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Challenge: Tribute (Advanced Editing IV*)
Collection: People
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 Macro
Location: Studio
Date: Jan 19, 2006
Galleries: Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Jan 24, 2006

Inspired by Kevyn Major Howard at www.headshot-photographer.com. I did a lot of post processing to try and capture his effect, but I don't quite think I got it. I think it could be the background.

This is a photo of my beautiful girlfriend, Jodie. She's never let me take a proper photo of her before because she says, and I quote, "I'm so un-photogenic"! How far from the truth could that be?

I might be biased but I love this photo! I've never really done portraits before so I found it hard telling her how to pose and things, but I think in the end this shot was definately my favourite.

Taken with my handy-dandy Canon 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro lens using natural window light. I used f/2.5 to get a nice shallow DoF and soft focus effect (which I enhanced in Photoshop admittedly) but I think maybe f/2.5 was slightly too shallow since only one eye is in sharp focus. Anyway, I hope you enjoy Jodie's gorgeousness as much as I do!

Place: 110 out of 188
Avg (all users): 5.5040
Avg (commenters): 6.0625
Avg (participants): 5.3247
Avg (non-participants): 5.5829
Views since voting: 1241
Views during voting: 365
Votes: 252
Comments: 23
Favorites: 2 (view)

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05/28/2006 12:30:00 AM
the warm, soft tones match, along with the soft focus, what it sounds like you were going for: a warm, loving tribute to a girl you find to be worthy of such treatment. She should be pleased with the "photogenic" result.
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02/01/2006 07:23:17 PM
She is indeed stunning and this truly is a great portrait... I'm glad you knocked the highlights on her skin down too - evens the tones out wonderfully. I think you should print this nice and big and frame it for your desk or wall. Surely she's changed her mind about being unphotogenic now?
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02/01/2006 04:37:16 PM
Ben I don't know why, but I just knew this was yours. It can't be that I recognized Jodie's face just from your portfolio image or is it somehow your own style? Perhaps you have shown some pics in the chat once. Doesn't really matter.

I am a bit surprised that it finished 111th, because I thought it was a very nice portrait. Everything is in kind of sweet soft tones and light but the eyes stand out so well with that hard blue.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/31/2006 10:32:16 AM
Very soft and lovely. I like the softness in the details and the pastel coloring works great.
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01/30/2006 03:27:59 PM
Nice emphasis on the eyes, i also like how she isn't posed in a dead on shot
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01/30/2006 07:26:10 AM
Beautiful, I love the soft treatment and the vivid eyes of your subject - well done.
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01/29/2006 11:00:18 PM
very soft angles, soft lighting makes the person in the picture seem very soft and gentle almost innocent and young, again.
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01/29/2006 07:47:40 AM
This is so sweet, so lovely & so special.....
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01/29/2006 07:25:14 AM
very nice. Nice processing too! (8)
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01/27/2006 02:24:40 PM
Lovely face, eyes, and expression. Sharp/soft transition effect seems overdone, and you didn't mention a well-know photographer for comparision.
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01/26/2006 03:39:08 PM
I love this portrait. The shallow DOF used in this image truly enhances and emphasizes her eyes that are just utterly stunning and sharp. Lovely model and great 3/4 angle of your POV. Great job!

Edit to add: Into my faves ;)
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01/26/2006 03:08:01 AM
this is a tribute to whom? if I don't know what is the point 1
01/26/2006 12:29:37 AM
Striking beauty!
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01/25/2006 11:17:57 PM
I'm not sure to whom the tribute is, but it's a nice photograph of a lovely subject. I'll assume having only the one eye in true focus is part of the artist's style.
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01/25/2006 07:42:42 PM
FOr me this is so close to great...I have a problem with the eyes...it looks as if ther has been some odd burning ... and I have no idea who you are emulating...But a lovely shot none the less
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01/25/2006 06:24:18 PM
Great title.
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01/25/2006 05:17:16 PM
Who is this in tribute to? It seems to me the name of the photographer who is being emmulated should appear somewhere in the title since that is part of the challenge. It's impossible for me to evaluate this in terms of the challenge guidelines since I am not a mind reader. On its own, you've captured nice sparkle and color in her eyes. I don't care for the extremely shallow DOF in combination with the blown out highlights. Frankly, I don't see the asthetic value of obscuring most of the subject's features. Most of her nose disappears into her face which is unsettling.
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01/25/2006 02:01:23 PM
What makes this one of the best images in this challene is the shallow focus combined with the perfect focus on the right side eye. High technical quality.
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01/25/2006 12:54:46 PM
Part of the fun of the challenge is comparing the photos to the work of the photographers they're paying tribute to. I can't figure out who that would be in this case. Lovely girl. Nice focus on the eyes. Good range of color and light levels.
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01/25/2006 11:19:07 AM
:) Beautiful!
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01/25/2006 08:57:28 AM
I don't recognize a photographer's style, but that doesn't mean anything. Love the eyes and the DOF. Interesting use of desaturation. 7
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01/25/2006 04:27:38 AM
not sure who this is a tribute to but nice job
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01/25/2006 04:24:02 AM
hmm... seen this before on a photo-a-day but in b&w. Was a good shot then. I think its better in colour.
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