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Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon Powershot SX160 IS
Lens:5.0 - 80.0 mm (35 mm equivalent: 28.1 - 450.0 mm)
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:27 Oct 2013 - 1:22 PM
Focal Length:80mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.9
Aperture:f/5.9
Shutter Speed:1/125sec
Exposure Comp:-1.0
ISO:400
Metering Mode:Evaluative
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Cristina
Username:Potra Potra
Uploaded:30 Oct 2013 - 12:13 AM
Tags:Caracas, Portraits / people, Venezuela
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Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 5Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
30 Oct 2013 - 12:15 AM

Not looking too happy. Good candid.

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taggart
taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
30 Oct 2013 - 12:24 AM

A thoughtful person! interesting processing!

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Potra
Potra e2 Member 1Potra vcard Venezuela
30 Oct 2013 - 12:33 AM


Quote: A thoughtful person! interesting processing!

It was in color originally, desaturated it using two different options, and then I used the 'cross-processing' option in Picasa and it lightened it up very nicely.
M

Last Modified By Potra at 30 Oct 2013 - 12:33 AM

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S_Psharma
S_Psharma  2 India1 Constructive Critique Points
30 Oct 2013 - 2:07 AM

Lovely portrait. well taken

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saltireblue
saltireblue Site Moderator 43858 forum postssaltireblue vcard Norway25 Constructive Critique Points
30 Oct 2013 - 5:55 AM

I can't make up my mind if she is sad, wistful, or if her thoughts are merely far away.
Good effect you have added.

Malc

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barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
30 Oct 2013 - 7:12 AM

She is in another world....
Magical

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Mollycat
Mollycat e2 Member 1Mollycat vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
30 Oct 2013 - 7:44 AM

Very wistful young lady. Lovely portrait. Peter.

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WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41035 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England134 Constructive Critique Points
30 Oct 2013 - 7:45 AM

Pensive.. but I bet she has a lovely smile.

Dave

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ddolfelin
ddolfelin e2 Member 234 forum postsddolfelin vcard Wales1 Constructive Critique Points
30 Oct 2013 - 8:21 AM

Pleased that you are carrying on with your portraits, Marian.
Beautiful face - I want to make her laugh.

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rontear
rontear e2 Member 11rontear vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
30 Oct 2013 - 9:37 AM

A concerned gaze Marian, excellent portrait though.
Ron

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7420 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1004 Constructive Critique Points
30 Oct 2013 - 9:44 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

It's a gorgeous portrait, and enigmatic; engaging, while still keeping a distance, respecting her privacy. I love the eyes, looking away from us, out of the frame. That's supposed to be against the rules, it's a rule that I love to see broken because it makes the viewer think, imagine.
I do like the processing, but manipulation of this sort results in some loss of image quality. That has affected those eyes in particular, which have a slightly flat, dull look that I'm sure isn't there in the original. And they are so important...
I'd like to do a bit of very discreet dodging (highlights and midtones) and burning (shadows), just on the eyes. No more than say 2% exposure at a time. To bring a bit more more sparkle and life into them - particularly the catchlights on the irises.
Hope you won't be offended by that, I really like what you have captured here.
Moira

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Nikonuser1
Nikonuser1 e2 Member 2Nikonuser1 vcard United Kingdom9 Constructive Critique Points
30 Oct 2013 - 10:07 AM

She looks so sad Marian, great captureSmile

Cliff

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Irishkate
Irishkate e2 Member 4Irishkate vcard United Kingdom73 Constructive Critique Points
30 Oct 2013 - 10:50 AM

A wonderful far away look so beautifully captured and processed.
KateGrinGrinGrin

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dudler
dudler Critique Team 1197 forum postsdudler vcard England295 Constructive Critique Points
30 Oct 2013 - 5:05 PM

It's a picture with a story, and I'd love to know it.

Not really a candid - you know her, and her name.

It's not sharp, though. Sometimes, it's unavoidable. Better get the right picture, blurred, than the wrong one sharp.

The EXIF data tells a story of extremes, so I think it was a choice of like this, or not at all.

Better like this...

