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Challenge: Cultural Events (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
Location: Moab, UT
Date: May 6, 2007
Aperture: f/4
ISO: 125
Shutter: 1/100
Galleries: Portraiture
Date Uploaded: May 8, 2007

That's it... I hereby officially give up on Photoshop. :-)

My last entry won a blue with only minimal PhotoShop editing done to it. This one had no "manual editing" whatsoever. After converting from raw, I ran a little automated script which resized, sharpened and added a border. That's it!

Thanks everyone for all of the wonderful comments! :-)

I have posted an edited version for sale on DPC Prints.

P.S.
The light on his face came from one of these . Just a hand held battery powered spot light.

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 90
Avg (all users): 7.8246
Avg (commenters): 8.5946
Avg (participants): 7.2439
Avg (non-participants): 7.9221
Views since voting: 11602
Views during voting: 567
Votes: 285
Comments: 94
Favorites: 15 (view)


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06/29/2007 03:51:27 PM
The light on his face gives just that little extra touch. Nice depth of field. Very well executed.
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05/20/2007 11:36:11 PM
woot! You go my Utah friend! This is an awsome photo, the lighting is beautifully exicuted. Congrats on the ribbon!
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05/20/2007 10:51:17 PM
David, congratulations on yet another ribbon. Nice work on this one. I know what you mean about the whole minimal editing. My recent entry had no editing except USM done also. I really like how this one turned out. Nice work.
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05/20/2007 12:29:20 PM
thats my daddy!
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05/20/2007 12:19:16 AM
A very strong visual demonstrating great inner strength with flair. Congratulations on your Blue.
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05/18/2007 12:31:16 PM
this shot is wonderful. Having lived in Arizona, I learned that native americans hold their festivals and dances very sacred and outside photography is considered offensive. Students even told me of outsiders harmed due to invading an event. I admire people who hold to their traditions and "roots". I also admire photographers who present these people well. You have a wonderful capture here and do great justice to a proud people. Congrats ! :-)
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05/17/2007 04:45:58 PM
Voted an 8. But now that I think about it... it deserves at least a nine or ten!
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05/17/2007 01:55:20 PM
I just love this!!!
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05/17/2007 10:04:21 AM
fantastic shot! congrats and well deserved
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05/17/2007 12:11:32 AM
this is one heck of a fabulous picture!!!! i have to add this to faves...you are a great photographer and an awesome commentor and i appreciate learning from you!
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05/16/2007 09:08:25 PM
Here he goes again, super!!! Loved this when I saw it. The colors are just mesmerizing! Congrats on ANOTHER ribbon (and blue at that)!!!
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05/16/2007 08:57:38 PM
Way to go David! Keep'em coming!! Congratulations on a different and wonderful picture!

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05/16/2007 05:01:47 PM
I knew this was going to win ,
Great job
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05/16/2007 04:57:27 PM
Congratulations on another Blue and an amazing cultural portrait! Very cool work!!
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05/16/2007 02:16:10 PM
David, congratulations on your blue ribbon with such an OUTSTANDING photo! Into my favorites it goes!
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05/16/2007 01:32:20 PM
unbelieveble that a bad postcard picc can get a blue ribbon shame on you all
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05/16/2007 11:59:09 AM
Bravo dude. You got good camera skills and it's paying off for ya. :-D
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05/16/2007 11:14:38 AM
As one of your "10s" all I have to say is B.R.A.V.O.!!!!!
Well deserved First Place showing!~
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05/16/2007 11:06:05 AM
The only thing I can think to say is wow. "Wow." "WOW." I'll even say it backwards:

Wow.

