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Alvaro's Hand
2nd PlaceAlvaro's Hand
jagar


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Challenge: Free Study 2012-06 (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Street
Camera: Fujifilm X-Pro 1
Lens: Fujifilm XF 35 mm f/1.4
Date: Jun 28, 2012
Aperture: F2
Shutter: 1/2500s
Date Uploaded: Jun 29, 2012

This gentleman was looking at the ground for what seemed like ages, i waited and took the shot just when he looked up. I have no idea what his name is but i like the sound of Alvaro, he smiled afterwards so all was well.

Thanks for the kind votes and comments.

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 243
Avg (all users): 7.2735
Avg (commenters): 8.4545
Avg (participants): 7.2267
Avg (non-participants): 7.3571
Views since voting: 2528
Views during voting: 203
Votes: 117
Comments: 48
Favorites: 14 (view)


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07/24/2012 08:35:40 PM
A splendid portrait!
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07/13/2012 12:29:06 PM
You ought to find him and give him a print of this shot. It's that fabulous and I think he might love it :)
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07/13/2012 09:51:30 AM
im curious as how you got the background so black and such a lowkey shot? at 1/2500 it seems like it would be daytime and f/2 wouldn't kill the ambient like that.

impressive you got this outdoors and not in a studio setting.

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07/12/2012 03:22:37 AM
Now, I will be a fan of yours. I have a thing for portrait pictures. :)
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07/11/2012 08:05:22 PM
I keep seeing this on the front page and I keep clicking on it. The story behind it makes it more interesting, but the story that the viewer imagines upon seeing Alvaro's face WITHOUT the back story is the important part, and that which makes it wall-worthy. This is one to print out in my opinion, and I'll extend another congratulations for that, as it doesn't happen very often.
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07/10/2012 08:25:30 PM
Congrats on the ribbon, John. I meant to comment during voting but didn't get a chance to come back to it. This is a portrait that actually seems to make a connection to me, and most photos of people I don't know don't do that. I am impressed that you caught it candidly.
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07/10/2012 02:07:51 AM
Wow... Great photography. You certainly have guts to do this. I have done this in the past taking pictures of people but I often feel like a scoundrel doing it, like I stole something from the person. Something i suppose I have to deal with but cant do this freely. Glad he gave you the nod of approval
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07/09/2012 10:42:26 AM
Glad this made the top five.
Lately, I'm finding DPC to be a bastion of terrible or unoriginal photos on the front page. This was one of the rare shots that made me take a second look. Normally portraits of random people have to be extremely interesting in order to warrant longer glances. This has that quality.
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07/09/2012 08:37:24 AM
Despite all the interesting focal points in this image, I find it easy to let the eye wander and stop wherever, unchecked. I can only chalk that up to fantastic compositional detail. Very well done indeed!
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07/08/2012 04:47:14 PM
Just fantastic, John!
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07/08/2012 03:29:05 PM
I'm amazed that this wonderful portrait is a street candid, I'm so impressed with your mastery of the art!
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07/08/2012 02:35:02 PM
Truly magnificent! What a catch!
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07/08/2012 11:59:03 AM
awesome portrait, congrats on the red
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07/08/2012 11:19:55 AM
Wonderful portrait!
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07/08/2012 09:22:59 AM
Love the cobbles reflected in his glasses!
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07/08/2012 09:13:21 AM
Congratulations! Wow, what a candid.
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07/08/2012 09:07:16 AM
Nice! You caught the perfect moment for sure. Congratulations on the ribbon.
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07/08/2012 09:01:22 AM
Exceptional portrait!
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07/08/2012 08:53:37 AM
Originally posted by daveover:

Amazing shot. Did you use a plugin to edit?


Yes, Silver Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro and Viveza, all from Lightroom.
07/08/2012 08:45:31 AM
Amazing shot. Did you use a plugin to edit?
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07/08/2012 08:37:11 AM
An amazing candid portrait. Many congrats on the well deserved ribbon, John.
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07/08/2012 08:28:46 AM
A candid at it's best, good one, John two ribbons in two FS in a row, now that is awesome!
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07/08/2012 06:15:51 AM
Congratulations,had to be near here somewhere.
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07/08/2012 06:02:35 AM
Stunning work, John. Many congrats.
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07/08/2012 04:59:32 AM
Stunning and compelling portrait. I missed viewing/voting this FS. Well deserved ribbon.
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07/08/2012 04:30:02 AM
Killer shot
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07/08/2012 02:38:28 AM
awesome portrait, congrats John!
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07/08/2012 02:00:00 AM
Now, he is one Kool Kat!!! Congrats on your ribbon, John!
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07/08/2012 01:40:37 AM
I should have known. Man, what an ace of a shot. I bet he has some stories to tell!! Congrats.
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07/08/2012 01:12:33 AM
Absolutely superb shot. Congratulations on the red.
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07/08/2012 12:14:28 AM
Originally posted by briantammy:

this is a great portrait. i am very impressed with the light. congratulations on 2nd. Where and what is the light source if you don't mind me asking?


It's natural light, he was in the morning sun in front of a very shaded passageway.

Message edited by author 2012-07-08 22:53:06.
07/08/2012 12:13:35 AM
congrats John. Wonderful shot and processing.
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07/08/2012 12:06:55 AM
this is a great portrait. i am very impressed with the light. congratulations on 2nd. Where and what is the light source if you don't mind me asking?
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07/08/2012 12:06:12 AM
Huge congrats john
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07/08/2012 12:02:55 AM
Powerful work. Congrats on second.
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07/08/2012 12:01:47 AM
Wow, you...
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/07/2012 11:26:09 PM
exquisite portrait work
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07/07/2012 01:45:18 PM
Wow!
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07/06/2012 09:35:22 PM
Style and story. Profoundly good character study.
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07/05/2012 03:49:48 PM
What a great portrait. Every detail looks like it was placed with intricate perfection.
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07/04/2012 08:57:00 AM
What an amazing portrait!!! Love the cig.
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07/02/2012 09:15:39 PM
First image to show up to vote on and I am very impressed. Great image.
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07/02/2012 06:06:09 PM
Very nice portrait that has me wanting to know more about this man.
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07/02/2012 05:58:24 PM
Terrific character. This reminds me of Lev's work
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07/02/2012 02:04:50 PM
Oohh, great face! One of my faves so far.
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07/01/2012 01:06:44 PM
This guy is very photogenic.
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07/01/2012 12:54:43 PM
Awesome portrait. Nice shading on the face and hands. 9
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07/01/2012 03:04:30 AM
The b&w treatment and processing makes this one heck of a character study. A made man...
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