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Mango:Kenya
3rd PlaceMango:Kenya
hotpasta


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Free Study 2007-05 (Advanced Editing V)
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8
Location: Outside of Nairobi, Kenya
Date: May 22, 2007
Aperture: F1.8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/250
Galleries: Portraiture, Black and White
Date Uploaded: May 27, 2007

Took this at the fruit stand on the side of the road on our way to our school project in Kenya. We always stop there and buy the world's best magoes, pineapples, bananas and avocados at this place where families scrape a living selling their fresh produce. This child really locked into the camera. But the mother came and yanked him away. Later on she was glad to have him pose when we bought some fruit from her.

EDIT: Some levels, sharpening, curves and noise reduction. Cloned out some distracting dirt on the face. Was of two minds whether to leave it in or not, but decided to leave it out as your eyes went there imediately. Masked and selected the mango after a desat on the face. Used an overall yellow filter to get a browner duotone.

PREDICTION: I am hoping for a 6.7 plus on this. Don't think it will get a top 10 though. Maybe finish top 20??? Let's see folks...

POST: I was so disappointed with myself that I didn't take care with my selective desat. I was in a bit of a rush and the monitor I worked on didn't show it up as bad as all my other monitors. Sorry folks, but you were right.

Thanks for all the votes and great comments. Have had a great run lately.

I think Jeff's first place and the collection of his tiget images are spectacular, so I am not too sad to miss out.

And thanks Lesley Goodman for your inspiration on this site. To be compared with you several times with this image is a great honour for me as you are one of my favourites.

POST, POST: Wow...what's going on? This is the third time this has happened to me (that someone gets dqed and I get the ribbon). It's been a great 6 weeks...a blue a red and two yellows. Now how am I gonna get my big head out of my front door??? Bad luck to JJ.

Statistics
Place: 3 out of 617
Avg (all users): 7.1799
Avg (commenters): 7.7813
Avg (participants): 7.2549
Avg (non-participants): 6.8611
Views since voting: 6835
Views during voting: 331
Votes: 189
Comments: 69
Favorites: 40 (view)


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09/18/2008 04:23:34 AM
This is such a beautiful image, I love the use of the b&w vs colour, and the eyes are incredible!
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06/29/2007 11:08:32 PM
Man where have I been. Awesome job. The eyes are great. Another great b/w picture! Congratulations on the ribbon!
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06/13/2007 10:34:33 PM
Great capture and use of selective desat. Well done!
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06/12/2007 11:42:52 AM
This photo is so very well done. I love the clarity and the selective desat and the overall cropping and quality of this photo is off the hook!
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06/12/2007 02:09:28 AM
This is good, the eyes standout a ton.
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06/12/2007 01:48:28 AM
anuffer ribbon?? well deserved, cutest punkin, brave of you to use
selective desaturation just after a s.d. challenge.
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06/11/2007 10:30:52 PM
Congratulations on a well-deserved if belated ribbon. This is a stunning image - those eyes are so expressive. And it's a perfect image for selective desaturation.
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06/11/2007 09:12:55 PM
Congratulations on achieving the yellow ribbon mate, even re the sad demise of the origional first place, is now DQ'ed.
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06/11/2007 05:25:45 PM
Dramatic b/w portrait! Fantastic work! Congrats on the Ribbon!!!
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06/11/2007 10:54:41 AM
Powerful portrait. You know, if people take decent photos of black kids, they always get comments that it is Lesley Goodman behind the camera. That is of course one of the best compliments anyone can hope for!

Congrats on your 4ht place!
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06/11/2007 09:57:23 AM
beautiful pastor! i like your church website too. i'm blessed.
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06/11/2007 09:54:49 AM
Congrats on the Yellow, Enzo. Delayed gratification, but still well deserved.
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06/11/2007 09:47:59 AM
Congrats on your belated ribbon!

I really like this shot.
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06/10/2007 11:42:10 AM
Congrats on top five. Great photo.
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06/10/2007 03:57:52 AM
Just excellent. What mistake? I can't tear my gaze away from those eyes. Congrats on 4th!
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06/09/2007 05:31:28 PM
Unbelievable shot, love the destaturation and the tone all in all.
Well Done on 4th place!
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06/09/2007 07:38:28 AM
lovely work enzo
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06/08/2007 03:47:14 PM
Beautifully done Enzo. Congratulations on a great finish!
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06/08/2007 02:48:49 PM
Congrats on the fourth place Enzo. Lovely photo!
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06/08/2007 12:28:04 PM
Congrats on a fine portrait Enzo.
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06/08/2007 09:43:25 AM
Great finish. I figured it was either you or gsal. ;~D
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06/08/2007 09:37:39 AM
Enzo, WOW! This is absolutelyl my favorite kind of photo, and you NAILED it! Wish it had a ribbon under it, but you can't complain with a 4th place finish in a free study, and a 7.17 score, right?

Congratulations!

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06/08/2007 09:06:48 AM
Outstanding...if ever there was a case for handing out multiple blues, this challenge is it! Congratulations on the HM yellow ribbon!

