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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: 2012-06-07
Categories: Portrait
Camera: Canon 5DII, 85mm f/1.2 L
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/30 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-06-07 22:16
Viewed: 1404
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I met Kira a few weeks ago at a local coffee shop and was struck by her great features, coloring and hair. I asked her if I could photograph her and she said she needed a head shot for a new job so she would be happy to oblige.

I use a standard set up in my studio placing lights in front, on the sides, on top and one light in the right background. I use dimmer switches to control the intensity and use the computer for focus, Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO adjustment.

parasbhalla, brech, chrisJ, FoxesHat, jean11-3, delsinario, Teresat, RSK has marked this note useful
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To parasbhalla: Kirarminkow 1 06-07 22:30
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Dear Roger,

This portrait is very well executed with amazing focus and natural skin tones.
The colors are natural and clarity is superb.
The black BG wonderfully isolates your model and give the work a certain 3-D look.

A minor issue: Due to the light source placed on the right side of your model, the shadow of her hairs falling on the right part (our left) of her forehead and line stretching from her right eye to her right cheek do tend to take my attention, just my personal observation, Kindly don't mind as I am not a expert in portrait and not that well qualified (in that field of photography) as you are, Roger.

Kind regards,

Hi Roger,

You lucky man,a coffee shop packed with all these willing models,Kira is lovely and natural looking and you have definitely captured her bubbly personality.

The eye contact and smile are very natural and make us feel engaged with the model, there is a distinct connection. The tones are wonderfully true to life and the composition works beautifully. This is a top notch portrait and good to see a note that is actually about photography.

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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2012-06-08 1:21]


quel portrait et iamge superbe cpatage et compo quelle belle dame avec ces cheveux blonds un beua regard un sourrire le faiusettes quelle compo e tiage superbe.

bravo et amitié


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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2012-06-08 3:14]

Hi Roger

A good colour studio portrait, with nice use of a shallow dof, & excellent shadow detail on her face, & good sharpness. The neutral grey bg works well here. Good contrast & exposure. Tfs!

Hello Roger, I am not surprised that you wanted to take shots of Kira,her personality and beauty are very apparent.
This is a beautiful shot of her, the lighting is perfect.Natural colours and excellent sharp focus.
The dark bg isolates her, and as Paras has already stated,it gives her a 3-D look.
Tfs, regards Jean.

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  • fransx Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2938 W: 134 N: 7397] (41704)
  • [2012-06-08 7:55]

Hi Roger,
What a lovely smile and what stunning eyes!
Perfect sharpness with all the details in her face features.
Good light rendering perfect skin tones. I like the positioning of the girl in the frame and the splendid highlights on her hair.
Well done,

Francis Xavier

Hello Roger,
Aren't coffee shops great for finding models for our lenses? Kira is beautiful indeed and you did her justice in the lighting of her face. Beautiful Blue/Green Eyes.

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  • bri Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 751 W: 13 N: 1404] (6384)
  • [2012-06-08 17:03]

Hi Roger,
Superb, as always. Kira is another outstanding portrait in beautiful focus, your crop is nicely positioned and the skin tones and lighting is amazing. Best wishes

Bonjour Roger
A beautiful natural portrait; perfect controls as usual, particularly light and colours .The high technique hides under a very natural effect, which is a great quality in art

salam Roger,
After Mr Clinton's photo, this is the 2nd time that i see you have chosen a person who is exactly needing a portrait! I wonder how you find them? :D
One thing that i may remark is the different humour in these two photos. Indeed your models knew very well what kind of gesture could they take for their own purpose.
Great studio photo. The note helped me find out how you managed lights. Thanks for the note, Thanks for sharing.

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  • jackal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 790 W: 26 N: 808] (9654)
  • [2012-06-10 13:29]

Hi Roger,
I am sure Kira is happy with the result - what a lovely smile, also nice to see her in colour

Bom dia Roger
she looks so nice and happy person. I like your poature choice---the skin texture looks so natural---another interesting portrait and face.
um abraço

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  • RSK Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1089 W: 589 N: 1943] (14753)
  • [2012-06-17 10:23]

Hi Roger,what attracted you to Kira,you have managed to capture with a camera.Your lighting set up has captured her skin colours so naturally,what a contagious smile & beautiful features. Well taken, TFS & the notes.



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