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Challenge: Free Study 2009-01 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-450D Rebel XSi
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
Location: Home
Date: Jan 16, 2009
Aperture: f1.8
Shutter: 1/25
Galleries: Candid, Children
Date Uploaded: Jan 30, 2009

The night before I took this, my daughter had run into a chair. My purpose was to capture her black-eye to email to Grandma (even though you could barely see it). What I ended up with was one of the most beautiful candid portraits that I had ever taken of her. I love natural light. I was going to title this "you should see the other guy", but noone seems to really notice the little purple mark under her right eye - so I didn't think anybody would get it. Anyway, I hope this scores well. I'd like to score 6 or more for the first time. That would be awesome.

Not much post-processing. Sharpened the eyes a little and adjusted saturation.

Place: 144 out of 454
Avg (all users): 5.8049
Avg (commenters): 7.5714
Avg (participants): 5.6545
Avg (non-participants): 6.1111
Views since voting: 884
Views during voting: 248
Votes: 164
Comments: 11
Favorites: 0

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02/08/2009 03:50:20 AM
I am astounded that this didn't resonate with more voters. It was in my top 3 of the challenge.
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02/08/2009 01:35:38 AM
You have done so well this picture!

I love it. I thought I gave it a 10, but it doesn't show my vote. :-(.

See, all the people you commented, and took time to appreciate it, gave it a very high score. 7.57.


P.S. One more thing, you aperture shows 1.8, and that is what it looks like. But your lens does not have that aperture, maybe you specified other lens by mistake.

Message edited by author 2009-02-08 01:37:43.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/07/2009 05:36:30 AM
And what wonderful inspiration she must be! The intensity of that gaze entrances me. I love everything about this photo.
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02/03/2009 01:00:07 AM
I can see why she's your inspiration! Lovely portrait of a beautiful child! Nice DOF.
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02/01/2009 11:12:36 PM
Very nice
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02/01/2009 04:43:45 PM
very pretty, nice composition, good focus on the eyes.
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02/01/2009 04:11:51 PM
she looks a little like one of the olson twins! Very cute, I love the eye contact and messed up hair
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02/01/2009 04:09:39 PM
That face would inspire anyone! Beautiful girl, beautifully shot.
I think I would have muted that strong blue on the left to be less distracting, though.
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02/01/2009 11:32:22 AM
I think the depth of field here is beautiful. The soft focus perfectly enhances the subject and works very well with the soft colors. Amazing job. 9
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02/01/2009 10:19:08 AM
Really lovely portrait. I always wonder what something such as this would look like in a BW conversion. I like the lighting and DOF.
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02/01/2009 03:50:54 AM
To me the most interesting part of children photography is catching the expression, and this one is so special. Very well done!
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