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Portrait of a Breakup
Portrait of a Breakup

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Challenge: Color Studio Portrait II (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Location: Oregon
Date: Apr 12, 2006
Aperture: 3.5
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/60
Galleries: Emotive, Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Apr 12, 2006


Place: 76 out of 199
Avg (all users): 5.7584
Avg (commenters): 7.3750
Avg (participants): 5.5044
Avg (non-participants): 5.9423
Views since voting: 1026
Views during voting: 470
Votes: 269
Comments: 10
Favorites: 1 (view)

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04/30/2006 12:32:17 PM
**** Greeting from the Critique Club ****

- Relevant to the Challenge? Yes

- Good or Bad? How can it be fixed? A comment below mentions her cropping right arm from the left side of the image. I'd agree that this would focus our attention on her upset face.
- Good use of Depth of Field? Yes
- Good focus? Yes

- Good use of light? Lighting is key here. What you have here is a tad too harsh. Reduce the amount of light hitting her (more distance, diffuse). I'll grant that she's 'distressed', but lighting is supposed to support the mood not dominate it. Lighting near the camera such as this gives a very flat looking face. Notice that the only shadows are under her nose and chin. Move the light to be 45 degrees to the camera to give her face some shape. Matbe powder her nose to keep from reflecting.

Aesthetics/Artistic Appeal:
- Colors and Contrast. Nice contrast here. You might try desaturating to further the mood. -30 to -50 would flatten the colors giving a more somber mood.
- What is my reaction or feelings? I like the idea, but the execution needs a little work. You're trying to compel me to feel sympathy for her , but it just misses. The running 'mascara' doesn't quite look right, and her eyes need a little 'puffiness' under them. The story being told here isn't quite believable.

Hope this helps.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/21/2006 12:26:51 PM
I like the picture, not so much the title. 6
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04/20/2006 08:28:47 PM
Love the look and that background really enhances this. I probably would remove her arm in the shot so that her white shirt just fills that corner.
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04/19/2006 11:48:29 PM
I like her makeup and the background works well for the mood you are trying to convey. Her position seems a bit akward and posed. A reflector may have helped lessen the dark shadow under her chin. 6
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04/19/2006 04:12:21 AM
the lighting looked slightly harsh.
might be improved if natural light was used.
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04/18/2006 06:09:09 PM
Lighting is very effective setting the emotion.Good pose -- I like the lack of eye contact.
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04/18/2006 03:07:08 PM
only 2 tears? id make the makeup run in more than one tear per eye. just a thought that if you cry it wont eb like that.
angle is weird.
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04/17/2006 09:15:37 AM
I like, very emotional, I dig the background too.
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04/17/2006 09:01:23 AM
Like this. Nice and sharp, and the the background makes this photograph. Well done.
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04/17/2006 02:20:47 AM
Good shot - didn't need a frame for me (or at least not such a wide one)
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