Nice going! 7.8. OK, now set out to top it!
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05/16/2007 10:34:04 AM
Yup, DPC watchout, David is on the Warpath. Two wins in short order and well deserved. Perfect in all respects! Congrats
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05/16/2007 10:26:55 AM
Congrats on your blue! Very highly deserved - to me this was the "obvious" winner in this challenge. Absolutely beautiful.
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05/16/2007 10:05:52 AM
wow. you're on a roll! congrats.
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05/16/2007 10:03:19 AM
Totally awesome! Congrats on the ribbon (AGAIN)!
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05/16/2007 09:39:04 AM
he's on a role! great job :D
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05/16/2007 09:28:21 AM
Congratulations! What a wonderful shot! One of my favorites!
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05/16/2007 08:54:33 AM
Top notch photo, one of my favorites of the challenge. Congratulations on winning the blue ribbon!
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05/16/2007 08:42:31 AM
Blue looks good on you! Congrats on another fine portrait.
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05/16/2007 08:38:29 AM
YAY!!!!! Excellent photo. Congrats.
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05/16/2007 07:42:19 AM
It was only a matter of time David. You very regularly create professional and beautiful portraits. In fact I was stunned to read a comment of yours noting that you do not shoot for a living.

Anyway, it is another fantastic image - thanks for playing!
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05/16/2007 06:25:11 AM
Nice one David. Nice to see you & Yanko share the front page..
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05/16/2007 06:09:34 AM
Lightning strikes again. Well done, David.
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05/16/2007 04:50:47 AM
2 in a row man... both blue too, rock on dude
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05/16/2007 03:26:22 AM
Excellent shot, and proof that you don't need to spend hours editing. I love the DOF - perfect! I love the light you cast on his face with your simple little spot light.
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05/16/2007 03:07:47 AM
Outstanding shot, congrats on the blue!
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05/16/2007 03:01:41 AM
Exellent shot! congrats on the blue!
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05/16/2007 01:56:24 AM
Congratulations on your Ribbon
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05/16/2007 01:37:45 AM
Wow David, congratulations! Again! :D
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05/16/2007 01:11:40 AM
DUDE! What's gotten into you?? :) CONGRATS !
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05/16/2007 01:11:21 AM
WOW....two in a row! Congrats on another stunning image.
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05/16/2007 01:03:48 AM
Geez...I almost feel bad for giving you just a 7

lol...congrats David on the well deserved blue!
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05/16/2007 12:58:11 AM
Another blue?!? This was also my top pick...again! Hehe! I think that I may give up photoshop too. :)
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05/16/2007 12:41:35 AM
My top pick. Congratulations!
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05/16/2007 12:32:12 AM
Ha! You're on a great roll David. Wonderful shot, the light across his face really adds impact and draws you right in. The only nit pick that I can even find is a tad bit of detail loss in the tip of his spear but that's really reaching. This is another amazing shot and for that I congratulate you.
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05/16/2007 12:32:06 AM
congrats david this is awesome
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05/16/2007 12:28:14 AM
David Wow!!! You are incredible! Congratulations on back to back blues! This is amazing!

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05/16/2007 12:26:11 AM
Another Blue, David. Stunning image and congrats.
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05/16/2007 12:22:45 AM
Excellent, congratulations!
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05/16/2007 12:17:42 AM
Another marvelous image!

You rock!
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05/16/2007 12:16:33 AM
Excellent result again mate, and you so deserved the "BLUE", with this great photo.....

Message edited by author 2007-05-16 00:16:57.
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05/16/2007 12:16:04 AM
Sweet shot...Congrats
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05/16/2007 12:08:38 AM
Wow. Back to back. Congrats.
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05/16/2007 12:07:08 AM
congrats, finally my top choice agreed with the general DPC public. This is very well deserved blue.
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05/16/2007 12:05:44 AM
Sensitively lit well deserving of the blue congrats
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/15/2007 10:25:47 PM
Beautiful portrait. Good luck!
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05/15/2007 06:24:35 PM
wow, this is absolutely amazing...great job. 10

