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Mother,  Mentor...   My Heart
Mother, Mentor... My Heart
Coley


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Color Studio Portrait II (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Nikon D70
Lens: Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DL Super II for Nikon
Location: BK Studios
Date: Apr 14, 2006
Aperture: f 5.2
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/6400 sec
Galleries: Family, Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Apr 14, 2006

She nursed them, She protects them, She teaches them, She leads them. She is their Mother. I am proud to use this challenge to tribute my beautiful wife and the wonderful mother of my favourite models.

I shot this in my studio the setup was 2 umbrella strobes at either side at opposite sides are white board reflectors. Low center was soft box strobe. I pushed the kids back to allow the softness and depth of field.

I like the way the three faces interact... Kinda forms a heart.

Win or lose I count my blessings everyday and I am thankful for what life has offered me. This shot sums it all up

Hope this does well

Coley

Statistics
Place: 20 out of 199
Avg (all users): 6.5134
Avg (commenters): 7.9063
Avg (participants): 6.1982
Avg (non-participants): 6.7467
Views since voting: 2734
Views during voting: 439
Votes: 261
Comments: 49
Favorites: 16 (view)


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04/27/2010 02:56:22 PM
This is positively lovely! Thank you for sharing this and thank you for the wonderful tribute you wrote to her in your comments.
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07/21/2008 12:13:17 AM
..just stumbled on this, while looking at your profile, after you winning a red, for 'the meeting'.
The photo, and especially your comments, give me a lump in my throat and a tear in my eye. Emotive, evocative, brilliant.
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04/15/2008 02:30:19 PM
This is emotionally and technically beautiful.
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02/02/2007 06:03:57 AM
Love this, and I definitely "get" the heart shape. All you have to do is squint the teeniest bit and the heart just jumps out at you. A wonderful tribute to your lovely women. Bet this is hanging in your home somewhere!
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10/12/2006 08:42:25 AM
I never commented on this during the challenge...so I thought I would come back and visit now...stunning...love the heart shape you talk about in your comments...gave this a 7 - boo for me...should have been higher
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04/29/2006 07:21:27 PM
Great portrait! Haven't seen this angle before, I like how you put them together. Very well done!
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04/29/2006 12:41:21 PM
Hola! From the Critique Club!

I love, and I mean LOVE this picture, Cole. The composition is so well thought out. It really makes a connection with the view, and it tells something about the subject, even without the title. I love pictures with a point and a story lately, so this is right up my alley. If I had come across this in the voting, I would have given it at the very least an 8.

The only thing that may be hurting you here is the lighting/color may be a little bit cool (just a teeny bit), and the expressions of your daughters and somewhat your wife, are not quite inviting. I think maybe just getting a small smile out of them (not a beaming grin or anything) could have helped the viewers connect with them a bit more.

The subtle heart shape that you mentioned was a bit too subtle for me. Maybe I need a bit more hand holding for that to come across to this view. All in all, a great shot, and should have been rated higher IMO.
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04/24/2006 10:17:08 AM
Nice photo. Interesting tension in it.
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04/24/2006 09:18:08 AM
I love the setup of this....sticks a lump in my throat and makes me miss my mom! I'm going to see her this Summer...this would be a great setup with her, my sister and I!
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04/24/2006 09:12:54 AM
Congratulations on your top 20 finish. A very nice idea well presented.
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04/24/2006 08:09:06 AM
An absolutely perfect shot in my books. I love the skin textures in the high tones. I also like the perfect balance of your daughters' poses behind your wife, having exactly the right parts of their face/eye covered.

Fantastic.
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04/24/2006 03:21:55 AM
This is awesome ... I am really pleased you shared this shot .. and the thoughts behind it.
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04/24/2006 12:23:01 AM
Congrats on top 20. I was thinking about you today, hoping I'd see some more of your work. Glad to know this was yours.
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04/24/2006 12:20:53 AM
Again - a wonderful shot. I would love to be able to have a shot of my wife and kids that comes even close to this. Well done.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/23/2006 11:35:19 PM
Unusual lighting (probably the only shot here with catchlights below the pupils) and unusal background, but I like it. Did you try with the two girls more out of focus? I'd prefer if your main model stood out just a little more. 8
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04/23/2006 11:18:41 PM
wonderful composition here!!! 10
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04/23/2006 04:32:02 PM
I think this is a great shot. Great concept. I like how the moms shirt blends into the back images and just the overall composition. Nice and clean. This is in my top 5. Edit - bumping up to top 2.
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04/23/2006 03:00:21 PM
Interesting, original setup -- well done.
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04/23/2006 12:15:33 PM
what an excellent way to show your wife (?) adn daughters

