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Challenge: Free Study XIII (Advanced Editing IV*)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Sigma 24mm f/1.8 EX Aspherical DG DF Macro for Canon
Location: Don't even ask
Date: Sep 22, 2006
Aperture: f/3.5
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/125
Galleries: Fashion, Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Sep 22, 2006

Shot as part of a fairly impromptu fashion shoot for the uni paper. Slave flash off to the left at eye level of the model, some natural light in the setting as well. This is quite a tight crop from a full-height portrait. Slightly boosted saturation on the reds, contrast around the eyes, resize, sharpen.

Place: 388 out of 615
Avg (all users): 5.3690
Avg (commenters): 6.2500
Avg (participants): 5.2714
Avg (non-participants): 5.6596
Views since voting: 979
Views during voting: 269
Votes: 187
Comments: 10
Favorites: 0

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10/13/2006 07:09:27 AM
Hello from the Critique Club,

Let me start off by saying you achieved one of the hardest things to accomplish when using non-professional models, the model looks relaxed and natural. There are two items that probably hurt your score the most on this entry, the background and the shadow on her face. One of the DPC rules when using a white background is that it should to be a clean looking white or shows an intentional gradient with a clean looking white focal point. Filler light on the background or a contrasting background would have helped here tremendously. As for the shadow, there are a couple of solutions to this problem. One would be have the lighting on the opposite side of the raised hand or to reverse the hands holding the wand and the bottle. The other would be to use a reflector to fill in the shadows. For this shot I think I would prefer that the model switch hands and blow bubbles in the other direction. I like the contrast achieved with the side lighting you set up and using a reflector would have diminished that effect.

Feel free to PM me if you have any questions regarding this critique.

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/07/2006 09:24:37 AM
cute and well taken.
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10/07/2006 01:04:02 AM
Composition is good. I think that the shadows on her neck and face are a bit
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10/06/2006 02:16:15 PM
Yo...at the risk of sounding crude, a better title might have been...umm...nevermind. I think the photo would have been a little more interesting if you could have somehow cloned the wand and bottle out of the photo. I like the contrast of the colors...more bubbles please!
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10/05/2006 02:02:03 AM
Cute photo but I think the deep shadow on the right takes away from the image.
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10/03/2006 04:31:09 PM
Good clarity on the subject and bubbles, the background looks as though it might benefit from noise reduction.
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10/03/2006 05:16:09 AM
given the composition, I'd like to see some creative work with focus here. a tack sharp face with a very shallow DOF, for example. throwing up a nicely colored backdrop would be a nice touch as well.
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10/02/2006 04:42:41 AM
nice, but the lighting is casting a shadow on her face that draws my attention...I like the colours and clarity
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10/01/2006 01:23:25 PM
I like this image because it's relaxed and well lit, the eyes came out really nice too.
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10/01/2006 09:24:43 AM
Shadow is a little harsh but otherwise interesting.
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