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04/19/2005 11:41:34 AM · #1
Yes, I think we'd all like to know more about Manny's post processing. There is another shot in the People challenge that is similar to Manny's style (I know who the image belongs to but I won't say till after the challenge), but the processing is obviously different- the skin isn't as smooth and luminous.

But then, that might be a Manny trade secret ;)
04/19/2005 11:27:18 AM · #2
As someone else said, I'd also love to see a tutorial where you run step by step through what you do to get these type of shots. I'm curious why I (and, it seems based on the comments, many other people on the site) can't seem to get the same quality of portrait. Disregarding for a second the great models/expressions/settings... I'm talking about the textures, etc. I find the detail of the skin on the faces to be especially beautiful. Do you usually use a macro lens as you did in these shots?
04/19/2005 11:00:23 AM · #3
Manny, you have done very well with the portraiture work you have shown us here. It's inspiring and beautiful but I agree that it's exciting and important for you to try to expand your vision.

I would agree that these portraits are predictable both in subject and approach but only in the fact that many could easily identify these as beautiful "Librodo" photos.

I look forward to seeing what you do in the future!
04/19/2005 10:27:30 AM · #4
Wow. The camera loves this little girl. Some people are just like that. :D
04/19/2005 10:20:51 AM · #5
I am thankful for all the good commnets about my pictures of this girl. LORELIE is her name. I took more than 50 shots of her and I didn't know which one to post-process first. I was blessed with a very good warm light as reflected in the sand of the beach where I took that from. Nikon D70 rocks! And I used my new macro lens for these shots ...yes, Macro lens, 16mm 3.4 (my new one).

I will post more shots from my trip once the voting of current challenges end.

BradP...I may be better than you in portraits but you have more variety in your shots. I can learn a lot from you.

samtrundle...yes, you've guessed my shot once again.

others....many thanks for your motivation.

Peter M and Peter R...thanks for all the input!

04/19/2005 04:30:23 AM · #6
Wonderful portraits, thanks for sharing them with us :)
04/19/2005 04:24:22 AM · #7
OK Manny - You have done pissed me off once again! LOL

There should be a law in place that prevents you from taunting us with you work.
You have once again proved you are one of the true Masters, and if these were NOT in consideration, we are all in VERY big trouble in this challenge. I can only hope in some way to be half as good as you someday, but somehow doubt that I will get to that point.

Take a bow Manny.
04/19/2005 01:16:19 AM · #8
Beautiful eyes!! Thankyou Manny.

Have fun with the Free Challenge, I'm looking forward to seeing what you came up with.
04/19/2005 01:06:33 AM · #9
Well I'm pretty sure I know which was yours from the free study (oops I meant people challenge - I guess I missed that completely !!! :)).- I commented on the image I thought was - but I hardly think that the fact that your work is easily recognisable is a problem - it simply means that your portraits stand head and shoulders above the shots most of the rest of us can manage to come up with.

hehehehe.... so to echo the sentiment - best of luck with your change of tack in the free study!

Message edited by author 2005-04-19 01:37:52.
04/19/2005 12:52:34 AM · #10
Manny, I am very envious (ok, jealous) of your wonderful portraits! Someday I hope you will put a "how to" in the tutorials explaining how you get your great shots. I know it's a lot more than just location as some people mention. For instance, I am amazed at how you capture the warm lighting. It really makes a rich skintone to your subjects. What lenses do you use? Your photos are amazing!
04/18/2005 11:43:16 PM · #11
And Bravo to you Manny - a little photographic adventure for you? It's going to be highly intriguing to see what you come up with, and where you go. Looking forward to it.

04/18/2005 11:41:33 PM · #12
Ahhem. Manny, I can understand that you want to expand your horizons, but predictable is not the a word I would use.

When one can stand in front of a breathtaking painting and tell who the artist is without ever looking at the name scribbled in the corner . . . that means the artist has successfully reached the audience and locked them in.

We are truely blessed to see your world and the people who touch you as you see them, as if through your eyes. You capture the soul of those you photograph. It would be a crime for you not to share what you do so well. : )
04/18/2005 11:03:35 PM · #13
Beautiful portraits...I hope your other entry does great!
04/18/2005 10:59:48 PM · #14
04/18/2005 10:59:31 PM · #15
Wow, I have always admired your work manny! I look forward to seeing what you entered in the free study instead!
04/18/2005 10:46:19 PM · #16

I'm speechless. I can only hope to have as good an eye as you do one day.

Agrees with the "Shoot Like Manny" challenge idea
04/18/2005 10:41:40 PM · #17
Originally posted by librodo:

Yes...to prevent myself from posting anyone of these pictures for the Free Challenge, I am posting them here for your viewing (pleasure?). My pictures are getting preditable so I am shifting into something else for the Free Study.

However, her face was hard to resist. Her eyes were magnets. Her quiet demeanor speaks of volumes of emotions. I was so lucky to have photographed her.

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I hope you have as much fun viewing them as I had photographing her.


The mark of a great photographer is the ability to recognize they need to try new things.

You are right, who could resists that face?

I marvel at all your images. Likely I will marvel at all your future ones.

Message edited by author 2005-04-18 22:42:19.
04/18/2005 10:33:18 PM · #18
Originally posted by RulerZigzag:

I completely disagree with your statement about the US and exotic spots. We have it all here, modern, vintage, deserts, beaches, suburbs, and even rainforests...it's just a matter of getting there.

Yes, but where in the US can you see something like this with any kind of regularity?!?! ;)

Message edited by author 2005-04-18 22:33:52.
04/18/2005 10:26:51 PM · #19
A MANNY portrait is ONLY predictable owing to its superior quality, style, choice in excellent model, pose, clearity, beauty, emotion.. apart from that mate very hard to tell they are from you *winks*

I agree with what you want to do though, you have truely MASTERED the emotive portriat and now you should spread your wings and fly, Im sure whatever you submit will be seen for ALL the above reasons and more, even if they cannot say "thats a manny shot for sure".

04/18/2005 10:25:17 PM · #20
Originally posted by ahaze:

The US needs some more exotic looking people and locales. We just can't compete with Manny's perpetual vacation shots!!

I completely disagree with your statement about the US and exotic spots. We have it all here, modern, vintage, deserts, beaches, suburbs, and even rainforests...it's just a matter of getting there.
04/18/2005 10:21:40 PM · #21
I agree that these are just simply fantastic. No doubt. But I also find it very exciting to anticipate what you will create in other areas - I am sure you will bring a superb new approach to anything you bring to us. Good for you for branching out!!!
04/18/2005 10:20:10 PM · #22
I like #5 the best. The rope has such an interesting effect.
04/18/2005 10:18:21 PM · #23
Originally posted by christie3:

My thoughts exactly. Beautiful portraits, btw!! I only wish I could take photos half as good as yours...

Thirded. I was pretty happy with my "People" entry.... then I saw Manny's (yep, you definitely have a signature style!!) and I knew it was time to go back to the drawing board. Or the lens, as the case may be...
04/18/2005 10:13:09 PM · #24
Originally posted by Riggs:

Your portraits are incredible. They never get old. So dont ever worry about ever submitting too portraits...they are just fantastic.

My thoughts exactly. Beautiful portraits, btw!! I only wish I could take photos half as good as yours...
04/18/2005 10:11:03 PM · #25
The US needs some more exotic looking people and locales. We just can't compete with Manny's perpetual vacation shots!!
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