Classical Portraiture

Challenge #4 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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Xian dinnershow Lady
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On a trip to Xian China, we attended a Hann dynasty dinner show.This gorgeous woman was at reception welcoming attendees to the evening. I couldn't resist the temptation to photograph her smiling face.
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Submitted: Monday, 14th February, 2011 05:02 (GMT)
Taken: Saturday, 28th April, 2007
Focal length: 79 mm
Shutter speed: 1/15 sec
Aperture: F5.6
ISO: 1600
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