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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: 2009-07-22
Categories: Portrait
Camera: Canon 5DII, Canon 50mm F1.2
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/1250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2009-07-23 6:08
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 50
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Mikaela is one of my co-workers in Switzerland...her father was from Zimbabwe and mother from Sweden giving her a great combination of photogenic features. Switzerland is unreal looking in many ways and this shot looks like she is placed in front of a painted backdrop.

I processed the shot in color and black and white and mixed the images together to give this almost hand painted look.

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A very nice natural portrait. Good dof and lovely colors, detail, and pose. Such a beautiful bg!! TFS

Great picture, this picture has a strong composition.

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  • bri Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 751 W: 13 N: 1404] (6384)
  • [2009-07-23 7:11]
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Hi Roger,
Great background for this shot and Mikaela is a natural for a foreground subject with a nice pose. Lovely PoV and focus. TFS

Interesting experiment with color/B&W!
I think you placed the subject very well here.
Without sounding like a sexist, her curves compliment the mountains.
I might have experimented with putting the hills directly behind her in B&W and the far background in color but I suspect because of atmospheric haze, you'd lose some saturation.
This is a very nice photo....good to see it!

Hello Roger,

What a wonderful portrait ! Really she is photogenic ! I like the excellent depth of focus with a sharp focal image set against a blurred image. It is a great shot and the model has a good pose. Thanks for the sharing !

Best regards,

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  • Beger Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3311 W: 1066 N: 5188] (23042)
  • [2009-07-23 8:38]
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Hi Roger,
You excell with the blending of colors and B&W!
The effect is very effective here, giving a moody portrait of Mikaela in front of this majestic backdrop!
The soft tones, the composition, this beautiful woman and your talent make a great photo!
My compliments! Annie

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  • fransx Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2938 W: 134 N: 7397] (41704)
  • [2009-07-23 8:43]
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Hi Roger,
A wonderful portrait of this lovely woman with the splendor of a Swiss panorama.
Wonderful natural colors adorned with beautiful lighting.
Nice curves both of the model and the scenery,
A very pleasing composition.
Well done,

Francis Xavier

Nicely composed image along with useful note.

Salut Roger.
Très sympa et original cette prise de vue qui suggère un beau décor.
Le manque de soleil n’est pas gênant et donne un contraste doux.
Bonne journée.

A most successful combination of skills - portraiture and landscape shots - to present a stunning shot. I like the pose, the connection she has with your camera, and the sweeping vista beyond.

My only other suggestion would be some post work from the original RAW to reduce the brightness of that upper diagonal (from the top of the hill on the left, to the houses just to the right of her hand) and balance out the image a little better, dynamically?

The light was perfect - beautifully diffuse.

Un bien beau métissage (femme et femme+paysage) et un intéressant travail de PP donnant un aspect original à l'image.

Hi, Roger -
An unusual and beautiful portrait with a very attractive subject and amazing background scene. The way you processed it mixing the color and b&w images gives it a unique and artistic feel. I'm still amazed at how you get so many interesting people to pose for you - it's a real gift. Hope you are enjoying Switzerland - I miss it.

hello Roger
this is a classy shot
i like the low light here
fine colours and well focused
the shallow depth worked very well here
great composition
fine skin tones
another good composition

Manuj Mehta

Hi Roger

Superb use of a shallow dof, & good colour, shadow detail, & framing. The wide-angled, panoramic format, on the reclining woman, works well here. Tfs!

Perfect POV and DOF.
Beautiful portrait lovely of Mikaely in nice pose
Very nicely done.

Hello Roger,

Great dof, background and of course nice model.
I really like the neutral colours.
Gr. Nildo

  • pozaru Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3627 W: 881 N: 2607] (21386)
  • [2009-07-27 4:55]
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What a wonderful "pastorale".


ciao Roger..
your co-worker looks really cool here..
something in her eyes.. makes her expression so dreaming and intense.. but also her pose is fantastic!!
good and effective compo.. with a wonderful swiss landscape on BG!!
i like it a lot! thanks
ciao Marco

Lovely composition and use of DOF. You are right about the background...like a painting.

The only thing what is misiing is the sun and a blue sky,for the rest a very cool picture,I like the way you backgrounded Swiss.


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  • ramon Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 294 W: 39 N: 824] (4058)
  • [2009-07-31 5:27]
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Hi Roger,

A beautiful combination of portrait and landscape.
The model on the lower 1/3 of the frame is excellent choice.
Very well done and excecuted.


Ciao Roger, wonderful portrait of fantastic woman, splendid blurry landscape in BG, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hello Roger! Wonderful and very happy woman. Amazing scene. Excellent scenery. Superb landscape. Nice capture. Very funny effect. Well done!

Hi Roger, Good to see an original portrait like this, it is reminiscent of Sounds of Music, with a tall slim lady. The focus is good on the model and DOF makes the background less intrusive. TFS. Murray.

Hi Roger!

Very interesting shot! Background is really great! Your co-worker is very pretty woman!


qu'elle belle compositions.

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