For the Soul

© Nikki McDonald

For the Soul

Marcie A. Fowler 6/25/2011 7:05:28 AM

What a wonderfully done portrait Nikki. Excellent comp and pose. I really like the treatment of the image as well. #1388003

Monnie Ryan 6/25/2011 8:20:54 AM

Fabulous portrait, Nikki - and as a big bluegrass fan, I do love a banjo! #9484688

Melinda F. Schneider 6/25/2011 8:45:45 AM

I love this portrait; and I bet he will, too! #9484725

Datha Y. Thompson 6/25/2011 10:52:20 AM

WOW!! Wonderful portrait work and I LOVE the treatment/title is perfect Nikki :) #9484989

Joy Rector 6/25/2011 12:29:30 PM

beautiful shot #9485086

Katarina Mansson 6/25/2011 10:30:31 PM

Excellent and beautiful portrait! #9485988

Michelle Alton 6/26/2011 3:53:38 AM

Superb candid portraiture, Nikki. Love the lighting and muted color. #9486261

Karen Celella 6/26/2011 4:33:08 AM

Fabulous portrait, Nikki. I'm sure he loved this one! #9486398

Mitch Spence 6/26/2011 8:30:11 AM

Right in close, so we can listen to the banjo. The framing is dynamic and makes it all feel even more immediate. #9487019

Christopher Budny 6/26/2011 2:26:35 PM

Very nicely done! I like the editing choices you made, for color & edging. #9487724

Kathy Coombs 6/26/2011 8:01:05 PM

That is did you edit that? Really like it. #9488368

Ken Smith 6/28/2011 4:03:13 AM

I like your crop on this, Nikki. You got some great shots from this reenactment. Excellent all around! #9491285

Heather Loewenhardt 6/28/2011 6:28:54 PM

Fabulous angle and composition. The texture is amazing! #9493136

Martin Cregg 6/29/2011 5:34:48 AM

Nikki - I love what you have done to this picture. Mind me asking what filter you used? Martin #9494211

Nikki McDonald 6/29/2011 7:17:16 AM

Thank you, everyone, for liking both the image and the effects. I edited last fall and I don't take notes, so it's hard to remember. I did take the image on the angle like this so there's no cropping involved. The lighting was natural. I don't still have the RAW file but I do have two previous tiffs and the first one should be right after the conversion from RAW -- I do very little there. I am sure I ran it through a couple of filters in Topaz Adjust. My favorites (and what I probably used here) are Exposure correction and Photo Pop. I might have tuned back the Pop on his face -- I often do that as I don't like too strong a look there. The other possibility is Clarity instead of Pop but if I used that, I would for sure have removed most of the effect from the face. Or maybe I combined Pop and Clarity, using Pop on his face and Clarity on the rest. At any rate, I always just experiment to find the right balance for different parts of the image. To "erase" I always apply each effect on a separate layer so I can reduce the opacity of that layer and/or apply a layer mask and take the effect off partially or completely that way. It looks as if I also reduced the saturation a bit -- probably about 25 percent. And I applied a texture, again lightly and reducing it a lot on the face and arms but leaving it most in the corners and around the edges. Can't say what texture but it definitely warmed up the image. Hope this helps -- thanks for liking it well enough to ask specifically, Martin and Kathy. #9494573

Steve M. Harrington 7/2/2011 11:11:08 PM

I like the nostalgic feel you created here, Nikki!
Steve #9503091

Lindley Johnson 1/28/2013 3:56:01 PM

This is terrific, Nikki! Love the diagonal and tones. The information on the processing is so helpful - thanks! #10542905

Stefania Barbier 2/25/2013 2:13:41 AM

great tilted capture Nikki... congratulations!!! #10582743

Pat Abbott 2/25/2013 8:47:42 AM

Love the texture, nice portrait! Congrats on your finalist! #10583672

Julianne Bradford 2/25/2013 9:39:43 AM

Wonderful work Nikki! Congrats on all your marvelous finalists! #10583887

Christopher Budny 2/25/2013 10:23:15 AM

Terrific month of great Finalists; congratulations once more, Nikki! #10584047

Martin Cregg 2/25/2013 11:01:12 AM

I loved this the first time I saw it, Nikki. Still do :) Congratulations. #10584163

Nadia Paul 2/25/2013 4:15:51 PM

Congratulations on another well deserved finalist Nikki! #10584720

Lucy Abrao 2/25/2013 8:08:37 PM

Fabulous portrait, Nikki. I can almost hear that banjo. Congratulations on another finalist.
Lucy #10585382

Carol Quina 2/25/2013 9:52:21 PM

Another terrific finalist! Congratulations! #10585520

Leslie McLain 2/26/2013 4:22:06 AM

Congrats on a terrific finalist, Nikki. #10585868

Marilyn K. Lincecum 2/26/2013 9:48:16 AM

Wonderful portrait...Congratulations on a well deserved finalist. #10586535

Rolando Rosito 2/26/2013 11:11:34 AM

Congratulations Nikki, love the yellows and greens on this finalist! #10586622

Patrick Rouzes 2/26/2013 2:52:28 PM

Incredible, Nikki! CONGRATS & good luck on ALL your finalists, my friend!

JO ANN CLEVELAND 2/26/2013 3:29:57 PM

Wowwww....Absolutely beautiful! Congratulations on you awesome finalist Nikk8i! YOU ARE ON A ROLL GIRL!

jo ann c.

Larry A. Cameron 2/26/2013 7:39:18 PM

You take great protraits. #10587398

Mary Beth Aiello 2/27/2013 2:41:07 PM

This is a very cool portrait, Nikki. So well captured. Another huge congrats. You're on a roll. Keep it up. #10588703

Bill Johnson 2/27/2013 3:19:15 PM

Nikki, Beautiful finalist. Very well done. Good luck. #10588760

Maria Coulson 2/27/2013 9:40:12 PM

Nikki, excellent treatment, POV, light. Congratulations! #10589085

Lindley Johnson 2/28/2013 7:34:23 AM

I absolutely love this image, Nikki, congratulations on your well-deserved finalist. #10589664

Terry A. Stoa 2/28/2013 12:08:29 PM

Great image, Nikki. Congratulations on its selection as Finalist.

Shooting it at a diagonal worked out great - I was thinking you'd cropped it that way until I read your outline above. #10589981

Heather Loewenhardt 2/28/2013 12:44:25 PM

Great angle Nikki. Congrats once again on your finalist award. #10590014

Merna L. Nobile 3/22/2013 12:43:24 PM

What a great way to start a new year! Your award winning photographs go from Editorís Pick to Finalist and hopefully to Gold.
CONGRATULATIONS for the month of January, 2013!

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This was taken on a living history weekend at Fort Atkinson, Nebraska.
Resubmitted January 27, 2013
Category: People

Exif: F Number: 5.6, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 8000/1000000 seconds, Flash: did not fire, compulsory flash mode, ISO: 320,320, FocalLength: 70.00 mm, Model: DSLR-A350

Uploaded on 6/25/2011 6:29:15 AM Photo Contest Finalist

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