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Potra
Potra e2 Member 1Potra vcard Venezuela
30 Oct 2013 - 5:08 PM


Quote: I'd like to do a bit of very discreet dodging (highlights and midtones) and burning (shadows), just on the eyes. No more than say 2% exposure at a time. To bring a bit more more sparkle and life into them - particularly the catchlights on the irises.
Hope you won't be offended by that, I really like what you have captured here.
Moira

Thanks Moira for you kind assessment of this picture. I am glad that arose all those thoughts in you. I am not offended whatsoever about the technical points you made but I have no clue of how to do what you suggested. I use Picasa for editing, that's all. Smile

As an amateur with little experience on any subject I appreciate the references to the rules, these are the first portraits in my portfolio. I am grateful for all the comments they have received. I still have a few images left from this series.

Marian

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Potra
Potra e2 Member 1Potra vcard Venezuela
30 Oct 2013 - 5:23 PM


Quote: It's a picture with a story, and I'd love to know it.
Not really a candid - you know her, and her name.
It's not sharp, though. Sometimes, it's unavoidable. Better get the right picture, blurred, than the wrong one sharp.
The EXIF data tells a story of extremes, so I think it was a choice of like this, or not at all.
Better like this...

Thanks John, I took the picture during a concert of Spanish songs of XVI and XVII centuries last Sunday. She was lost in her thoughts while another singer was up front. I chose vivid colors on my little Canon. Later, at home I realized that I made the wrong choice, although beautiful in color, her expression begged for monochrome. Smile

I didn't have a tripod (I think I should get one as a self-given Christmas-gift) these portraits were taken at approximately 15-18 meters from the subjects and are my first portraits. I am satisfied with the results, and I am taking notes of the mistakes I made to improve on them next time I have a chance.
Marian

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ddolfelin
ddolfelin e2 Member 234 forum postsddolfelin vcard Wales1 Constructive Critique Points
30 Oct 2013 - 7:13 PM

"I still have a few images left from this series."
Good news.

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Source
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30 Oct 2013 - 9:02 PM

Such an intriguing portrait.Superb.
-source

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whatriveristhis
whatriveristhis e2 Member 163 forum postswhatriveristhis vcard England73 Constructive Critique Points
30 Oct 2013 - 11:55 PM

Excellent portrait, Marian. Perhaps she's listening intently?

Alan

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Potra
Potra e2 Member 1Potra vcard Venezuela
30 Oct 2013 - 11:58 PM


Quote: Excellent portrait, Marian. Perhaps she's listening intently?

Alan

I bet she was, her turn was next. Smile
She has a beautiful velvety contralto voice.
M

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gajewski
gajewski e2 Member 10gajewski vcard United States9 Constructive Critique Points
31 Oct 2013 - 4:34 AM

A classic beauty, Marian -- very nicely captured in this shot.
I like your processing here and they way you caught the light on her hair. Very nice.
-=\Walter

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dudler
dudler Critique Team 1197 forum postsdudler vcard England295 Constructive Critique Points
2 Nov 2013 - 7:56 AM

Marian -

Much as I've tried to manage without a tripod at all times, there are some occasions when there's nothing else that will do: a good idea for Christmas!

Keep up the good work - purely by chance, I've found your latest post, which is brilliant (and which also gives me the context I was craving, along with the posts in between).

There are few more interesting pastimes than photographing people doing what they love, whether they are parents playing with children, or craftsmen at work. You've hit a seam of pure gold with this concert.

And done doubly well to take pictures unobtrusively at a public event!

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Potra
Potra e2 Member 1Potra vcard Venezuela
3 Nov 2013 - 2:10 AM


Quote: There are few more interesting pastimes than photographing people doing what they love, whether they are parents playing with children, or craftsmen at work. You've hit a seam of pure gold with this concert.

And done doubly well to take pictures unobtrusively at a public event!

Glad you got the context you need it!
I am really glad you liked these images. I am exploring other possibilities for me and my Nikon other than the streets of Caracas, where I would be at a pretty high risk of being robbed.
Thanks John for the support and advice.
Marian

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