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The Softer Side of Me...
The Softer Side of Me...
aaronb532


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Challenge: Color Studio Portrait (Advanced Editing II)
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
Location: Studio at Work
Date: Jun 24, 2004
Aperture: f/2
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/20
Galleries: Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Jun 26, 2004

One 60watt lightbulb, a black background and a black shirt (acually, the same shirt I wore in my "Choices" entry)
Post Processing:
-Cropped
-Lightly softened in Neat Image
-Curves & Levels to make background solid black
-Cloned out a light spot and some facial defects :)
-Resized
-Added Border
-Saved for web 100%

Statistics
Place: 26 out of 92
Avg (all users): 6.1494
Avg (commenters): 7.2000
Avg (participants): 6.0000
Avg (non-participants): 6.2081
Views since voting: 967
Views during voting: 405
Votes: 241
Comments: 35
Favorites: 0


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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/04/2004 10:26:35 PM
Lighting: Good, with an expressive catchlight.
Pose: works well.
Background: perfect. Love how the shadows fall into it.
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07/03/2004 08:57:01 PM
Exceedingly well done. Great lighting.
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07/03/2004 02:10:05 PM
I'd like to know your motivation for the negative space ... it works OK but I don't immediately see the purpose of it. With the lighting and exposure you have, you could crop this in half and have a very nicely-rendered "typical" portrait -- maybe that's reason enough for the treatment you gave it.
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07/03/2004 11:08:59 AM
Love the low key effect and neg. space! Great lighting. I gotta figure out how to do the catchlight thing...
TC
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07/02/2004 06:23:12 PM
I like this, but don't understand the negative space on the right, but the rest is quite good.
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07/02/2004 12:14:14 PM
Very nice...but just a tad dark on my monitor... Like the use of negative space. It's very effective in this instance. Well done. :o)
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07/01/2004 08:43:13 PM
Nice... I like it... good use of empty space.. great use of lighting. Very well done... Now step over to the dark side ;-). J/K... -10-
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07/01/2004 07:17:42 AM
really like the use of light and shadows here
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06/30/2004 10:20:11 PM
I like the negative space and the lighting you used in this shot. It adds quite a bit of emotion. I might have cropped a little more of the negative space but this is a might nice shot.
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06/30/2004 05:40:58 PM
Good use of negative space.
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06/30/2004 12:24:57 PM
I really like this photo. Maybe just sharpen a bit.
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06/29/2004 11:52:02 PM
like the strong side light but especially the black background and the of center placement
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06/29/2004 11:48:44 PM
I think this is a nice portrait, however the lighting seems a blit too dark. His head fades into the background. I like the overall dark tone to the photo, but would prefer to be able to make out the features on the left side of his (your?) face. The black t-shirt makes it look as if it's a mannequin's head - no body. :)
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06/29/2004 10:07:15 PM
Captivating image with great use of negative space. Border doesn't help. Model is perfect.
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06/29/2004 09:37:34 PM
The negative space at right doesn't do much for me here.
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06/29/2004 06:13:42 PM
good use of a third well lit
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06/29/2004 05:33:17 PM
I like it.
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06/29/2004 01:07:35 PM
I tried the same effect and failed, very good, 9
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06/29/2004 08:53:57 AM
A brave approach to leave so much negative space in the image, I like that idea but it may just be too much for some. I also like the lighting and that little touch of light on the left cheek is perfect.
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06/29/2004 07:23:19 AM
Great use of negative space, and a great portrait in general. I love the lighting.
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06/29/2004 02:56:56 AM
The negative space is a bit overdone for me - otherwise a nice portrait.
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06/29/2004 12:05:22 AM
I would have desaturated the lips a bit and would have allowed the light a slight shift to remove the visible part of the left bottom lip. Otherwise, it has a great visual appeal. very good composition.
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06/28/2004 10:18:19 PM
Great job!
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06/28/2004 10:09:41 PM
Negative space is on the wrong side, now looks like wasted space.
Good capture, though.
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06/28/2004 06:12:48 PM
I like this style of photography
Good luck
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06/28/2004 06:06:53 PM
Nicely done. Good luck in the challenge, hope this one does well.
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06/28/2004 04:38:08 PM
dull lighting
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06/28/2004 03:24:05 PM
Of all the portraits in this challenge, this is the one that I come back to often. Composition and lighting are just exquisite ... I love that the shadows and shirt blend with the background and that the left eye is not under the shadows (seen a lot of these with what I call raccoon eyes). On the other hand, I just wished you used another model just because you're so recognizable now :-) ... no offense meant because you're an attractive model but the recognition factor might turn off some readers and give you a low score because you just won recently... wonderful job ... I hope to follow your set up someday.
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06/28/2004 02:56:58 PM
I like the dead space, but the shadow cast by the nose is a little bit too dark and washes away alot of the face. Perhaps a little more light on the right side would have helped it (reflector maybe). Nice Job.
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06/28/2004 02:31:06 PM
Well done, perfect background and lighting...but then you are a pro... :)
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06/28/2004 08:16:45 AM
the big part pure black is bothering me. I think I would have liked a closer crop.
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06/28/2004 08:06:59 AM
I'm not sure but I think I would have liked the head on the right side of the photo instead of the left. But good lightning.
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06/28/2004 04:27:35 AM
Hi Aaron, Nice shot :)
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06/28/2004 02:23:32 AM
Interesting shot, nice creative touch with the empty space and the darkness. I guess I think the title is not very apt.
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06/28/2004 01:45:51 AM
nice composition and use of black t-shirt.
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