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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: 2012-06-09
Categories: Portrait
Camera: Canon 5DII, 85mm f/1.2 L
Exposure: f/2, 1/60 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-06-10 8:20
Viewed: 1367
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Yesterday was my grandson's birthday party and there were a lot of adults and cute kids running around. I offed to take some photos for my daughter and couldn't resist setting some of the shots up like portraits.

In this case I had Mackenzie sit on the floor against the front door so the light would hit her much like a Rembrandt effect. With this direction of light there is a triangle of light on the dark cheek and the shadow from the nose extends down and to the side.

Mackenzie would be a perfect model. She has beautiful sharp features.

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I appreciate the way you see the portraits so minutely and deeply, and somehow they become so pronounced and detailed that these portraits could be potential competitors to the macro shots, Roger!

I like your observation of preserving the Rembrandt effect in this shot which make this work so appealing.
The exposure is wonderful and mood is immense.
I like the bright spots in her eyes.

Thanks for sharing!

Best regards,

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  • fransx Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2938 W: 134 N: 7397] (41704)
  • [2012-06-10 8:55]

Hi Roger,
I like the soft lighting on this portrait! A lovely girl with such highlighted curly hair! Maybe a little harsh on her right cheek, well managed on the darker left cheek.
Anyhow good use of available light.
Well done,

Francis Xavier

Hello Roger, an interesting pose with Mackenzie looking straight at you.Her hair on her left hand side is totally hidden, only her pearl ear-ring is visible;and the ear-ring seems to balance the shot somehow.
I don't know why, but this shot has the feel of a sepia picture.
Tfs, regards Jean.

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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2012-06-10 9:59]


quels beaux cheveux longs et bouclé quel beua portrait mervielleuse grâce, merveilleux visage, sueprbe.

Bravo et amitié


Ciao Roger, lovely portrait, great PP work, really seems a fantastic old photo, splendid expression of the girl, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Mackenzie is beautiful and you did a wonderful job in capturing that beauty. Awesome lighting. Good dof with nice contrast. Very well done, tfs.

Dear Roger

Really like this portrait B&W of Mackenzie. With one being eye level to her, and her eyes being big and beautiful they really draw you in, connecting you with her. I like the lighting and it seems to create a mood of a photo taken a long time ago. I enjoyed this portrait very much. Thank you!

Kind regards,

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  • yanm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 818 W: 84 N: 1189] (10601)
  • [2012-06-11 4:01]

I like the light and the toning. Make it like an oldies

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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2012-06-11 8:43]

Hi Roger,

Good reflections in her eyes. Maybe I would boost the contrast a little, as the tones seem a little flat & muddy. But the lighting and composition are superb. I like the 2 toned division on her face between shadow at right & light at left. Tfs!

Bom dia Roger
A beautiful lady...your note shows taht nothing in her face is a mistery for you . You choose light and have previous attention to little details of her face. You have a great talent.
Um abraço

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