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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: Black & White
Date Taken: 2009-08-15
Categories: Portrait
Camera: Canon 5DII, 85mm f/1.2 L
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/80 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-08-20 6:18
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Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
When I was taking pictures of Caroline we were in a wharehouse and planning to drive to a different location. I took some test shots and was amazed at how nice the light was so we stayed there for the shots. There was a black curtain that separated the audio visual people from the rest of us and that made a nice background. The aperture was wide since we were inside but moving back from the subject gave an acceptable depth of field.

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To wilth: Caroline4rminkow 1 08-25 07:39
To jusninasirun: Caroline4rminkow 1 08-25 07:38
To manujmehta: Caroline4rminkow 1 08-21 22:47
To skhawar: Caroline4rminkow 1 08-21 22:46
To chrisJ: Caroline4rminkow 1 08-21 22:45
To dareco: Caroline4rminkow 1 08-21 22:43
To rewshearer: Caroline4rminkow 2 08-20 21:33
To messenger1: Caroline4rminkow 1 08-20 18:43
To crisgotiny: Caroline4rminkow 1 08-20 18:10
To Beger: Caroline4rminkow 1 08-20 18:08
To lele: Caroline4rminkow 1 08-20 18:05
To copadonat: Caroline4rminkow 1 08-20 18:04
To sanjibbehera: Caroline4rminkow 1 08-20 18:02
To bri: Caroline4rminkow 1 08-20 17:59
To flashpoint: Caroline4rminkow 1 08-20 17:58
To ShellyOB: Caroline4rminkow 1 08-20 17:57
To mshairani: Caroline4rminkow 1 08-20 17:56
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Hi Roger,

This is certainly a very nicely done black and white portrait composition. I really like the natural expressions on Caroline and a lovely smile. The black background really goes well with this black and white composition and this shot is a nice example to show how well the rule of thirds work in portraits.

I am just a beginner and am learning ... I have done a portrait debut my self recently and would love your input.

Have a look -->

once again - great work Roger!
TFS ...!

great shot, and an impromptu one at that. the depth is very fine, and i could swear this was a studio shot.

i see you have a very fast lens there too.


VERY nice, Roger!
Great pose, excellent sharpness and detail, really natural and relaxed, GREAT light and it's looks wonderful in B&W. That is just outstanding! Many thanks and kindest wishes,

This lens with focal length and 1.2 is really bright .....
and Caroline is really beautiful in B & W and also the color .. great work Roger!

ciao sERGIO

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  • bri Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 751 W: 13 N: 1404] (6384)
  • [2009-08-20 8:42]
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Hi Roger,
Stunning B&W shot of Caroline, great focus on the subject and nicely positioned in frame. Good use of the diffused lighting coming in and the black curtain worked well for you. Cheers

Hi Roger,

a nice smile from your model. she is quite beautiful. nice b/w pic. dof is quite good here.


Hola Roger

una belleza de sonrisa te felicito buen trabajo

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  • lele Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 796 W: 48 N: 1708] (11179)
  • [2009-08-20 11:50]
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ciao roger
grande soggetto
ottimo bel bianco e nero
ottimo lavoro

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  • Beger Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3311 W: 1066 N: 5188] (23042)
  • [2009-08-20 11:53]
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Hi Roger,
What a natural beauty!
This young woman irradiates health and "joie de vivre"!
Excellent conversion as usual. I like the effect of light on her hair. Very beautiful!

so very good shot. Bigger aperture really makes wonder on portrait shoot. Nice use of soft light. The model is so pretty.


I like the way you used the absolute most of the allowable dimensions of a shot, here - this seems bigger than the average TL pic and the added impact of that is most welcome.

She has such a natural and charming smile and you've captured it well. The available light was certainly very nice - if anything, I might have turned her a tiny bit to her left, so that the highlight fell on her hair but not her nose and chin, thus keeping the same diffuse light on her lower face that we see on her eyes.

Great off-centre placement, beautifully simple and pure background, and perfect management of the shallow field of focus.

Once again, mastery of the art!


Hi, Roger -
Another great portrait of Caroline - she is really very photogenic. Where do you find these beautiful and interesting subjects? The black background provides a great contrast to her light hair and complexion. The details are nice and sharp throughout. Natural and appealing smile. Nice one!

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  • dareco Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1672 W: 16 N: 832] (15528)
  • [2009-08-20 19:24]
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This one is very nice, I like the black background. Good lighting and detail, and once again a beautiful smile. TFS

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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2009-08-20 21:45]
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Hi Roger

Perfectly exposed highlights, in the woman's long hair,with excellent dof, sharpness & tonal range. Have a great weekend!

Just a wonderful image. I cannot find anything about the image that I do not like. Most Excellent


hello Roger
how are you friend?
interesting post and a good conversion
you have used the light innovatively and perfectly. like the pose, her smile and the treatment, good idea of using a dark bg to provide nice depth of field
thanks for sharing

Manuj Mehta

Hi Roger,

Beautiful shot at Caroline. Beautiful gray tone from this b+w shot. Fine framing and TFS.

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  • wilth Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 374 W: 43 N: 520] (2028)
  • [2009-08-22 13:58]
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Hi Roger,
I love the off-center placement, as well as the balance--and frame fill--of her cocked right arm, really adds quite a nice feel to the.
The natural light enhances what seems to be a very natural smile and the B&W composition works well.
Very nicely done,

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