Winter Chic

Debbra Bailey level-deluxe March 02, 2009

Another beautiful portrait! Great DOF! She is quite the model! Just gorgeous! #1091449

Anthony L. Mancuso March 02, 2009

Thanks Debbra..she is my cousins daughter and has a lot of experience in front of the camera so she is a joy to photograph :-) #7234445

Dale Hardin March 03, 2009

Such a lovely girl Anthony and a beautifully shot portrait.

I do find the "tattooed arm" distracting though. I know it's just the shirt design but it draws the eye constantly away from her. I think the image would be just as effective with it cropped out. #7237796

Joan E. Hoffman March 03, 2009

What a gorgeous model Anthony, (and she could easily "make" it as a model with that lovely bone structure and smile! I have been trying to think of a title, (based on her hat, or knitted apparel) but am coming up blank so far! I also noticed her "tattooed" arm, and agree that the shot would not lose any of its impact from a crop. I love how you have her posed on that lovely old fashioned chair. Excellent job all around!! #7238082

Aimee C. Eisaman March 03, 2009

Okay....title....."First Impressions"! Because anyone that looks at this shot is going to have a strong first impression! Beautiful she on the chair or is it further back? Such awesome light! Natural? I too agree that the tatto shirt just doesn't go with this shot. It's cool, but too distracting from her face! Superb work! :~) #7238269

Anthony L. Mancuso March 03, 2009

Thanks for the input everyone..i will clone that sleeve out for sure.

She was on, next to, and behind the chair during the shoot but I think she was standing in front of it for this one. This is all natural window light, which as you know, can be challenging..It seemed bright near the window, but I was shooting with my 50mm 1.8 at f2.2 and only getting shutter speeds of 1/50 - 1/60 at ISO 200, which is fairly slow to me for hand held and moving around a lot. Many of the natural light shots I took during this shoot did not come out as sharp as a result. #7238413

Joan E. Hoffman March 03, 2009

First Impressions works!! ... however I am also struck by what she is wearing... and thinking along the line of "Winter's Fashion" or some such. #7238436

Anthony L. Mancuso March 03, 2009

Thanks for the help guys, Joan your idea sparked what I went with..thanks! #7238545

Debbie E. Payne March 03, 2009

Maybe it's just because I work at a high school and see these kind of shirts as well as real tatoos that I kind of liked the image because it incorporated the old (chair) and new (tatoo shirts). But I do agree that it could be cropped for a more traditional look. Great job either way you look at it! #7238862

Ellen H. Robertson level-classic March 03, 2009

Fabulous work. You really brought out her beauty. Love the soft light. #7238962

Anthony L. Mancuso March 03, 2009

Thank you Ellen and Debbie :-) #7238967

Joan E. Hoffman March 03, 2009

Winter Chic is PERFECT!! She just looks so .... well just So Chic! LOL. Excellent Anthony! (or do you actually go by Tony?) #7239197

Jodi M. Walsh March 03, 2009

love the title! and this is a beautiful portrait with wonderful lighting. I know the struggle that can be. #7239529

Anthony L. Mancuso March 03, 2009

Thanks J+J...yes Joan I do prefer Tony even though I list myself as Anthony so I don't sound like some kinda pizza guy...fuhget about it! #7239568

Jeanine M. Bailey March 03, 2009

This is a GREAT portrait Tony!!! I can see what they are saying about her shirt BUT like Debbie, I work in the schools and THIS IS the style so I understand it and can look past it. #7239703

Anthony L. Mancuso March 03, 2009

Hmmm there seems to be varying opinions about that shirt sleeve now, Dale started the commotion but I think he is just used to seeing girls dressed in flapper dresses and poodle skirts :-P #7239818

Dale Hardin March 03, 2009

Tony, was that an old F*** joke? LOL You're right, I just don't understand how they dress these days, but on a serious note, I really felt the sleeve was too distracting.

Flapper Dresses?!?? I'm not THAT old!! :-) #7239874

Anthony L. Mancuso March 04, 2009

Sorry Dale...i couldn't resist! #7241489

Aimee C. Eisaman March 04, 2009

I think of myself as young and hip (I'm only 23 according to my 6 year old.....I love him!) I like those cool tatto shirts....had one when I was a teenager, but to me it just doesn't go with the sweater, but each their own. Flapper Dresses....LOL...poor Dale...getting picked on again! :P Love the title btw! #7242480

Christie R. Bielss March 04, 2009

She is quite a beauty Tony. While I love these shirts on the kids, and they look so cute in them, I don't like it photo'd. There's just too much going on and my eye went straight to it before really seeing her face. She's what? @ 10 years old?

