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Challenge: Color Studio Portrait II (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
Location: Redding, CA
Date: Apr 16, 2006
Aperture: f5.6
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/50
Galleries: Emotive, Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Apr 16, 2006


Place: 74 out of 199
Avg (all users): 5.7795
Avg (commenters): 6.7500
Avg (participants): 5.6182
Avg (non-participants): 5.8954
Views since voting: 1005
Views during voting: 429
Votes: 263
Comments: 17
Favorites: 0

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05/25/2006 08:30:26 AM
Lovely shot.
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05/06/2006 01:43:56 AM
This is a great and wonderful portrait. As folks have mentioned, I think it just needs a bit of a push in sharpness. Good shot though ;)
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04/30/2006 05:51:40 PM
* Howdy from the Critique Club *

For me, I look at this image for a long time thinking about it, I read all the comments and I thought, something is just off a little and allot had to do with skin tone and sharpness. I know skin tones can very from person to person, but only the photographer knows by see with there own eyes.

For me there is a light reddish tint in the top of the forehead area. I tried to do selective colors to rid of it but every color I used effected it.

So I wonder what a black and white would look like, I used channel mixer, painted on the mask to bring the eyes back about 30% opacity and some curves for contrast and wow what a difference. Even though losing a bit of bright green in the eyes they still really pop. This for me took care of the color issue.

For sharpness at this close range. It better be there or this place will show you in your score. I don't have cs or cs2. (for smart sharpen) So I blow up the image 300% and look for the most contrast area on the photo. This was along the subjects right cheek and I look at those pixels. I used threshold 0, radius 1.5 and the amount moving that up until they brighten and then just back them off a fraction. You want to be right there on the edge and this will not show no halo.

One other thing the lip gloss is too shinning for me.

And if anyone thinks I am wrong they should correct me, For I am always learning something new everyday and if you have any questions about my comments feel free to PM me.

You have yourself a wonderful day, Mark Thomas Kelsay

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/23/2006 11:57:11 PM
Great lighting.
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04/23/2006 06:18:59 PM
Good portrait. No critique on this one.
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04/22/2006 01:26:21 AM
Beautiful portrait. Love the warm tones and very nice framing. 8
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04/20/2006 10:13:31 PM
I think this is a bit too contrasty. Also, I probably would have used a cooler light since her hair has a warm tone to it; I need balance. Nice shot though.
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04/20/2006 05:58:23 PM
Purty Lady
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04/20/2006 04:10:20 PM
Absolutely classic.
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04/19/2006 09:51:47 AM
Beautiful. I like the way her hair frames her face and fils the frame. The lighting is soft and well placed. It seems like there is a yellow cast, but that could be as you intended. bumping to a 7
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04/18/2006 05:42:24 PM
Very great portrait shot, the lighting and composition are excellent.
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04/18/2006 01:28:03 PM
Pretty model, nicely framed. Nice catchlight in the eyes. I'm curious to see what focal length lens was used. It looks like it was a wide-ish ange lens very close to the subject? (I certainly could be wrong.) If so, it could tend to distort some of the proportions a bit. All in all, a nice portrait.
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04/17/2006 04:58:12 PM
nice focus on the eyes.
Not that i am an expert in any way but the thing that stops me giving this a 10 is that it looks like you were a little low. Not sure if you were but thats the feeling i get.
Still a nice image that i'm sure your model likes a lot.
good luck
Sorry this sounds like i don't like it, i DO

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04/17/2006 12:18:17 PM
Nice picture, subject, and composition. Not sure if the reduction size caused this but the image appears a bit out of focus.
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04/17/2006 08:01:53 AM
How pretty!!!
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04/17/2006 02:17:53 AM
Very well done.....
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04/17/2006 12:33:50 AM
I love the green eyes!
The rest of the lighting seems a little to harsh for my taste.
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