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Maleficent Inspired~Smile



"Hiding in the shadows, she watches as Phillip approaches her and leans over to kiss her. Unfortunately, nothing happens and Aurora remains asleep. After he's d...
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"Hiding in the shadows, she watches as Phillip approaches her and leans over to kiss her. Unfortunately, nothing happens and Aurora remains asleep. After he's dragged out, Maleficent comes out of hiding and looks upon what she has done. She was lost in hatred and revenge that she forgot about love and happiness until she met Aurora. In tears, she kisses Aurora on the forehead and bids her goodbye, but before she can even leave a miracle happens: Aurora wakes up happy to see her fairy godmother. Maleficent's motherly love for Aurora was enough to break the curse."
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Contest Finalist in All Smiles Photo Contest
Contest Finalist in Black and White Portraits Photo Contest
Contest Finalist in Monochrome Rule Of Thirds Photo Contest
Contest Finalist in Smize Photo Contest
Contest Finalist in Chasing Smiles Photo Contest
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Monochrome Masters ProjectTop 10 class
Monochrome Masters ProjectTop 10 class week 1
All Smiles Photo ContestTop 10 class
Anything People Photo ContestTop 10 class
Anything People Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
A World In Black And White Photo ContestTop 10 class
The Talent AwardsTop 20 class
World Photography Day Photo ContestTop 10 class
World Photography Day Photo ContestTop 10 class week 2
World Photography Day Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
Black and White Portraits Photo ContestTop 20 class
Black and White Portraits Photo ContestTop 20 class week 1
My Best Shot Photo Contest Vol 2Top 20 class
My Best Shot Photo Contest Vol 2Top 10 class week 2
My Best Shot Photo Contest Vol 2Top 10 class week 1
Rule Of Thirds Extravaganza Photo ContestTop 10 class
Portraits And Shadows Photo ContestTop 20 class
Portraits And Shadows Photo ContestTop 10 class week 3
Portraits And Shadows Photo ContestTop 20 class week 2
Monochrome Rule Of Thirds Photo ContestTop 20 class
Monochrome Rule Of Thirds Photo ContestTop 20 class week 1
Smize Photo ContestTop 20 class
Smize Photo ContestTop 20 class week 1
Fine Art Portraiture Photo ContestTop 20 class
Fine Art Portraiture Photo ContestTop 20 class week 2
Fine Art Portraiture Photo ContestTop 20 class week 1
Black and White Faces Photo ContestTop 20 class
Black and White Faces Photo ContestTop 20 class week 1
Chasing Smiles Photo ContestTop 10 class
Chasing Smiles Photo ContestTop 20 class week 3
Female Faces Photo ContestTop 10 class
Female Faces Photo ContestTop 20 class week 2
Chasing Smiles Photo ContestTop 30 class week 2
Female Faces Photo ContestTop 20 class week 1
Awesomeness In Black And White Photo ContestTop 10 class
Awesomeness In Black And White Photo ContestTop 10 class week 2
Awesomeness In Black And White Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
Best Shot Photo ContestTop 10 class
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Picture People Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
Photography 101 Photo ContestTop 20 class
Photography 101 Photo ContestTop 20 class week 1
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Shadows and People Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
Express Yourself Photo ContestTop 30 class
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37 Comments | Report
Pablo-Klik PRO
 
Pablo-Klik July 07, 2014
bel modello.eccellente gioco di luci e ombra
goober20101
 
goober20101 August 07, 2014
congratulations on your feature
AlanJakarta PRO+
 
AlanJakarta August 07, 2014
Lovely portrait. Congratulations on being Featured.
catini
 
catini August 07, 2014
Great black & white portrait! Congrats on your feature!
Shahid_S
 
Shahid_S August 07, 2014
So beautiful portrait caption.
iceman2
 
iceman2 August 07, 2014
Beautiful B&W capture with great focus.Congrats!
shannonkeith_5305 Premium
 
shannonkeith_5305 August 07, 2014
Lovely!
MaryAnne306 PRO+
 
MaryAnne306 August 07, 2014
Striking portrait, interesting story line. Congratulations on your feature.
anirbanbiswas
 
anirbanbiswas August 07, 2014
Awesome light.
Morten_Iversen
 
Morten_Iversen August 07, 2014
Good shot!
ltj
 
ltj August 07, 2014
FANTASTIC LOOK,B/W GREAT A+ SHOT
Capture-Life
 
Capture-Life August 07, 2014
what a gorgeous portrait .. superbbb mono !!
CONGRATS ! :):)
vojce PRO
 
vojce August 08, 2014
awesome work,bravo
aayushmathur
 
aayushmathur August 08, 2014
Lovely portrait.. congratulations!
charlespfohl
 
charlespfohl August 08, 2014
Captured her beauty so lovely
srimanta
 
srimanta August 11, 2014
fantastic,,,,, congrats,,,,, :) Sri
Ashleyleirer
 
Ashleyleirer August 13, 2014
There is such a sense of ease with this photo- an effortless sweetness that just makes it beautiful.
JeffK2774
 
JeffK2774 August 14, 2014
I love black and white :)
clareparsons
 
clareparsons August 15, 2014
love it.
BendtheLens
 
BendtheLens August 30, 2014
Pretty girl, great shot. Thank you for adding to my project 'Smile Please'. My feet are still wrapped in bandages but the photos being added to my project on a daily basis are helping to keep my spirits up. Thanks again.
FrankSomma PRO+
 
