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Portrait by a tree

Portrait by a tree
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Copyright: Kevin Ross (kross1) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 594 W: 17 N: 1223] (4936)
Genre: People
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-06-26
Categories: Portrait
Camera: Nikon D300 DSLR, Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 SP AF XR Di II Macro, 2.0GB SanDisk
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/80 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2015-08-31 5:38
Viewed: 1641
Points: 5
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I took this photo of my daughter her senior year of High School. I knew of a place that I thought would be great for portraits and I needed some good subjects. I couldn't think of any better subjects than my daughter.

This was a fairly simple shot to take. My settings were ISO 200, exposure was at 1/80 and aperture was set to f/5.6. My focal length was set at 31mm. I did use a polarizer filter on the lens. In LIghtrom I did minor adjustments to the contrast, saturation and then cropped to my liking. I then added vignette, sharpened and resized.

Thank for viewing and I look forward to reading your critiques.


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Be ay te you full, good shot of a nice lady.

Nice confident looking young lady, easy eye contact with the camera although the way her foot turns in looks a little uncomfortable. Lighting is pure vanilla, a bit bland but no frills and does the job, which is actually quite suitable for this kind of shot. The thing that stands out to me the most is that vignette. To me personally it is too heavy and appears to cover the top of her head. Often it pays to make a copy layer underneath the one you are going to add a vignette to and switch off visibility of the layer so it is not effected by the vignette. Once you have set the vignette on the top layer you can switch the bottom layer back on and erase away the top layer where you don't want the vignette to show - like the top of her head in this case.

Would love to know why you used the polariser?

Bom dia Kevin,
That seems to me a good picture despite the shallow depth of field that leads to a certain lack of distinction between the photo levels.
Very good one.

Hello Kevin,
Very good image of your beautiful daughter. I wonder why you used wide angle while the other end of your zoom lens is about ideal for portraiture. I also wondered about the absence of a shadow from the flash and then saw that no return light was detected at 1/80th second shutter speed. What is the reason for that, or does the flash not cast a shadow behind her at such a close distance? A pleasure to view.

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