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Challenge: Free Study 2008-02 (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: 2008
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
Date: Feb 5, 2008
Aperture: F1.8
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/640
Galleries: Candid, Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Feb 29, 2008

Holy Cow! He's a looker ain't he? Quite the little Casanova too. And not only has he avoided being hit with the ugly stick, he's a super smarty too...all this at the ripe ol' age of 21 months. But he's still a real sloppy eater and is prone to the occasional meltdown when things don't seem to be goin' his way...oh, and there are the poopy diapers. Such is the life of a toddler.

(insert big sigh here)

For me Free Studies are all about trying something different. I don't usually go with the "high key" effect but I really loved how this turned out. I rarely photograph people, except this little dude, my dashing nephew Anil, and usually we're being super silly because I am the fantastico ultimate fun and crazy Auntie...and believe me when I say this was a lucky shot...he's usually quite the little ham.

Place: 327 out of 458
Avg (all users): 5.3354
Avg (commenters): 6.3333
Avg (participants): 5.3565
Avg (non-participants): 5.2826
Views since voting: 643
Views during voting: 237
Votes: 161
Comments: 7
Favorites: 1 (view)

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04/15/2008 08:00:51 AM
Excellent shot. The softer focus works well.
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03/09/2008 01:42:09 PM
So outstanding! Love it during voting. Just came across your notes - 21 months?? I bet he'll look like this when he's 21 years old.

Your process is superb and very fitting this excellent portrait. It's sadly underrated - but phooey and nevermind - know that you have a fantastic image here.
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03/08/2008 06:17:34 PM
That's a nice crop and surely a model to follow. The 50mm f/1.8 did a good job there. Sort of enhanced a grainy harsh look with the wide open ap. Free studies are worth entering for the freedom they grant.
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03/08/2008 06:05:15 PM
Well, I guess I really screwed up...I voted high based on artistic technique, character, and charm. My bad...next time I'll be sure to vote along with the other lemmings.

You know...the neph kind of has an Elvis thing going on...future heart-breaker!

Message edited by author 2008-03-09 15:54:37.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/07/2008 09:23:33 PM
I like this harsh-ish light and skinny DoF. Great expression and nice processing.
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03/07/2008 01:47:25 PM
excellent portrait, great expression, crop, and tones.
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03/04/2008 08:44:17 PM
The focus is a little too soft on the left eye. The hair above it seems to be more in focus and draws my attention
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