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Ageing Gracefully
Ageing Gracefully

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Challenge: Black and White Portrait II (Advanced Editing V*)
Collection: Challenge Outcasts
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF 90-300mm f/4.5-5.6 USM
Location: My Verandah, at my home.
Date: Jan 9, 2007
Aperture: 5.6
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/50
Galleries: Portraiture, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Jan 9, 2007

I decided to take a portrait of one of the ladies, a friend, who lives in the same village as we do.
She has so much character, and over the years her wonderful face shows us, she has plenty of stories to tell.

I took this outside on my verandah, with her sitting in my canvas swing seat.
It was late in the afternoon, and very overcast with no blue sky at all.
The natural backlighting, has given me the white background that I was looking for, re the contrast with her 'etched with time' face.

I like to personally thank Cecile Brittain, for allowing me to take this "Black & White", portrait of her.

Place: 358 out of 491
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Views since voting: 844
Views during voting: 396
Votes: 300
Comments: 17
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/16/2007 01:05:45 PM
Very nice expression. Her face almost tells a story :)
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/16/2007 04:45:11 AM
a bit oversharpened IMO
01/15/2007 10:18:23 PM
post processing looks very unnatural
01/14/2007 01:15:13 AM
The brigth white background is too white and really pulls attention away from the subject.
01/14/2007 12:47:41 AM
not very pleaeant on the eyes in regards to final edition. You editing is somewhat rudementary.
01/13/2007 01:08:03 PM
Maybe too much processing?
01/12/2007 11:05:07 PM
Something about this photo looks very strange. Sorry, don't like it.
01/12/2007 01:56:23 PM
Too sharp IMO.
01/12/2007 07:20:23 AM
This lady probably is ageing gracefully, but that is not what the picture shows us. I think you should really work on your editing skills and use PS-tools (or other) with much more care. Look how the hairs contrast with the background (that you probably deleted). And what have you done to the eyes and the teeth? They look so unnatural.
01/11/2007 08:23:48 PM
Background is way too light IMO. More light on that interesting face and less on the background would have improved this shot IMO.
01/11/2007 04:33:08 PM
Excellent study of the ageing, well toned....
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/11/2007 03:47:22 PM
I think this has been sharpened too much and the "touch-ups" to the left eye as well as the cut outs has made it seem a bit "unreal". The edges of her hair show the selections/eraser areas
01/11/2007 02:58:32 PM
Nice potrait. May be just my monitor but it looks almost over-processed, but much better than I'd ever do. Best of luck.
01/11/2007 05:19:12 AM
Doesn't look quite right.
01/10/2007 10:03:48 PM
the blown out background is very distracting and the processing on this nice lady is overdone
01/10/2007 04:09:19 PM
Nice shot - but ruined in post processing.
01/10/2007 01:49:18 PM
This poor woman. The lighting and processing are not flattering to her at all. She actually looks cut and pasted because of the over sharpening.

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