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Look at Me Please...
Look at Me Please...

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Challenge: Portrait in Landscape Orientation (Advanced Editing IV*)
Camera: Canon EOS-400D Rebel XTi
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 USM II
Location: My Bathroom
Date: Oct 31, 2006
Aperture: 5.6
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/6
Galleries: Portraiture, Self Portrait
Date Uploaded: Oct 31, 2006


Place: 250 out of 271
Avg (all users): 4.1160
Avg (commenters): 4.5000
Avg (participants): 3.7143
Avg (non-participants): 4.3193
Views since voting: 660
Views during voting: 349
Votes: 250
Comments: 7
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07/13/2009 09:28:25 AM
Some suggestions:
1. zoom in closer. This is an agressive crop but may give more impact (on the left side crop up to the lens and on the right crop up to slightly past the hair).
2. try the above crop in black and white.
03/12/2007 03:26:43 PM
Your idea was good, but here is a few things that would improve this photo:

In the composition, I like that the subject is not centered, but there is a bit to much dead space on the right. Crop to the first black line on the right to remove some of the dead space. Second and simialar, Close out the second red line using photoshop(clone tool)

The lighting is a bit harsh, if you look at the hair on the right side of the head there is little, to no definition to it. A bit of ambient light will give better definition and stop the slight color shift issue here also.

The last 2 items I will comment on are probably where you lost most of your points, they are DOF, in this case more DOF. This would have kept the camera more in focus and not given a soft overall feel to the photo. Also the other item is photo size, From my experience, DPC'ers do not like odd sized photos, they want large, sharp prints that they can look at quickly to pick up the main idea.

Hope this helps, and doesnt discourage. Portraits are difficult and take much time to master. I tend to shy away from them right now as mine do not come out very well either.

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01/10/2007 12:41:38 AM
I wish her nose wer in the picture just a little more. from a glance, it looks as if it's not there, kind of eerie
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/07/2006 02:02:42 AM
ok, ok, i am looking, the light needs some work...
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11/03/2006 10:42:18 PM
a deeper DOF would have worked better here
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11/03/2006 06:59:21 PM
Honestly, it's kinda out of focus. Oh, I'm sorry...you have a Canon! Just kidding...I have one too. Good luck to ya!
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11/01/2006 12:54:35 AM
I like the contrast, lighting and pose. However, I am not sure what the Landscape format gives you but dead space...
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