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Renée at Ease — Labor Day, Sunset, 2005
Renée at Ease — Labor Day, Sunset, 2005
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Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Color Portrait (Advanced Editing IV)
Collection: Challenges
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Tamron SP AF 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di for Canon
Location: Harwich Port, MA, USA
Date: Sep 6, 2005
Aperture: f/8.0
ISO: 1600
Shutter: 1/30
Date Uploaded: Sep 8, 2005

Massive doses of multiple layering using darken and lighten modes, diffuse glow, gawd-knows-what (I lost track halfway through) produced this glowing, soft portrait from a harsh, gritty snapshot at sunset. Ren้e is not a willing subject so more careful lighting was not an option; it's pure backlighting from the setting sun.

Probably doomed to a mediocre score, but for me it's a considerable accomplishment and I'm proud of it because SHE likes it, and she likes no pictures of herself :-)

Statistics
Place: 213 out of 284
Avg (all users): 4.8435
Avg (commenters): 5.2222
Avg (participants): 4.4074
Avg (non-participants): 5.2138
Views since voting: 1012
Views during voting: 449
Votes: 294
Comments: 29
Favorites: 0


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09/28/2005 09:52:39 PM
i think this photo is really sweet. I love the glow. Take it from me who also HATES her photo being taken. I'm glad she likes this one. It is lovely.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/18/2005 11:29:34 PM
A real sweetie! 7
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09/18/2005 11:12:10 AM
is this diffuse glow.. it doesnt work well here and the hair is too blown out.
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09/18/2005 10:22:16 AM
I do like the soft feel of this photo! The backlight does seem a bit too strong though IMHO...
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09/17/2005 10:56:18 AM
I like what you were trying to achieve but I feel it is overdone: the gaussian blur is to strong and especially the light in the hair around the model's head. Reducing the effect a bit would give this more impact.
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09/17/2005 04:49:11 AM
I don't like the brightness effect here.
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09/16/2005 08:27:36 AM
A nicely captured soft and warm glow that makes this portrait stand out.
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09/15/2005 08:12:13 AM
burned out
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09/14/2005 10:15:19 PM
I think the combo of the angel effect and the backlight are too much. I'm not much of a fan of this post-processing technique though. 5
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09/14/2005 09:40:01 AM
This is the only 'over-processed' entry I approve of. I guess that's because in this case it may not be over-processed at all. This delightful subject seems all the more appealing for the nostalgic glow you've given her, especially as it was taken at sunset on a holiday. 8
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09/14/2005 01:50:59 AM
Nice shot, pretty glow.
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09/13/2005 11:13:21 PM
Ya know...I like it. The highlighted hair is cool, and it is SO refreshing to see a "real" and natural woman as opposed to the other stereotypical model shots. Thank you for your entry :-)
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09/13/2005 09:56:54 PM
I do like the backlight, but the total effect is "way overprocessed." You did a good ob keeping some detail sharp (hair, glasses...) but the skin has had all detail removed.
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09/13/2005 09:50:08 PM
Her hair is, uhhh... electric !! A little too much processing for my taste... 4.750...
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09/13/2005 09:38:02 PM
a little over-softened
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09/13/2005 06:55:30 PM
Image too soft for my taste. Backlit stray hairs distracting.
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09/13/2005 04:20:21 PM
Would like a crisper image
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09/13/2005 12:16:49 PM
cool backlighting, a little too soft for me though
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09/13/2005 12:14:32 AM
Nice soft feel, but to soft. to much back lighting.
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09/12/2005 11:56:25 PM
I think there is too much of a glow here and the photo looks a little fuzzy here.
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09/12/2005 11:31:00 PM
Great shot. A bit too much back light. Love her smile, eyes and hair. Definate personality there.
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09/12/2005 10:14:49 PM
The processing here makes the subject look kinda creepy. Whatever you did I'd suggest pulling back a bit.
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09/12/2005 08:21:30 PM
Looks like a little too much neat image.
Nice pose though
good luck
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09/12/2005 02:37:12 PM
A bit heavy handed with the softening, but the framing and backlighting work well
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09/12/2005 12:51:08 PM
Like the backlight and softness, good portrait.
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09/12/2005 09:05:10 AM
I like the overall appeal of this shot. I think it's juts a touch too sof though. The halo of light is almost too much and creates an overblown sense behind her. I wish she were wearing a solid top - maybe deep blue or even black or dark red. The skin color is pretty. I'd like the light to be on her face - it would illuminate her face a bit more. As it is, the skin tones are a touch flat. Her gaze and expression is very pleasant.
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09/12/2005 03:50:14 AM
Wish you didn't soften this so much, an attractive face of a mature woman has so much to offer and every line and every flaw is well earned and to be very proud of..
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09/12/2005 01:13:17 AM
This was a superb subject, well captured, and well presented ... but diminished by too heavy a hand with noise reduction. I gave you a good score but not the 10 it could have earned.
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09/12/2005 12:24:11 AM
Tink abbee u got da fuzzys!
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