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Challenge: Female Portrait II (Expert Editing)
Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Carl Zeiss 85mm ZF f/1.4 Planar T
Date: Aug 28, 2011
Aperture: f/2
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/80
Date Uploaded: Aug 31, 2011

Thank you all for the votes and comments!
This is my first ribbon so I am proud to be able to share it with gfied as my model, makeup artist and art director.

My goal for this challenge was to enter a solid photo that used "basic editing" to test the theory that a well made photo can just as well compete against a technically manipulated photo. Not to say that one way is better than another but rather to prove that we are only limited by our imagination.

Setup: The lighting setup was a large 5' softbox acting as the white backdrop and then a beauty dish from camera upper left as the key and a hairdryer that the model was holding to create movement in her hair. Not to be entirely misleading (because she is a natural beauty) but gosia did apply some makeup to help make her skin and features that much more perfect and (ironically) natural looking.

Editing: Comes down to very basic removal of a small group of stray hairs, curves adjustment and "-14" clarity. The rest of the out of focus area comes from the natural lens bokeh from shooting at f/1.4.

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 49
Avg (all users): 7.4407
Avg (commenters): 8.6667
Avg (participants): 6.5926
Avg (non-participants): 7.5933
Views since voting: 6302
Views during voting: 457
Votes: 177
Comments: 49
Favorites: 14 (view)


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09/15/2011 11:24:58 PM
great photo of a stunningly natural woman! :O)
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09/15/2011 09:04:39 PM
Originally posted by alanfreed:

Every time I see the thumbnail, I think this is Jennifer Anniston :)


This model is WAY more beautiful than Jennifer Anniston.
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09/14/2011 05:42:03 PM
Every time I see the thumbnail, I think this is Jennifer Anniston :)
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09/14/2011 03:18:15 PM
Beautiful woman, beautiful photo!
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09/12/2011 08:23:56 AM
A wonderful image of a very beautiful face, well done.
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09/11/2011 07:10:33 PM
I knew this shot would ribbon. She IS a natural beauty, and you captured her perfectly. Congrats!
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09/10/2011 09:40:00 AM
One of the things that pisses me off with this site is that a fantastic image like this, in a "Female Portrait" category get a 1 and a 2 vote from someone - clearly unwarranted. Even the 4 is a bit questionable. Congrats on the ribbon.
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09/10/2011 06:31:06 AM
Congrats on your first ribbon, beautiful shot!
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09/09/2011 08:01:14 PM
Well done! Congrats!
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09/09/2011 06:16:41 PM
A beautiful image Robert and congratulations on your first ribbon. I only just managed to stay ahead of you to take out the Blue - very close.
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09/09/2011 11:53:11 AM
holy hotness!
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09/09/2011 10:42:36 AM
booyeah!

shot in the new "studio"?
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09/09/2011 06:32:40 AM
Had to be near here somewhere,a lovely face and shot,Congratulations.
What a brill shot for your first ribbon.( just realised )

Message edited by author 2011-09-09 06:34:30.
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09/09/2011 05:27:20 AM
Congratulations! Told ya this would win.
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09/09/2011 02:26:16 AM
I am SO happy to see this ribbon! Stunning subject, perfect processing, the work of a pro!

Originally posted by Beni Rodriguez:

Originally posted by tanguera:

Love it when an image doesn't use "expert" editing - and wins a ribbon. Congrats.


but... it should use it in an "expert editing" challenge!! ;)


Beni, you're way off base here. The level of editing for a given challenge is merely the amount of processing that a photographer MAY use. Note in the rules of each challenge it says "May" or "May not," not Must or Must not. Deducting points (or not giving points...semantics) because someone was able to do more with less is rather trite.
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09/09/2011 01:42:13 AM
Congrats on your ribbon. Beautiful portrait.
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09/09/2011 01:29:16 AM
Great shot, nice finish.
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09/09/2011 01:18:59 AM
Congratulations!
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09/09/2011 01:09:53 AM
Originally posted by tanguera:

Love it when an image doesn't use "expert" editing - and wins a ribbon. Congrats.


but... it should use it in an "expert editing" challenge!! ;)
09/09/2011 12:42:16 AM
It's the "cleanliness" of this ... the shooting and the model that wins the RED for me here. Well done, Robert! Congrats on your first of many!
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09/09/2011 12:20:12 AM
Love it when an image doesn't use "expert" editing - and wins a ribbon. Congrats.
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09/09/2011 12:19:59 AM
Congrats on Brown Ribbon!..