FrankSomma September 09, 2014
Sweeet!
tinaharrison
 
tinaharrison September 17, 2014
Beautifully lit portrait
Ujjwal
 
Ujjwal October 27, 2014
Lovely.Congrats.
devangshah
 
devangshah November 19, 2014
Nice Portrait.
BressPhotography
 
BressPhotography January 01, 2015
great b&w shot the light is awesome and it's really well composed ;)
Snapped1972
 
Snapped1972 January 10, 2015
In an age where we can all photoshop photos to death, and try for all these amazing shots....this is the most refreshing shot I've seen in a very long time. You captured a second of happiness, caught pure, raw human emotion in an elegant simplicity that speaks for itself. What a beautiful woman :)
McCoy
 
McCoy January 16, 2015
Outstanding! Great shot of a beautiful model.
claudebeauchemin
 
claudebeauchemin April 13, 2015
Perfect lighting. Superb B&W
BMai
 
BMai April 18, 2015
I love how happy she looks in the photo, congratulations on such a great capture!
ferdhart PRO+
 
ferdhart April 23, 2015
Joyous expression . . . great light
avinashlittle
 
avinashlittle May 12, 2015
great lighting control.. nice portrait
rafael
 
rafael July 12, 2015
Beautiful smile, and a classic rembrandt lighting style!
GJUNIORPHOTOGRAPHY
 
GJUNIORPHOTOGRAPHY August 25, 2015
beautiful smile..congrats
connielynngates Premium
 
connielynngates September 07, 2015
Very nice black and white!
vb99
 
vb99 November 30, 2015
Beautiful capture. You could submit it to my challenge 'Looking up': viewbug.com/challenge/looking-up-photo-challenge-by-vb99
ImagesByLouisa
 
ImagesByLouisa March 25, 2016
beautiful B&W portrait
Pidge815 PRO+
 
Pidge815 August 10, 2018
congrats ! very well deserved!

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Behind The Lens

Location
The picture was taken within a tropical forest in the outskirts of Panama City, Panama.
Time
Very early in the morning, around 7am.
Lighting
Well, I was with a model shooting a Maleficent-inspired spread for her fashion/beauty blog in this very deep forest, with almost no natural light coming through the leaves and trees, when, rushing towards another location, a beam of sun light managed to go through the dense vegetation. It wasn't much, and somehow the amount of leaves and trees worked out as natural diffusers and warmed up its brightness enough for me to use as main light. When I first saw this beam of sun light, I pictured a monochrome resulting image in my head, not sure why, so having this in mind I made a few changes on the settings and shot it as dark as possible, knowing the sun ray would illuminate the model's face, at least partially.
Equipment
I used my Canon 6D with a 24-105 f4L lens, filterless. Handheld, with no flash.
Inspiration
I got inspired by nature itself I would say.. After being shooting the spread within very tall trees and plants, with almost no natural light coming through; it was nice, and surprising, to see the sun when it managed to sneak through, so I dropped everything and contrived how to use it to my will, at least for a little while.. It worked perfectly, for the resulting picture and us, because it gave us a moment to relax ourselves and enjoy the surroundings, since until that moment I just looked for specific areas to shoot the spread at, but it wasn't until that moment I actually realized where was I and could enjoyed it fully.
Editing
Yes. Well, first of all, I was shooting the fashion spread with a customized white balance, trying to bring the natural colors of the forest up a little but maintaining a dark environment with the settings I used throughout. When I first saw the beam of sun light, I pictured a monochrome image in my head, not sure why, so having this in mind I made a few changes on the settings and shot it as dark as possible, knowing the sun ray would illuminate the model's face, at least partially. I thought that with the white balance I was shooting with it would give me very nice dark tones and not entirely white the white ones but a bit tinted, and it indeed happened that way. Once in post-processing (I used Lightroom), I desaturated the image completely, pursuing the monochrome idea, then continued working on darken the dark tones a bit further, but trying to keep the whites as shot, a bit tinted and on the grayscale. Raised the amounts of clarity and contrast, cleaned the skin a bit and added some sharpness to it.
In my camera bag
Besides my Canon 6D, I usually bring along 3 or 4 lenses.. a Canon 24-104 f4L, a Canon 100 f2.8L macro, a Sigma 35 f1.4 DG Arts, and depending on the assignment a Sigma 70-200 f2.8 EX DG OS. I used to bring a Canon 50 1.4L also but it broke down. Also, I bring along a Neewer flash, polarized filters for each lens, remote triggers, 2 diffusers (small and medium sized), extra batteries for camera and flash, reflector and a Manfrotto tripod.
Feedback
Since this image in particular wasn't planned or sought for, I could just advise to be aware, while on location, of your surroundings, of every detail that, in the area you are working at, could very well work either to enhance an image, frame it, give additional lightning, or makes for an outstanding subject or background. Don't get there just focussed on a specific idea or concept, that would blind you for other aspects that would help to make your photograph amazing. That, and don't be afraid to experiment with the white balance, I think I managed to get these tones due to the customized white balance I chose to work with during the jungly fashion spread I was working on that morning.

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