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Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D300 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:17.0-55.0 mm f/2.8
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:7 Aug 2012 - 7:41 PM
Focal Length:40mm
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/125sec
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Center-weighted average
Flash:No Flash
Title:Megan in Mono
Username:chase chase
Uploaded:9 Feb 2013 - 9:54 AM
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Votes:106
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Quoise
Quoise e2 Member 1264 forum postsQuoise vcard United Kingdom
9 Feb 2013 - 9:58 AM

Beautiful portrait Smile

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michaelo
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9 Feb 2013 - 10:04 AM

Beautiful

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Philip_H
Philip_H  2 United Kingdom
9 Feb 2013 - 10:14 AM

I think you have achieved what you set out to do. This is a lovely enigmatic portrait.

Good luck with the competition.

P.

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Nick_w
Nick_w e2 Member 73886 forum postsNick_w vcard England99 Constructive Critique Points
9 Feb 2013 - 10:27 AM

I keep telling you there's nothing wrong with your monos, this is very good, only comment I could make is be careful with the textured background, there's a couple of marks on there that if you get a heathen as a judge they may mistake them as dust bunnies.

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chase
chase Critique Team 91118 forum postschase vcard England241 Constructive Critique Points
9 Feb 2013 - 10:27 AM

Thanks all.
Many thanks for the EC Pete,well pleased with that,now all I have to do is wait for the competition & see what the verdict is on the print !


Quote: there's a couple of marks on there

Yep,noted those Nick but I am loathe to get rid of them as they were there on the texture layer & I do enough PP as it is,they don't appear toooooo badly on the print.

Quote: nothing wrong with your monos

I know you do....it's me,I'm a wuss at mono ( as you know) & never think the B&W/contrast range is good enough.
Janet xx

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bluesandtwos
9 Feb 2013 - 10:32 AM

This is really good! An excellent conversion to mono and a picture many of us would be well chuffed to have taken. Smile

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Nick_w
Nick_w e2 Member 73886 forum postsNick_w vcard England99 Constructive Critique Points
9 Feb 2013 - 10:55 AM

Great to see this get the badge it deserves. On the contrast don't push it too far, you end up coming back to it and thinking, that looks too harsh (yep voice of experience) anyway nowt wrong with this at all.

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chase
chase Critique Team 91118 forum postschase vcard England241 Constructive Critique Points
9 Feb 2013 - 11:05 AM


Quote: that looks too harsh

And there lies the danger...too far or not far enough... they both look pants ! Wink
Thanks for your UA Nick,on a mono that means lots to me.
Janet xx

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gcarth
gcarth e2 Member 102290 forum postsgcarth vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
9 Feb 2013 - 11:26 AM

Soft and feminine but slightly gritty - Yes, I think you've achieved that result: Megan's expression reflects that effect exactly - a feminine but strong personality.
You always achieve such fine tones whether in colour or black and white and always with an impeccable sense of composition.
Well done!
You should do well in the competition you entered.

Garth

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rogerdoger
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9 Feb 2013 - 11:47 AM

Beautiful shot Janet. I do not know what you are worried about with regard to your mono`s. Megan is a fanastic model and you always do her justice. Only trouble is I cannot decide if I like your still life`s more than your portraits or via versa. The quality of lighting, pose, softness of the skin tones are all first class.
Regards Roger

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chris-p
chris-p e2 Member 864 forum postschris-p vcard England
9 Feb 2013 - 11:55 AM

Beauty ....well done Janet

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chalkhillblue
chalkhillblue e2 Member 5143 forum postschalkhillblue vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
9 Feb 2013 - 12:04 PM

Mission accomplished, lovely presentation.
David

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Irishkate
Irishkate e2 Member 4Irishkate vcard United Kingdom73 Constructive Critique Points
9 Feb 2013 - 12:42 PM

I think the background works well.
A good tonal range from whites through to black.
Lovely portrait.
(I love seeing Megan in colour because of her red hair)
How would this be in sepia?
KateGrinGrinGrin

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Daisymaye
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9 Feb 2013 - 1:02 PM

Beautiful........Sandy

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Richsr
Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England209 Constructive Critique Points
9 Feb 2013 - 1:44 PM

Like the eye connection and congrats on the EC Janet.
Good work
Regards Richard

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Philo
Philo e2 Member 472 forum postsPhilo vcard England83 Constructive Critique Points
9 Feb 2013 - 2:09 PM

I remember this well from before and you have made it into a fine mono. Well done on the EC.
Phil

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chase
chase Critique Team 91118 forum postschase vcard England241 Constructive Critique Points
9 Feb 2013 - 2:58 PM

Thanks everyone.
Kate...it looks rubbish in sepia ( I tried & quickly removed the conversion layer),I think it's because I know she has red hair & sepia does it no favours whatsoever.Reckon I would lose that slightly gritty feel to it if I used sepia.
Janet

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DaveU
DaveU e2 Member 81339 forum postsDaveU vcard England121 Constructive Critique Points
9 Feb 2013 - 3:15 PM

The eyes have it ...... just lovely.

