Classical Portraiture II

Challenge #19 in the Great Movements in Photography series. Hosted by Mark Scott Abeln.
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Good portraits in the classical tradition attempt to show people as they are. A classical portrait is minimalist portraiture, since it emphasizes the most recognizable part of a subject, the face. Everything else is less important. Typically, the subjects in these portraits aren't doing anything, they simply *are*. Their poses are relaxed without appearing stiff or awkward. Lighting is very important to give shape to the face, often using Chiaroscuro or Rembrandt lighting. These photographers made at least some famous portraits in the classical manner: Julia Margaret Cameron, Arnold Newman, Irving Penn, Yousuf Karsh, Alfred Stieglitz, Imogene Cunningham, and Philippe Halsman. Find some inspiration in these painters also: John Singer Sargent, Velazquez, Hans Holbein The Younger, Rembrandt, Anthony Van Dyck, Raphael, Joshua Reynolds, and Jan van Eyck.
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Mary in Blue
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A photograph which I think not only exemplifies the adage of "aging gracefully" but also communicates the beauty of the subject's character, disposition and love of life.
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Submitted: Monday, 15th October, 2012 09:44 (GMT)
Taken: Tuesday, 13th April, 2010
Focal length: 46 mm
Shutter speed: 1/320 sec
Aperture: F9
ISO: 200
Notes: Nikon D90, shot outdoors in Arizona afternoon sun, 1/320 shutter speed, f9, Aperture f/4.4, ISO 200, focal length = 46.0 (cropped), sRGB
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