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From my visit home

From my visit home
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Copyright: Shelly OBrien (ShellyOB) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 294 W: 86 N: 790] (3425)
Genre: People
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-09-05
Categories: Friends/Family, Portrait
Camera: Nikon D70s, Nikkor 85mm f1.8
Exposure: f/1.8, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Children(2), TEXAS EXCELLENCE AWARD V [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-09-20 11:23
Viewed: 1696
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Aside from being in a slump as far as photography goes, I have about 200 photos or more from home to process for my mom (which she's already begging me for) and I am having a terrible time getting motivated. She told me they didn't have to be perfect and I reminded her who she was talking to. :))

This is a first cousin of mine's granddaughter. I think she is the prettiest little thing. Shot in RAW with my 85mm prime (which I LOVE for portraits), cropped, added a bit of softness around her and some vignetting and then sharpened and framed. She was looking toward the outside where the sunlight was coming in from. Hope you enjoy it.

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To rewshearer: Thanks for the tip, RewShellyOB 1 09-20 14:47
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Bonjour Shelly
beautiful eyes of a little princess
superb portrait

Fantastic Shelly! Love the soft natural light, love her cute little expression and the way she's biting her bottom lip. She's got beautiful eyes and eye lashes .. nice shine in her eyes.
Really great shot Shelly. Have a nice week

DANG!! You get an award for this Shelly!! One of the BEST portraits I've seen in a long time! Her eyes just pop in this! The soft light, with the darker edges are enchanting! Chewing my leg off...wishin I had taken this photo! Sharp as a tack! Dang girl, you got it!

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3204 W: 262 N: 7964] (34497)
  • [2009-09-20 12:44]

What a beautiful capture of your first cousin's granddaughter, Shelly. She looks a little darling. And I like how her eyes are so bright and sharp. Very well taken

Very nice use of the prime lens - and good control of the shallow field of focus, which can be problematic. Probably should've used a slightly smaller aperture, maybe f/4.0, you'd still get a blurred background but her face would also be sharp in its entirety. Here, her left eye (our right) is already slightly blurred, as is her left cheek.
A delightful shot, those catchlights are indeed excellent!

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  • glint Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 593 W: 3 N: 545] (3785)
  • [2009-09-20 13:41]

Hello Shelly,
this is a delicious portrait of a delightful little girl. How I envy you your ability to take brilliant portraits. You seem to have a special affinity with kids.

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  • werdir Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1416 W: 147 N: 2654] (11957)
  • [2009-09-20 14:08]
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Hi Shelly,

She's adorable and I love her expression. The catchlights in her eyes really enhance the portrait and the lighting is excellent. I would love to be able to compose a portrait like this, really nice work.

Have a great week.

Warm regards,

Hi Shelly, You "aced" this one! Great use of the available lighting. I like how she has her head turned slightly. Great portrait of an adorable little girl.


Wow, what a fantastic portrait, just all around perfect!

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  • Dot Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1583 W: 40 N: 3488] (13942)
  • [2009-09-20 16:22]

HI Shelly
This little gal has eyes that will have them falling at her feet in a few years. The eyes have it that's for sure. Fantastic and well taken portrait

Hola Shelly

felicidades es hermosa la modelo

Dear Shelly
Very nice and fine portrait of this beautiful girl
Excellent lighting, and details
The sharpness and reflection of light in her eyes are superb
Beautiful work indeed
Regards, Alireza

Simply amazing portrait using every drop of talent and available light with probably one of my favourite lenses for portraits. I don't own one yet but this is making me think again. Anyway lovely little angel and your photo brings her truly into the light.



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