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BetterPhoto.com All Time Best Photo Contest Staff FavoriteBetterPhoto.com Photo Contest SECOND PLACE Winner
 

© Shelley Sanders
 
 
 
Kathy L. Schneider     Shelley, this is so bright and refreshing! I love the composiition and the wonderful expression, complete with the crossed eyes! High key is your speciality! Great job!


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1/5/2003 1:18:07 AM

 
Shelley Sanders  

Thanks so much Kathy! Yes, I think he is deciding on the orange one! LOL


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Ray Charles  

Great job on this portrait Shelley. I can this one next in months winners cicle.


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Denny Medley  

Excellent image, Shelley! I've been playing with High key lately, but I'm nowhere close to this excellent shot! Fantastic work, and good luck!


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Dolores Neilson
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Shelley...take an outstanding photographer and a cute little adorable boy who can model well and you have a winning shot! I can see this on as an advertisement for Popsicles! You better contact them, Shelley!


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Carol Engstrom
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Great shot, Shelley! Are you sure he is going to decide though? I think he just wants to take all four.


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Carol  Sherman  

Shelley....a winner for sure!!!
Fantastic shot, love his expression and the colours are so vivid. Hmmm, me thinks he'll decide to take them all.lol

p.s.- may I ask, what is "High Key" that Denny mentioned?


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Joann  Tompkins-Winborn
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love this picture! I don't usually pay much attention to "people" pictures, but this one really shouted at me!
Thanks for sharing. God bless you and yours.


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Stephanie Adams
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/17/2001
 

I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS!!! Fantastic job!! Wow! Great job Shelly, this had better be a winner :O)

I would also like to know what "High Key" is, if anyone can help us out we would appreciate it. Thanks


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Angie Hill  

Great job on this Shelley! I agree with Dolores, you better get this one to the right contact to sell it.

Carol, High Key is a picture with alot of light tones with little or no midtones and shadows.

Angie Hill
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Carol  Sherman  

Angie, thank you for the info. How is this achieved...I'm still so new to all of this.lol


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Angie Hill  

Carol, You can achieve this by spot metering on the darkest area of the subject. I don't know what camera you use, but you can look in your manual and read about metering.

Angie


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Carol  Sherman  

Thank you again Angie, I will definitely read up on it.


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bob garas  

 
great shot Shelley. perfectly composed


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Shelley Sanders  

Thanks so much everyone for your comments on this shot! Thanks Angie for explaining "high key" to them. Angie is right that I spot metered this shot, practically all of my shots are shot this way. Carol, on the Pro90, you need to look on top of your camera below your button that blows up your pics, three silver buttons right of the lens, the bottom one, it has a square and a dot in the middle of it. When you are in AV or TV, you can push this button and it will spot meter for you. Hope this helps. : ) Stephanie, I am not sure of your camera, but what I do is like Angie says, I take the darkest part and it lightens up the rest of the shot. Now about this being an ad for Popsicle, anyone have their number? LOL I am willing to discuss it. : ) Thanks so much everyone!


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June Marie Sobrito
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/11/2001
 

Outstanding!


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Shelley Sanders  

Thanks so much June Marie!


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Carol  Sherman  

Oh Shelley, thank you. I have used the spot meter before, but not in AV or TV. Though, when 'I've' spot metered it certainly didn't look anything as Incredible as yours!!!lol You are always such a help to me and I do appreciate it.



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Shelley Sanders  

Carol, you are welcome. I had my son stand by a white hutch in a white kitchen right next to an East double window. That gives me a lot of white!


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Stephanie Adams
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/17/2001
 

Shelley, my new Canon EOS 1v does have a spot meter and I will most certainly try this out! Thanks to you and your sister for explaining :O) I will drop you an email soon, nice to hear from you and good luck with this shot, it is outstanding!


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Denny Medley  

Shelley, I've just returned home to see that I spawned a lot of discussion on high key. I'm sorry I wasn't here more today to explain it. Thanks, Angie as well for the explanation and instructions. Good luck, Shelley!


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Shelley Sanders  

Stephanie, you will need to let me know about that new camera of yours and how it performs. New toys, always fun. : ) I just got back to your emails Denny and Stephanie, sorry for the delay! Thanks again guys.


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Douglas Williams  

Shelly, This shot is superb! Everything about this photo is simply great. The lighting and colors are perfect; and the boys expression, priceless!


