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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: Color
Date Taken: 2011-02-24
Categories: Portrait
Camera: Canon 5DII, 135mm/f2
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-02-24 7:13
Viewed: 1184
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Here is the colored cropped version of the shot from yesterday. I like the direct look and the centered pose on this one but I think it is good to go out of the normal rules and create discussions so yesterday's response is a good thing as far as I am concerned.

The real question here is how to find the right light in ambient light situations. In the studio we create light so the problem is solved once the general principles are learned but in situations outdoors things are different. Here are some of the things I looked for yesterday when I took this shot.

1. The sun was coming from the right as we drove down the road so I looked to the left for background.
2. Jenna looks great with direct light on her face...better than with 3:1 light from side to side.
3. There were trees on the right blocking the sun light so there was shade on the left.

So we stopped near the shade and I stood on the right side with the sun behind me. Jenna walked on the road until she had no shadows over her face and the background was covered without any horizon line.

I used the 135mm lens so I was standing quite far from Jenna and I could use F2.8 to blur the background and still keep most of her in focus. Because of the wide aperture and therefor the fast shutter speed, no tripod was necessary.

This is how the shot was set up then I asked Jenna to turn different ways and give me different expressions.

I agree with Richard that when only part of her hands were showing they were a little distracting.

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  • brech Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 539 W: 135 N: 1111] (3045)
  • [2011-02-24 8:03]


This image of Jenna is very striking in color. When I have someone to assist me, I usually use and disc reflector to obtain balanced fill for outdoor portraits. Your solution here works very well.


Hi Roger,
A nice frontal portrait of such a beautiful girl. Stunning eyes and beautiful skin softness!
Maybe it's my monitor, but it's only her left eye that is in perfect focusing, I'm afraid that her right eye is not so sharp! I wonder why?
Good diffused lighting and a nice bokeh BG. Great details in her earrings and clothes. As usual nice highlights in the hair.
My best regards,

Francis Xavier

Beautiful...the woman and the photo. The look of confidence in her face. Good lighting and dof with sharp details. Well done, tfs.

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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2011-02-24 9:56]


superbe attitude et portrait, merveilleus eiamge, quel regard, quel cpatage, quelle beuaté et grâce.

bravo et amitié


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  • RSK Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1089 W: 589 N: 1943] (14753)
  • [2011-02-24 10:04]
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Hi Roger,
I like your way of presenting a subject,to me it is like having a WS & I enjoy your informative notes.It's a great way of learning an area of photography I'm not accustomed to shooting.I do have a couple of questions,[1]Am I wrong in thinking that the models earings are a little to vibrant,that they compete & take the eye away from the beautiful features of the main subject? [2]Was there a shot taken of the ones where you had Jenna turn different ways, that was more vibrant than this one,or was this the best angle due to the direction of the light?I had been told that having a person turn their shoulder towards the camera made for a more interesting & stronger image? Hope you don't mind the amateur questions.

Hellow Roger,
Absolutely stunning..

What eyes!!! Well captured. I like the colour version here Roger. For sunlight this seems remarkably soft - well done with the set-up.


Roger, another beautiful shot. Such soft lighting natural color. Well cropped. Yesterday's version was nice but I think this one is even better. Great job. TFS, Lori

wonderful portrait that shows you how simple it can be, yet I defy anybody to be able to reproduce the mastery. Janos

Olá Roger
I like your portraits and usually your models...I can agree thatere is a more harmony but the great shot and portrait must have something to make the diference...you have done it a lot of times. regular is good but doesn´t make the diference , i like a lot your "shearches" to find new poses, new looks...Your average is always up...congratulations...and thhanks for your notes.
Jenna is lovely and you are great, sometimes notable.
my regards

Hi Roger,
This is really a nice job, a well taken portrait in natural lighting condition. your note is also very informative.

Hi Roger.
Beautiful model captured with very nice focus on her figure and her bold eye contact plays vital role in you composition.
Have nice a day!

Hi Roger,The eyes and earings are the points of interest.I am sorry not knowing any thing of portraits so just simply describing the beauty of your models,Lovely portraits in your gallery.TFS

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  • werdir Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1416 W: 147 N: 2654] (11957)
  • [2011-02-25 9:14]

Hi Roger,

Very nice natural light portrait. You planned the shot well, and made good use of the available light. The wide aperture and focal length resulted in nice separation from the background. I like the confident pose and it looks like a little breeze is catching her hair. Very nice.

Best regards,

Hello Roger,this is a really nice portrait of a pretty model who is obviously very much at ease with the photographer,her engaging personality shines through,whilst I am not bothered by the ear ring in her right ear the left one appears unattached.
A super shot none the less, with the wisp of hair across her chest a nice touch.
Best wishes Les.

Hi Roger
Beautiful portrait shot with beautiful model.
Best regards,

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