blue maybe?:D:D
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05/15/2007 02:02:58 PM
Stunning-10
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05/15/2007 01:50:54 PM
geat stock shot, well taken and lit.
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05/15/2007 12:06:20 PM
Nice Job, well done. The colours and contrast are perfect
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05/14/2007 05:34:15 PM
nice light! rich colors!
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05/14/2007 09:56:58 AM
nice lighting...technically superior but way too "stockphotoish"
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05/13/2007 10:51:13 PM
Great colour and strong pose... Great image (in my favs).
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05/13/2007 03:54:23 PM
Very nice image and composition. The sky color is a bit over the top. My eyes would like the focus to be a little clearer but the sunset type lighting probably made that part a challenge. The golden tones of that lighting work great on his skin. Back to bump you up to 8.
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05/13/2007 10:02:27 AM
great photo pal
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05/13/2007 01:37:51 AM
Excellent picture! I'll be interested to see how you got this.
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05/12/2007 05:57:25 PM
love the colors in this one.
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05/12/2007 04:14:04 PM
10
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05/12/2007 03:49:28 PM
Fantastic. Love the colors, the background, the outfit, the pose....
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05/12/2007 03:37:00 PM
nice one -
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05/12/2007 11:02:35 AM
Stunning photo and my favorite for this challenge. Wonderful colors, fantastic background, authentic looking. 10
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05/12/2007 07:38:12 AM
Excellent.
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05/11/2007 08:20:23 PM
another good study with light on face great
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05/11/2007 01:53:30 PM
this could be a book cover of the 80's :) nice.
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05/11/2007 07:20:25 AM
i like the colors and the shot as a whole.. well done
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05/10/2007 02:09:22 PM
I really really really like this.. Nice job
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05/10/2007 11:49:31 AM
very similar to the last cheif that was in this topic i like the sheild in this picture
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05/10/2007 09:19:28 AM
The light and color in this are excellent. He really stands out nicely against the background without losing it altogather...the setting is quite important. Very nice photograph!
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05/10/2007 07:49:34 AM
excellent! this is great! 10!!! perfect everything!!
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05/10/2007 05:10:31 AM
This should do well. Good lighting and color.
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05/09/2007 09:43:58 PM
Gorgeous..... 10
(only complaint is that I'd like a bit more sharpness, but that's probably in part due to the small size...that and the blue of the sky looks a tad off. Perhaps darken the blue a shade or so.)
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05/09/2007 03:49:59 PM
beautiful colors, perfect exposure in foreground and background; i'm not sure what the cultural event is, but well done!
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05/09/2007 02:38:11 PM
face color seems like it needs to be toned down a bit ...
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05/09/2007 02:20:15 PM
Nice.
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05/09/2007 01:34:19 PM
Color and contrast works wonderfully. Good composition!
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05/09/2007 01:30:09 PM
Wow! Beautiful - it will ribbon for sure! 10
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05/09/2007 11:49:16 AM
I love this image! The angle is nice, the light on his face is nice, and the colors are great! This image is well in focus. Good job!
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05/09/2007 11:44:47 AM
Awesome photograph. I love the colors and the lighting is perfect. Great overall composition as well.
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05/09/2007 11:34:57 AM
nice coloring and lighting!the background is also very beautiful.
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05/09/2007 11:12:18 AM
Just....Wow....WOW! *10*
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05/09/2007 11:07:30 AM
Beautifully composed, vivid colors, nice natural lighting, great details!
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05/09/2007 10:03:59 AM
I'm guessing that this will ribbon ... very well done ...
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05/09/2007 08:31:00 AM
WOW - this is the only entry in the entire challenge that I find even remotely interesting.
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05/09/2007 07:49:24 AM
great lighting on the face, especially. Great focus, Great composition and use of background. Top ten, I think. 8
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05/09/2007 04:49:02 AM
Cool, cool, cool! 10
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05/09/2007 02:28:51 AM
To be honest, my only real complaint about this shot is that it looks "a little too good"; by this I mean, of course, that it lacks realism and spontaneity. The thing looks too set-up, staged, false. Yes, "technically," things look fine: good colors, nice composition, interesting subject. Also, the shot meets the challenge. So, I naturally wouldn't give this submission a "low grade," but its very "presentational" texture keeps me from being too kind, as well.
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