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Shelley Sanders  

Thanks so much Douglas! Since I am a huge b&w fan, I was real happy with the turn out of the color. Especially with my digital. Also, I wanted to show my son's lovely blue eyes. This was taken in September and even though we were inside, we had to hurry, the popsicles would drip. My son was a great sport, of course he got to eat the props! LOL


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Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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How many finalists are you goint to HAVE?? I shall kiss the ground your hiking boots walk on at Robber's Cave.


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Stephanie Adams
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/17/2001
 

congrats Shelley! I am sure this will become a winner!


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Cheryl Meisel
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/5/2001
 

Again congrats Shelly another photo of yours that is wild and wonderful.
This is for sure a winner! Cheryl


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Carol Engstrom
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Congratulations, Shelley!


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Dolores Neilson
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I extend my congrats again, Shelley! You know my feelings on this one!


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Shelley Sanders  

Thanks so much everyone!!!!


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Lem Metro  

A perfect photo has to get its just rewards! Congrats, Shelly.


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Cathy M. Gromball
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/27/2002
 

Congratulations on finals, Shelley! Dolores pegged it right - your forte is advertising photography! Awesome shot!

Cathy :)


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Cathy M. Gromball
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/27/2002
 

Congratulations on your second place win, Shelley!

Cathy :)


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Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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Congrats, again, Shelley. Ya show off!!LOL


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Sharon E. Lowe
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Congrats again, Shelley - another great shot!


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Carol  Sherman  

Yay!!!! What Incredible News, Shelley!!!
Congratulations on this, most deserving of your work!!!


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Shelley Sanders  

Thanks everyone! I will have to admit, I am real proud of this shot!


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Dolores Neilson
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Congrats on 2nd place with this one, Shelley!! I love the uniqueness and creativity of this one. YES! You SHOULD be proud of this shot!!


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Gerda Grice
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/1/2001
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Just adorable, Shelley, and so beautifully done. Great little model, too! Many congratulations on winning 2nd place with this great shot!


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Faith Locke Siewert
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/30/2000
 

That was a sure winner! Fantastic picture, Shelley! Congrats!

Faith.


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Bernard B. Travers  

Hip, hip, horay for Shelley. Good job.


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Piper Lehman
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/20/2001
 

Congrats, Shelley. You already know how much I admire your high-key shot skills. I would just like to add a note to the spot metering technique - Steph, et. al, you need a high contrast situation to get a shot this "high key" -- as Shelley has explained, you will need to shoot into the light or white BG and meter for the darkest part of the scene (preferably plenty of stops darker than the light). The larger the gap between light and dark, the 'higher' your high key shot will turn out. Because this is a digital shot, I'm sure Shelley took advantage of the ability to check each shot until she got the right "white" in the "high key" portion of the shot.

If your camera doesn't have spot metering capabilities, you can use your matrix or center-weighted meter by filling the viewfinder with only the dark portion you're trying to meter. You can also simply take an average meter reading of the entire scene and bracket a few shots over the reading in full or 1/2 stop increments, depending on what type of film you're using.

The trick to all this is keeping the color from washing out of your main subject while whitening the background at the same time. The white shirt Shelley had her son wear did more than draw the eye to the colors, it helped keep the meter from being distracted, so to speak.

Excellent shot for a technical lesson, Shelley. We should write a book, all of us, called: "Everything I know I learned at BetterPhoto"


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Kathy L. Schneider  

Alright Shelley! I knew this was a winner! Great job! Congratulations!


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Shelley Sanders  

Thanks everyone! Piper, that is a wonderful tutorial, thanks so very much! I don't remember if I mentioned I had +1/3 exp. comp. on this. Another shot I can remember I had +2 exp.comp. on to get the high key effect. In fact, it was one of my first high key shots, nuts and bolts. Here is another lesson for everyone, hot lamp, metal, shooting time 20 min. DO NOT PICK UP METAL immediately after shoot. O.K. it might just be a lesson for us blondes! LOL


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Laura E. Swan
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I think he went for the ORANGE!!! HA!

What a fun and fanciful High Key Image, Shelly!

Huge congrats on your big win!!! I saw this scrolling on the BP winners area.

-Laura Swan


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11/17/2009 2:40:24 AM

 
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