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Challenge: Female Portrait (Basic Editing)
Collection: females
Camera: Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4.0L IS
Location: uk
Date: May 25, 2008
Date Uploaded: May 25, 2008

Thanks to 31_F.gif hanae My wife for putting up with my constant moaning about my crappy lights and for modelling for me for over an hour during her cooking time too.

Thanks also to 21.gif Mr_Pants for helping out setting the lights up and general support.

I REALLY like this shot of Hanae, I'm not sure if anyone will recognise her at all, she has many interesting looks. My BIGGEST dream is that someone mistakes it for a 21.gif Librodo it is his work that inspired me to shoot this shot.


est score - 6.6
dream score - 7.4, I'm hoping for a PB if it goes over a 7

Used very cheap lighting and a made up diffuser and also a snoot flash i got at the local flea market for 10.

I wish this was advanced editing as there are many things I would do but for a basic edit, and very little has been done to this shot, I think it works quite nicely.


WOW! Many (or Manny) Thanks for the comments and FAVS, really really happy. The catchlight is a small square strobe and a snoot.

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 176
Avg (all users): 7.0839
Avg (commenters): 8.3810
Avg (participants): 6.4789
Avg (non-participants): 7.2550
Views since voting: 7220
Views during voting: 622
Votes: 322
Comments: 60
Favorites: 7 (view)


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06/08/2008 09:25:07 PM
Beautiful! Many congrats!!
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06/08/2008 03:37:36 PM
Congratulations mak!!!!!! Beautiful shot of hanae! =)
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06/06/2008 07:28:38 PM
The thing that stands out to me is that you did very little editing-very impressive image , her gaze , the lighting- just a superb image.
Your photography is so good it makes me ache...
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06/06/2008 06:09:21 PM
well done/congratulations
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06/06/2008 07:18:41 AM
Congratulations on your red ribbon. This is a lovely shot.
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06/06/2008 03:08:32 AM
was my fav of the challenge i am glad you finished so high
congrats
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06/05/2008 10:44:54 PM
MAK congrats on the red, well executed portrait of a beautiful woman. I know what you mean when you wish someone would mistake it for a Librodo.
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06/05/2008 03:16:33 PM
Wow gratz MAK, this is great :)
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06/05/2008 01:29:25 PM
Beautiful portrait of the very beautiful Hanae. I particularly love that she's not plastered in make-up as so many of the models used in DPC entries are. The eye contact is electrifying and the lighting (and lovely shadows), the colour and print of the fabric and the composition are just right.

Well done, Marac!

Hope you two can make it to Kew in a couple of weeks when Bexxi is visiting?
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06/05/2008 03:16:26 AM
Congrats on the Red, MAK... well deserving! Love the tight, square crop on this - really used the space well!
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06/05/2008 01:55:20 AM
Congrats Marac. Next time let Hanae have the better model. :P
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06/04/2008 06:37:52 PM
Congrats Marac!! This had that wow factor for me, Hanae really does have some great 'looks' and this is another to add to her collection! Great modelling Hanae ;o)
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06/04/2008 02:12:43 PM
Great job, congrats!
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06/04/2008 02:07:39 PM
Congratulations Mak, excellent image, cant really fault it.

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06/04/2008 01:48:31 PM
I think SC really need to look into who gave this a 1,2 or 3... I know everyone has their own opinions, but jeez, not only does this nail the challenge (duh!) but the use of colour and lighting is top notch... Could easily pass for a Librodo shot.

I would so love to know who voted this down, gutless little fuckwads that they are.. nice one MAK, you deserve it with this shot.
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06/04/2008 11:54:05 AM
A striking capture. Way to go team Mak and Hanae!
If I where the betting type I'd say the odds where heavily in favor of this getting into the top3. Very well deserved. Great shot all around. Congratulations :)
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06/04/2008 11:45:35 AM
Hey MAK, way to go! Keep up the great work man!
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06/04/2008 11:10:05 AM
Oh MAK! Sorry its not a personal best -- but this is absolutely stunning -- and what a tribute to your technical talent to be able to pull this off in basic editing.

