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A portrait of my great grandmother
A portrait of my great grandmother
LalliSig


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: High Contrast II (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D
Lens: Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM
Location: Studio Grandi, Iceland
Date: Oct 1, 2006
Aperture: 5.6
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/200
Galleries: Portraiture, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Oct 2, 2006

This is actually not MY great grandmother but my childrens but I think she IS great so the title is more like a play of words. Anyway, this is Valborg, my mothers mother.

This wasn“t taken for this challenge specifically but I thought it fitted the challenge perfectly so in it went, still have to make the 52 challenges this year even though I am "on a break" from DPC cause of a busy schedule. I have just stopped taking pictures specifically for challenges but if I take something during the week that fit“s and I like I“ll enter it of course :)

Anyway, was a school assignment to take a picture of someone who you know well that describes them. Well I had planned to take pictures of both my grandmothers the last weekend, am extremely proud of both of them, they are both widows and such strong charismatic women who have had a huge influence on my life. I plan on doing the same for my parents too, I think these images will be very important to me in the later stages in my life, hopefully it will be far in the future when that happens but these people will not be in my life forever.

Well my other grandmother Gušlaug couldn“t make it that day, was actually working (she drives a tour guide bus and runs a bus company, 80 years old!!!) but Valborg could make it. A very sweet character, raised 6 kids and by herself for a big part of it since my grandfather, who I am named after by the way, passed away when my mother, who was in the middle was only 14. Well I am told she never once complained and was always very nice to me and she is still very upbeat as you can see :P

If anybody reads arabic, that neclace she is wearing is spelling her name, Valborg, my mothers sister used to live in Saudi Arabia about 20 years ago with her husband and kids (all Icelandic) while he was teaching English there and they got that neclace for made for her there.

Anyway, post processing minimal, just basic raw conversion stuff, channel mixer for b/w conversion and curves for contrast. Lit with 3 lights, one from behind, one from the right side and one big softbox from the front/right side as main light.

Statistics
Place: 22 out of 396
Avg (all users): 6.3533
Avg (commenters): 7.6875
Avg (participants): 6.2892
Avg (non-participants): 6.4059
Views since voting: 2076
Views during voting: 255
Votes: 184
Comments: 22
Favorites: 4 (view)


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11/01/2006 07:51:07 AM
She's great--what a blessing to have such a wacky grandma! :)
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10/13/2006 03:08:31 PM
Very nice Lárus, what a character! Skemmtileg mynd af ömmunni Lárus og menið er flott!
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10/11/2006 10:53:38 AM
She looks like she would be a hoot to be around! Great capture!

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10/11/2006 02:35:18 AM
Never would have thought this was Larus. Great image. So what's your highest scoring b/w? Is this it?
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10/11/2006 12:19:03 AM
I love her!! Beautiful image !
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/10/2006 08:14:39 PM
Love the unexpected expression!
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10/10/2006 11:33:23 AM
very funny! great image
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10/10/2006 01:18:11 AM
FIESTY LADY HUH??? GREAT SHOT!
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10/09/2006 11:17:53 PM
fun portrait and I'm sure it captures her personality well. 8
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10/09/2006 10:18:58 PM
Great Portait.
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10/09/2006 05:05:24 PM
Excellent technically, but more important, a priceless portrait to cherish. This woman looks like she's a hoot!
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10/09/2006 11:01:56 AM
Looks like you have a pretty cool great grandmother... 8
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10/09/2006 09:19:21 AM
This is delightful!
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10/08/2006 10:46:09 PM
Great model and uplifting sense of humor. Bump.
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10/07/2006 11:59:43 AM
ROFL!!!!!!!! 8.
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10/07/2006 11:50:35 AM
Priceless! Looks like she is a wonderful and fun loving person! The shirt really helps to tie it into the contrast challenge. Well done!
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10/07/2006 01:12:48 AM
Everyone should be so Blessed! Nice to see a Sassy Senior among a World of "Sticks-in-the-Mud!" I'll just bet her philosophy is "Youth is wasted on the young!" And...I would agree!!!! :)
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10/04/2006 10:42:46 PM
very awesome, my grandma always runs from the camera! really great detail, love the black& white too!
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10/04/2006 07:58:30 PM
funny shot!
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10/04/2006 08:10:07 AM
great expression...wonderful detailed b and w...she looks too young to be a great grandmother!
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10/04/2006 06:52:15 AM
she is just gorgeous! really cool portrait
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10/04/2006 03:06:52 AM
fun gg!
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