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A simple portrait for your review.
Old 05-27-2005, 01:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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This is just a simple portrait of my wife. I used a Nikon D100 with an 85mm f/1.8 set at f1.8 and 1/125 of a second. The lighting is direct sunlight from the setting sun with a soft-gold reflector for some highlights. I converted this to sepia because the combination of the golden sunset and reflector made this way to warm, although it had a nice 60's washed out feel to it in color.

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Old 05-27-2005, 04:53 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Beautiful shot, I can't think of anything that wouldn't spoil the mood of the shot. Well done.
If I had shot it, I probably would've tried a bit more contrast and cropped it a little tighter, but I don't know that it would really give you any better of a picture.
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Old 05-27-2005, 05:10 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks Sam,

I might do a tighter crop, since I failed on my plan. The necklace she is wearing is a rare turquoise that is very light and matches her eyes. Because her shirt is blocking the stone pendant and it is in sepia, I might as well go for a tighter crop.

Thanks again for the critique.
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Re: A simple portrait for your review.
Old 05-27-2005, 08:52 PM   #4 (permalink)
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What a beautiful woman!
Very nice photo!
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Old 05-28-2005, 12:32 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Hi Alan,

This is a very nice portrait, Alan. Hmm, I'm trying to find something about it that bothers me, but I don't really see anything. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img] Your depth of field is nice, range of tone seems good, and, even though there isn't any real texture in the "blob" of brightly lit hair to the bottom left, it still suggests texture to me, which is sometimes all you need. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]

Good job. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]

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Thanks Kiwi,

She loves reading comments like that. I do too because it makes it easier to get her to pose again.
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Thanks Sam, but what's this I see in your post? Is that a glamour image? And...its really good. Seriously, you should give her a call and do some more, you both have a lot of potential.

This is actually one of the few photos that I've taken that I consistenly like from day to day. I put them on a slide show and decide that I suck, get angry, and want to shoot more and fix the problems. But this is one that makes me think, "that's not too bad, not great, but not bad." Then I look at the rest and realize again that I suck and need a lot of improvement.

By the way, are you having troubles sleeping again if you made this post that this hour? Me too!
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[img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img] Thanks for the compliment. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img] Yeah, I guess it could technically be considered a glamour-like image. It was one of the first images I posted when I joined here. A few liked it okay, but most thought it could use plenty of work / redo all together, and overall I'm inclined to agree. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img] I had wanted to shoot her more sometime, but she went away to school... she might be back in town by now though.

See? All it takes is one good photo to keep you wanting to do more. Maybe one of these days we'll both realize our true potential and make bookoo cash from our work, but hey, we gotta start somewhere. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]

I was actually sleepy well before I posted, but I ended staying up anyway... I dunno why I do it, I get on this freakin' computer and I just can't get away from it sometimes. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]

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