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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: 2012-06-21
Categories: Portrait
Camera: Canon 5DIII, 85mm f/1.2 L
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/15 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Photos that I would love to be mine [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2012-06-22 21:48
Viewed: 1286
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
When I was studying Andrew Wyeth's paintings a few months ago I was amazed at his lighting and the intensity he was able to achieve by changing light. He would bring out features by painting it with light.

As I processed this shot of Molly I was surprised and pleased by the intensity of the shot. I used the Adjustment Brush to make some minor changes in order to create an oil painting effect.

I placed Molly in the center of the shot because I feel that it gives her more power. I think The negative space in front and behind her serves to give her authority.

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What a wonderful portrait where (as you already mentioned) light plays a superb role in giving this picture an extraordinary look, Roger!

Great details and well shown skin tones with nice management of exposure.
The POV is excellent, and the black BG gives well contrast to the strong facial features of your model.
Another finely executed work from you!

Have a nice weekend.

Kind regards,

Yes central placing and strong side lighting, plus dark colours creates an authoratative portrait which resembles a painting. Nice job

bonjour Roger
A strong portrait, a strong model and something of a XIXth painting ,
wonderful result and he fruit of your constant personal research in your art

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  • yanm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 818 W: 84 N: 1189] (10601)
  • [2012-06-23 2:58]

Beautiful. Just wonder what if reduce the empty space a bit more. Perhaps it will stronger ?:)

I like your portrait of Molly and you have certainly achieved the effect of an oil painting. The subdued colours work very well. I note what you say about the negative space but can't help feeling a square crop may have worked well.


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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2012-06-23 4:15]

Hi Roger

A superb head and shoulders portrait of this charming woman and the negative space adds to the composition imho. Another fine entry in this series. Good sharpness & diffused lighting with good color & saturation. Tfs!

Ciao Roger, great portrait of fascinating woman, fantastic light and wonderful clarity, very well done, my friend, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio

Olá Roger
It looks a true painting ...love the light, the skin texture...she looks lovely...her eyes ar esuperb too.
Excellent portrait.
I like it very much...
Um abraço

Hello Roger, I have just discovered this lovely shot of yours!
The lighting is very 'Wyeth', even your model has a look of one of Wyeth's models, or is it just the lighting that makes me think that?
I do like the way that you are experimenting all the time with your portraits, you have some fantastic shots.
Excellent work.I would like to be able to sit in on one of your 'shoots' and hear what you say to your models; the shots are always so natural.
Tfs, regards Jean.

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