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Challenge: Warm Colors III (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: 2013 Challenge shots
Camera: Canon EOS-7D
Lens: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro
Date: Aug 13, 2013
Date Uploaded: Aug 13, 2013

[Aug. 20th, 2013 10:27:52 PM]

So I'm still learning to play with my flash, and this is the one position with my tiny little soft box that I've played with. I love this position!! Well, I've only played with it once. If you can count coming home from the Joe McNally class, shoving the light stand in front of my son during a commercial on you tube, and taking 3 shots, and then doing the same with my daughter.

Here's one of those shots:

(ok -- not quite the same.)

And I'm not sure you can call this practice either, because it was incredibly last minute, quite late at night, and my daughter was really tired.

"7 minutes! That's all!"


Found an orange scarf, through it around her, through the light stand in front, and cheating -- went 11 minutes instead of 7. At least that's what she told me.

Still have to figure out what to do about the shadow, because I like the rest of the lighting a lot. If I fill in the shadow, do I lose the drama? It feels like I would...

I obviously need to play more than 13 minutes total!

Whhaaaaaa!!! My model leaves in a little more than 24 hours after roll over! Going away to college...

Is this allowed to happen?

Thanks for all the wonderful comments. :)

Place: 4 out of 93
Avg (all users): 6.8462
Avg (commenters): 8.6667
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Votes: 104
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08/21/2013 04:46:07 PM
One think I have learned with lighting is to feather it. Don't aim it right at her face but just slightly in front or behind and let the light fall on her. Your are doing great with your lighting.
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08/21/2013 10:04:36 AM
fill in the shadow ...

put a reflector on the other side, and see how you like it

may be even a wall, you can play with the distance to vary the intensity of the fill

Patience of the model is what usually runs out, she has a great natural expression,
something I have managed to get also from my wife and daughter, and something i struggle badly when
I'm in front of the lens.

this photo is my favorite of the challenge
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08/21/2013 09:44:38 AM
Truly lovely portrait of a lovely young lady. I bet you are missing her right now -- the first couple weeks can be tough -- sometimes on both sides. Skpe is a good tool. Your lighting skills are coming right along. Just what the rest of us here need -- for Wendy to have another tool in her camera bag.
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08/21/2013 02:55:53 AM
Lovely image of a very pretty young lady. Maybe one day this will be her favourite photo of herself.
Congrats on the HM.
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08/21/2013 02:05:47 AM
Congrats, Wendy!! I see Robert and I had the same thought :-)

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08/21/2013 12:43:53 AM
This is an awesome portrait and deserve a better place IMHO.
Really well done!
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08/21/2013 12:35:10 AM
I agree with parts of what Johanna and Robert said, congrats on the top 5 though!
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08/21/2013 12:07:20 AM
celebration of red with young lady.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/20/2013 08:16:24 PM
Lovely sweet portrait. It would be perfect on someone's wall
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08/19/2013 12:27:54 PM
Excellent !
Well controlled illumination
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08/17/2013 06:07:10 AM
Made me think...
Nice colors and lighting.
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08/17/2013 02:14:25 AM
Classic style and BG separation, great light placement. I don't like the fact that the sharper eye is partially covered and the unsharp eye not covered. Still a 7
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08/15/2013 07:20:39 PM
This looks like Wendy's favorite model :-)

This is a lovely portrait, very warm, and I like the lighting. I would tweak a couple of things:
The nose shadow is quite pronounced, and makes her nose look larger than it likely is.
There's a small hot spot on the shawl, just to the right of her nose tip. I'd tone that down a tiny bit.
Negative space is a bit too much in all directions. I would likely crop most of the to off, and just a bit off the bottom, and then put her up against the left frame.
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08/15/2013 06:37:46 AM
I like this a lot. perfect lighting
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08/14/2013 12:28:35 AM
Chop half the black space off the top and see how much stronger it gets. (Waves wildly at Meggye, commenting only right now, technicals here are EXCELLENT)
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