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"A New Year ~ A New Start"

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Copyright: Linda Unger (shelbeesmom) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4128 W: 1096 N: 12722] (58278)
Genre: People
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-12-29
Categories: Macro
Camera: Canon EOS 30D, Canon 24-105 mm F4 L IS USM, Hoya PL-CIR 77mm
Exposure: f/4, 1/15 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-01-01 8:17
Viewed: 1412
Points: 33
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I did a photoshoot with a friend and her son this past week. Some of you know these two. I have posted photos of Red and Graeme before. We wanted to try some mood shots and I needed some practice on portraits, so we took a few hours and played. Hope you like it~!

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Happy New Year to You and Yours, Linda
I love this portrait shot. It brought up memories ...
Hien Vy

What a lovely portrait of mother and child

Hi Linda...I like the light here...different and dramatic....this is an excellent portrait.


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  • roald Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 64 W: 57 N: 65] (773)
  • [2010-01-01 9:14]

hi linda

i like how you have used available light on this. really created a right ambiance.


Hello Linda,

I rarely take portraits; I think it is a specialist area, but I do like this. The mood is perfectly captured with just enough sharpness. The embrace is strong and the participants, almost daring us to scrutinise them! Well done!

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

Maybe it would have been better when the lady's face was more completely in the shot, her left eye is hidden. Also there is something wrong with the focus, seems like the girl's face is less sharper. Perhaps more light would make the shot more attractive ? That's my personnal opinion.

We are at the dawn of a new year.
That all obstacles to change in ways that lead us to love.

Nous sommes à l'aube d'une nouvelle année.
Que tous les obstacles se changent en chemins nous menant à l'amour.
Bonne et heureuse année 2010

My conclusion from portrait work is that a double portrait is more than twice as hard as a single portrait.

Not only is the challenge of capturing the right expression, eye contact, and angle multiplied, but there are additional issues of trying to make sure the light is equal on both faces, that expressions match and that eyes face the same direction, and that focus deep enough to keep both sharp.

Best thing about this portrait is the tonal quality and the colours - very rich, warm, evocative. There's a real sense of the connection between them and a beautiful dynamic range.

However, I'm not convinced about the lighting - mostly because it is so much stronger on Graeme's face than on Red's. I must say you have made a stunningly sharp shot at such a slow shutter speed, and while my first impression was that Graeme's eyes were a little sharper in focus than Red's, looking at the latter's ear it seems that the DOF is wide enough to have both faces sharp and the impression is just a result of the light difference.

Anyway - I'm being very picky because that's what this site is about ... but that shouldn't take away from the fact that this is a lovely portrait as it is, well worth framing and putting on display.


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  • fransx Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2938 W: 134 N: 7397] (41704)
  • [2010-01-01 13:37]

Hi Linda,
A wonderful portrait shot of this mother and daughter!
I like the light with good highlights on the girl's face.
Very natural skin tones and accurate sharpness.
Nice classical mood and a great glance of both of them towards us!
Good work, Linda.

***A Happy New Year to you and your beloved ones***

Francis Xavier

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  • john1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 0 N: 886] (8448)
  • [2010-01-01 14:47]

Hello Linda,

Wonderfull portrait the child and his mother, excellent details and the framing is beautifull.
Once again, I wishes you and your family a happy new year and many succes.
Take care.

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2572 W: 237 N: 6132] (24044)
  • [2010-01-01 15:29]

hmm -- I critiqued your lovely collage but it seems to have disappeared for unknown reasons (as did at least one other collage) - very sorry to see that :(
Now- as to this one
It has a most unusual quality -- there is something almost eerie about the poses and expressions.
What is intriguing is that Red is in focus and Graeme is not -- that kind of shot in a movie would have an eerie portent
Cool stuff

Hi Linda, Lovely photo of Red and Graeme. I especially like the lighting on his face. Makes him look so angelic! :) Terrific natural moment between mom and child. I love the caring arms around each other... :) Lisa

Hello Linda!
Great light here!
Beautiful double portrait!
This is the boy with long hair from some of your pictures! Cute face!
Happy New Year 2010!
All the best!

Hi Linda,
Happy New Year my dear! Wish you a prosperous and healthy 2010!
Disagree with Patthecat, because the face is only half shown it creates the perfect mood.
Excellent portrait the woman's faces is superbly captured, a kind of suspense, mystique and fear is showing here. So is the kid's pose and look, a quite mysterious one. Great job, excellent sharp and perfect light!

Boa noite Linda
My second Favorite.
I like the warm light and the way they look the camera...they are both very interesting and beautiful.
Um abraço

Wonderful light - this kind of light old painting masters managed to capture and preserve in their works for centuries.

Hi Linda, i would like to comment on some of your later works starting with this one, oh just a a couple of lines . Good use of the window light here , you kept the BG to a minimum so we can focus on the main subjects , i wish i saw the mother's eye in full , both have good eye contact with the lens thus for a start in this shoot they 're doing ok , like it ,

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