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MaryO


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Challenge: Self Portrait VI (Advanced Editing V*)
Collection: People
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Sigma 100-300mm F/4.0 EX IF HSM for Nikon
Location: Springfield, VA
Date: Nov 30, 2007
Aperture: f/4
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/400
Galleries: Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Nov 30, 2007

Probably not the most technically challenging shot, but this is most definitely me in a familiar pose with Holly. Shot outside because it's hard to find enough room inside for a portrait with an IW ;-) Used the long zoom on a tripod with the timer, figuring the distance from us subjects with that lens would let me guesstimate exposure and focus manually with more leeway than a shorter lens at a closer distance. I think that worked OK.

The drawback to that was that I had to RUN to get in place each time before the camera went off, trying to get the dog into position along with myself. I'm sure the neighbors were amused. And she's not quite 2, so she's still very much a puppy.

Hmmm ... noticed later the interval timer setting. D'oh! May play with that next time; could be very useful for situations like this.

PP - converted from RAW, rotated 1 degree, cropped, levels, white balance, burnt Holly's tongue and colored it uniformly and cloned out spot, burned my lips (forgot to wear lipstick) and dodged my teeth, burnt/blurred/cloned background mostly to minimize distracting light spots, dodged my neck, evened skin tone, added border, resized, sharpened non-skin parts of the subjects, blurred a few eye wrinkles (hooray for advanced editing!) and burnt the smiley ones slightly.

Statistics
Place: 164 out of 241
Avg (all users): 5.2467
Avg (commenters): 6.7500
Avg (participants): 4.9576
Avg (non-participants): 5.4341
Views since voting: 715
Views during voting: 448
Votes: 300
Comments: 17
Favorites: 1 (view)


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12/21/2007 05:20:46 AM
This is a very heartwarming shot! And to realize that you were back and forth setting it up and such - an excellent outcome indeed! Very nice work.
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12/12/2007 10:28:57 PM
This is a beautiful shot and how wonderful that you got to share it with one of your pets! The outdoor lighting looks wonderful on your hair. Great shot!
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12/12/2007 01:13:09 PM
This is terrific, Mary. What a wonderful memory-keeper photo. :)
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12/12/2007 10:43:13 AM
Oh, Mary!!! That's you??? You are BEAUTIFUL!!!!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/10/2007 02:09:56 AM
Arff, bark, woof. (Nice happy expression)! BB
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12/09/2007 04:29:01 PM
Very nice. I love this photo because of the composition. Technically, you could have a bit more focusing on your eyes instead of your hair. Good job overall :)
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12/09/2007 10:38:36 AM
Nice light.
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12/09/2007 10:24:29 AM
This portrait reveals a lot about you. Very nice!
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12/06/2007 05:54:08 PM
This doesn't look posed at all you look very natural and very happy. Good luck.
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12/06/2007 09:31:05 AM
Nice work.
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12/05/2007 07:07:25 PM
thats a rather old puppy no?
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12/05/2007 04:21:32 PM
Awwwwe, I like how you included that human in your SP. :P
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12/05/2007 04:09:33 PM
Cute shot, good composition and idea.
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12/05/2007 03:06:35 PM
Very cute
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12/05/2007 02:33:18 PM
I like the lighting in this a lot the way your hair is highlighted. I also like how this says something about you.
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12/05/2007 01:07:31 PM
Awwww. . .this is beautiful! I love it!
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12/05/2007 09:37:56 AM
Fun shot.
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