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Challenge: Color Portrait (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
Location: Ontario
Date: Sep 11, 2005
Aperture: 1.8
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/20
Galleries: Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Sep 11, 2005

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Statistics
Place: 40 out of 284
Avg (all users): 6.2517
Avg (commenters): 7.1667
Avg (participants): 5.9568
Avg (non-participants): 6.5031
Views since voting: 2532
Views during voting: 667
Votes: 302
Comments: 52
Favorites: 12 (view)


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10/27/2006 01:53:50 PM
I hope I can someday be half the photographer you are! What an amazing portrait!
09/29/2005 11:11:34 PM
this is one of my fav portraits on this entire web site. I can't stop looking at it!!
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09/21/2005 03:06:10 PM
Hello, and greetings from the Critique Club. I am your critiquer, Artyste, and I hope to give you a critique that you can possibly build on for the future.

Initial Thoughts

Stunning eyes, but overshadowed by the overexposure.

Composition / Content

A beautifully composed portrait that might have been stronger if you left slightly more room on the right side (and possibly cropped a touch more from the top). Your model is stunning and has a wonderfully candid and unnervingly intense expression.

Background

The fall off of her vibrant hair makes a wonderful background. I suspect that for some people, however, the DOF dropped a little too quickly It works for me.

Camera Work / Technical

The one major issue that I see here is the overexposure. It really exposes the shallower DOF more than it needs to be, and gives the impression of a lack of focus that isn't really there. It takes a slightly closer look to see that the focus really is great.. but because of the light look of the photo, first glance really tricks you into thinking it's a lot softer than it is. Of course, this is easily fixable in post, since it's not actually blown out in any area. (well, the chin area is a bit, but I'm not sure if that is from the camera or as a result of processing).

Digital Processing

You didn't give any processing info, so I can't really comment on what you've done.. but I do suggest that you try dropping the far left hand slider in Levels a bit to darken up the blacks, and if you have Selective Color, use the neutral channel and give the blacks a bit of a boost as well. That's just basic suggestions, but this shot would definitely benefit from a lower exposure.

Fits the Challenge

No worries here, it fits the challenge beautifully.

My Opinion of the Photo

As always, I tailor my critique to what works well on DPC itself, and not necessarily what works artistically. This is a very intensive portrait, and I like it a lot. The overexposure issue probably did result in a few lower scores, and I personally believe it would look better with a few tweaks.. but overall, you've got a stunning portrait and a beautiful model. Good work, and good luck in future challenges.

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09/19/2005 08:13:07 AM
This deserved a much higher placement. I gave it one of my few 9's. I think it is a stunning capture!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/18/2005 10:57:19 PM
A study in innocence and pristine beauty. 7
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09/18/2005 09:14:51 PM
Stunning! Great face and expression.
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09/18/2005 09:09:49 PM
such wonderful colors, both in her eyes and hair. I love it !
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09/18/2005 11:05:49 AM
nice contrast between the eyes and the hair..
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09/18/2005 10:55:33 AM
I like the expression and the amazingly captured eyes! The strands of hair add a lot of depth and of course great contrasting color here! IMHO, the lighting on the left side is a bit too harsh, I prefer the right side light... I would also try cropping out more at the top to really let the viewer focus on the eyes instead of the hairline! well done
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09/18/2005 12:20:25 AM
This picture just draws you into it. I believe you have captured her feels. great work on the model and photographer.
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09/17/2005 12:23:16 PM
The lower left part of her face is almost blown out, but not quite. I love her hair and expression. A very strong portrait.
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09/17/2005 09:33:07 AM
Only thing bugging my is the burned out white spot cheak.
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09/16/2005 08:51:33 PM
the picture seems a bit overexposed because the left side of the face shows some blown out highlights. also, it looks like you used window (ambient) light and a lamp. this introduces complications between the color temperature of the lights. thus, you have a blue and orange side of the face due to the different lights. it's best to use a reflector on window portraits instead of a new light source because of this color temperature difference.
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09/16/2005 07:49:08 PM
It is the eyes that got it for me
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09/16/2005 04:36:58 AM
Perfect composition, with a beautiful content !!!
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09/16/2005 03:25:41 AM
Rich Color Indeed!
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09/15/2005 11:02:16 PM
Beautiful picture beautiful model! (0:
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09/15/2005 07:45:56 PM
good shot but I think you failed it in the lighting, the post processing looks good on the incandessant lit side, but the natural light side is too blue and blown out. other than that a potential ribbon shot. 7
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09/15/2005 06:51:27 PM
whoah, really colorful! her eyes are amazing!!
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09/15/2005 11:59:14 AM
What a great image.
This is my pick for the top. Although i have been wrong before
Great crop and excellent focus