Hey Tony - you're worried about being confused with a pizza delivery boy? Does your car have a lawn mower for an engine and duct tape holding up the rear bumper which also doubles to keep the trunk closed? Or are you just saying that to deflect the "Rocky" and "Godfather" comments? Yo! :) #7244500

Anthony L. Mancuso March 04, 2009

Chrstie let me make you an offer you cant' refuse, using my olive oil voice and guinea charm....(you know what I mean if you are well versed in one of the movies you refer to in your last comment) #7244781

Christie R. Bielss March 05, 2009

Oh man - I guess the concrete boots are next, right?

I still love this shot - other than the sleeve. You really did a fantastic job with this. #7246945

Anthony L. Mancuso March 05, 2009

Thanks christie..she is a fabulous model and makes my job easy! #7248230

Aimee C. Eisaman March 07, 2009

Ahhh.....he got 'The Nod' with the sleeve in! We are never going to hear the end of it for being wrong!!!!! LOL In all seriousness this is a fantastic portrait with wonderful light and the sweetest little model! Congrats on your EP Tony! :~) #7254249

Anthony L. Mancuso March 07, 2009

Fuhget about it Aimee!! I don't necessarily think you guys were wrong..I have critiqued images that have earned EP's and felt like I was wrong...but then I realized that EP only means good, not perfect! #7254328

Lisa J. Boulden level-classic March 11, 2009

Fantastic portrait of this lovely model!
I really like her outfit, and the sleeve doesn't seem to bother me at all.
~Lisa #7271445

Anthony L. Mancuso March 11, 2009

thanks Lisa..I appreciate the compliment! #7272413

Dawn M. Schneider April 22, 2009


Christie R. Bielss April 22, 2009

WTG TONY!!! You've got it going on!! Many congratulations! #7432503

M.Christine Duncan April 22, 2009

Congrats Anthony!!! A beautiful finalist image... let's see it go further!!! #7432697

Joan E. Hoffman April 22, 2009

I JUST KNEW this would make it Anthony!! Best of luck next round!!!!! #7434000

Esther R. Tinz April 22, 2009

Congratulations on this beautiful portrait. #7434487

Debbra Bailey level-deluxe April 22, 2009

Congratulations Anthony! #7435071

Aimee C. Eisaman April 22, 2009

You go BOY! Yipeeee...3 cheers for Anthony! :~) #7435845

Anthony L. Mancuso April 22, 2009

Thank you all very much :-) #7436666

Max Aureli April 23, 2009

Congratulations Anthony on this great Finalist!!! :-))) #7438213

Kathleen Nealon April 23, 2009

Wow, I wasn't around when this went into the Phellos gallery and kinda glad. Looking at this, never having seen it before is dazzling. You have amplified the features of a beautiful young girl. She looks perfectly natural and your lighting is outstanding. Congratulations on a great Finalist. #7439176

Dianna Murphy April 25, 2009

A wonderful image!!! Congratulations! #7449546

Anthony L. Mancuso April 25, 2009

Thank you Max, Kathe and Dianna :-) #7449641

Debbie E. Payne November 24, 2009

Great Finalist! Beautiful young lady. A no-doubter for you as well. Good luck over the next couple of days! #8162976

Christine Lobsinger level-classic December 16, 2009

What a sweetie Anthony...
A beauty of a Finalist - WTG!!!


Ivan Chacon July 11, 2010

Congrats !!! Great work!! Love your gallery! :) #8747942

Anthony L. Mancuso July 11, 2010

Thank you Ivan, your gallery is awesome as well, you capture some fascinating expressions in your portrait work..

Belated thanks to you as well Crhistine..always nice to hear from you :-) #8748163

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Exif: F Number: 2.2, Exposure Bias Value: 0.33, ExposureTime: 1/60 seconds, Flash: did not fire., ISO: 200, White balance: Manual white balance, FocalLength: 50.00 mm, Model: NIKON D80

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