(I think this photo would be better in a "Advanced Editing" challenge instead, cause I associate the "Expert Editing" as something more, than just a nice pic)... don't get me wrong, your photo is very sweet. :)

"take a look at the Male Portrait competition (Expert Editing aswell), and see those winners!.. in fact I gave 10's to nr.1 and nr.2, while a 9 to nr. 3!", in the female portrait challenge I gave 10's to nr. 8 and nr. 18, as they fitted better the "expert editing")

Message edited by author 2011-09-09 00:27:26.
09/09/2011 12:04:49 AM
I knew this would get top three. Well done again! Stunning work!
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09/09/2011 12:02:00 AM
Good for you Robert...nothing like your first Ribbon
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/08/2011 01:49:40 AM
Yes she is, a natural. 9
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09/07/2011 05:40:31 PM
Personal favorite. I hope this wins.
I love her eyes! Love the half grin she has going on. Her hair looks so good too.
Very well done. Fav'd and 10!
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09/06/2011 08:36:03 PM
Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_900812.jpg 10! and my favorite
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09/06/2011 07:09:43 PM
Fantastic photo! 10!
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09/06/2011 02:47:50 AM
Agreed, she is. The type of woman who appears approachable, kind and forthright. You've caught her essence perfectly.
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09/05/2011 10:10:13 AM
Very nice job.
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09/05/2011 02:56:01 AM
Beautiful model and I love your image 10
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09/04/2011 11:25:16 PM
A very beautiful woman! Lovely portrait of her, too.
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09/04/2011 10:31:13 PM
beautiful. that's the only way i can describe this picture.
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09/04/2011 09:13:15 PM
Wow... she's gorgeous and so is your photography! BEAUTIFUL job by both of you. Back to vote... 9
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09/04/2011 11:32:14 AM
Wow
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09/04/2011 09:36:21 AM
Winner in many ways
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09/04/2011 07:22:11 AM
Certainly a lovely face and great shot.
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09/03/2011 01:51:19 PM
My top pick for the challenge. Just an all around nice portrait. Good work.
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09/03/2011 09:53:32 AM
Great light. My favorite so far.
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09/03/2011 02:13:41 AM
This is really sexy.. 10 for me
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09/03/2011 01:44:39 AM
Wonderfully clean capture!! Best wishes in the contest!
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09/02/2011 11:21:21 PM
This is gorgeous! The focus, the skin tones, the lighting it's all flawless. Well done.
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09/02/2011 07:54:08 PM
As the title says... "Natural", cant see there is "Expert Editing" here. I guess there is some cloning on face, aswell as glamourizing (or call it what ever it is called).

The model is astonishing beautiful! I would love having her as a neighbour, so I could stop by to ask for sugar or other things (excuses) ;)
09/02/2011 03:38:35 PM
penetrating pose - well done
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09/02/2011 10:54:33 AM
Beautiful! So soft yet clear.
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09/02/2011 10:45:46 AM
I like the high key and softness to this. While you didnt take advantage of the expert editing this photo still has some very nice quality to it. 7
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09/02/2011 09:37:24 AM
Magnificent portrait work. This is my pick for a blue ribbon. 10 Keep up the good work. It is a joy to view a pro level real world portrait, rather than the distorted cartoons.
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09/02/2011 09:05:55 AM
Really nice. Simple. The lighting is beautiful. Great catch lights. She looks like a young Dana Delaney. :)
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09/02/2011 12:49:28 AM
Simple and lovely.
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