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Vera - 2006
Vera - 2006

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Challenge: Color Studio Portrait II (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Panasonic DMC-FZ30
Location: Nanas louge in Petone
Date: Apr 16, 2006
Galleries: Family, Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Apr 16, 2006

This is my nana I did a huge photo shoot with her .. I love her .. I love her age and her wrinkles and because of those I respect her hugely. This picture is to show her more serious side ... taking into account the 14 kids and the huge number of grandkids and 58 great grandkids and 10 great greats ... she has lived well.

Post challenge ...

Lots of people mentioned that this is over sharpened .. so I thought that letting people know that the only sharpen used was once the picture was reduced. Those wrinkles are real!

Place: 67 out of 199
Avg (all users): 5.8556
Avg (commenters): 5.7333
Avg (participants): 5.4909
Avg (non-participants): 6.1063
Views since voting: 840
Views during voting: 390
Votes: 270
Comments: 17
Favorites: 1 (view)

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08/24/2009 09:25:30 AM
04/24/2006 11:53:23 PM
Hello from the Critique Club!

There are just a few things I see here that could use a little tweaking. The lighting is what I think kept this photo from scoring higher. The light on the her right side is too harsh. I am assuming this is natural light coming in from a window. It may have helped to partially close a shade, or position something in between her an the light to lessen it some. Another option would be to lightly use the burn tool in post processing since this was an advanced editing challenge. I like that you have two light sources and that they are not equal in strength. The lighting on her left side is much softer and has a more comforting feel. Adding some fill flash would help brighten up her eyes, which seem to be a little dark. One final nit-pick would be the cropping. The edge of the frame cuts out some of her hair. This makes it feel cramped. Allowing the background to completely surround her head would help with this.

You had a few comments where people said you over sharpened. I really think you did a nice job with this. People's eyes may have been drawn to her lips and chin, where the wrinkles are more pronounced, but looking at her cheeks tells me that this really is natural. Another thing fill flash may have done is make the wrinkles a little less pronounced.

Her pose is wonderful. She seems quite relaxed and comfortable. It makes me feel like she has just finished telling a story of one of her life experiences, and is now looking at me to make sure her point sinks in!

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/23/2006 10:35:10 AM
Awesome overall lighting. Put a touch of catchlights in her eyes and this would really come alive! The cropping is a tad tight for my taste...
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04/23/2006 10:00:15 AM
good texture, but the harsh lighting on the top left is a bummer
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04/23/2006 05:23:40 AM
This is very oversharpened.....which is such a pity, cos in other respects I find it to be a wonderful portrait. Such expressive eyes.
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04/21/2006 11:02:47 PM
The textures in her face are very well shot. The background colour doesn't really complement her skin tones though.
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04/21/2006 07:15:06 PM
Wonderful image and capture of Vera - her face lends itself to all kinds of stories. Only issue I have is that the image is just way too oversharpened (IMO). I would have liked to see a slightly softer side of Vera. Nice lighting and good comp!
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04/20/2006 11:09:19 PM
Nice focus and the tones captured are great, but the light from the left is a bit harsh
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04/19/2006 06:25:09 AM
An excellent capture. I like the clarity and the emotion. Well done. Perhaps a fraction too much light from the left of the image.
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04/19/2006 05:26:56 AM
stunning, powerful portrait.
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04/18/2006 11:13:41 PM
A very interesting face, but I find the lighting too harsh.
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04/17/2006 05:55:35 PM
Here skin tone is to red :)
but nice portrait
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04/17/2006 03:34:54 PM
Nice skim lighting to bring out all the detail and character in her face. I wish there was a catchlight in her right eye.
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04/17/2006 02:52:49 PM
Wonderful photo. Color saturation and skin tones are very good. It feels a littl heavy on sharpening. A little less would have improved the photo IMO.
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04/17/2006 11:26:04 AM
A little more light on her face would have brought out more detail.
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04/17/2006 01:33:29 AM
Simply a wonderful image.
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04/17/2006 12:48:30 AM
In most portraits the eyes show the life in a person. I'd like to see a little more light in her eyes for this one. 6
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