Actually, the expression is great, the border is nice, and overall the photo is great. Good Stuff!
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10/05/2004 02:36:42 PM
I like the model's pose, it makes her look relaxed and at ease.
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10/05/2004 11:27:07 AM
Super, super portrait. Lighting is outstanding as is the pose. It works very well with the gray / white background. I have two minor problems: a) The triangle of skin in the bottom right corner, and b) the border is just too much.
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10/05/2004 11:16:44 AM
Lovely portrait of wearm colors. Nice use of lighting.
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10/05/2004 11:16:02 AM
Good lighting and beautifull model - great picture!
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10/05/2004 02:04:29 AM
nice pic, wonderful natural expression
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10/05/2004 12:55:09 AM
A sweey and very tender study. though posed, it has a very natural feel and the wicker and dried flowers lend it a very friendly . Good lighting and good attention to background. Bumping up two notches.
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10/04/2004 11:41:50 PM
She's very beautiful. The lighting is excellent. Wonderful photo
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10/04/2004 11:17:47 PM
Nice studio shot. Your model's expression is hard to read, and doesn't really seem to convey the "warmth" from the title. Lighting and exposure are good, and the pose is well done. A bit more light from the left side would make things seem a bit less stark.
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10/04/2004 05:46:17 PM
I think the border is a bit too wide. Besides that, I really like this shot. The slight shadow cast by something out of sight on the left is maybe a bit distracting. The pose is cliche but it works well with her facial expression. Alsom the colors are great! 8
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10/04/2004 12:49:52 PM
this is pure pro. beautifully lit, nicely posed, though maybe a little still or unnatural or something. the model's expression is fantastic - she looks comfortable in front of the camera, which speaks volumes about the photographer in my mind. i could do without the bevelled inside edge on the border, but that's not something i'd deduct points for by any means. well done.
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10/04/2004 12:20:43 PM
Oh my goodness! This is stunning! I hope you are doing portraiture for a living, because you certainly have the gift! The frame really adds to this too! How could anyone give this anything but a 10! If I could give a 10+ I would!
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10/04/2004 10:45:04 AM
A great portrait type shot here! Like the pose and setup you've used here. Not too keen on the border though... 8
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10/04/2004 05:29:17 AM
An exceptional portrait with equally exceptional lighting and exposure. The added props are well chosen.
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10/03/2004 04:52:55 PM
I'm not sure about the title on this one...nor the extraneous objects (those leaves are distracting, as is the wicker)... but SHE is divine! Lovely skin tones, great shadowing, and her expression and pose is perfect. I would've cropped the bit of skin showing in the lower right corner, but that's just me. I guess it's kinda making my eye wanna wander outside the shot ahaha...which isn't a BAD thing, no no. The first thing my eyes gravitate towards is her eyes...she's a beauty, and this is a beautiful shot. Thanks!!
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10/03/2004 01:06:35 PM
Great portrait, expression and pose are wonderful, not sure how the basket and plants relate to the subject, but still, really nice work. -8
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10/03/2004 10:33:57 AM
It wouldn't matter what props you had she is so beautiful that it would look good no matter what. LOL...great shot!

To much shadow on the left side.
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10/03/2004 08:27:07 AM
This is simply one of the best portraits in the challenge. But, I think the large white border is wasted here.
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10/03/2004 06:42:44 AM
Oh yes, very nice! Superb lighting, well posed, good composition, great colours and skin tone, effective background, good model... this portrait has quality written all over it. I like the fact that her pose adds the top-left to bottom-right diagonal. Great expression, the catchlights work well. The edge of her right arm doesn't quite work for me... it's either haloed from oversharpening, or you've tried to remove it, but this is nitpicking. 10
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10/03/2004 03:46:05 AM
Good use of lighting and wonderful portrait.
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10/03/2004 12:34:39 AM
I love the pose in this, it's got a nice feeling and mood. Colors are really nice, but the clarity is a little off. It looks like you tried for a soft focus, but it kind of just looks a little blurred, but that could just be me. Not sure if the border really works for this as it tends to take away from the size of the photo and thus losing some detail.
I like it a lot though, it's a really nice portrait. 7
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10/02/2004 08:29:38 PM
A nicely posed portrait. Well executed lighting, DOF and sharpness. All around a good picture.
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10/02/2004 07:59:44 PM
Technically this is excellent. I like the color. I like her beautiful skin tone. However I fell the pose seems staged and puts her right in the middle of the frame. I'd like to see a more relaxed pose.
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10/02/2004 07:37:37 PM
This is one of the few times that I think a larger border actually does help an image, providing some separation from the similarly shaded background in your image. The portrait itself is very good.
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10/02/2004 06:25:16 PM
nitpick: I'd clone out the little bit of clothing showing at the bottom right corner.

Otherwise, Beautiful. Just beautiful. Your model is beautiful, it's wonderfully lit... great composition. I can feel the warmth in her eyes mixed with a bit of attitude in the bandana.

