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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: 2012-07-07
Categories: Portrait
Camera: Canon 5DIII, Canon 50mm F1.2
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/30 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2012-07-07 21:54
Viewed: 1295
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Suzanna is getting married in a few months and wanted to get some photos done. The lighting was Rembrandt style in this shot so the angle was from the upper left with a small amount of light falling on her left cheek. This type of light gives the impression of an oil painting and Suzanna's features and pose looked very much like the portraits done long ago.

chrisJ, VicZik, mamcg, fransx, jean11-3, parasbhalla, werdir, mesquens1, Teresat, brech has marked this note useful
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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2012-07-07 22:02]

Hi Roger

Superb use of a shallow dof with a pleasant soft diffused light & good sharpness on the female subject. Good shadow detail on the right side of her face & wonderful color saturation & vertical framing. A nice reflection in her eye at left. Have a nice weekend!

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  • VicZik Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 528 W: 82 N: 950] (4812)
  • [2012-07-07 22:22]

Dear Roger, Excellent position... having Suzanne face her body away from the camera at an angle and then twist her upper half toward the camera plus leaving a gap between her arm and body makes the her look slim. This type of pose is seen in model photos....Well done & TFS

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  • mamcg Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 452 W: 66 N: 1002] (10644)
  • [2012-07-07 22:50]

Hi Roger,
Your NOTE takes me to the society where there girls do enjoy thier time when they are in good shape as the falls come then they try to make home, by experience as the hands and feet are not exposed but I guess that she is in mid forties and this is a good decision to get marry ! It is very nice shot the cool blue makes this more charming and your idea is very nice, TFS.

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  • fransx Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2938 W: 134 N: 7397] (41704)
  • [2012-07-07 23:27]

Hi Roger,
A very sharp and neat portrait of Suzanna with the usual perfect lighting, but I'm not so happy with the low POV which you adapted. I think there is some distortion in her face features, for example the nostrils are a bit awkward from such a low POV. I like the positioning of the eyes and the roundness of her body.
I would prefer to go a little bit higher. Just my humble opinion!

Francis Xavier

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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2012-07-07 23:53]


superbe portrait de cette belle dame, mangigique cpatage et iamge quelle élegance avec sa belle robe bleue sont attitude son regard, sueprbe.
Bravo et amitié

Hello Roger, I do find it interesting that you often refer to famous artists and the way that they would have used lighting for their portraits.I agree with you, if you follow their example, you can't go far wrong!
This is a classy shot, I hope that Suzanna was pleased with the result.
For me, the lighting is perfect and you have caught the light in her eye.I like the way that she is looking directly at you.
Tfs, regards Jean.

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  • Fidy Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 112 W: 0 N: 79] (606)
  • [2012-07-08 9:01]

Her beauty is very simple and through this shot you paid her a nice tribute

She look awesome in blue! Great lighting as usual with good dof with sharp details. Very well done, tfs.

I like the light falling on her face and natural skin tones of your model in this portrait, Roger!
Great details and well caught expressions with a nice pose.
The POV is excellent and contrast against a dark BG is well kept.
Another nice work from you!

Kind regards,

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  • werdir Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1416 W: 147 N: 2654] (11957)
  • [2012-07-08 14:11]

Excellent portraiture Roger, I love your use of lighting. I particularity like the effect on the ripples on her dress.


Hi Roger,

Once again, my attention got to be a color cast issue..if your last post was too cyan, well this one seems too red. check the workshop.

Tho I like your approach, but I would have change a few thing.

If I look at your image, here what I see.

Background: if seemless are wonderfull to give you that smooth background. It always preferable to make it "out of focus", here it kind of look, unfinish..not under control.

About the lighting...I find it a little to low, you main light should be a bit more on an angle, and set a little high.

Here we can tell that the legs are closer to the light source then the face, giving to much attention to "the legs area" and low part of the body. Also by using a low position light, it produce those "unflattering" shadows in the face and neck. Placing a second diffuser that filter more light on the legs, without blocking the light going on the face, could also work.

Doing studio, you should keep a faster shutter speed..to avoid any movement that may happen if the subject is moving.

Not a bad picture tho, but as I said, need a little more work.

Bom dia Roger,
You're absolutely right as always. The light positioned so as to create a painted picture.
Superb image.

Bom dia Roger
I like the pose and the Rembrandt light in the face.
You still continue to give delicious moments of photography.
Um abraço

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