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Makena's Baby
Makena's Baby

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Challenge: Dolls & Puppets (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-40D
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 I
Location: Bullard, Texas
Date: Aug 31, 2008
Aperture: 6.3
ISO: 400
Shutter: 125
Galleries: Still Life, Children
Date Uploaded: Sep 1, 2008

This is my little girl's doll that I've been using to practice portrait lighting. I'm just a photo nut who's trying to improve his technique. All sincere and constructive comments will appreciated. Thanks.

Converted RAW
Slight exposure adj-brighter
Color correction to bring out more blues/purples
Slight saturation boost
45deg frontlight from right, reflector from left to open shadows and additional light for background to add depth.

Post Challenge / Results...

Congrats to the winners!

Thanks everyone for the nice comments and votes on my little photo. This was my first post on DP Challenge or anywhere. So it's nice to experience a positive outcome. I guess 5th place is ok for starters. I've learned some valuable things about this process already. I can see that the bar is high around here. Looking forward to the next challenge.

Place: 5 out of 108
Avg (all users): 6.4269
Avg (commenters): 7.6000
Avg (participants): 6.1875
Avg (non-participants): 6.5203
Views since voting: 2623
Views during voting: 289
Votes: 171
Comments: 22
Favorites: 1 (view)

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09/29/2008 04:21:17 PM
Thanks for the critique and comments. The points are well taken and will help me improve on future challenges. Thanks
09/15/2008 05:35:52 PM
Greetings from the critique club.

What can I say, you placed fifth on your first entry. Very well done.

There are a few suggestions I could make to the entry. I like the 45 degree side lighting to your subject and the choice of background. I would have however used a bit of fill light or a reflector on camera left to slightly open up those shadows a bit. I also might have shot this from just a bit lower perspective, you might have been able to get a bit of a catch light in the eye a bit better and not been peering down so much on your subject. Overall I dont think you can complain and have done well for your first entry.
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09/11/2008 12:25:02 PM
Wow! Way to go! Placing 5th on your first entry! Congratulations (and Welcome)!
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09/11/2008 03:12:46 AM
so Beautiful My grandchildren would love this shot
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09/10/2008 06:32:15 PM
Congrats on the 5th place. Excellent shot!
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09/10/2008 02:42:14 AM
Beautiful image you and your daughter should be proud of...well done
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/09/2008 08:43:03 PM
Nice fairy tale like pic, good lighting colors and focus, 6.
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09/09/2008 04:19:09 PM
Nice composition and lovely colors - very cute!
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09/09/2008 01:28:42 PM
Very dreamy looking. You could have used this one in the catalog photo challenge as well.
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09/08/2008 07:18:47 PM
very dreamy and nostalgic. 7
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09/07/2008 08:46:40 PM
very fairy tale like. Cute.
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09/06/2008 10:09:27 AM
This is an absolutely gorgeous image! REALY well done!. 9
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09/05/2008 03:21:21 PM
beautiful setting, kind of dreamy atmosphere.. (9)
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09/04/2008 05:20:03 PM
I love the backdrop for this photo and the swing adds a unique flare
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09/03/2008 07:00:49 PM
I'm not a good photographer and I haven't had the nerve top post anything yet, but I just love this picture. To me, it's well focused with nice light and shade. I like the composition too.
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09/03/2008 08:10:12 AM
beautyful picture. 9 here :)
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09/03/2008 07:34:51 AM
This is a precious picture, it would be perfect to hang in a little girls bedroom. Very nice composition 10
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09/03/2008 04:33:08 AM
good luck with this...best one so far...great lighting and bg
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09/03/2008 03:40:39 AM
This is sweet, nice colours too.
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09/03/2008 02:18:27 AM

Message edited by author 2008-09-19 14:13:30.
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09/03/2008 02:12:21 AM
That's lovely. The background complements her well.
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09/03/2008 12:17:55 AM
Elegant. I like the blend of color and lighting. Great use of subject.
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