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Collection: Portrait Side Challenge
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM
Aperture: f/1.8
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/125
Galleries: Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Jan 1, 2010

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Comments: 19
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The first of a number of pictures of Max for the portrait side challenge - sometimes I like to use a very narrow depth of field to enhance areas of interest.

I quite like this image.

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01/05/2010 06:10:39 PM
First impression:
I like the choice of hat. It works really well with the blazer. The shallow dof really emphasizes the texture of the hat and Max's eye.

Suggested improvement:
When a subject is looking off frame, I sometimes like it when there is negative space for him to look through. Try expanding the canvas to the right and stretch the bg to fit.
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01/04/2010 10:47:47 PM
Love the composition and execution of this shot. Inspiring me to re-think how I position subjects. Thanks!
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01/04/2010 12:10:25 AM
Beautiful, the hat seems to frame the one eye and just draw your attention to it. Love it in black and white as well.
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01/03/2010 07:33:48 PM
I like the confusion of depth.
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01/03/2010 12:30:56 PM
Great shot of Max. I also like the narrow dept of field for portraits, Paul. The tonality is just perfect.
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01/03/2010 12:17:19 PM
I quite like it too. Something about it looks kind of vintage to me. Like you could be looking at a portrait from another era. I love how you have mixed softness with contrast to really bring out those dramatic eyes. Yes, the narrow depth of field is awesome here.

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01/03/2010 09:02:40 AM
I like the side view, and the lighting is excellent, there is a slight blow out on his collar, but who cares. the overall composition and placement make this wonderful.
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01/03/2010 03:33:04 AM
The shallow DOF works great here. I like that his face and hat are so in focus....but the brim of the hat is blurred. Great conversion too!! Very well done.
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01/03/2010 01:36:41 AM
alot of times i have entered shots in challenges where half the face is oof and taken hits for it but always liked the way it looked. no exception here, this is great!
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01/02/2010 07:58:09 PM
Lovely - I quite like this image as well....The processing to B/W is perfection and the lighting really show the simple shapes and textures throughout
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01/02/2010 02:54:49 PM
you have every reason to like this. your depth is perfectly noted. the tonality is appropriate. fabulous!
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01/02/2010 01:02:34 PM
Excellent portrait. I love the depth of field and how it bring focus to his eye and eye lashes. The lighting provides wonderful tonality and depth. I like the hat... adds a lot of character and keeps this from being just another portrait.
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01/02/2010 10:09:27 AM
very nice photo. It looks to me as though there is a small blown out spot on the back of his neck. Could just be my screen...
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01/02/2010 08:48:05 AM
Interesting DOF and profile. Not quite 3/4. I rather like it.
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01/01/2010 11:50:06 PM
he does look younger than his nine years. But i love this portrait, alot of mood and emotion behind it. and its fantastic in black and white.
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01/01/2010 11:41:26 PM
I can tell I will learn a lot from looking at your portraits. And I particularly like this in black and white. I love how kids can get away with anything so far as clothing is concerned. Especially when it's new.
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01/01/2010 11:19:58 PM
the DOF here is great. I love the angle of his face and how you got his eyelashes so sharp. One of my favorite ways to photograph is to focus on the lashes and use a shallow DOF and you achieved that well here.
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01/01/2010 09:41:47 PM
Originally posted by ErikV:



BTW, interesting mix of clothes -- formal jacket with casual shirt and hat -- must have been Dad rather than Mom who dressed him. :-)


That made me laugh - this was Christmas Day - he decided to put the jacket on and the hat was new so 'had' to be worn. He was under the illusion he looked cool! Rest assured I pointed out the error of his ways! He does look very young in this image but he is 9. He looks his age in the other images I'll share.

I should comment on the lighting - natural light from a very large window behind and to the left of me.

Message edited by author 2010-01-01 21:43:06.
01/01/2010 09:37:59 PM
Shallow DOF works so well here because you have him angled in such a way that one eye, his nose and part of his mouth (as well as a large part of his hat) are all in the plane of focus. Great lighting (but not surprising coming from you).

BTW, interesting mix of clothes -- formal jacket with casual shirt and hat -- must have been Dad rather than Mom who dressed him. :-)
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