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Para Sempre em Amor
Para Sempre em Amor

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Challenge: Intimacy (Basic Editing)
Collection: 2008 Challenges
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Tamron SP AF 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di for Canon
Location: Mogadore, Ohio
Date: Mar 23, 2008
Aperture: 2.8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/3200
Galleries: Emotive, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Mar 24, 2008

Para Sempre em Amor is Portuguese for "Forever in Love". I really was stoked about this challenge, because I always wanted to do this shot. I love the picnic scene in the grass or trees. I was really nervous because we had snow this whole week and then it was supposed to get nice. So Saturday was sunny and melted most the snow, and Sunday was nice and melted the rest.

The models are my brother-in-law Jake and his wife Michelle. Thanks guys. It was really cold out but they did a great job with the poses and making it look so natural, well that might have been thanks to the Jack Daniels but still. :)

Hope everyone likes and would love to get some feedback on any ideas to making my B&W shots better. Thanks.

Shot in Raw
Curves, Brightness, Sharpened, Saturated
In Jpeg
USM, Channel Mixer, Brightness & Contrast, Curves, Resize, Sharpen and Save for Web.

Place: 19 out of 117
Avg (all users): 6.1145
Avg (commenters): 6.8462
Avg (participants): 5.7111
Avg (non-participants): 6.1865
Views since voting: 2533
Views during voting: 539
Votes: 297
Comments: 17
Favorites: 0

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04/08/2008 02:26:28 PM
by karmat

Congrats on a top 20. This is a very nicely done shot and it meets the challenge well.

Compositionally, it is well balanced, I think, between your two subjects. You also fill the frame nicely so that there is not a lot of distracting background. I do find having just the tip of his head cut off, when none of her's is, a bit distracting, but nothing terribly important.

Technically, the focus is great and the "colors" per se, are good. There is a good range of blacks and grays. In looking at it, my eyes try to make the shirt white. I'm thinking his shirt is a colored one, and that will prevent it from being white. I am by no means a craftful BW person, but in looking at the *really really really* good ones, there will be some definite black and some definite whites. Also, the rose is almost un-noticeable. In color, it would probably really add (though I think BW was an EXCELLENT choice), but in bw, it kinda fades away, and at first glance, I thought it was another arm from somewhere. Perhaps if he had been stroking her face as she was his. . .

Still, a great shot.

If I need to further clarify anything, please feel free to contact me.

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04/02/2008 12:15:43 AM
I am really surprised that this wasnt higher scored, well done for a top 20, should have been a top 10 at least!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/01/2008 07:43:39 AM
I love the expression on her face. Great photo.
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04/01/2008 02:58:22 AM
guys face looks a bit unnatural here, girl played good...all in all a good 7
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03/31/2008 12:56:02 PM
please leave him for me--- i make $26,000 a year
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03/30/2008 07:54:16 PM
Nicely done.
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03/29/2008 10:20:17 PM
This is a great shot. I think a wider aperture - blurring more of the background - would even be better. I love her expression very natural, sensual and relaxed.
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03/29/2008 08:13:48 PM
Nice shot of a nice moment. Maybe a reflector to get some light in his eye would improve it though.
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03/29/2008 08:47:19 AM
this is my fav out of all...you can see a real connection of intimacy.i love how hes touching her neck with the rose and how she is touching his face/neck.beautiful picture
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03/29/2008 08:40:57 AM
Clarity is fantasic and great lighting. Feels a bit too posed for me, but excellent photo.
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03/28/2008 04:53:04 PM
A bit too harsh lighting to make this perfect... but a great sense of intimacy.
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03/28/2008 10:56:11 AM
Very very cheesy. I also wish her eyes were open. The tones are great though!
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03/27/2008 11:04:08 PM
Technically great, artistically cheesy. I give it a 6.
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03/27/2008 03:13:24 PM
A tad cheezy IMO, but maybe that is intentional. The guy could use a little light on the face.
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03/27/2008 12:25:10 PM
Just wonderful. So simple yet so much emotion.
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03/26/2008 05:21:17 PM
Very romantic...her eyes closed really adds to the tenderness.
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03/26/2008 10:50:19 AM
Nice DoF, head cut off
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