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Portrait By Window Light
2nd PlacePortrait By Window Light
scarbrd


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Natural Light Portrait (Advanced Editing V*)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D
Lens: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro
Location: Houston, TX
Date: Jul 15, 2007
Aperture: 3.2
ISO: 500
Shutter: 1/80
Galleries: Portraiture, Children
Date Uploaded: Jul 15, 2007

Neighbor's kid. A real cutie. Light supplied by our front door window. Used a reflector to get a little light on the right side.

Her parents cried when I gave them an 8x10 print.

Open in RAW
crop
enhance eyes with levels to bring out whites.
cloned out some stray hairs
Hue/Sat
USM
Neat image
size
USM
Neat Image
burn in some hot areas
border
save for web

Post challenge: WOW, I din't think this one was going to make it. Some awesome portrait photogs up there. Thanks everyone for the comments and votes.

And a special thanks to Abby who lives across the street. I think her beauty put the image over the top.

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 366
Avg (all users): 7.0909
Avg (commenters): 8.0000
Avg (participants): 6.7111
Avg (non-participants): 7.3158
Views since voting: 17259
Views during voting: 424
Votes: 242
Comments: 72
Favorites: 36 (view)


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01/26/2011 08:34:56 PM
Just beautiful!!
"ERROR: 'Portrait By Window Light' is already in your favorites list."
Dang! I'd forgotten I'd seen this before.

Originally posted by scarbrd:

Her parents cried when I gave them an 8x10 print.

How much do you charge for an 8x10???
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07/18/2010 02:32:24 AM
This is the first time I saw this. Absolutely gorgeous shot!
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03/04/2008 10:54:45 AM
Heavenly.
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01/16/2008 12:43:18 PM
I can't believe I've not seen this before - quite stunning.

A fabulous shot and well deserved ribbon.
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07/29/2007 07:19:15 PM
"Her parents cried when I gave them an 8x10 print."

Do you blame them?

"You saw an angel and you know how to catch them with your camera.
You should be proud with your work. Congrats!"....DeSousa
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07/28/2007 09:07:20 PM
one word... Sublime
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07/27/2007 01:29:35 PM
You've been on a roll lately. Seems you have figured out the ribbon winning formula, or finally people have realized how good of a photographer you are.

Another terrific capture. I think the dilated eyes, moreso than the blue, really give a uniqueness to this portrait. Exceptional sidelighting. Congrats on the ribbon!
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07/27/2007 08:23:12 AM
Lovely light. The eyes are a little over the top - almost alien, but this remains a nice image.

Congrats on the ribbon.
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07/27/2007 07:03:28 AM
what a sweetheart! Congrats on this beauty!
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07/27/2007 04:30:04 AM
wow!! what a couple of eyes!

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07/27/2007 03:11:51 AM
One of my favourites in the challenge...just gorgeous David, conrate soin the red ribbon
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07/26/2007 09:25:56 AM
Very cute kid and great portrait...congratulations on winning the red ribbon!
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07/26/2007 09:21:20 AM
She is beautiful!
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07/26/2007 08:03:54 AM
Beautiful lighting and focus on her eyes, congrats!
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07/26/2007 06:45:50 AM
absolutely stunning, i'd be thrilled to have taken this.
congrats
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07/25/2007 06:01:53 PM
I suppose there is some pressure to not screw up a shot when the model is so photogenic so congrats on not screwing up! :P
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07/25/2007 05:54:16 PM
what a beautiful little girl! Congradulations on the ribbon!
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07/25/2007 11:55:01 AM
You saw an angel and you know how to catch them with your camera.
You should be proud with your work. Congrats!
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07/25/2007 10:51:40 AM
Congratulations on this photo of a future star. Soft skin and just enough soft light make this photo really alright, excellent.
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07/25/2007 08:53:05 AM
What a great shot! Love it, and congrats
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07/25/2007 08:44:26 AM
doood!! congrats man - great photo! :)
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07/25/2007 07:50:41 AM
Congrats on a fantastic image, very nicely done

Jack
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07/25/2007 07:37:17 AM
beautiful work. What a mesmerizing stare
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07/25/2007 06:58:40 AM
Originally posted by xodiak:

I normally hate shots of kids as too many people rely on their inherent "cuteness" rather than exploring them as an interesting subject. You've done an excellent job of using a child as a model.


I thought this was a really cool thing to say and it's so great to know that there are more of us out there still whose eyes don't immediately glaze over the second they see a child's portrait. Congratulations on the ribbon! :)
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07/25/2007 06:36:24 AM
The coolest portrait of the challenge! :)
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07/25/2007 06:25:58 AM
Those eyes are just so blue, and so perfect, and what a sweet, sweet portrait.....
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07/25/2007 04:35:03 AM
DOF is awesome .... postprocessing ROX :)

congratulations !
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07/25/2007 03:57:31 AM
This is one of the best child portraits I've ever seen. Superb image. Congrats on the red, David.
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07/25/2007 02:32:09 AM
Beautiful lighting and an adorable little model! Congrats David!!
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07/25/2007 02:24:09 AM
congrats David!:)
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07/25/2007 01:05:51 AM
A-A-A-Amazing! Stunning shot, fantastically cute child, and an instant fave! Congrats!
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07/25/2007 01:04:22 AM
This is just a stunning photograph :)
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07/25/2007 12:36:31 AM
Originally posted by scarbrd:

Her parents cried when I gave them an 8x10 print.

