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Challenge: Portrait with Chair (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Nikon D90
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 ED
Location: The Dungeon
Date: Sep 20, 2010
Aperture: f/8
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/60
Galleries: Emotive, Self Portrait
Date Uploaded: Sep 21, 2010

Fun little self portrait.

Sigma 530 Super Flash gelled with a full cut CTO and bounced off an umbrella camera left. SB600 with a Stofen diffuser behind me and to camera right. I flagged it with a Honl snoot just half wrapped on to keep the light off the background.

I used the Nikon wireless TTL to trigger. The Sigma was set to -1.3 EV and the SB600 was set to -3 EV

Nice! Highest scoring portrait in my portfolio.

Place: 13 out of 71
Avg (all users): 6.3414
Avg (commenters): 6.8750
Avg (participants): 5.8684
Avg (non-participants): 6.4265
Views since voting: 1425
Views during voting: 499
Votes: 249
Comments: 9
Favorites: 3 (view)

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10/05/2010 04:15:42 AM
Hello from the Critique Club-
Your entry very obviously fits the challenge well, as is made evident by its placing but also by a solid and obvious use of a chair in your portrait. I like that you took things in a slightly different direction from the standard portrait, and think that the key to making a successful portrait is giving it some sort of direction or make it depict more than just somebodyís face. Overall, I like your photo, but there are a few things that really distract me from the scene as a whole. The first is the strange way that your hair sorta turned into a mat due to the lighting. Iím not sure if there was clipping or what, but I get stuck there visually. The other is the differing color temperatures. I think going with one or the other would have been better. Personally, I think staying away from the warming gel would have benefitted things youíre showing a person who looks hurt and isolated, and cooler lighting is just more sterile and unbecoming of comfort. I would also second geinafets comment to lower the intensity a bit. Oh, and is that a remote in your hand? ;) Timer/other hand recommended.
All in all though, the score is warranted, as youíve met the challenge in a creative and interesting fashion, and what Iíve noted are minor issues. Good job.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/28/2010 01:55:39 PM
I like the lighting!
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09/28/2010 06:06:12 AM
Nice One. Big boys cry too. Hahhahaha
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09/22/2010 11:37:21 PM
Nice reduced colour palette
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09/22/2010 01:40:13 PM
love the emotion this pushes! 8
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09/22/2010 12:37:54 PM
Strong emotion image. The narrow color band also helps, adding to the feeling of distance and retreating from the world into his private place of pain or shame.
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09/22/2010 11:00:10 AM
i like the contrastiness
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09/22/2010 07:22:13 AM
I love the spotlight under/behind the chair. I think the side light (photo's right, subject's left) lights too much. If you put it a bit more behind him, it would have given more of an edge light, which would create a slightly darker image that would better fit the title. I think I might have moved the main light more to his side as well, for the same reason. I think there is too much light on him for him to still be considered vulnerable.
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09/22/2010 06:58:54 AM
Beautiful lighting.
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