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LalliSig


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Square Crop (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
Location: Studio Tivoli, Iceland
Date: Mar 1, 2006
Aperture: 8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/125
Galleries: Portraiture, Studio
Date Uploaded: Mar 2, 2006

This is my lovely wife yet again, I think I have used her for at least 10 challenges now, she is easily my favorite model :)

Lit with 4 bowens lights, a big softbox over my head, an umbrella below and between us and 2 smaller softboxes over each of her shoulders to light the shoulders, don´t think they affected the lighting that much... Taken at 200mm to compress the shot and make it more intimate.

As for post processing, really was minimal except for a HUGE boost in contrast, a little healing brush and brightening of the eyes with curves along with making them slightly bluer with hue saturation. Sharpened after resizing.

Two things that bother me a little about this shot, the chin blends in with the neck a little bit and that is a problem with lighting that I am going to have to fix the next time I shoot something similar. Also, the catchlights are not very flattering but they definately need to be some kind of catchlights, I tried removing them and it was way worse.

Anyway, thanx for all the comments, I really appreciate them and the favorites more than a good score :) I have to say thought I strongly disagree with the people that don´t like the yellow backround, I think it brings out the blue in the eyes more and makes this shot work but like I said, I appreciate ALL comments wether I agree with them or not :)

Statistics
Place: 15 out of 369
Avg (all users): 6.6791
Avg (commenters): 8.2857
Avg (participants): 6.7080
Avg (non-participants): 6.6282
Views since voting: 3277
Views during voting: 467
Votes: 215
Comments: 42
Favorites: 10 (view)


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03/13/2006 12:01:45 PM
I know that look !
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03/13/2006 10:24:06 AM
Lovely, sweet and so, so endearing. A masterful capture of a beauty. Congratulations on your top 20 finish.
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03/13/2006 10:08:11 AM
She is beautiful. There are a few things that bug me about this image. Her expression...seems like you took a picture of her when she was about to blink. the other is the whites in her eyes. Almost looks fake. Congrats on top 20.
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03/13/2006 12:16:30 AM
Under-rated IMO.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/12/2006 08:56:15 PM
Gorgeous all the way around! I especially like how the yellow background compliments her beautiful blue eyes.
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03/12/2006 05:16:57 PM
I like everything about this shot. One of my top picks for the challenge.
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03/12/2006 04:38:14 PM
Really nice portrait.
works very well as a square.
can't see why someone would DQ this.
10 from me
hope this does well for you

ev
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03/12/2006 01:59:18 PM
I could venture a guess as to who's this is... (beginning with L?) ... but

Easily one of the best technical photos of the challenge, should score very high. I find the background hue and brightness a little bit distracting to be honest, but the colors do work well.

Clarity here is obviously amazing and this stands superior to most of the other shots. best of luck!
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03/12/2006 10:05:24 AM
One of my favorites this challenge -- yep - the eyes are a standout. well done
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03/12/2006 06:56:09 AM
Excellent pose and beautiful colours.
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03/12/2006 03:11:31 AM
VERY intence and lovely tones.
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03/11/2006 04:31:08 PM
I love the tones and the hair and the light. I don't love her eyes ( a little creepy) maybe lifting her chin just slightly would have helped. However, I can not deny the quailty of your shot. It is not something see too often. 9
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03/11/2006 04:12:00 AM
This is a great portrait, Cindi. ;-) The only problem I have with it, though, are the big white umbrella reflections in the eyes. Perhaps they're a bit obtrusive.
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03/10/2006 07:25:16 PM
Sweet portrait, scandinavian calm mood.
Love it, except that I'd like to see the lightsource reflection in the pupils and not partly in the iris. 9
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03/10/2006 07:02:17 AM
Great pose, nice processing!
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03/10/2006 01:05:30 AM
Great look and works well with the crop. The background color fits this subject. Very nice job.
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03/09/2006 08:15:52 PM
Amazing! I wish I could take portraits like this. I just seem to get the lighting all wrong. This is wonderfully done and simply amazing to look at and vote on. 10 from me.
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03/09/2006 07:59:08 PM
very nice. although, for some reason, the yellow backdrop bugs me.
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03/09/2006 06:46:52 PM
Love the eyes and choice of background color.
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03/08/2006 10:17:22 PM
Yummy! Wonderful portrait. The catch light is wonderful! Love the yellow background too!
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03/08/2006 08:39:55 PM
Wow... what a captivating stare. Very nice shot.
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03/08/2006 06:47:47 PM
Beautiful girl with an intriguing expression! I love how sharp her eyes are, and how you brought out the blue in them.
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03/08/2006 04:17:34 PM
Very pretty. I find the hair on her left a bit distracting from her beautiful eyes.
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03/08/2006 01:54:48 AM
great drama in look. It feels almost too processed for my taste. I do love the lighting.
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03/08/2006 12:44:45 AM
Amazing shot. Nice framing of the subject and the eyes are awesome.
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03/07/2006 09:33:20 PM
Her eyes are beautiful.
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03/07/2006 05:24:22 PM
This is simply stunning. There are plenty of average photos in this challenge, so this really stands out. I love the brightness, and softness of the face, and the peircing eyes are wonderful. If there was an 11...
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03/07/2006 03:36:21 PM
Nice glow. Not so sure about the background colour though? Love the eyes and the hair. And a very good looking model too :) The crop works very well here.
Good job!
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03/07/2006 01:36:45 PM
Stunningly beautiful portrait. Excellent lighting. The colors are captivating. 10
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03/07/2006 01:00:33 PM
amazing amazing amazing, i love this photograph. the ONLY thing i don't like is to obvious reflection of the umbrella in her eyes that cut between the iris and pupil, it is probably just my personal preferrence, but i would have liked to not have the highlight split between the two circles. great job, i hope you take this challenge
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03/07/2006 12:22:54 AM
not keen on yellow background it fights with skin tones 6
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03/06/2006 11:52:55 PM
i love the eyes. Added to my favorites!! Amazing shot!
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03/06/2006 11:03:39 PM
Great shot, but the light reflecting in her eyes is very distracting.
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03/06/2006 06:45:37 PM
Love the eyes! and the yellow background! 10
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03/06/2006 05:25:07 PM
Great image. "Just" a little over sharpened for my liking. The pixelization around the nose is distracting. Very nice picture though. Would have benefited from being just a little bit softer (IMO).
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03/06/2006 04:36:42 PM
Her eyes look a little un-natural - too smooth, too white. Otherwise an excellent photo.
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03/06/2006 02:10:24 PM
Fantastic portrait, and what a stunning model. So sharp, great crop and amazing expression.
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03/06/2006 07:23:25 AM
Wow stunning shot! 10 from me...well done!
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03/06/2006 06:46:38 AM
wow! love the use of the yellow background...stunning eyes...I am guessing Icelandic
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03/06/2006 04:48:31 AM
Great photo, focus on the eyes works great.. maybe just a bit to much USM as it brings detail to the tiny hairs on the face (i.e nose and cheeks) and the lines in the lips.
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03/06/2006 03:20:31 AM
Beautiful model, pretty good post processing with ample contrast. Softbox reflections are a little harsh but there isn't too uch you can do about that. The eyes are worked well, just that I am missing some detail in the eye whites, they come over as "too clean" if you know what I mean. A few very small visible eye veins might have helped here, but all in all, very kewl!
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03/06/2006 01:10:12 AM
There is that beautiful woman again. Lovely eyes. Great portrait. Not crazy about the yellow background, but I love everything else!!
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