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Well, here's number three in this week's portrait series: this time it's Camilla.

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7.42pm on 12/4/06
Canon 20D
100mm f/2.8 Macro USM
580EX and 480EX
C1 Pro
3x2 + reflections [glass] + children [portraits]
comment by Twist at 10:49 PM (GMT) on 12 April, 2006

I've always like these type of crystal ball shots.

comment by Jamey at 10:55 PM (GMT) on 12 April, 2006

Lovely. How did you get that dusky brown colour cast to the shot?

comment by mat at 10:59 PM (GMT) on 12 April, 2006

Hehe. Nice. Did you add some blur to the hands or is this a straight shot?

comment by ps at 10:59 PM (GMT) on 12 April, 2006

Well, do you have all five (or maybe seven?) photo already taken?

comment by nuno f at 10:59 PM (GMT) on 12 April, 2006

Always original and different. So far, this is my favorite of the last portraits that you've showed here. But what I like most is the fact that in the thumbnail image of your comment box, the image is more apealing. I believe it's because of the resizing that made the ball more sharp. Fantastic!

comment by djn1 at 11:07 PM (GMT) on 12 April, 2006

Jamey: by not correcting the white balance, partially desaturating with the Channel Mixer, and adding a Curve to boost the red and green midtones.

mat: it's a straight shot. The focal point for her face is at a different point to the ball itself.

ps: nope, when I decided to do portraits this week I didn't have any of them taken. Yesterday's was taken yesterday, today's today, and so on.

comment by kim at 11:16 PM (GMT) on 12 April, 2006

Ooooh very clever! I've not seen a shot like this before, brilliant.

comment by Robert at 11:21 PM (GMT) on 12 April, 2006

Very interesting portrait. The color cast works well with her darker skin and color of the clothes. The neutral expression on her face also fits right in.

comment by Jamie at 11:21 PM (GMT) on 12 April, 2006

Superb. I need to get myself one of those crystal balls. Perhaps it will tell me when I will be able to take shots like this? :)

I particularly like the way the ball seems to light up the tip of her thumb.

comment by ps at 11:24 PM (GMT) on 12 April, 2006

i see, and is there any order? by name? by age?

comment by djam at 11:29 PM (GMT) on 12 April, 2006

Nice composition.

comment by djn1 at 11:50 PM (GMT) on 12 April, 2006

ps: no, there's no particular order: whichever I can get to stay still long enough ;-)

comment by Lee at 12:23 AM (GMT) on 13 April, 2006

This is great! You have such a creative eye!

comment by Phil at 12:35 AM (GMT) on 13 April, 2006

The focus is brilliant - such a cool shot.

comment by Tuffer at 12:45 AM (GMT) on 13 April, 2006

Best one of the week (I'd say "by far" but the others we nice as well). Great tones and, of course, the perspective.
You're taking these shots each day as you go? Thats far more disciplined I am. Concrete & Coffee would be an empty blog if I didn't have a huge backlog to work off of!

comment by Justin Gaynor at 12:45 AM (GMT) on 13 April, 2006

Beautiful portrait, clever idea as well. The focus inside the ball is great. Nice color work as well.

comment by Dave F at 12:48 AM (GMT) on 13 April, 2006

Bam! Chromasia at its best. Keep challenging yourself David, the results are fantastic!

comment by Jen at 01:33 AM (GMT) on 13 April, 2006

Gorgeous shot and such a cool idea. I love it!

comment by mooch at 01:48 AM (GMT) on 13 April, 2006

Yes, very imaginative. This is a very interesting shot that I rather like.

comment by ojorojo at 02:33 AM (GMT) on 13 April, 2006

The ball is back! You used the same gadget two or three times some time ago. If I remember correctly you had a pinkish photograph/portrait, think it is your same daughter... I kind of like that one better.

comment by christophe at 03:27 AM (GMT) on 13 April, 2006

nice one

comment by Ed at 03:37 AM (GMT) on 13 April, 2006

Another great portrait.
Of the three posted so far I prefer #2, the sharpness (DOF) of the blanket contrasted with the blurred face really adds a three-dimensional feel, it is as if you could stick your head into the frame.
I love the sharpness of the crystal ball in todays shot, I notice you used two flashes to take the shot, I'd be interested to know how you arranged the flashes, were you bouncing them off the ceiling or directly at the subject?
Keep up the fantastic shots!

comment by ROB at 04:22 AM (GMT) on 13 April, 2006

You answered my question in your response at 11:50 PM, which was what happens if they dont all decide they want to play the game this week...

Cool effect with the shot, not typical Chromasia, but then I'm not sure there is a typical here.

