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The Captain
The Captain
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Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Free Study XII (Advanced Editing IV*)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
Location: Sheffield, Norfolk Park, UK
Date: Aug 27, 2006
Aperture: f14
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/25
Date Uploaded: Aug 29, 2006

US Civil War re-enactment character.

PS Work

Levels to hit the white and black point
Curves
Saturation
Dodge and Burn to lose some of the gloss on the skin and to balance the shadow detail
Draganizer action faded to 79% to enhance the wrinkles
Sharpen using Smart Sharpen
Crop and save for web

Statistics
Place: 4 out of 684
Avg (all users): 7.3082
Avg (commenters): 8.2979
Avg (participants): 7.2936
Avg (non-participants): 7.3607
Views since voting: 4544
Views during voting: 463
Votes: 279
Comments: 61
Favorites: 19 (view)


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12/20/2006 11:51:21 AM
Definatley my kind of portrait, there's a story to be told in that face and it's the viewers job to find what that story is. Great image.
09/10/2006 11:37:52 PM
A piercing image that freezes the viewers gaze. Congratulations on your 4th place.
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09/09/2006 03:25:22 AM
stunning!
the face just pops out of the screen.
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09/08/2006 01:59:08 PM
Congratulations on the 4th place. Very good shot!
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09/08/2006 01:17:54 PM
what i like, is you resisted the urge (at least I am always fighting this), to mess with the eyes. I actually really love the hat. That's my favorite part. And the crop of course.
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09/08/2006 01:03:27 PM
What awesome texture to this shot! It has a gritty feeling to it that works perfectly. The texture of his hat enhances the rough feeling of this whole image. Great job! :D
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09/08/2006 03:12:57 AM
Congrats on your 4th placing
A wonderful portrait
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09/08/2006 12:25:40 AM
Congrats on your 4th finish - this was a great shot!
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09/08/2006 12:18:06 AM
Breathtaking shot. Wow!
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09/08/2006 12:13:48 AM
congrats on 4th place!!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/07/2006 11:11:29 PM
you got this one nailed. Great in every way!
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09/07/2006 09:26:03 PM
Nice strong portrait, one of the better ones I have seen thus far. Very nice work.
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09/07/2006 05:13:52 PM
From hat to whiskers, great capture of detail and expression. 8
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09/07/2006 03:21:39 PM
Lots of character in his face. Great job capturing that and all the detail. Very nice!
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09/07/2006 02:28:48 PM
Wow.
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09/07/2006 12:24:45 PM
Fantastic portrait. I can just imagine the tall tales this gentleman could share. There is a certain almost sadness in his eyes that you managed to capture.
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09/07/2006 09:00:57 AM
Nice composition...Good work on picking a subjec with interesting facial textures.
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09/07/2006 03:48:15 AM
Wonderful portrait and an exceptional character study.
Can't say that any improvement could be done and aplaud the post-processing here.
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09/07/2006 12:09:32 AM
This is the type of photo you would see on the cover of Time Magazine...well done!
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09/06/2006 02:18:57 PM
What a simply amazing portrait. The detail is tremendous, colouring perfect and that look...
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09/05/2006 06:53:53 PM
Awesome.
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09/05/2006 02:00:54 PM
Really nice shot. The texture is perfect.
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09/05/2006 12:54:55 PM
superb clarity. Great use of grunge\dragan in this image.
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09/05/2006 06:41:54 AM
Nice portrait
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09/04/2006 11:34:34 PM
You've captured his soul. Perfect.
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09/04/2006 10:38:42 PM
One of the best portraits I've seen. Wow.
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09/04/2006 09:24:27 PM
Technical: contrast, coloring, composition...it's all right on!
Creativity: I think it's very creative! i just love it...the expression is great...the eye contact could be anymore powerful!
Personal Opinion: ok i hope it ribbons!
Score:10
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09/04/2006 06:57:53 PM
those eyes are haunting
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09/04/2006 06:34:01 PM
Wow - I really like this. Great character for a portrait - makes me want to know who he is and what his story is. Would love to hear what lighting / equipment you used.
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09/03/2006 09:50:14 PM
Wonderfully intimate and telling portrait! 9
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09/03/2006 07:17:49 PM
Wowsers! Great shot! Amazing detail. Such character in that visage. Wonderful choice for a subject. Love the tight, full frame comp. Very well done!
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09/03/2006 07:17:33 PM
This should definatly be in the top 5, absolutely great portrait! 10
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09/03/2006 05:18:48 PM
This is the 3rd human study I have seen in this challenge, and they all as good as each other...7
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09/03/2006 02:48:12 PM
God, he's got some piercing eyes. I wouldn't want this guy mad at me. Great job with the processing. I might have gone a bit easier on the sharpening, but I also know that I am incapable (so far) of making an image this good.
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09/03/2006 01:18:21 PM
good job capturing the detail and texture in his face.
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09/03/2006 09:57:00 AM
Winner!
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09/03/2006 08:49:38 AM
He looks a little like Geoffrey Rush in Pirates ... Nice portrait. Bumping up.
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09/03/2006 07:55:35 AM
awesome...a ribbon contender in my book...can't fault it...It really has captured do much detail and a face that tells a thousand stories has t get full marks 10
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09/02/2006 04:28:52 PM
this is a winner
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09/02/2006 01:46:23 PM
Great capture. One can almost see him sitting in some smoke filled tavern, spinning yarns about days of yore.

