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Neil


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Challenge: Image Grain (Advanced Editing IV*)
Collection: People
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Sigma 18-125mm f/3.5-5.6 DC for Canon
Location: Niskayuna, NY
Date: Oct 23, 2005
Aperture: 5.6
ISO: 1600
Shutter: 1/25
Galleries: Portraiture, Digital Art
Date Uploaded: Oct 23, 2005

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Statistics
Place: 20 out of 274
Avg (all users): 6.1117
Avg (commenters): 8.2105
Avg (participants): 5.9346
Avg (non-participants): 6.3750
Views since voting: 3046
Views during voting: 378
Votes: 179
Comments: 37
Favorites: 14 (view)


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12/28/2006 06:33:40 AM
WOW! WOW! WOW!....

this says it all... absolutly magnifique...
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08/11/2006 03:25:25 PM
what a lovely image. the grain works perfectly, giving it a wonderful painterly effect. tones and lighting all work perfectly. superb.
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01/07/2006 09:48:25 AM
Neil,

Unfortunately, I only just now saw this picture. Had I seen it during the challenge, it would have been at least a 9!

This is a truly stunning work! (It's taken me about ten minutes to write this message because I keep scrolling up for another look!) This piece could easily grace the wall of ANY gallery.

Please keep up the SUPERB work and give us MORE!
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12/06/2005 02:37:08 PM
the touch of a master
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11/02/2005 12:41:39 PM
Hi from the Critique Club!

This image has a lot going for it. First the pose...it just doesn't look it. The subject looks natural in the setting and appears as if deep in contemplation. Very emotive expression on his face that can lead in many directions depending on your mood when viewing. He appears relaxed and unaware he is being photographed.

The lighting is very well done. There are no glares or dark spots and the lack of strong shadows really helps set the mood of the shot. Even with the processing to fit the challenge there is a lot of detail left to see. Makes you almost feel as if you, the viewer, are right there with him.

Another of the strong features is the color palette the shot is comprised of. Excellent choices for shirt and background. They go well with the skin and hair tones. Nothing harsh or drastic which adds greatly to the composition.

Composition/perspective is was very well chosen. The profile really works here. In my opinion a head on shot of this just would not be as strong. Excellent choice. I like the tight crop here as well. Really helps bring out the strength of the pose and keeps you focused and wondering what he may be focusing on. I get the feeling, even without the title - strictly from the shot - that he is an artist looking over the last few details of paint just added to a canvas.

Forgeting the challenge requirements for a moment and looking at the processing...the grain definitely adds to the picture. It gives it a feel and texture, that along with the other qualities, just draws you in. Some areas look like they have more added than others but the mix works.

Overall very well done portrait. I honestly cannot find an aspect I don't appreciate. Very nice work!
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11/02/2005 12:12:15 PM
It brought James Joyce to my mind. Where you in anyway considering him? Especially from the title of your picture. Anyways itís a really nice one.

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11/02/2005 08:47:56 AM
I knew I seen this somewhere! Congrats on winning at DIC today!! Great job!
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11/02/2005 08:42:09 AM
Neil,

Congratulations on the top 20 finish! This is a truly beautiful image. Please add some info on the post-processing you used.

Paul
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11/02/2005 12:31:35 AM
Beautiful image, great post-processing. Certainly looks like a painter. Want to hear my one nitpick? I'll put it in parenthesis (in case you want to ignore it). (I wish you would have picked a different shirt, one of those white poet shirts with gathers at the shoulders and a floppy collar - I think it would have completed the image).
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10/31/2005 06:40:49 AM
Great image should have finished much higher.
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10/31/2005 05:52:38 AM
very nice skin tone
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10/31/2005 12:51:45 AM
Nice finish, Neil! Congratulations on top 20! A great image.
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10/31/2005 12:42:04 AM
one of my favourites of the challenge
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10/31/2005 12:35:30 AM
Neil; I'm so glad yours made top 20 but wished for higher - I also wanted to say thanks for the tech I used your spinning camera trick for my grain entry.
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10/31/2005 12:27:12 AM
Neil: Congratulations on your top 20 finish. This is a fine study.
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10/31/2005 12:13:57 AM
Truly outstanding piece of work. Congrats on top 20, but should have finished much higher.
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10/31/2005 12:12:14 AM
This should have ribboned. I only gave out 2 10's and this was one of them.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/30/2005 11:12:08 PM
A strong character and grain study. Impressive. Returning for final bump.
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10/30/2005 05:45:59 PM
On second look I like this one very much. Has a very old feel to it. Kind of like and old painting. Bumping up.
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10/30/2005 11:15:42 AM
I hope you don't get masacred by all the purists on this site love the fx you applied looks like something straight out of one of my books of works by the great masters. Nicely done. 9
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10/30/2005 07:45:08 AM
one of my favorites this challenge -- you've capture the feel of painting in your photography - your model looks the part :)
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10/28/2005 01:58:16 AM
Oh yeah I will leave my first comment about "tooo much grain" looks like the photo is encarved in some wall rather than a 3-D person
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10/27/2005 12:07:09 PM
That there is some SERIOUS grainage.
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10/27/2005 06:34:24 AM
Really loved this picture. Looks so much like a painting, and definitely gives a feel of an artist thinking about his work. The only thing that might have supported the image better was perhaps a brush in his hand, to really match the title, or maybe placing an unfinished canvas behind him as a background.
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10/26/2005 10:52:52 PM
Really nice portrait with outstanding use of grain in your processing. This is one of the best shots in this challenge.
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10/26/2005 11:55:27 AM
I like the look of this. Has that painting look.
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10/26/2005 12:54:53 AM
Wow. What can I say? Exciting! Excellent use of grain. 10
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10/25/2005 09:58:08 PM
Nice portrait and striking effect. Too processed for my personal taste. But great shot.
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10/25/2005 05:45:31 PM
Wow, that's great!
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10/24/2005 11:02:21 AM
I love the way you have done this. One of the best here, a ribbon for sure!
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10/24/2005 06:45:38 AM
looks alittle overdone, but i still like it because of your subject and pose. Excellent style! Good Luck.
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10/24/2005 01:51:36 AM
THis is ART@@@ Just a stunning image and the grain truly enhances it. Bravo 10
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10/24/2005 01:45:25 AM
wow, that's a lot of grain. It almost looks pointilist now. nice picture, and I think overall it worked.
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10/24/2005 01:07:26 AM
This looks like a drawing or painting. I can't believe how well you executed this work of art. Amazing. 10.
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10/24/2005 12:43:34 AM
steller........just steller

good luck, i'm voting an 11 to this 1....damn can't do that right...ok a 10..but i would go higher if i could...this goes to favs.

truly truly well done....i hope it scores as well as it should
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10/24/2005 12:34:35 AM
Wow, no there's finally a picture where the grain truly adds interest. Hope you'll tell us your postprocessing steps! 9
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10/24/2005 12:12:25 AM
amazing
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