Have you enlarged her pupils or does she just fancy you I wonder?

..... the BW conversion looks AOK to me too

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chase
chase Critique Team 91118 forum postschase vcard England241 Constructive Critique Points
9 Feb 2013 - 3:23 PM


Quote: Have you enlarged her pupils or does she just fancy you I wonder?

Mr U !!!!!!!! Wink cheeky !
Nope,not messed with her eyes,my portrait work is usually done in a dark room with just the modelling lamp on from the studio flashes...so I can see where I'm aiming Wink Guess the one modelling lamp isn't quite bright enough to reduce the pupil size Sad
Any other Brummie niggles Dave...or do I get off fairly unharmed today ? Tongue

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DaveU
DaveU e2 Member 81339 forum postsDaveU vcard England121 Constructive Critique Points
9 Feb 2013 - 3:38 PM

Nah, no niggles, I like it all

Better by far than yesterday's upload for me, I liked the soft colours of yesterday but it didn't work for me without the eye contact. This is perfick, though Nick has a valid point about the textured background.

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chase
chase Critique Team 91118 forum postschase vcard England241 Constructive Critique Points
9 Feb 2013 - 3:40 PM


Quote: though Nick has a valid point about the textured background

Lol...I knew you wouldn't be able to resist Tongue

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handlerstudio
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9 Feb 2013 - 4:07 PM

I really like this....a wonderful and a bit moody b&w portrait. You use value nicely in this photo.

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AnnChown
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9 Feb 2013 - 4:11 PM

A beautiful portrait - if you don't win with this the judge will need to be shot! Smile
Ann

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akh
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9 Feb 2013 - 4:46 PM

Beautifully done but couldn't resist having a little play.
Tony

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LesF
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9 Feb 2013 - 4:48 PM

Think you should mess more with mono, you little fibber "I can't do em", doesn't wash you know Mrs, you old dark horse.

Congrats on the badge and the 20 from the judge on the night in advance.


LesF

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tomcat
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9 Feb 2013 - 5:56 PM

I think Pete's award, answers your question

Quality Janet

Adrian

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If you're rubbish at mono, I don't know where it puts the rest of us! This is far and away the best portrait I've seen on ephotozine. Lovely model, excellent lighting and very well photographed. It was worth visiting the gallery today, just to see this photo.

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pmorgan
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9 Feb 2013 - 7:06 PM

Looks spot on to me - well worth the badges!

Rgds
Paul

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Eviscera
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9 Feb 2013 - 7:17 PM

Thats a good conversion Jan !

Maybe a little more light could have been reflected up and under the bow with a small angled dish she could have held. That section seems to fade to blobby black Smile

She deffo on drugs with that dilation.

x

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silverbells
9 Feb 2013 - 9:00 PM

Really beautiful portrait
Erica

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RogBrown
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9 Feb 2013 - 10:59 PM

Absolutely gorgeous Janet.
But enough about me. The photo's not bad either. Smile

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cmg2000
cmg2000  273 forum posts Ireland
10 Feb 2013 - 12:10 AM

I really like how the eyes capture the scene. Well done..

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chase
chase Critique Team 91118 forum postschase vcard England241 Constructive Critique Points
10 Feb 2013 - 11:12 AM

Thanks everyone.
Hi Paul,thankyou for your precious UA Smile
Nice mod Tony,a little darker on her hair than I would have gone for.
Janet xx

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bricurtis e2 Member 91904 forum postsbricurtis vcard England48 Constructive Critique Points
10 Feb 2013 - 12:17 PM

Excellent mono Janet - I have just backtracked and looked at the wonderful coloured images of Megan again.
Must say as good as this is I prefer them.Smile
Brian.

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1 Mar 2013 - 7:04 PM

My friend (chris-p) told me about you if I was looking for inspiration and he wasn't kidding!Smile I wouldn't know where to begin with portrait stuff but this is quality! The eye contact draws you in straight away!GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
Ryan

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