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Environmental Portrait   Featured in PhotoFlash #013 Photo Contest Finalist
Environmental Portrait
Environmental Portrait
100mm/f2.8 macro lens; Fujichrome Provia 100; AP @ f2.8; flash compensation -1.5; hand held; Minolta Dimage Dual II, Photoshop. Mid February is the blooming time of "ume no hana" (plum flowers) in Osaka, Japan. I set my lens at f2.8 and selected my focus on my subject to make the blurring foreground and background. I wanted to make the whole image more 3 dimensional so I decided to use my flash at -1.5 output to light up the flowers of foreground.
© Ken Ke-Wei Pan
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Alisha May Furbish
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member since: 1/5/2003
    I like this! It's very original:) And those flowers look amazing!

3/26/2004 9:50:56 AM

Kasia Elser
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member since: 11/25/2003

Nice shot!

3/26/2004 10:35:45 AM

Kristen McKain
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member since: 11/16/2003


3/26/2004 12:22:47 PM

Ken Ke-Wei Pan

member since: 11/8/2002

Thank you all for the great comments! I traveled in the Kansai area of Japan for 3 months by myself. I really like the country and people live there. I realized that many Japanese love photography! ... To me, communicating with the subjects and catching images with "stories" are so important to my style.

3/26/2004 12:44:33 PM

Charles Dias

member since: 6/3/2002

Great photo. I think its very interesting to see photos showing other photographer working.
I liked too much the way you did this photo, showing the the photographer among a pink fog of cherry tree flowers. Composition is very good, no centralized but I would prefer if you placed the photographer by the right side of the photo.

4/1/2004 5:41:50 AM

Nancy Grace Chen
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member since: 3/18/2004

Creative and well-executed!! Congratulations on your finalist!


4/12/2004 3:52:39 AM

Alisha May Furbish
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member since: 1/5/2003

Congratulations- one of my favorites this month!

4/12/2004 8:17:18 AM

Cathy Barrows
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member since: 4/13/2003

Congrats!...neat shot

4/12/2004 1:54:16 PM

Monika Sapek
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member since: 8/31/2002

Great photo, Ken! Many congratulations!

4/14/2004 12:00:24 PM

Eric Highfield
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member since: 8/16/2003

Congratulations! Really well executed piece of work, Ken!

4/14/2004 2:51:29 PM

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