And thanks for continually sharing your tips in Photoshop. Always gets me thinking more.

comment by Fellow Eskimo at 06:27 AM (GMT) on 13 April, 2006

Very nice also, good catch in the crystal ball.

comment by Tom from (Lucerne Times) at 06:51 AM (GMT) on 13 April, 2006

Looks really excellent. The focusing in the ball is excellent.

comment by Mohammed Adenwala at 07:14 AM (GMT) on 13 April, 2006

Very cool portrait!!

comment by John Washington at 07:51 AM (GMT) on 13 April, 2006

Best shot of the series so far Dave and it's unmistakingly CHROMASIA. I like the toning as well. very good stuff.

Did you use the STE2 ??

comment by Jennifer at 08:01 AM (GMT) on 13 April, 2006

Very clever, works well. Trouble is I'm standing on my head (already broken one monitor - turning it upside down) trying to see your lovely elder daughter! ;-)

comment by bruno at 08:25 AM (GMT) on 13 April, 2006

such a great idea to take photo of :) love it

comment by Dan at 08:28 AM (GMT) on 13 April, 2006

Great portrait, my favourite this week up to now. Nice use of the ball. Looking forward to the last couple :)

comment by Emré at 09:01 AM (GMT) on 13 April, 2006

Creative. Maybe a little down and blurred eyes would be visible, too. Or maybe this is the best angle? - cheers

comment by emgomes at 09:45 AM (GMT) on 13 April, 2006

For me it's the best portrait you have shown this week... macro techniques used to get an uncommon portrait. The color work is also very good and adds to the shot value... Dof is just the right one!

comment by djn1 at 12:38 PM (GMT) on 13 April, 2006

ojorojo: this is the shot you're thinking of.

Ed: the 580EX was on the camera, bounced of the ceiling, and the 480 was on a tripod bounced off the floor.

Jennifer: lol :-)

comment by turkish at 12:46 PM (GMT) on 13 April, 2006

i really like this, and the one ojorojo was thinking of. very effective.

where did you get the ball from?

comment by Matthew Campagna at 12:53 PM (GMT) on 13 April, 2006

This shot, I adore like few other portraits on Chromasia.

comment by djn1 at 01:00 PM (GMT) on 13 April, 2006

turkish: I got it on eBay. I think it was around £25.00.

comment by AirBete at 01:02 PM (GMT) on 13 April, 2006

Very nice idea, just perfectly executed. I like the desaturated colors.

comment by ryran at 01:14 PM (GMT) on 13 April, 2006

I love it!

comment by Graceful Decadence at 01:58 PM (GMT) on 13 April, 2006

In one expressive word....WOW!

comment by ilà at 03:39 PM (GMT) on 13 April, 2006

I absolutely love this picture. Can you come to Milan and take the same portrait of me? I only need to grow my nails...

comment by jezblog.com at 03:40 PM (GMT) on 13 April, 2006

This has a serene other worldliness. What does the future hold..... reflective contained moment. Nice one.

comment by cathy at 03:53 PM (GMT) on 13 April, 2006

Absolutely fantastic! I love the shallow depth of field and the gentle limited color scheme.

comment by fotosia at 05:13 PM (GMT) on 13 April, 2006

it made me smile :)

comment by JD at 05:31 PM (GMT) on 13 April, 2006

Nice shot, obviously comes across as a little dark and spooky ("look into my crystal ball" sort of thing)

Great DOF, and brilliant colours :)

comment by RensNL at 07:09 PM (GMT) on 13 April, 2006

Beautifull picture. Very interesting idea to work on..

comment by Peter at 07:39 PM (GMT) on 13 April, 2006

awesome reflection...and so sharp!

comment by djn1 at 09:24 PM (GMT) on 13 April, 2006

Thanks everyone :-)

comment by MikesRightBrain at 09:28 PM (GMT) on 13 April, 2006

Wonderful, David! Very inventive. I need one of those crystal balls...

comment by jbp at 10:38 PM (GMT) on 13 April, 2006

beautifullllll... what a perspective. thanks for portrait week! they're some of your best work.

comment by flying cow at 02:21 AM (GMT) on 14 April, 2006

i absolutely LOVE it.
there were a couple of similar shots in chromasia in the earlier days. those were awesome as well (especially the one in your portfolio). how has the ball been balanced though? it seems to be in mid-air (the one in the portfolio). is it a photoshop trick?

comment by Gary at 02:46 PM (GMT) on 14 April, 2006

great idea and execution

comment by adena at 06:49 PM (GMT) on 14 April, 2006

quite reminiscent of mc escher. i love it; very well done!

comment by Brent Vermilyea at 08:05 PM (GMT) on 14 April, 2006

WOW! Great work. This is a very interesting look at a portrait. I like the soft and muted colors here. Brilliant! Regards, Brent

comment by prasoon at 04:10 PM (GMT) on 15 April, 2006

lovely... rteally nice !!
am actually short of words seeing the recent portraits !!

comment by m at 07:31 PM (GMT) on 17 April, 2006

I'd have prefered to see more of milly and less of milly through the sphere.

comment by Redd at 08:57 PM (GMT) on 24 April, 2006

interesting shot !!