My vote would have been 10, despite my little nitpick.
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10/02/2004 05:35:27 PM
Excellent portrait, I really like the lighting...Nice use of the basket.
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10/02/2004 05:14:15 PM
Great shot, love the frame and expression, lighting is just right, one of the rare occasions when bang on centered composition works.
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10/02/2004 04:36:14 PM
A well lit shot and an attractive model, but there is something lacking, could well be the white background. Oe, perhaps it is the floral arrangement...yep, cropped out it looks so much better. Started with a 6, bumped to 7
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10/02/2004 03:42:07 PM
outstanding portrait. she has a gorgeous face with beatutiful lips and skin tone and sparkling eyes. I like the relaxed pose and the cool headband. I think it could have been slightly improved with more modern or minimalist props to compliment her simple black shirt and the geometric pattern on the headband, but tis works great as is as well. a fantastic portrait.
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10/02/2004 03:37:57 PM
Super shot, as a matter of fact I just bumped it another point. Great look on the models face and I like the added splash ov color from the dried plants. Nice job.
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10/02/2004 03:21:30 PM
Attractive model and nicely composed portrait. I might have tried a darker border.
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10/02/2004 02:30:14 PM
Beautifully clean image with lovely composition and perfect lighting
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10/02/2004 02:27:23 PM
Beautiful girl, beautiful lighting. Shadows and expression are perfect. A bit stiff and staged. Perhaps its the perfect center composition? 8.
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10/02/2004 12:18:04 PM
This is a beautiful portrait......
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10/02/2004 12:10:35 PM
There are some outstanding portrait entries in this challenge, but this one may be the best. Your model is beautiful, her expression is natural and mysterious, the composition is wonderful and the lighting is perfect.
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10/02/2004 12:10:26 PM
good lightning 10
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10/02/2004 12:06:01 PM
Beautiful portrait, beautiful model. Her skin is flawless in that light. Not entirely sure that country-looking prop agrees with her urban-looking outfit...

Very well done though!!
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10/02/2004 11:39:53 AM
Excellent portrait study. Skin tones are very even and warm (to go along with your title). I think the headband is a bit distracting especially with the black and white pattern on it. Make it scream for attention. A neutral gray color might have been more appropriate if you really wanted her to wear something. I would have cropped a bit more off the right side but maybe not. It's very good in it's current state. I also like this border even though its very thick. It gives the photo a mounted on a wall feel. 8
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10/02/2004 11:31:15 AM
Great portrait. The lighting is very good, as is the pose, props and composition. The border also works very well with this image.
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10/02/2004 10:21:24 AM
nice lighting and intriguing pose. 8
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10/02/2004 04:54:09 AM
A stunning image great tones and warmth to this hence the title
This should do very well
Nice work
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10/02/2004 03:28:36 AM
Lighting is good and I like the interplay of shadow/light here. Good catchlight in the eyes and she certainly is a pretty young lady! Skin tones are exceptionally good. I also like the snapshot appearance with the heavy whilte border and the slimmer grey border gives it a touch of class. Though she appears posed, it's does not look unnatural. Job well done! 7
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10/02/2004 12:45:09 AM
wonderful soulful portrait
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10/01/2004 11:37:39 PM
Very good exposure. Lighting looks very natural. maybe if would have more impact if the subject is not too centered. Just my personal opinion. (No deduct)
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10/01/2004 10:13:53 PM
Something about the direction the model is looking that looks a little off to me. I think if she were looking directly at the camera or at a greater angle away from the camera the picture would be more powerful. I am also not a big fan of large frames, sorry. 6
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10/01/2004 09:09:10 PM
Sorry but she looks bored and slightly uncomfortable to me
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10/01/2004 08:53:07 PM
Stunning - 10
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10/01/2004 07:18:59 PM
Wow, great job! Love the compatability of colors and composition.
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10/01/2004 06:11:56 PM
Beautiful photo of a lovely model. You should both be proud of this :)
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10/01/2004 05:26:56 PM
a very nice portrait with excellent lighting choices - great work!
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10/01/2004 05:01:52 PM
very nice 7
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10/01/2004 04:51:39 PM
I don't quite see how this photo says warmth. The basket and the leaves are nce, but the white background, her shirt and headband sort of deduct of the warmness of the prior elements. 5
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10/01/2004 03:57:10 PM
nice photograph....very warm looking....
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10/01/2004 02:39:29 PM
Very nice studio shot. Nice lighting and pose. I may cropped a little off the bottom and sides (6).
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10/01/2004 01:56:28 PM
Nice how this picture does give a warm feeling, even with all the greys and blacks and blues in it. The frame is beautiful here.
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10/01/2004 01:52:41 PM
This is a well-taken portrait with lovely soft lighting, a good use of props, wonderful composition. The only thing that doesn't work for me is her expression - I can't tell what mood she's in and hence I don't connect with the portrait on an emotional level. Technically a beautiful portrait though. 7 (http://www.dpchallenge.com/forum.php?action=read&FORUM_THREAD_ID=129433)
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10/01/2004 12:09:56 PM
Excellent portrait. Well posed. Lighting is very well done as in all your shots!
Her demeanor, the warm tone of her skin, brown eyes certainly do create a feeling of warmth.
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10/01/2004 11:03:16 AM
This photo has great lighting and clarity. I think some of the right should be cropped though, so she is less centered. I normally don't like big borders but in this case I think it works really well. 9
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10/01/2004 03:37:36 AM
The model looks a bit bored, which for me it adds to the picture... I really like this, makes a strong first milliseconds impression too! On the downside (I thought about it for a while before I found something bad to say for the picture) the head band is black and white which make it difficult for someone to focus on her eyes without being distracted by it.
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10/01/2004 02:52:52 AM
What a lovely portrait, great soft atmosphere and a very good choice of props and colors. And a beautiful model. Nice soft light distribution on the background as well and a border which really adds to the image. Fantastic. I personally love tight crops and wonder whether a slightly closer crop on the right side would have made it even stronger, I would have tried to crop out up to the black shirt, no skin showing.
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10/01/2004 02:26:42 AM
Great portrait. Even though she is not smiling she looks happy. Great job.
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