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Just a Smile
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Challenge: Free Study IX (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
Location: Baltimore, Maryland
Date: Nov 5, 2005
Aperture: 2.8
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/20
Galleries: Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Nov 24, 2005

Justin - taken at the 2nd Annual Christian Goth Gathering

Place: 423 out of 519
Avg (all users): 4.8796
Avg (commenters): 6.5000
Avg (participants): 4.7868
Avg (non-participants): 5.1169
Views since voting: 742
Views during voting: 462
Votes: 274
Comments: 11
Favorites: 0

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12/08/2005 08:25:17 PM
Hey Jason, yes I do like this one. I gave it a 6 and here's why (mainly technical stuff), I like photos with shallow DOF, but for some reason the background on this seems just a bit too blurred. I like his look, it's very inviting (even with the makeup) :-) I might off-center him just a bit more if you're going to go with a horizontal format and I agree with MrsFuzzButt about cropping it so more of his hair was visible, as I think that's kind of important part of his look. Also, if this was my shot, I might sharpen his pupils a bit because as it is, his eyebrows & beard seem more in focus and it kind of distracts just a little. But that's just a personal preference for me, I really dig super sharp eyes. Overall, I think it's a nice portrait, you brought out his personality well and it should have scored higher than it did. But Free studies are always tough competitions. :-)
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12/08/2005 11:31:45 AM
Since you posted in the Free Study Scores Thread I thought I would run through and comment. :-) I gave you a 5. This is an average shot IMO. I would have liked to see more of his hair to complete the look. I don't agree with the flash comment in regards to the shadows. I just think it is just a little bright for the look he has going. Overall, he is a very photogenic person and I love the make-up. Of course, I like the whole Goth look to begin with.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/07/2005 06:32:40 PM
Great portrait. The picture makes me feel like I know this guy. Great job.
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12/07/2005 06:32:34 PM
Interesting fellow. The use of on-camera flash really washes out the natural shadows from his face though. Try experimenting with natural lighting instead of using the flash. :)
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12/07/2005 03:31:38 AM
great subject, great clarity, just a little too straight on for me 5
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12/07/2005 02:04:29 AM
It has always amazed me that people who are particuarly photogenic can do just about anything to themselves and still look good in an image. This is a great example of that. He's a great smile and looks quite friendly. Wouldn't mind seeing him without all the hubris just for a comparison. Nice job.
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12/06/2005 09:35:28 PM
Nice dof, great smie...good luck
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12/04/2005 12:11:51 PM
Wow, this really took me by surprise. I love his eyes, they look so gentle. Nice picture, one of the best portraits I've seen.
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12/03/2005 01:43:44 PM
interesting....very gritty
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12/02/2005 12:26:21 PM
Nice clear image. The makeup is great - very theatrical. I like the DOF too. I might whiten the teeth just a smidge. The overall composition is good and he being ever so slightly off centered works for me.
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12/01/2005 07:19:39 PM
Good study Portrait....
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