Good luck

Kev
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09/15/2005 02:50:41 AM
Absolutely stunning eyes! 8
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09/15/2005 02:23:19 AM
beautiful eyes, and well captured. good job :)
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09/14/2005 12:32:07 PM
I love red hair and freckles, but the lighting diminishes the freckles instead of brings them out. Her eyes are excellent, but I still would have preferred a different lighting arrangement. 7
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09/14/2005 08:18:13 AM
Nice restrained photograph of a lovely model. I like the fact that you have suggested a quiet personality for the subject with your subtle exposure & processing, but still managed to hint at the existence of an unruly side with the stray lock of hair. 8
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09/14/2005 05:48:36 AM
Great capture of expression. Lighting seems a little off IMHO.
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09/13/2005 10:33:40 PM
The eyes and the hair really stand out in this photo...the hair by her neck looks bluish-green...could be my monitor though. Nice off-center portrait.
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09/13/2005 10:24:02 PM
Great shot, lovely coloring!
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09/13/2005 10:18:45 PM
I really like this. The color of her eyes, her freckles, her hair color and the lighting. It is really beautiful.
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09/13/2005 09:04:09 PM
Like this shot and the feeling it gives but it is a bit burned out with flash or light of some kind. I would have rated it higher than a 6 because it had so much potential.
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09/13/2005 08:29:55 PM
Wow! Don't let anyone suggest that the face is over exposed. Works well.
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09/13/2005 08:19:59 PM
Wonderful! Love the expression and composition. great model
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09/13/2005 05:18:44 PM
Really like this shot. Very simple...but with the red hair and the beautiful green eyes it just looks great.
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09/13/2005 04:47:00 PM
Stunning eyes. Nice shot. Not sure if the lighting is a bit harsh, though. Good luck! :)
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09/13/2005 03:18:50 AM
I wish she didn't look sad. Maybe bring out her eyes more. Nice framing with the colourful hair. 5
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09/13/2005 01:10:42 AM
I like the composition and color, but her expression draws you into the photo. Nice work
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09/12/2005 10:38:14 PM
Nicely done, the light is just a bit too harsh, but overall, this is excellent.
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09/12/2005 10:24:38 PM
This really draws me in. Her eyes are exquisite and with the fiery red hair and freckles, it's just wonderful. So very pretty and natural looking even with the big boost to the red hair.
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09/12/2005 09:49:29 PM
I don't know why but I just love this shot, the eyes, and the contrast of the red hair.
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09/12/2005 09:02:54 PM
Wow, What an expression with her eyes. Great Shot!
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09/12/2005 05:22:45 PM
Wow...nice portrait, however you overdid the eyes....But since I dont mind freaky editing, this doesnt really turn me off. However I think it may have been better with less eye editing.
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09/12/2005 05:21:10 PM
the eyes are way to saturated, she looks like that thing from the movie species. Not a good look for her
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09/12/2005 02:42:23 PM
great colors...beautiful hair and piercing eyes
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09/12/2005 11:30:21 AM
the green of the eyes is gorgeous, but the green in the skin isnt.
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09/12/2005 11:26:14 AM
i like the angle of this picture and her facial expression. ( :
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09/12/2005 10:54:28 AM
This one just feels over exposed to me. The lighting angle gives her eyes an almost "alien" color. Plus I wish the details in her face were sharper.
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09/12/2005 09:42:21 AM
Incredibly good looking! Love those eyes...
I like the use of shallow dof. Highlights perhaps a little blown, but deos not degrade the picture much. Well done!
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09/12/2005 09:01:39 AM
The eyes are almost spooky..
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09/12/2005 08:39:06 AM
I'd very much like to see this shot before it got over-worked in the post. Perhaps it's the light, but the face here seems to have been removed of much of it's natural beauty to be replaced by flat, unnatural tones clearly mocked up in computer software. A shame IMHO.. 3
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09/12/2005 01:47:40 AM
Yes, you have an amazing image, but I love the composition and the tight shot. Great Job - IMO this is a Ribbon Winner
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09/12/2005 01:22:33 AM
Anything different is welcome to me in this challenge. Her eyes are farther apart than the norm and the color is quite unusual. Nice contrast to the red hair. I like the one piece hanging in her face. The skin tones seem a tad washed out, but it suits her pale eyes. Nice use of light.
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09/12/2005 01:17:56 AM
Wow, are those green eyes for real? Beautiful model! Love her hair on the left side.
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09/12/2005 12:55:34 AM
I really like this one! Great eyes! Beautiful young lady, and a great capture! 9
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