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Gazing...to be a Star!
Gazing...to be a Star!

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Challenge: Lighting (Classic Editing)
Camera: Sony DSC-S70
Location: home
Date: Oct 18, 2003
Galleries: Emotive, Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Oct 18, 2003

My daughter sitting on a black sheet with lighting from our front window on her back.
I added grain.

Place: 22 out of 132
Avg (all users): 6.2981
Avg (commenters): 8.0526
Avg (participants): 6.2088
Avg (non-participants): 6.4143
Views since voting: 1674
Votes: 161
Comments: 27
Favorites: 6 (view)

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08/24/2004 08:59:32 PM
ADORE the perspective on this. The effect of the tulle on the black background is really great. Such a natural and graceful pose for both a ballerina and a model of her age! Love it!
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10/31/2003 01:05:09 PM
JasonPR~ you are right on with what I was going for with this photo. Thanks!

Thank you, heida!

Thanks to everyone else for the comments. I know I should have went without the grain, but I liked it. Oh well.

Thanks for the tip, dsidwell!
10/29/2003 08:18:34 AM
I love this picture Should have gotten a ribbon. Beautiful!
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10/28/2003 12:16:06 PM
Great job. What I found particularly appealing about this photo was the connection between the lighting and the title, esp. given the challenge theme. It seemed to me that the lighting is coming from the star she is reaching for, the wishing star, the future spotlight.
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10/27/2003 12:02:44 AM
This is a stunning pose (Your subject is darling)
I like that you opted to keep everything in focus here. (not easy in the low light).
Im not sure if I care for the grain on this one. It has me wondering if it is intentional.
I see grain in my shots if I use an ISO 800 in the dark with a fast shutter speed. I find I can improve considerably at a ISO 400 at a longer exposure in most cases, but both of these settings would be difficult to shoot the subject as you have here, without blur. I'm looking forward to seeing your settings for this shot.
This is a difficult shot and excellent composition one of my favorites for the challenge. 9
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/26/2003 11:02:22 PM
This is one of my favourites in the challenge. Great lighting, great pose. I like the black eyes...they really add to the musicbox ballerina effect. I hope you do well.
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10/26/2003 01:22:51 PM
Effective use of unusual perspective for a portrait. Flesh-tones look a little grainy to me; I might try either smoothing them, or (post-challenge) running a Canvas (or similar) texture filter to give it a painted look and make the grain more "acceptable" to the average viewer.
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10/25/2003 05:28:08 PM
Seems a little grainy...if not effect intended. Pretty little lady and nice capture.
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10/24/2003 03:11:49 AM
Wonderful looking star! She is a sweetheart! Was the grainy effect intended or you just sharpened it a bit too much?
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10/23/2003 10:02:47 PM
this is a wonderful and interesting portrait. nice job on the lighting.. love the angle!
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10/23/2003 09:06:23 PM
The lighting and noise work with the models expression and pose to give this a nice pensive mood. There is too much dynamic range for the camera to properly capture, but you've compensated very well, putting detail in the important shadow areas rather than the highlights.
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10/23/2003 11:24:07 AM
great portrait!
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10/23/2003 08:17:51 AM
Like it, like it :-) Good lighting and I particularly like the perspective you chose. Were you up a ladder? Sonja?
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10/23/2003 12:52:32 AM
oh no.. this is creepy to me. her listless eyes, gazing out at something off the picture.... it might be a pirate.. i'm scared. hehe ;)
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10/22/2003 02:39:43 AM
What a darling. Perspective is fantastic, lighting is great The composition is wonderful. Her pose does look a little stiff, but not so much it detracts and there looks like some mottling on the skin of her back and arm, but that might either be from resizing or just my monitor. No idea. Excellent work, nonetheless. 9
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10/21/2003 08:14:14 PM
i like the lighting, but there seems to be some artifacts or lack of smoothness to the picture. excellent composition.
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10/20/2003 11:51:31 PM
I like the grainy feel and the perspective of this shot. Not too mention the girl is cute, but this shot does have more to it than just a cute kid. She really does communicate an aspiration and longing. Very well done.
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10/20/2003 10:59:04 PM
I first gave you a 7. Then an 8. Now I think only a 10 is good enough. Her expression, and it fits the frame so perfectly. That left hand convinced me. 10 Hope you Ribbon.
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10/20/2003 08:12:13 PM
Beautiful angle, beautiful child, beautiful light, beautiful photo!
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10/20/2003 01:07:48 PM
Sweet, innocent and lovely. I don't think this could of been better.
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10/20/2003 10:28:04 AM
I find this image to be a bit too grainy. I love the angle at which you've taken this photograph. What a pretty princess!
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10/20/2003 08:29:47 AM
Excellent pose and composition. Just a little more light on her right eye and a little less on her cheek and back would have made it a great photo.
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10/20/2003 02:19:04 AM
Nice idea.
Did you try it with the light in the front instead of the back?
And is the light diffused any at all?
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10/20/2003 12:50:40 AM
The touch of pink in the frame compliments an already beautiful picture! 10
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10/20/2003 12:42:06 AM
Oh, she looks like a princess! I love your choice of shooting from above, very nice mood lighting.
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10/20/2003 12:41:25 AM
Very nice point of view! The light has a kind of Wyoming quality to it. If you make a print out of this, make sure you put a sparkle in her eye. They're a tad spooky here--so dark. But really a lovely shot.
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10/20/2003 12:29:35 AM
excellent point of view and darling model and great use of lighting not sure but a tad grainy but no points off 10
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