Why, what did you charge them?
Sorry, bad joke, the truth is I was moved when I read that about the parents. It's a great portrait and the child's beauty is only part of it. Congrats on a well-deserved ribbon. I'm happy to have been one of your 10s!
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07/25/2007 12:35:34 AM
Congrats David! Very beautiful shot! We're both on the top 10! Yay!
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07/25/2007 12:26:46 AM
Gorgeous shot and beautiful little girl. Well done.
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07/25/2007 12:09:44 AM
An angel! Ribbon #4. We need to get you a yellow.
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07/25/2007 12:03:59 AM
Congrats!!!! Lovely shot, well done!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/24/2007 11:59:52 PM
Sweet image...love your lighting!
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07/24/2007 11:11:20 PM
Nice.
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07/24/2007 11:34:58 AM
Wonderful sharpness on her face, and lovely softness around it. A really accomplished shot. Not 100% sure about the border on this one.
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07/23/2007 09:33:53 PM
gorgeous little cutie pie..bumping up
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07/23/2007 11:05:47 AM
Excellent composition and expression. The soft colours surrounding the bright eyes really draw you into the shot. The only thing I can fault is I'm not sure the eyes were in critical focus, the nose and the hair at the top left seem to be the sharpest points. A great portrait anyway
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07/23/2007 09:20:16 AM
gorgeous! those eyes are stunning...beautifully captured
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07/23/2007 07:50:02 AM
beautiful!!!
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07/22/2007 07:37:38 PM
What a beutiful image! That's a winner!
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07/22/2007 01:12:32 PM
so gorgeous......just beautiful!!.....8
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07/22/2007 09:12:43 AM
fantastic!
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07/21/2007 03:32:34 PM
great pastel tones... 7
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07/21/2007 02:13:43 PM
Babies and children are used way too much, in my opinion. However, this shot definitely separates itself from the rest...8
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07/21/2007 12:54:13 AM
Beautiful girl and beautiful eyes, excellent gradation of brightness across the face, sharp where it needs to be. Perhaps the narrow light crease under her right eye is a little distracting, but I enjoy the picture very much anyway.
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07/20/2007 08:44:38 PM
What a beauty. Bravo. 10
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07/20/2007 01:06:30 PM
captivating!
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07/19/2007 10:49:51 PM
the eyes are striking and yet not overdone, very nice! /9
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07/19/2007 06:06:22 PM
Wonderful effect demostrated here. 9
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07/19/2007 05:28:33 PM
superb!
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07/19/2007 03:59:04 PM
10 and wonderful!
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07/19/2007 01:37:00 PM
nice portrait - maybe a bit overdone on the post-processing, the eyes don't seem natural
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07/19/2007 01:02:28 PM
Beautiful! Here eyes are great, nice work.
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07/19/2007 12:16:18 PM
Looks too plasticized, but great lighting.
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07/19/2007 08:38:12 AM
Sweet!
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07/19/2007 05:11:36 AM
very nice
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07/18/2007 08:03:07 PM
How gorgeous is she?! Beautiful shot.
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07/18/2007 07:29:12 PM
Wow...what eyes...very nice shot!
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07/18/2007 04:16:09 PM
I normally hate shots of kids as too many people rely on their inherent "cuteness" rather than exploring them as an interesting subject. You've done an excellent job of using a child as a model.

Her eyes are all the more compelling because of your choice to shoot the rest of the shot as nearly monochrome and while there's no denying the "child's innocence" and sense of wonder, you could almost substitute an adult and get nearly as good a shot. Great work.
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07/18/2007 03:17:02 PM
Wow... bright blue eyes!
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07/18/2007 02:11:09 PM
Nicely done. I like her wide eyed expression. The hint of softness and DOF works great. One of the better ones. So nice to come upon a jewel amidst this pile of stones. ;~D 8
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07/18/2007 12:49:39 PM
OMG, she is adorable!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Great portrait. 10
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07/18/2007 10:27:53 AM
what a cutie with very nice blue eyes!
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07/18/2007 09:14:34 AM
Lighting is wonderful!!!!!!!!! It is so soft just like her perfect skin. What a beautiful child. Good job!
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07/18/2007 02:58:09 AM
Wow, what eyes!!
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07/18/2007 01:24:59 AM
Wow, got a real vendetta against detail on the skin eh?
07/18/2007 01:14:02 AM
I am a little bothered by the size of her pupils. It seems they shouldn't be that big with the light from the window shining on her face. She is a beautiful child, and I like the soft focus.
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