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The New Year Masquerade
2nd PlaceThe New Year Masquerade
sjhuls


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Challenge: Portrait II (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-7D
Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4.0L IS
Date: Jan 1, 2012
Galleries: Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Jan 1, 2012

I figured you were all tired of seeing my kids in portraits so I decided to do one of myself, the mask was mainly to hide my identity but I thought it was also fitting with the time of year. I had this mask from the golden challenge so I decided since it was new years day I would make it into a masquerade mask and add the feathers. I also wanted to do black and white so that it would be different than my golden entry. The B&W ended up turning out nice, it looked good in color too but I just liked B&W better.

Thanks for all the great comments and scores. Got a new one for my front page with this!

my lighting setup was this:

One speedlight with softbox to light background(keep in mind my speedights are not very powerful and only have 1 setting.

One speedlight with softbox diagonal left almost to the side but not quite.

Reflector really close to the subject on the right. It is just barely out of the shot.

On camera speedlight pointed at the ceiling for fill. This one is a nicer one and I can adjust it, but I usually keep it at 1/4 or 1/2 power.

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 93
Avg (all users): 7.3831
Avg (commenters): 8.5294
Avg (participants): 7.0962
Avg (non-participants): 7.5294
Views since voting: 4583
Views during voting: 395
Votes: 154
Comments: 40
Favorites: 8 (view)


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02/25/2012 02:37:14 PM
Impressive portrait! Great light and contrasts in B&W. Missed the voting of this challenge, but it would have been one of my favorites. Congrats with your ribbon! And my guess is this is one of the few images here at DPC with a 5 as lowest score. I'll make a thread about that. Perhaps someone knows.

Just browsing a little through the top-10 images of this year
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01/10/2012 05:06:37 PM
Congratulations Jenn! Lovely photograph - lucky you to have such a beautiful model anytime you need her!
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01/10/2012 12:45:48 AM
Congratulations on the ribbon, Jenn. Nice to see a B&W image from you.
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01/09/2012 06:25:43 PM
This image reminded me of something ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/31_F.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/31_F.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Ivory might do, but perhaps not as elaborate with a more classic feel. How lovely you are! Congrats on your ribbon, Jenn!
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01/09/2012 01:49:08 PM
Beautiful photo
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01/09/2012 11:41:29 AM
Congrats, Jenn! You're beautiful and beautifully photographed.
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01/09/2012 11:17:57 AM
Congrats on the ribbon.
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01/09/2012 10:55:23 AM
Hey Jen, could you explain what you used for lighting? I imaging one light on the left (looks to be pretty low powered?), and maybe a reflector on the right to kill the shadows? really like the lighting on this image, and am still trying to get to a point where my portraits look like this. Lovely shot!

Message edited by author 2012-01-09 11:34:27.
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01/09/2012 08:52:51 AM
somebody's on a tear lately.

beautiful tones.
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01/09/2012 08:35:18 AM
Lovely portrait. The mask adds interest and the black and white processing is outstanding. Congratulations.
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01/09/2012 05:18:01 AM
This is great, well done!
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01/09/2012 04:29:37 AM
Yes I loved this shot. The mask defines your beautiful eyes.Congratulations!
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01/09/2012 03:05:27 AM
Such delicate light, a wonderful effort, congratulations.
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01/09/2012 12:37:45 AM
This is fabulous! Love the black and white. Congrats on the red!
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01/09/2012 12:30:51 AM
Yeah, your not bad looking :) congrats on the ribbon Jen.
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01/09/2012 12:16:47 AM
This is so amazing! Congratulations, Jenn!
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01/09/2012 12:16:02 AM
Outstanding lighting and B/W conversion. Congrats on the ribbon!
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01/09/2012 12:14:09 AM
WTG, Jenn! Congrats on the ribbon. Beautiful b/w
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01/09/2012 12:01:51 AM
Brilliant image for the red...congratulations
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/08/2012 09:56:27 PM
top 3
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01/08/2012 01:34:34 PM
Excellent lighting and tones, one of faves in this challenge. Hope to see this in the top 5.
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01/08/2012 01:14:11 PM
Wow. Lighting and the B&W processing are outstanding.
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01/08/2012 10:20:27 AM
Nice stuff.
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01/06/2012 04:41:12 PM
Very professional but ...It's just too much detail here. Too many things to tell.
voted earlier
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01/05/2012 09:59:04 AM
People are probably give you crap about the mask...quite frankly i like the mask. It ads a little mysteriousness to the photo and puts focus on the eyes. Great shot.
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01/04/2012 03:24:54 PM
Beautiful light. Wish the mask was a bit more aligned to be equal around each eye and across her nose.
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01/04/2012 04:04:55 AM
Beautiful portrait, the eyes are so intense and what expression that is revealed is great. Good balance and contrast throughout.
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01/03/2012 05:06:23 AM
Lovely set up and tones. I also like her eyes. Her lipstick seems to be outside the line of her lips and the only reason I mention this is because your beautiful photo made me stop long enough to notice such a minor detail.
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01/03/2012 02:18:48 AM
congratulations in advance.
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01/02/2012 11:35:51 PM
Now that is the way to shoot a masque- well done.
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01/02/2012 10:25:21 PM
My choice for the blue. An outstanding portrait.
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01/02/2012 07:37:57 PM
You really pulled this off in B/W Just stunning!!
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01/02/2012 12:08:52 PM
Great shot and processing,but I hate the mask. 6 with poss.9 without (just my wierd way I guess}
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01/02/2012 11:43:51 AM
Most excellent and painterly. Reminds me of Jenn's luscious tones.
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01/02/2012 10:26:44 AM
great shot, lovely tone and smoothness to the mark and definition in the hair and feathers, at last a portrait worthy of a photography website, all ive seen so far are poorly lit snap shots. 8
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01/02/2012 09:39:27 AM
This is quite awesome :)
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01/02/2012 12:49:22 AM
Wonderful.

ALl of it.
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01/02/2012 12:46:41 AM
Very Nice lighting. Very soft Beautiful portrait.
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01/02/2012 12:38:47 AM
So amazing. I love this.
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01/02/2012 12:22:57 AM
Stunning...great as a b and w...this should ribbon...congrats in advance 9
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