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Angel face

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Francesco Martini , October 11, 2004; 03:40 P.M.

great and delicate B&W...Fantastics eyes!!!!!

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Tom Fawls , October 11, 2004; 03:40 P.M.

What wonderful eyes! I love how the sharpness of the eyes contrast with the softness of the rest of the photo.

I'd love to know more about how you do this (mine never come out this well)!

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Ed Sorenson , October 11, 2004; 03:45 P.M.

The Eyes Have It

Wonderful photo.

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Ryan Buck , October 11, 2004; 03:46 P.M.

Wow, what an amazing portrait. Great job!

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Theo Keijzers , October 11, 2004; 03:52 P.M.

Here you go again. Beautiful.

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willy marthinussen , October 11, 2004; 04:44 P.M.

Very good og veldig bra..:)) as always your photos are an inspiration to try to capture this motive...i cant..you can:)) thanks for sharing..beautiful kid and vell captured as always.. --willy--

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Tony Georgiadis , October 11, 2004; 05:15 P.M.

Indeed Angel face.

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piero cruciatti , October 11, 2004; 05:33 P.M.

Fantastic EOS 20. How is it? Good balance and great definition. And her eyes are beautiful...

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David Robinson , October 11, 2004; 07:22 P.M.

Lovely clarity --

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Marc Aubry , October 11, 2004; 08:09 P.M.

Beautiful portrait.

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John Makosky , October 11, 2004; 08:29 P.M.

Overly-sharp eyes

I'm going to have to go against the grain and assert that the eyes are overly-sharp, and too un-natural. My first impression was that of muppet-eyes. You have a good idea, but the results of this effort are quite strange.

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David Kearns , October 11, 2004; 09:43 P.M.

If you're going for natural...eyes a bit freaky. If you're going for unsettling & weird... eyes perfect. D.

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Nina I. Andersen , October 12, 2004; 01:31 A.M.

Thank you all for your comments!
I'm off to work now, but I'll pop in and answer your questions later today.

Here's another version that I guess some of you will like better :)

Nina I. Andersen , October 12, 2004; 03:33 A.M.

Ok - finally some time to answer some questions (boss is out in a meeting... hehehe)

Tom F: How to explain how I do this... I basically resized and sharpened the image and turned it into b&w using 3 different hue/saturation layers. To learn more about how I convert the pictures into b&w look here: B&W tutorial.
To get the soft look this time I've used the diffuse glow filter (white background color). I duplicated the picture with the adjustmentlayers to a new top layer by creating a new layer on top, then pressing down the alt key while going to Layers - Merge all. On that top layer I added a Filter - Diffuse glow - settings (if I remember correctly) 0-2-14. Then I duplicated that layer and did a Filter - Blur - Gaussian Blur - 8 pixels. Then set the layer mode for that layer to Soft and dragged down the opacity to about 50%. On the first posted image here (the original) I then used the Eraser tool (with a low opacity) to get some sharpness back on the eyes.
Hope this helped a little :)

Piero Cruciatti: I've actually returned the 20D to the shop I bought it. Appeared I'd gotten a lemon and the camera locked up on me several times in addition to lots of other wierd stuff happening. I'm very pleased with the image quality on the few pictures I was able to take before returning the camera though, and the speed compared to the 10D was just - wow.

Sooo... Even though I know lots of people are thrilled with their new 20D the difficulties I had kind of killed the excitement of getting a new camera, so instead of getting a new 20D I'm now waiting for the new 1Ds mark II to arrive (yeah I know - I've gone completely mad :D But hopefully I'll be happy with the choice I've made (and totally broke... hehehe)

Thanks again for all the great critiques. I really appreciate it :)

:) Nina

Cristina Fumi , October 12, 2004; 07:45 A.M.

wonderfully done: the glow and little blur make your daughter a real angel

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Bill Lawson , October 12, 2004; 09:04 A.M.

Great job!

Wow!! Thanks for sharing your portrait tips! I'm gonna try some of your techniques. I usually select out the cheeks and forehead and copy them to a new layer and do a Gaussian blur to remove blemishes, then I add noise to match the rest of the photo. Then I set the opacity to about 50 on my new blurry layer.

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Jimmy Coker , October 12, 2004; 10:08 A.M.

Angel Face

I'm not sure the word "perfect" is adequate enough to describe your photographs.

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Sergey Efimov , October 12, 2004; 10:56 A.M.

Nice! Very Nice!!!

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Per Procard Johansson , October 12, 2004; 05:37 P.M.

Nina This is a lovely portrait, one angel. I am a great fan of you and your pictures. Thanks for sharing // Per

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Guido Fulgenzi , October 13, 2004; 02:41 A.M.

Beautiful portrait!

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Don Farra , October 13, 2004; 04:04 P.M.


Nice image, the eye to eye contact is pleasing and yet there is something odd about the expression. Maybe I am catching some sort side effect of to much PS correction and or special effects being done on the image to the point it borders on unnatural or surreal. In any case she will break quite a few hearts when she grows up.

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Ketil Monsen , October 14, 2004; 03:21 A.M.


Hei dette var bra!

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Eduard Nikoliqi , October 14, 2004; 04:20 A.M.


CaNNoT find a CoMMeNt. Excellent :-)

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Howard Dion , November 13, 2004; 09:25 A.M.

Nina, I love your work. I am sending you an e-mail.

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Michael Kelliher , January 19, 2005; 09:06 A.M.

I think the eyes and the rest of the photo is just right.

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Fabiola Barrientos , March 20, 2005; 11:48 P.M.

Tusen Takk

Oh Nina, takk for hjelp meg din tecnik. Et fine bilde!! Hermosa fotografí¡®

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Jason Williams , February 26, 2006; 04:50 P.M.

Great eyes and expression, perfect light! Nice soft touch.

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Marina Situmorang , October 06, 2008; 06:16 A.M.

beautiful eyes!

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Emad abdulmotaleb , October 06, 2008; 09:33 A.M.


great shot with wonderful catch of expretion on her face...well tranlated with that monochrome...great for me

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Kiran Rambhatla , October 06, 2008; 11:21 A.M.

Beautiful picture


First of all, let me congratulate you on getting an ammazzzing picture. It is just beautiful. Second of all, thank you very much for sharing the PS techniques and settings. I am a rookie in this field and I speak for hundreds of people like me when I say I can't explain how much this helps people like me (who can't afford to spend thousands of dollars to learn stuff in photography schools) learn. - K.

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Aleksey Toritsyn , November 09, 2008; 03:23 P.M.

Magic photo! Excellent work!

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David L. Forney , August 12, 2009; 07:10 A.M.

Nina, I was looking at your portfolio and saw this image that I had seen somewhere a couple of years ago. It's gorgeous and the type of photograph that I strive to create. She's in my favorites. Your work is so very beautiful. Thanks for sharing. David

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Pamela Franklin , December 01, 2009; 08:07 A.M.

Such a sweet face and wow those eyes! I like the b/w and the softness. I do think she will break many hearts along the way and most likely learn to use those eyes as she grows up!

Best regards, Pamela

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