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Copyright: Kevin Ross (kross1) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 594 W: 17 N: 1223] (4936)
Genre: People
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-06-06
Categories: Portrait
Camera: Nikon D300 DSLR, TAMRON 70-200mm f2.8 Di LD (IF)
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/250 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2009-08-19 6:47
Viewed: 1628
Points: 55
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Taking a break from the younger kids today and I decided to post a picture of my oldest daughter Aislinn. It seems like yesterday she was running around in diapers now she is driving a car. Where does the time go?

For this shot we were at a local park and the sun was at her back. The camera was in manual mode with the following settings; ISO 200, SS 1/250 and aperture f4.5. I used my SB600 flash for fill light so I did not have a silhouette. In PP I cropped adjusted levels, adjusted saturation and contrast slightly. I added vignetting, signed and resized for TL. I hope you like this shot and as always thanks for viewing.
Have a great day!

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Kevin, your daughters are all so beautiful!
Love this shot .. the composition is perfect with her nicely off-center, light is beautiful, colors and details are great .. I love the green dappled background .. really makes her stand out. Great shot. You must be so proud .. and rightly so :)

Hi Kevin,
Lovely pose of your oldest Daughter Aislinn,
Beautiful smile and lovely girl,
Nice composition and présentation,
great naturel colors too.
Excellent background and light..

Hi Kevin..great shot..wonderful pose and details...excellent job.


Beautiful Kevin! I like this. For me I would have removed some of the shiny parts off her chin, just because of the flash. I like that vignetting! Good job on this!

a lovely photo of a lovely girl.

great job, and the fill light is just right too.


Lovely shot, Kevin. Very well composed, good focus and nice DOF. Congratulations for your daughter and for this great work. TFS.

Greetings from Brazil,

Hi Kevin,

Lovely natural image, your daughter is a real stunner, love that green out of focus background.


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  • bri Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 751 W: 13 N: 1404] (6384)
  • [2009-08-19 8:00]

Beautiful portrait shot of a beautifull young lady Kevin, she should be proud of this picture and you should treasure it. It has great Dof and colours, the focus is brilliant, eyes are pin sharp and she is framed beautifully. TFS

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  • Adri Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 520 W: 26 N: 1877] (12221)
  • [2009-08-19 8:04]

Hi Kevin,

Congratulations with such a lovely daughter!
This is a very beautiful adn natural portrait.
Wonderful pose and a very good DOF.
Well done!

Greetings from Netherlands,

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  • fransx Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2938 W: 134 N: 7397] (41704)
  • [2009-08-19 8:25]

Hi Kevin,
Congratulations, you really have a gorgeous daughter and you are presenting a superb portrait of her!
A very pleasant smile with sunning eyes!
Good skin tones and great details in the hair and features.
A wonderful lighted BG which complements to the beauty of the girl!
Well done,

Francis Xavier

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  • werdir Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1416 W: 147 N: 2654] (11957)
  • [2009-08-19 8:37]

Hi Kevin,

Very nice portrait of your daughter and I know what you mean by how fast they grow up. Effective use of fill flash and the vignetting really helps accentuate her lovely face. Nice work!


oh my she is beautiful, she really is! yes where does the time go, my oldest is 12 going on 18 and my 7 year old acts like she is 12! haha
wonderful capture, exposed and flashed well with this bright background, very nice,
take care,

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  • milas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2841 W: 398 N: 3076] (34114)
  • [2009-08-19 9:16]

merhaba dear Kevin...
What a beautiful face ...
a great portrait work

Kevin this is a wonderfull portrait of Aislinn you have captured her beauty realy well in this shot and have a excellent dof you should be very proud of her and this shot
tfs regards bryan

Hello Kevin

she looks very lovely .
Very well portrait.
Excellent posed.


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  • john1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 0 N: 886] (8448)
  • [2009-08-19 10:45]

Hi Kevin,
Excellent portrait, the model is beautifull.
great job, details and sharpness are very nice.
Thanks for post.

Ah, Kevin,
what a great job using that flash. Excellent light and contrast, outstanding detail, perfectly composed and wonderful color. I love that bokeh that sets off your subject so well, too. And your daughter is such a lovely girl. Great job!! Many thanks and kindest wishes,

hey Kevin
lovely portrait of very sweet and beautiful girl
great light and BG

Hi Kevin
A camera mounted flash isn't really ideal for this kind of shot, like a pop-up it tends to give highlights and catchlights that aren't as subtle as they could be. I'm starting to think that a reflector is a better fill-light source.
That said, this has a very professional look to it, possibly more so if you were to boost the blacks a little and introduce some dynamic depth. Personally not so keen on the vignette, I don't think it needs it.
Your daughter has a great connection with the camera. For all my nit-picking, it's an excellent shot - well done.

Hi Kevin,

It's a beautiful image but the first thing I see is the funky white balance. Your daughter's skin appears yellow/greenish. I've posted a workshop on one way to fix the skin tones.

I realize that this wasn't a portrait session but if it were I would suggest bringing in your fill light in at a 45 degree angle as opposed to straight because it gives your subject more depth. TFS!


Hello Kevin,

I am no expert at portraits but I do think this looks very professional. Your daughter has wonderful contact with the camera, and what a beautiful young lady she is.
Thecomposition is excellent.
After looking at Phil's w/s, i think he has improved a little on the skin tones but I think the original still deserves 2 points.

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

Great shot of your daughter Kevin, a beautiful girl.

I think that most of the 'nit picky' points have been stated - for me the main culprit being the direct flash! I do like the vignette, although as Rew points out it's not needed - I still like it. Nice control of DOF with the f4.5.

Good work..

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  • dareco Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1672 W: 16 N: 832] (15528)
  • [2009-08-19 22:06]
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A beautiful girl and a lovely smile! You must be so proud. It's nice to see your family. I prefer the colors here to those in the ws. I especially like how her eyes match the bg. TFS P.S. Did you recieve my email?

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  • RSK Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1089 W: 589 N: 1943] (14753)
  • [2009-08-20 10:17]
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Hi Kevin,
yes I have often asked myself that same question,where does the time go:)
I think your daughter will be very happy with this portrait
the image shows her youthfulness & beauty, off very well.I'm not that knowledgeable of portrait photography so my critique is really more of a question.It appears that the fill flash worked well on her face & I wondered if it could have been used to also lighten the rest of her skin tones as the shoulder looks too dark IMHO.Thanks for the tip re use of fill flash .


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  • korbee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1483 W: 0 N: 1852] (14495)
  • [2009-08-20 10:45]

The kind of portrait impossible to ignore,even the thumbnail jumping to my eye Kevin.


Ciao..bellissimo ritratto
il verde degli alberi
risalta il verde degli occhi
di questa ragazza!

Hi Kevin,
Beautiful portrait of pretty Aislinn...
Good focus and clarity.
Dr.Seyfettin Güner

A very beautiful portrait, and good sharpness, bright eyes, good composition and exposure.
Good work.

Hi Kevin,
A wonderful portrait vith nice pose and smile.TFS.


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