Hanae looks so gorgeous! CONGRATULATIONS!
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06/04/2008 10:58:18 AM
Wonderful portrait, Congratulations!
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06/04/2008 10:56:04 AM
I LOVE the shadows and aura of mystery about this, it's stunning beautiful. Great work, Marac.
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06/04/2008 10:42:54 AM
Nice. Congrats :)
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06/04/2008 08:54:40 AM
Beautiful lighting and beautiful model. Love the colorful scarf too. Congrats on the red!
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06/04/2008 08:29:20 AM
DUDE! way to go
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06/04/2008 08:13:18 AM
The shot I've been waiting to see...this is amazing. I will have to admit, the first thing that DID come to mind was librodo, but with a different style to it...this is amazing bud. Enjoyed the race with you, congrats again :) very well deserved ribbon
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06/04/2008 06:46:03 AM
Seriously beautiful - people and picture. Well done.
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06/04/2008 06:44:07 AM
Congrats, MAK! Excellent work!
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06/04/2008 03:25:07 AM
The thumbnail is very simple and not with, for me, a lot of impact, but I knew there was going to be something special... and full size it just grabs me and doesn't let me go!! I don't know what it is about the image.. maybe the intense gaze coupled with the intense lighting.... in any case, you did a very wonderful job! Surprising that you did very little editing - it looks to me like you spent a long time getting things perfect!

Message edited by author 2008-06-04 03:25:43.
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06/04/2008 02:37:58 AM
Congrats Marac. You deserve this placement. The picture just scream "look at me" and it didn't disappoint. Me inspiring you. Thanks. Blame Gary.
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06/04/2008 01:46:03 AM
Congratulations, Marac! AND you got at least one Librodo comment! Your dreams can come true! :)
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06/04/2008 12:49:41 AM
Congrats MAK, beautiful work!
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06/04/2008 12:34:34 AM
Congratulation MAK, very well done!!!

Message edited by author 2008-06-04 00:35:01.
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06/04/2008 12:23:27 AM
I didn't have enough time to get enough votes in for mine to count, but for what it's worth this was a definite top ten from the get go, way to go!
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06/04/2008 12:12:21 AM
Great shot! The catch lights are throwing me off when trying to figure out your lighting. Please tell.
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06/04/2008 12:11:15 AM
Oh wow... stunning shot Marac, congrats on the red :) Hello Hanae!
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06/04/2008 12:05:44 AM
Congratulations on ribbon! The image deserves it.
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06/04/2008 12:03:55 AM
congrats on another ribbon Mak! excellent work
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/03/2008 10:58:30 PM
Lighting is great in this one
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06/03/2008 04:54:41 PM
The reflection in her eyes is a bit distracting, otherwise great portrait. 8,
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06/03/2008 09:08:27 AM
Very nice photo.
Like the contrasts, the colors and the composition.
One 'bad' point : the reflection in the eyes. I was first attracted by her look, and the reflection came up straight ... disturbing.
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06/03/2008 07:16:04 AM
Good lighting. Interesting expression though not sure it matches the title.
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06/03/2008 04:06:24 AM
This is a standout portrait for me. Composition, color & focus are great - plus I might be influenced by the beauty of the subject!
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06/01/2008 09:27:33 PM
Superb...: )
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06/01/2008 12:48:58 AM
GASP!!!!!

Absolutely stunning. The eyes just penetrate, the lighting is spectacular, the crop is just the right tightness. I am in awe. Wonderful job.
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05/31/2008 07:39:44 PM
Lovely!
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05/31/2008 07:02:56 AM
This pic reminds me of a famous pic in National Geographic of an afghan girl...Good job
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05/30/2008 10:38:03 PM
I LOVE the stare and the beautiful purple framing. Dramatic lighting is perfectly done as well. Wonderful shot! 10
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05/30/2008 10:14:14 PM
Wonderful use of color. I love the contrast between the bright blue on her left contrasting the pure black on her right. Beautiful model. I am not sure I like the few hairs falling into her eyes.
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05/30/2008 08:52:52 PM
Very mysterious and moody photo... Do I see 2 catchlights in her eyes?
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05/30/2008 12:46:36 PM
you usually sharpen more.
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05/30/2008 12:16:42 AM
You'll have to share the lighting used for this. Window? Flash? Both? Nice and beautiful. 10
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05/29/2008 10:49:13 PM
This a strong image. Colors seem dead on with sharp focus. Good job
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05/29/2008 04:01:37 PM
Very compelling image. Love the expression and darkness.
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05/29/2008 03:39:40 AM
Great shot, crop, light and detail... eyes are super... 9
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05/29/2008 12:35:45 AM
Nice dramatic lighting. The stray hair gets me a bit.
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05/28/2008 05:21:09 PM
Love the expression in the eyes and the lighting is superb! 10
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05/28/2008 12:49:21 PM
Looks more like a threat than a promise, but well done.
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05/28/2008 09:36:26 AM
Nice dramatic lighting and good crop. Best I've seen so far.
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05/28/2008 07:02:55 AM
this must be a Manny Librodo image...if it is not, that's a compliment...9
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05/28/2008 12:51:24 AM
Brilliant composition & lighting! I like the way you have put some hairs from top leading toward eyes, skin tones. I can see work approaching to Libordo's style..10.
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05/28/2008 12:40:43 AM
Stunning.....
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