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Copyright: Galder Jon Arguinzoniz (galderjon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 526 W: 87 N: 574] (2755)
Genre: People
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-12
Categories: Daily Life, Nature, Friends/Family
Camera: Casio Exilim EX-Z3, 5.8-17.4mm 1:2.8-4.9, SD card 128 Mb
Exposure: f/4.3, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2010-01-04 4:04
Viewed: 3260
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Angelita is the daughter of an Haitian mother and Dominican father.

Here we were on a trip around the south coast of the Hispaniola Island, and a trunk by the shore was the perfect pedestal to pose for a few photos.

The POV is under her eyes to enhance her shape in the foreground; sunlight was hard but i used a wide aperture to soften skin tones.

I know there is a little tilt shown on skyline... Leaving it open for workshops ;)

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Hello Galder! Well done on that portrait of that beautiful young woman! Good pose and background, very pleasant. Yes the horizon is tilted a bit so...yes I did a workshop! :-)


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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2010-01-04 9:42]


Merveilleus portrait, une bien belle dame, très bien positionnée, souriante sur la roche et le plan d'eau en fond, grandiose.

Merci et amitié


She's a delightful model.

As I've learned over the years, outdoor photography is hard; light, POV, and many other factors can influence the shot.

One good thing here - you and your camera did a good job on exposure. Dark skin + white clothing in strong sunlight are a very challenging combination, and there is some overexposure on her top, but it's not too bad. Ideally, though, you would want to avoid direct sunlight like this. Finding a shady place to photograph her would be the easiest solution.

If you want to get a little more sophisticated, a reflector is a good idea. Of course, you need an assistant for that!

Usually held just above eye level (so the lighting looks natural) a reflector can lift the deep shadows and give a more even, warm light to the shot. You can also have your model positioned so that the sun is behind her - and use the reflector to light her face. That gives lovely diffuse light on your subject, while allowing a rim-light effect from the sun highlighting hair, shoulders etc.

The other benefit of a reflector is that your model is less likely to screw up her face in response to the light, as we see here.

(There is another technique you can use to avoid that "screwed up face." Have your model close her eyes, then you count 1 ... 2 ... 3 ... go! On "go," she opens her eyes and you take the shot. In the instant before the bright light registers and she starts squinting, her eyes will be open and her face relaxed and the shot will look good.

Your below-eye-level POV is fine, many model shots are made like that to present the best proportions and give the model height. However, in this shot I think your focal length was too short. That means it's quite a wide angle - making her feet and legs appear large, while her head is proportionately smaller. For model shots, minimising that kind of distortion is important - and best done by standing further away, using more zoom.

The added benefit of the distance-zoom combination is that it will give you a narrower DOF and a more blurred background.

I hope some of this is helpful, and I hope to see more of Angelita!


Hi Galder,
Nice portrait of this beautiful Haitian girl,
Excellent POV. and details
Excellent pose and beautiful colors ,
Good light and very sharp picture...
very well done.
Many thanks for your comments to my picture: Sunset..

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  • AKITA Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1523 W: 73 N: 86] (20294)
  • [2010-01-04 17:01]

dear Galder,
a beautiful portrait shot of the charming lady,
her smiling expression and elegant figure are very well captured,
and back blue sky and sea are so clear, that her white dress looks shining,
thank you for your wonderful shot,

Hi Galder,
Very very beautiful portrait vith excellent model.Good lighting and nice smile.TFS.
Un saludos,


Hi Galder..nice shot...well composed..nice tones.


Hi Galder,
I like her pose and the way you took the shot but I HAD to level that horizon:)
Check out the workshop and say you hate me:)

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