Message edited by author 2007-06-11 18:10:40.
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06/08/2007 07:38:48 AM
stunning photo. Love the contrast. congratulations on 4th
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06/08/2007 06:37:45 AM
This really stands out and has a strong visual impact.
Congrats!!!!!!!!
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06/08/2007 06:25:04 AM
This really stands out. Great image, Enzo. Congrats on 4th place.
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06/08/2007 02:22:57 AM
Nice work Enzo! Congrats on the 4th spot! This was one of my faves!
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06/08/2007 12:52:21 AM
Congrats Enzo.
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06/08/2007 12:11:18 AM
it is a winner. no kidding.
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06/08/2007 12:07:20 AM
Awesome magical moment, and so wonderful, and so close.....
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06/08/2007 12:06:27 AM
Enzo: what a strong visual impact! Wow! Congratulations on your 4th place.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/07/2007 11:49:56 PM
Nice portrait.
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06/07/2007 10:16:16 PM
I'd LOVE to see this without the selective saturation.
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06/07/2007 06:20:34 PM
not to sure about this color is good and the eyes step out at you, but it seems to lack something
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06/07/2007 02:25:51 PM
you have done a great job capturing those sad, soulful eyes in such a dramatic way
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06/07/2007 12:52:39 AM
Well if this isn't a goodman portrait, then you have mastered the art.
Congrats! This s very nice.
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06/06/2007 03:28:36 PM
good contrasts, i like how the fruit (?) stands out in the image
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06/06/2007 01:57:45 PM
To me the eyes are the focus of this and the remaining colour in the mango fights with that. Beautiful nonetheless.
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06/06/2007 09:34:31 AM
This is an amazing photograph, there is an orange hightlight around the child's thumb that messes it up though. selective desat like this is really hard, I would try toning down the yellow a bit and them maybe the edges wont be so harsh. awesome capture though
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06/06/2007 08:11:15 AM
good post processing on this one.
the desaturation works very well.
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06/06/2007 03:39:56 AM
Amazing! Very nice picture. You've done a great job. 9
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06/05/2007 06:44:58 PM
10
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06/05/2007 03:26:50 PM
The whole world is in those eyes! There are some issues you may or may not wish to address (the blue tones below the mango and the line of orange on the thumb) but the picture is a great one.
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06/05/2007 02:38:46 PM
Excellent potrait! Look at his eyes!
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06/05/2007 01:51:18 PM
This is a wonderful pic. Gave it a 9 and faved it on the first run through.Coming back to look at it again and the only reason I dont bump it to a 10 is because of the color leaking out onto the thumb and shirt. On a quick glance it isnt noticeable, but this is an image I want to hang out and look at, so as I scrutinize it becomes very evident. If you make this a print I hope you fix that. Overall though really well caught image.
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06/05/2007 01:33:19 PM
Wonderful selective desat. The tones are perfect and the color matches it perfectly. Good job
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06/04/2007 02:13:04 PM
Strong emotion and texture...
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06/03/2007 04:40:57 PM
Lovely! Those eyes are just penetrating! This is a truly great example of selective desat done right :-)
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06/03/2007 12:37:52 PM
goodman? wonderful shot. 10
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06/03/2007 08:16:21 AM
great portrait, little color on his thumb and finger but otherwise perfect

8

Jack
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06/03/2007 08:13:42 AM
Dramatic. Made me feel like donating money
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06/03/2007 06:55:51 AM
I like this very much..the only thing detracting from it for me is the slightly unnatural colouring of the fruit where it looks as if you`ve burned in or altered the highlight areas in some way ?. Maybe it`s just my monitor :-)
That aside, it`s a top pic and gets a 9 from me.
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06/02/2007 04:37:01 PM
What beautifully captured eyes and emotion.
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06/02/2007 01:25:15 PM
Love this image...well done. So much is seen in his eyes.
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06/02/2007 11:33:31 AM
great portrait
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06/01/2007 11:54:39 PM
Beautiful portrati. His eyes are amazing. 10
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06/01/2007 10:31:32 PM
The eyes are very entrancing and the photo very charming. The selective desaturation really works well here. Excellent!
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06/01/2007 08:15:26 PM
Beautiful detail and Selective Desat. I would suspect Goodman. 7
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06/01/2007 07:47:26 PM
This is absolutely amazing, I love the way the color stands out from the rest. And a really captivating image at that.
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06/01/2007 02:40:50 PM
Oh, this is really well done. I love the tight crop. Those little eyes are quite captivating
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06/01/2007 02:23:54 PM
awesome portrait. his eyes look so strong, beautiful capture.
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06/01/2007 12:56:28 PM
Beautiful! Love the eyes.
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06/01/2007 12:50:43 PM
An excellent image and the selective desaturation works well - just a few problem areas where the fingers are in contact with the fruit.:)
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06/01/2007 09:35:10 AM
WOAH. Excellent use of selective desat. The DOF is awesome. Such eyes. 8
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06/01/2007 05:28:29 AM
Very strong image, love the selective colour and the eyes tell a thousand stories
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06/01/2007 03:56:17 AM
Good lord, what a great shot! Great job! There is some color fringing at the base of the mango but, eh who needs to be picky? I'm guessing this is hotpasta's image.
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06/01/2007 12:56:02 AM
I love the expression!
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06/01/2007 12:27:06 AM
Wooo.. This stood out even as a little thumbnail. An early fav for me.
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06/01/2007 12:16:02 AM
great eyes
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