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Kimberly in the 'Golden Hour'
Kimberly in the 'Golden Hour'

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Challenge: Shallow DOF (Advanced Editing I)
Camera: Olympus E-20
Location: Arizona
Date: Feb 6, 2004
Aperture: F2/8
ISO: 80
Shutter: 1/640
Date Uploaded: Feb 7, 2004


Place: 133 out of 174
Avg (all users): 5.0215
Avg (commenters): 7.6364
Avg (participants): 5.0973
Avg (non-participants): 4.9041
Views since voting: 902
Votes: 186
Comments: 13
Favorites: 0

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02/21/2004 10:09:27 PM
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The message
This is a great photo of a beautiful and vivacious woman. The outdoor setting suits her well. It doesn't quite catch the fabled "decisive moment"; her smile seems slightly forced. This gives it a bit of a "snapshotish" feeling--a photo that is well appreciated by those that know her, but doesn't make a real connection to strangers.

Creative choices
The "Golden Hour" lighting gives a great warm color to the subject. It also casts strong shadows that show the form of her face. There is enough ambient light (or perhaps you used a reflector?) to prevent the shadows from being too black. The point of view is complementary and works well here. Sharpness is just right. The landscape format is unusual for a portrait, but works well here to supply context and gives the image a more relaxed feeling.

Technical aspects
This image is technically perfect. Focus, exposure, color balance, etc. are all just right.
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02/16/2004 07:05:49 PM
I really thought this would have done better. I thought it was a wonderful photo.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/15/2004 08:48:19 PM
Very clear comfortable photo. I wouldn’t change a thing. Sorry I couldn’t be of more help.
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02/13/2004 12:53:48 AM
Very nice as a portrait. I would even like to play around with it in duotone as you have some nice contrasts in her face. However, with no near objects to compare to it is difficult to tell if you have attained shallow dof...
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02/12/2004 10:31:49 PM
Beautiful subject and such a big smile. Makes me want to smile! Nice capture of shallow dept.
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02/12/2004 04:46:00 PM
Great smile and portrait.
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02/12/2004 08:15:23 AM
great shot, nice fill in lighting.
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02/11/2004 06:53:48 PM
She's a cutie! Nice composition, and good use of light. The blurry background could possibly hint at Kimberly's good nature and talents? Perhaps with even more hints back there your communication could be even more clear. Nice work. 8
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02/10/2004 08:19:14 PM
Excellent details of her face, hair and sweater. The afternoon sun lends a nice reddish tone that seems to compliment her complexion well. The background is also well blurred via DOF. Great shot! 9
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02/10/2004 01:27:16 PM
Nice use of shallow DOF to separate foreground and background. This was a good choice of background for this portrait; it doesn't compete.
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02/10/2004 12:09:54 PM
Good portrait and composition. Well lit subject with nice golden light, and good DOF.
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02/09/2004 03:03:31 PM
Compliment only.
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02/09/2004 06:39:12 AM
Good composition and nice use of DOF
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