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The Source of Her Strength
The Source of Her Strength
librodo


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Strength (Basic Editing I)
Camera: Nikon D70
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Date: Apr 9, 2004
Aperture: f 1.8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/250
Galleries: Emotive, Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Apr 10, 2004

Prayers is her source of strength and so is mine.

Just practicing with my new 50 mm 1.8 new lens. Relatively cheap but it has great results. If I can do this picture again, I will add some smoke. But too lazy to do that so here it is.

PP:

I did auto level, color and contrast.
I brightened it and increased the contrast.
I desaturated to make it "almost" BW
Adjust brightness and contrast again.
Adjust brightness and contrast again...

I can't remember the combinations but every alterations was done to the whole image. I wish I could clone to make the face smooth but this is basic editing so...

Statistics
Place: 6 out of 282
Avg (all users): 6.7023
Avg (commenters): 8.6452
Avg (participants): 6.3983
Avg (non-participants): 6.9006
Views since voting: 5429
Votes: 299
Comments: 49
Favorites: 17 (view)


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04/25/2005 12:13:01 AM
You do such wonderful lighting, I am jealous.
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04/21/2004 09:24:48 AM
Thanks a lot! Personally, this is my all-time favorite among all my shots and I am glad a lot of you like it too. Well, I guess I ruffled some religious feathers but frankly speaking, that was not my intention.

I took this shot during the Holy Week. Katrina is a god daughter and she agreed to be a model for me. She's a very beautiful girl so I think this won't be the last you will see of her here. :)

I wish those 8 who gave me a 1 left some comments. Well, it doesn't really matter for me now but if you want to PM me, you are most welcomed.

Once again, THANK you very much.

bruchen and arbil14, I will send you this picture in postcard form if you can guess which one is my Silhouette challenge shot. :)

God bless everyone.
04/21/2004 08:53:01 AM
This was one of my top picks... great shot! Congrats on top ten.
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04/21/2004 08:31:21 AM
Another great photo Manny, my fav and a 9 from me . Deserved to ribbon but some folks will vote down on certain religious shots. Keep the faith.

