Photo of the Year: Portrait Category

By | 2016-12-18T17:01:26+00:00 December 29th, 2009|5 Comments

3739815653_d869dd6762Nikon D200, Nikon 24-70 lens, 1/80th sec at f/2.8, ISO 100
Photographed on July 18, 2009

I take a lot of photos of people, and this image was a quick shot I took of my good friend Rich at the Worldwide Photowalk in July. But even though it didn’t take much setting up or preparation, there are so many things about this image that I like … sometimes the best portraits are the ones you didn’t know you were going to take. :) It’s a genuine expression, there is a nice soft light on his face, I really like the catchlights in his eyes and there’s even a nice hair-light in the back. You just gotta love natural lighting … it’s the best light there is!

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– Photo of the Year (overall)
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– Point & Shoot Category
– iPhone Category
– Action Category
– Stock Category
– Lensbaby Category

About the Author:

Nicole S. Young is a professional photographer and published author whose love of photography and teaching has grown into an online business where she creates training materials and resources for other photographers. Nicole is best known for her books on food photography, but is widely versed in a variety of photographic genres, including landscape, travel, lifestyle, and even underwater photography. You can learn more about Nicole's work on her website,


  1. Sawyer December 29, 2009 at 2:17 pm - Reply

    I love the B&W treatment on this shot, in addition to the lovely light. Gotta love the sun!

  2. Elizabet December 29, 2009 at 2:31 pm - Reply

    Great natural shot … and you are right about the natural lighting, it sure is the best light there si : )

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  4. 125 Motorcycles December 30, 2009 at 7:29 am - Reply

    Love the picture

    Great shot

    Well done

  5. scooter motorcycles December 30, 2009 at 7:30 am - Reply

    Hi good picture do you work for anyone?

    Like your stuff

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