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Challenge: Out of Character (Standard Editing)
Camera: Nikon D7200
Location: Commerce City, CO
Date: Jul 15, 2017
Aperture: f8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/120
Date Uploaded: Jul 15, 2017

I am NOT a portrait photography. despite my best efforts to learn the craft, I struggle to get lighting right. Some of my worst scoring images, to include a self portrait of me in uniform, are photos of people. So, I have broken from the mold and submitted two straight challenges with people in them. The first being my daughter, and the second being a self portrait.

Set up was a black background, camera on a tripod, one 300W moonlight with a 36" octagonal soft box and a speed light on the fill side. I had my wireless remote in my jacket pocket and used that to trigger the camera. I was originally going to do this shot with my daughter, but she was whining a bit too much, so plan B was for a selfie.

I used a paintbrush in Camera Raw to increase the exposure, with the warmth turned all the way up to create the glow in the lantern. I wish I could have gotten a more realistic flame in the lantern, but it just wasn't working. Maybe I should have added a small bulb for realism. Next time....

Go easy on me, I am not a portrait photographer!!!

Place: 1 out of 48
Avg (all users): 7.1321
Avg (commenters): 7.6250
Avg (participants): 7.0000
Avg (non-participants): 7.2917
Views since voting: 1205
Views during voting: 123
Votes: 53
Comments: 21
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08/29/2018 05:53:12 PM
08/06/2017 10:58:51 PM

I agree... you are now a portrait photogragher!

SO well done!

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08/05/2017 06:52:56 PM
Congrats on the blue. This one was definitely the stand out.
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08/04/2017 11:03:51 AM
I liked your shot. What technique did you use to make it look like snow?
08/01/2017 05:38:32 PM
I gave this a 9 - great shot.
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07/31/2017 11:50:48 PM
Congratulations on your Blue Ribbon. Beautiful light and photo.
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07/31/2017 09:49:56 AM
Great shot. Curious as to how you made the snow.
07/31/2017 08:54:18 AM
Well, it's certainly a wonderful portrait. Were you out in the snow? Anyway, huge congrats on your Blue and new PB.

Message edited by author 2017-07-31 11:26:11.
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07/31/2017 04:20:50 AM
Congrats! Wonderful light!
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07/31/2017 01:39:22 AM
Amazing portrait!!! Congratulations!
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07/31/2017 12:59:43 AM
Really well done.
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07/31/2017 12:35:07 AM
Congratulations! You are now a portrait photographer. :)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/30/2017 11:59:58 PM
I'm bumping this one up, it's definitely ribbon worthy. I would have probably loved to have seen context maybe, a wider view perhaps.
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07/30/2017 10:56:30 PM
If this is out of character for you then I can't wait to see what your regular stuff is. This is fantastic!
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07/29/2017 07:16:35 PM
I love this. 10
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07/27/2017 06:08:55 PM
Wonderful capture - the intensity is palpable. Excellent.
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07/27/2017 04:16:27 PM
Diogenes in winter. I see sincerity and determination on his face; his clarity of purpose is matched by the clarity of this depiction. Well done.
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07/24/2017 07:02:40 PM
You mean you did not take this type of shots before? Well, too bad because the light is excellent. The style reminds me of a DPCer of several years ago
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07/24/2017 08:45:14 AM
Great shot.
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07/24/2017 07:15:35 AM
For some reason looks staged but very good quality, lighting is confusing
07/24/2017 02:08:19 AM
Great portrait should ribbon IMHO

Vote 9
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