Excellent! 9
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04/22/2006 09:09:10 PM
Very well done, great shot !
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04/22/2006 01:24:37 AM
This is an beautiful, poignant portrait. The lighting and composition are perfect. 9
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04/21/2006 09:54:34 PM
This is one of my favorates. I like the composition here alot. Not real sure about the color of the skin here, has a slight reddish cast. The skin tone seems just alittle off. This is one of the better shots that I have seen. The out of focus of the daughters is real nice, however they are not even. Looks to me that one on the right appears alittle more blurry. It is the first thing I saw. Still worth a 7.
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04/21/2006 09:17:15 PM
Great way to illustrate a mother and her daughters. Nicely done. 10.
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04/21/2006 07:56:39 PM
WOW..........WOW........WOW........This is beautiful. I am going to pay my membership dues as soon as I get back home. I can't miss voting on something like this again.
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04/21/2006 08:42:32 AM
Love the idea of having the 2 girls in the background... really gives a sense of who this person is. Technically well done, interesting composition and unique idea. Fantastic job!
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04/20/2006 08:40:53 PM
Beautiful composition and use of DOF. :)
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04/20/2006 01:57:28 PM
This is excellent. Brilliant.
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04/20/2006 01:53:17 AM
Whoa. This stands out from the pack, IMO. Great job! The first 10 for me in the challenge so far.
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04/19/2006 01:43:49 PM
A unique entry. I like it, like the lights too. Well done.
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04/19/2006 11:58:01 AM
Works very well to have people as backround, something I learned from the Triptych challenge. This shot works, not terribly fond of the strong lighting from below but it´s not bad either, just think I would have preferred it if the topside lightsource and the bottom lightsource had their power reversed to give off a stronger shadow from her chin. Anyway, like it, gave it a 7.
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04/19/2006 08:59:20 AM
beautiful
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04/19/2006 02:14:15 AM
personally I would have liked it more if all 3 girls are in good focus, meaning a greater DOF is used. But I dont mean that I dislike this, because this is a a creative idea and a good shot. Nice work
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04/18/2006 08:35:00 PM
I really like this image, very powerful - their expressions are perfect! Post processing is superb. Only nit I have is the skin tones seem to have a little too much magenta. Bumping up to <8>.
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04/18/2006 08:10:07 PM
shouldn't that be "Mother, Mentor... Our Heart" since it's the 2 daughters...

Just being picky here, excellent capture.
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04/18/2006 07:50:04 PM
Very interesting poses. I like it!
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04/18/2006 09:56:31 AM
COOOOOLEY!
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04/18/2006 01:53:14 AM
Awesome idea! Damn I never think of these things! This is an 8 all the way!
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04/17/2006 10:28:46 PM
Lovely idea. Nice lighting and precise posing.
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04/17/2006 10:07:25 PM
Wonderful idea for a portrait!
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04/17/2006 07:05:27 PM
Nice portrait but skin tone is to red .. ice
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04/17/2006 05:36:35 PM
great concept. love the execution of it as well. gorgeous. a 10 from me.
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04/17/2006 05:03:02 PM
yup
Just a great shot
like it a lot
good luck

Kev
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04/17/2006 09:52:35 AM
Love this, good idea. They seem unhappy or cold.
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04/17/2006 07:28:13 AM
Very nice idea and well done...stunning eyes look right through you. Well done, hope you do well with this...
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04/17/2006 05:43:29 AM
Excellently done. You've lit all three to the same values and that's not easy to do. I am really impressed
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04/17/2006 02:39:17 AM
I really like this idea and it's execution.
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04/17/2006 01:35:58 AM
Very good.....
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04/17/2006 01:12:04 AM
Intresting take on the challenge. I like the DOF with the other women (daughters?) in the background. Nice focus and lighting. As a nitpick, I might have her remove the necklace as the lines of it are a tad distracting. The skin tones are just a touch pink, but maybe all three of them are fair.
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04/17/2006 12:55:45 AM
I like the idea presented here. I think I'd prefer to see both eyes of each of the girls, so maybe have them positioned just slightly more to the outside. (I'm just not a big fan of the one-eyed shots). Also, for me, skin tones and brightness could also be improved.
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