Composition: Formal portrait

Challenge #9 in the Ways of Seeing series. Hosted by jezsik.
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A portrait is an image of a person's face that clearly displays their likeness and may often display some aspect of their personality. A formal portrait is not a snapshot but a carefully arranged pose under effective lighting conditions. For this challenge, submit your best formal portrait of a single person looking at the camera. (Note Additional rules!)
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I remember the first time I met with Kate. The first thing I noticed was her eyes. A few minutes later , I noticed her hands which I thought were the most beautiful hands I have ever seen on a model. so when time came to make a formal portrait , I sat her in front of a dark background and tried a few poses that would show both her eyes and her hands in a natural fashion. This is the one composition that stroke as the most balanced
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Submitted: Saturday, 19th September, 2009 23:42 (GMT)
Taken: Saturday, 16th June, 2007
Focal length: 77 mm
Shutter speed: 1/125 sec
Aperture: F5.6
ISO: 400
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