I truly like this image and you have done well in capturing the history exhibited in the facial lines of this subject.

Good luck to you in the challenge.
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09/02/2006 12:33:20 PM
The matching textures between his skin and the leather cap are marvellous. Lighting and tight crop also excellent.
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09/02/2006 12:15:55 PM
Wow, what a penetrating stare! Excellent character. Colors and lighting are wonderful. 8 from me.
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09/02/2006 11:57:26 AM
They're remarkably deep crow's feet. This is an interesting portrait of the human condition. Very nice work.
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09/02/2006 11:01:57 AM
This is wonderful! Great expression, nice post processing.
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09/02/2006 10:24:33 AM
Magnificent portrait. Intricate detail. Great capture of character. The Captain nearly comes off the monitor into my living room. This is a very memorable image that I hope catches a ribbon. "10"
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09/02/2006 10:09:23 AM
xcellent detail
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09/02/2006 09:57:30 AM
bags full of character, and you've thankfully resisted the urge to draganize too. Great shot, a 10 from me.
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09/02/2006 09:41:14 AM
superb
hard stare
8
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09/02/2006 09:39:36 AM
If this dosen't do well I will be shocked. 10 from me.
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09/02/2006 02:05:22 AM
welcome me aboard because this photo is really nice. this man has a great face and you really show the depth and detail of every line. his eyes pierce right through me. this is not just another closeup portrait. 10.
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09/01/2006 08:13:53 PM
Great clos-up portrait with a nice pp style. Steve, is this your work? When you are not pawdrix, please take that as a compliment. I like Steve's work.
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09/01/2006 05:07:48 PM
Composition: 8 - Tad too much space at the top imo, but otherwise, great.
Technical: 7 - The muted colours work really well, and the photo shows a lot of emotion, however I think it looks a bit oversharpened. Also, the shadows under the cap seem like a washed-out grey, as if you've dodged them a lot in PS. Adding a little more contrast just around the eyes would sort out that problem.
Creativity: 7 - A unique portrait since it shows so much character.
Appeal: 7 - The fine details give this photo its appeal.

Overall Calculated Average Score: 7
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09/01/2006 01:40:21 PM
nice focus and details on the face.
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09/01/2006 11:19:09 AM
fantastic sharpness. i can see each and everyone of this mans pores. stunning. 9
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09/01/2006 10:44:07 AM
great clarity and lighting - love the PP too.
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09/01/2006 10:21:06 AM
Strong study.
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09/01/2006 10:18:00 AM
Oh my! It is those arresting eyes and the lines on the face that just expresses volumes on the life of a fisherman. Gazing upon this portrait, I look upon the chiseled features that speak of life out at sea and I see a man/a captain who has sailed out on the fickle & sometimes harsh waters and returned. Wonderful capture, I sit here and I can almost think I can turn the page to read the National Geographic story that goes with this picture:-)
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09/01/2006 06:17:23 AM
Beautiful image and those eyes!
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09/01/2006 02:32:54 AM
Very good, both in composition and subject matter. Mighty sharp as well ;)
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09/01/2006 12:47:52 AM
Great expression. A nice, crisp, clean portrait.
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09/01/2006 12:33:05 AM
His eyes say so much...
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