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Copyright: Roger Minkow (rminkow) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3397 W: 189 N: 7476] (34772)
Genre: People
Medium: Black & White
Date Taken: 2009-12-23
Categories: Portrait
Camera: Canon 5DII, Canon 50mm F1.2
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/80 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-12-24 7:26
Viewed: 1269
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Allie is off to finish college in Santa Cruz….she has been a great model. This shot is one that will go in her portfolio hopefully helping her to get into a modeling agency. The lighting here is from one soft box on the left and one background light. Because of the large size of the lights (four feet by two feet) and the fact that they are covered by 1000H tracing paper, the light wraps around Allie’s features in a very soft way. Using one light to the side creates drama in the shot as opposed to Paramount lighting which is center mounted to create softness. The drama in this black and white conversion is enhanced by emphasizing the Green Channel in the Channel Mixer. Allie’s eyes were lightened using the Adjustment Brush and her pupils were sharpened using the Unsharpen Mask. The contrast in the shot was enhanced by duplicating the black and white layer and using an Overlay Mask at about 20% opacity. Contrast was then enhanced slightly.

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Fantastic sultry shot Roger. The tones are so soft, and so lovely! I love the few wisps of blonde hair across her face.
Roger, all the best to you and yours this holiday season, and especially for 2010! I've really enjoyed all your fantastic work throughout the past year, and look forward to more. Always a pleasure :)

  • pozaru Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3627 W: 881 N: 2607] (21386)
  • [2009-12-24 7:41]
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Thanks for all your wonderful works !

my best wishes,

Wow this is just amazing Roger! Beautiful close shot, I love it when you can get up close! Wonderful pose here, looking over her shoulder, but not at the camera, at something else? hmmmmmm leaves alot to the imagination! good job with this one!

Hi Roger,

I stand corrected, this is my favorite "Allie" shot. Wow, so, so sensual. You've really nailed the lighting, thanks for explaining your technique.

Happy holidays to you and your loved ones.


Muito boa a expressão dessa bela modelo, Roger.
Mesmo a foto sendo em preto e branco, percebemos que a modelo tem lindos olhos.
Grande tiro, Roger. Meus parabéns!

Merry Christmas,
Bruno Santana

Hello Roger,

Very interesting angle. Smooth shift of light.


The pose is lovely and the sleepy-seductive look is terrific, you guys pulled off a great one here.

Nice narrow DOF from the prime lens, too.

Couple of points to pick at - there seems to be an OE patch on the back of her shoulder (otherwise I love the detail and texture, she has perfect skin!) and those two stray blonde hairs across her face could be removed via healing brush set to 1 or 2 pixels' width.

You'll miss Allie!!

Happy Christmas.


Hello Roger!
Pretty face and nice black/white portrait!
Excellent light and perspective!
Merry Christmas!
Best regards!

This is yet another piece of great work by Mr Minkow =) Amazing black and white tones and very well composed - looking deeper into the picture i find the focus and sharpness of Allie's eyes very mesmerizing. Her eyes work as the center of attention of this portrait and adds life to it. In the end i would like to admire the over all well balanced lighting that makes it more natural looking.

Thanks for sharing =)

Hi Roger...:)

this will make me jealous you know..hehe (Kidding)..i love this shot my friend.. soon i will try like this.. thanks for the note.'its much useful for me..Great job and well done my friend.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Years 2010.


Hello Roger! Shakin Allie. Amazing pose. Wonderful scene. Good POV and capture. Original work. Merry Christmas!

Hello Roger!
A very beautiful portrait of this beautiful model.
What I love in your this picture is the sharp boundaries and edges.
She has been able to make a good expression!


Buen retrato con gran nitidez centrando el foco en los hermosos ojos de la modelo muy bien compuesto
Buen trabajo
un saludo
Feliz Navidad a usted y su familia con
Felices fiestas y feliz año nuevo!

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  • psyce Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 265 W: 25 N: 207] (2856)
  • [2009-12-25 7:51]

fantastic shot Roger! great pose and composition! good focus and exposure! you really bring out the best of your subjects... well done and TFS

Ciao Roger,

beautiful shot, optimal mastery of the light and beautifulst look of Allie.

Buon Natale

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1977 W: 301 N: 3060] (26902)
  • [2009-12-25 12:39]
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Hello Roger! Wow, quite a model with an evident talent! The light is flattereing and her pose and expression are great. I'm really not an expert on portraits but I'm wondering if it would not be better to crop a bit of the top of her head instead of just fitting it inside of the frame? Anyway, I would have loved that shot to be mine, congrats!


Bravo tout d'abord pour cette grande maitrise technique mais aussi pour le cadrage original. Le rendu de la peau est très bon. J'allais oublier de parler de la beauté de ton modèle!

Hi Roger,
Beautiful confident model captured in a seductive pose.Good choice of black & white and nicely framed.

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  • mbrito Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1929 W: 117 N: 3017] (13240)
  • [2009-12-29 17:19]

Hi Roger
Wonderful portrait with an amazing light and glamor
Congrats and an happy new year, mb

Excellent fashion portrait. The model have that special beauty.
Love the pose and what is actually "going on". Technicly well expose, well in focus, crisp and excellent sharpness. Superg quality of tonal range. Indeed a real portfolio shot. Happy New Year.

Hi, Roger -
I've been away for awhile and missed this shot of Allie, which is really incredible. I am fascinated with the effects of your lighting techniques. Her bare should and back glow with the soft light, while her hair casts wonderful shot shadows across the side of her face. Alluring expression and captivating eyes, particularly her long lashes. Great image.

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