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Challenge: Color Portrait II (Advanced Editing V)
Camera: Nikon D50
Lens: Quantaray AF 28-90mm f/3.5-5.6 for Nikon
Date: Mar 18, 2007
Aperture: 4.5
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/80
Date Uploaded: Mar 18, 2007

one projector on the left side, another one behind her on the wall.
shot in raw, then sharpened the eyes, neat imaged the result.

Place: 194 out of 268
Avg (all users): 5.1818
Avg (commenters): 5.0000
Avg (participants): 5.1474
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Views since voting: 687
Views during voting: 292
Votes: 198
Comments: 4
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03/28/2007 06:57:03 PM
Technicals: I think I spot a common problem made with portraits, the sharpest focus is on the tip of the nose and not the eyes. Your camera loves to find the nose because it is in the middle and has contrasting edges. You either have to manually focus on the eyes or move the AF sensor to the eyes and recompose. Lighting is nice, although I think the white actually overpowers her a bit. I think I would have cloned out the two little spectral highlights on her lip.

The feel: Contemplative. I like that she isn't looking at the camera. Perhaps a nicely bokeh'd background would have done you better than the starkly white one.

The game: You look like people thought you did a decent job, but didn't provide too much "wow". 101 5s pretty well cinches that diagnosis.
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03/28/2007 02:01:35 PM
Use of a solid white BG and the rule of thirds works well. Model pose is all right.

Exposure generally OK but not outstanding. Composition is fine. Color looks OK to me on this monitor.

Lighting is weak and looks to be 'flat' overall.

Sharpness, or the appearance of sharpness, is curious in this particular image and, unfortunately, probably hurts it. There are some high contrast small overexposed 'spots' on the lips that appear oversharp, yet most of the rest of the image looks 'soft' focused. Some facial blemishes should probably be removed. That confuses the visual viewer.

It looks like you applied noise reduction and it showed up in some areas more than others. That gives the image an unbalanced sharpness quality that many viewers will notice and not like. It seems smooth and unfocused in some areas yet oversharpened in others.

The image looks a little 'flat' contrast-wise.

The Challenge:
Obviously it meets the challenge. But in a challenge like this viewers expect perfect technicals and/or a unique interpretation... they get neither in this image.

Focus on the technicals. Work on the issue of sharpness. If you used noise reduction then increase or decrease width of sharpening to either allow the image to be sharper or softer overall. If softer, avoid making your model look 'plastic'. If sharper, don't oversharpen.

Increase contrast and/or brightness to give the image more viewer interest and impact. Add vignetting and or dodge and burn to highlight the model and or add more viwewer interest to the overall composition.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/25/2007 06:05:12 AM
Nice composition.Just looks a little contived?
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03/20/2007 11:47:34 PM
It is a thoughtful portrait. You've gotten that to come across quite well. The colors are good, the model's expression is quite thoughtful. I'm not sure doing a high key background works with this model. There's a lot of contrast between the white background and the thick dark hair, and a lot of detail is lost in the hair, right in the middle of the frame. A darker background would allow you to expand the dynamic range in the midtones and shadows, and get more detail in the hair.
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