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Carol II

Carol II
Photo Information
Copyright: Roland Roesler (Roly) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 195 W: 4 N: 64] (587)
Genre: People
Medium: Black & White
Date Taken: 2007-10-12
Categories: Friends/Family, Portrait
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
Exposure: f/2, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-10-14 10:27
Viewed: 2517
Points: 29
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
BW portrait using a wide aperture and selective sharpening. Even at f/2 the depth of field is extremely shallow, so that working at f/1.4 or f/1.6 appears to be quite a challenge.
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To Fisher: Thanks, Mike!Roly 1 04-29 13:41
To rewshearer: Glad to see...Roly 2 01-27 09:54
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Wha a fresh and happy portrait. I like it a lot!

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  • dareco Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1672 W: 16 N: 832] (15528)
  • [2007-10-14 10:39]

A beautiful portrait (I am trying so hard to learn how to do this.) She has such a wonderful smile!! Great focus on her eyes. TFS

Hi Roland,
Great portrait! I like the tight composition and cropping. Good B&W here. Nice contrast and tonal range. PP work with the selective sharpening is excellent.

Hi Roland..beautiful picture of a beautiful girl..nicely composed. Great tones.


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  • Shogun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 788 W: 52 N: 418] (10434)
  • [2007-11-01 2:10]

nice portrait Roly. love the sweet smile. . .well captured expression. nice bro! Tfs


Hello Roland
Very nice portrait,
Shot at this aperture it does wonders indeed.
Very good work,

Very nice potrait, Ronald. Could't say more....

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  • gnada Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2538 W: 70 N: 4788] (22221)
  • [2007-12-26 6:59]

Hi Roland...
Very beautiful B/W portrait! I like it.
She's beautiful and you've captured this shot so well.

the tight crop and tilted smiling face makes it a nice compo. soft light and BW works fine. you could have darkened the BG a bit. that's just my opinion.

Hi Roland,
Portraiture is someting I LOVE but sadly don't get to do much of it.
B&W looks good with decent tonal range. Lovely smile from the lady, nice catch lights in her eyes. Nice shooting for sure. You have an awesome little lens there. I have the 1.8 and love it...but will easily trade with you :)))


Hi Roly
Well managed using the (relatively) shallow aperture - you're right, I've been trying portrait shots at f1.8 and unless the eyes are focused once the shot has been composed, even the slightest shift in camera angle can throw the point of focus off.
You've done an excellent job with this, great light too and a lovely smile from your subject.

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1089 W: 331 N: 902] (5752)
  • [2008-03-11 6:54]
  • [2] [+]

Hi Roland

Nicely captured and well done on the composition.
I would highly recommend not to play with selective sharpening in photoshop especially on selective focusing with the use of a wide ap.
You take away the true focus, in this case, it would be ONE eye and if you are at the right focal plane, the other eye and mouth. That would be like winning a million bucks. :=)
Definitely not the depth of the hat.

Having said that, like I said, nicely done, well done on the B/W conversion.


How on earth did you get so many points for this portrait? A flat picture of a plain girl. tired but sweet.

Hi Roland!
What a nice portrait! Lovely smile, too...
Looking at as more portraits as I can, I hope to improve finally my technique.
Ciao, Antonella

Hi Roland:
A beautifully done portrait of this pretty young lady,I love portraits of smiling people, they are infectious to me. Well done in BW with great tones and light ... the focus is great. a lovely photo....Roman:0)

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