Mike

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04/21/2004 04:40:00 AM
Well done!!
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04/21/2004 04:24:10 AM
you almost made it again, bro....and im right, it's yours..hehehe....
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04/21/2004 02:34:41 AM
I was wondering if this one were your, You are awesome! Great stuff man :)
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04/21/2004 12:07:07 AM
argh..i gave a 9 for this...wish you could have gotten a higher place...great image :)
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04/21/2004 12:05:20 AM
awww i wish this one would have got higher but congrats on your 6th place finish! i was pulling for this picture to win!! good job
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04/21/2004 12:03:27 AM
Congrats on the 6th place finish, Manny. I knew this was yours.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/20/2004 09:14:18 PM
very nice idea......I would prefer seeing her with her eyes closed :) ....just my thought...nice shot manny.....hope my guess is right?
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04/20/2004 09:07:11 PM
beautiful!
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04/20/2004 05:31:43 PM
the strength of her religous beliefs
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04/20/2004 04:12:42 PM
good
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04/20/2004 03:26:57 PM
Beautiful composition, nice lighting, I love how the dark eyes have been captured, they truly do instantly hit you, Good Job.
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04/20/2004 01:26:26 PM
Very nice portrait. The only think I see to make it significantly better is to crop it tighter on the right. I would have also liked to have seen more light on her eyes, such as a small pen-light (not aimed at her) to give a small light to catch in her eyes.
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04/20/2004 01:07:48 PM
Very soothing picture. very nice!
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04/19/2004 05:09:06 PM
A lovely portrait of the strength of faith. Nice composition, nice choice of a black background. I like the way that the line between background and clothing is still defined. Great eye contact.
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04/18/2004 08:40:09 PM
great picture, i love it !!!!
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04/18/2004 06:00:45 PM
Excellent portrait!
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04/18/2004 05:23:37 PM
lovelly evocative image
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04/18/2004 04:00:10 PM
Incredible portrait. You get a 10 from me.
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04/18/2004 01:14:54 AM
the beads on her necklace are a little blone out of porportion.
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04/17/2004 01:30:23 AM
Wonderful!! Great use of theme, strength is all over. Great composition, lighting...
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04/16/2004 11:43:47 PM
seems powerfull.
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04/16/2004 11:35:04 PM
i love this photograph ^^, great lighting, good luck
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04/16/2004 11:14:38 PM
This is a very powerful photo. The correct balance of saturation, hue, contrast, composure and in line with this challenge. When I first viewed this photo I saw a weak subject, but as I look more and more at it, she gets stronger. This is a great photo. However, there are many here that may steal away from this well thought of and composed photo due to the religious beliefs or backgrounds. I'm voting 10. My first 10 and I'm almost done with the voting.
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04/16/2004 06:02:40 PM
A beautiful portrait. Very well lighted (apart from slight overexposure on the fingers) and well posed.
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04/16/2004 03:32:23 PM
Good - but Cross is cut off - really detracts from the theme
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04/16/2004 12:37:16 PM
A solid shot no doubt, among my top 10.
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04/15/2004 05:41:17 PM
This better ribbon. One of my favorite shots ever seen on this site. A lttle bit of over lighting on her hands, but I don't even care about that because I can't stop looking at her eyes. Very emotional shot, makes me wonder what she's thinking. This is what photography is all about.
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04/15/2004 03:53:14 PM
I'm not sure what to say about this portrait. It's definitely great, technically. The face is haunting, and I don't know what to make of the cross in the same image a that face. The image has a complex feel, even if the look is pretty simple but gloomy. This will score high.
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04/15/2004 02:16:16 PM
I would be curious what this would look like if she was focusing on her hand as if she wer praying, rather than looking at the camera. Good photo and model. The lighting is great.
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04/15/2004 01:43:22 PM
appears "national geographic" in quality -- well done
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04/15/2004 12:26:18 PM
Nice.
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04/15/2004 11:43:59 AM
Definitely a ribbon winner, great model, great expression. My guess is Blue ribbon.
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04/15/2004 10:59:04 AM
This picture is just awesome, beautifully done! I love it - 10
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04/14/2004 10:51:02 PM
Composition, lighting, expression and mood - excellent. Very well done. That said, my comments for improvement: It's a tad bit overexposed on the hand and rosary.
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04/14/2004 06:31:16 PM
Excellent subject and composition! Lighting is wonderful. Only crit is photo seems a bit too posed, not enough caught in the act of true prayer.
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04/14/2004 05:09:32 PM
Nice shooting. I would of liked her hands away from her face. I think the light was so strong there it distracts. Attractive shot, good luck in the challenge. 8 from me.
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04/14/2004 12:13:30 PM
Extremely nice portrait. Great composition. I gave it a very high 9 - but it definitely would be a 10 with the following minor changes: 1) The hands are just a tiny bit hot on the left-pointing fingers (lost some detail.) 2) The rosary is slightly soft - maybe stop down a bit. 3) A catchlight in the models eye woud help a bit. Well done!.(9)
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04/14/2004 10:54:39 AM
Great idea, beautiful picture, but the lighting is not good
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04/14/2004 10:12:37 AM
Nice image...good use of light.
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04/14/2004 04:17:42 AM
Wow!
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04/14/2004 03:53:03 AM
Beautiful image. Hands are a bit over exposed.
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04/14/2004 02:08:13 AM
stunning!!!
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04/14/2004 01:51:18 AM
very arresting
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04/14/2004 01:31:22 AM
Ribbon Winner. 10
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04/14/2004 12:52:13 AM
Excellent framing, good lighting and color. i like the negative space of the left. I think I know who's work this is. The image also fits the challenge well. 10
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