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Old Feb 27, 2005, 1:39 PM   #1
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My first post to the People Photos forum. I cannot compare to Kalypso or Frank, but I like the composition of this shot of my other (better looking) half, taken at the top of one of the mountains in Metro Phoenix (extra points to anyone who figures out which one).

D70 RAW (Converted to jpg, cropped to 10x8 ratio), 18-70 DX Nikkor @44mm, 1/500 sec @F/5.6, some fill-in flash applied using on-camera flash.

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Old Feb 27, 2005, 1:57 PM   #2
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Nice photo!

Good use of fill flash too.


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Old Feb 27, 2005, 3:40 PM   #3
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Very nice shot indeed.

Camelback?
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Old Feb 27, 2005, 5:40 PM   #4
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Very nice photo. Just a comment, I wonder how the phot would look with the background either more blurred or if you could have gotten it more in focus.
Well done either way. I helps to have a lovely wife.
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Old Feb 28, 2005, 6:06 AM   #5
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Since you invite critiques here are my thoughts.

overall it is a nice image and I'm sure your wife is proud of it. Colors look good

Shooting up ones nose is not the most flattering angle.

More of a 2/3 facial view would have been more flattering. A 2/3 view is when all of the front and one side of the face is visible. Her lips and nice cheek bones would have been exploited more with a 2/3 view.

When I compare shadow depth nearest the lens to those fartherest, I don't see that your fill flash was much benefit here. I think here, you are getting some natural fill.

When shooting with the shadow side nearest the lens(short lighting) as in this shot, try to position the model so that the main source(key light) does not hit the ear on the shadow side of the face. When this happens, the ear becomes an attention getter.

I hope this will be helpful.

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Old Feb 28, 2005, 9:32 AM   #6
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Rodney - Thanks for your comments, they are much appreciated. The fill-in flash made a big difference to the shot - I have a number of others that were taken without the flash.

The mountain is Squaw Peak ("officially" renamed to Piestawa, although I have heard no-one using that name). Camelback is in the same area though. The photo was taken looking North from the summit.
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I like the angle, I'm not so bothered with the down the nose issue :|

However I would have dropped the fill-in flash arround 2/3's down I guess, just to let her blend in a bit more.
I like the reflections in the sunglasses.

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Old Feb 28, 2005, 5:08 PM   #8
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What a peaceful feeling. She looks so at peace with life. The reflections in the sunglasses are a nice touch, too. If you were to reshoot, I wonder about tipping her right shoulder back to open up more of the back ground to give even more a sense of how small she is in comparison to that expansive mountian range behind her.

Nice work! I can see that framed and sitting on the piano at home!!

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Old Feb 28, 2005, 5:11 PM   #9
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Hmm... It is framed and sitting on the piano at home! I kid you not.
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Too funny!!!!!!!!!!!!
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