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Smile For The Birdie
Smile For The Birdie

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Challenge: Free Study 2009-01 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Pentax K20D
Lens: Pentax SMC P-DA 40mm f/2.8
Location: Home
Date: Jan 31, 2009
Aperture: F/2.8
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/60 sec.
Date Uploaded: Jan 31, 2009

This guy is the most difficult model to work with. It's hard to get him to smile for the camera.

Taking a risk and submitting a self portrait. I had nothing else and only 2 hours to come up with something. Predicting low to mid 5. Better than the 0 I'd get if I entered nothing for the FSM. Not sure about my cut off elbow. Will hurt the score, or not? Hopefully some comments.

CS3 edits; crop, smart sharpen (twice), curves, re-size, sharpen eyes, and cloned out some dust spots. Then some noise removal.

1 softbox to my right.


[Feb. 1st, 2009 12:18:39 AM]

Now how did I miss that hotspot on the side of my head? Sheesh!

Place: 260 out of 454
Avg (all users): 5.4586
Avg (commenters): 6.6667
Avg (participants): 5.4234
Avg (non-participants): 5.5435
Views since voting: 485
Views during voting: 224
Votes: 157
Comments: 4
Favorites: 1 (view)

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/07/2009 05:54:58 AM
This is a very nice portrait ... actually self-portrait, because I know who it is. So I should abstain I suppose but I have already pressed the number & I don't know how to un-vote. But if I didn't know who it is, I'd say it's a natural, understated and professional work, simple and all the more effective for that, and deserved at least the 7 that I gave it.
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02/06/2009 08:36:34 PM
Great shot. I like the soft side lighting. The lines in the background are nice and simple but interesting. Great casual expression... looks very natural. 8
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02/03/2009 07:36:35 PM
Seems like a forced smile :) I like the light on this and B&W is working to convey the person in the image.
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02/01/2009 01:43:04 PM
Nice portrait with good expression, absence of glasses glare, three dimensionality with side light, although dark side of face could use a little more light than that one somewhat bright spot. If repeated, consider eliminating the little triangle of background between the shirt and back of the chair (position, crop, clone?).
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