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Challenge: Let's Get Minimal! (Minimal Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-1D Mark IV
Lens: Helios 40-1 85mm f/1.5
Location: The street
Date: Nov 17, 2016
Aperture: f/1.5
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/60
Galleries: Emotive, Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Nov 17, 2016

A street portrait at dusk; the timing was right for the fading sky light to balance against the lights providing the background bokeh.

Trying for a bit of a different portraiture style; The model was instructed to look quizzical, but this annoyed expression came out instead, and I decided to go with it.

The bokeh shows the "swirl" characteristic of the Helios when shooting wide open.

Editing: this is minimal, so just resize and sharpen.

Place: 25 out of 56
Avg (all users): 5.6604
Avg (commenters): 5.5000
Avg (participants): 5.5667
Avg (non-participants): 5.7826
Views since voting: 596
Views during voting: 106
Votes: 53
Comments: 5
Favorites: 0

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11/25/2016 03:32:17 PM
Hello from the critique club

An appealing image that contributes well to the challenge

I actually like her expression, it probably is a little more annoyed than quizzical but it is very appealing and adds a sense of mystery to the shot which has to be good. The bokeh whilst interesting is also very dominant particularly with the bright orange and bright yellow colouring, I think I would have preferred to see a good mono conversion of this to tone down the dominance of the bokeh. Given the expression and the bokeh Eugene I think you actually missed a good opportunity here through composition to combine the two much more effectively as though she were actually seeing it for herself and reacting to it.
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11/25/2016 12:54:51 AM
love the expression. bokeh balls aid.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/24/2016 11:44:52 PM
Good candid, expertly captured.
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11/24/2016 10:55:09 PM
I love the bokeh. I wish her expression were something more enticing to look at.
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11/24/2016 10:02:38 AM
Taking in consideration that this is minimal photography I think you should have done much better with this subject. It looks as if you just took a snapshot to show it was minimal but you could have done much better even if this is a candid shot. Minimal just means very little edit. This would have done better in B&W. I'm giving this a 5.

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