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Challenge: Free Study 2009-11 (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: 2009
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
Location: Waxahachie, Texas
Date: Nov 7, 2009
Aperture: F6.3
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/125
Galleries: Portraiture, Military
Date Uploaded: Nov 19, 2009

A participant in a WWII battle reenactment for veteran's day. This gentleman was part of the French Foreign Legion unit. I stood in front of him for a few minutes while he puffed on his pipe to create some dramatic smoke for me.

I'd be thrilled if this entry could make three 6+ freestudies in a row for me, but freestudies being the harsh competitions they are, anything over a 5.5 will please me.

Anticipated critiques:
-Don't like the desaturated color.
-Cropped too close


Post challenge notes:
Wow, I'm happy! Three 6+ freestudies in a row. This run is going to be hard for me to beat!

Statistics
Place: 82 out of 366
Avg (all users): 6.1088
Avg (commenters): 7.3636
Avg (participants): 6.1373
Avg (non-participants): 6.0444
Views since voting: 923
Views during voting: 96
Votes: 147
Comments: 19
Favorites: 3 (view)


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01/05/2013 04:12:31 PM
You have a knack for sort of street portraits - undoubtedly due to your willingness to engage your subjects, work with them, and get the look you're after.
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12/26/2009 08:27:25 AM
Steve, this is awesome! Great character, and the pipe adds splendid effect!
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12/08/2009 03:48:18 PM
Great character study!!
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12/08/2009 02:50:44 PM
A 10 from me during voting. The smoke is perfect... the processing fun and not overdone.

Perfect, in my book.
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12/08/2009 07:04:06 AM
Highly underrated in my opinion. There is so much personality in this photo. 9 from me.
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12/08/2009 06:47:05 AM
I thought this was wonderful!! I was one of your 8s. I absolutely love the smoke and the close crop. Just spectacular, all the way around! Well done, and it should have been even higher!
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12/08/2009 05:27:51 AM
I know that you commented (in the forums) that you hadn't received a long comment - honestly, this was the one I was closest to giving a long comment to without doing so; I even showed it to my wife with the question 'Unconventional - yes or no?' She actually said yes, but it didn't send me over the edge.

So, by way of correcting my error here goes:

[OK, I'm going through the Free Study submissions, purposefully finding those images I think are shot with a less conventional eye - this is one of those images! Thanks for offering something that isn't just DPC friendly eye-candy (though of course there's nothing wrong with eye-candy). I'll be picking one of these images for the Mu (most underrated) award:]

Positives: Despite my earlier assessment - this IS a quite unconventional portrait. I really like the texture in the face face and shirt and this coupled with great sharpness contrasts well with the smooth and blurry smoke. The lighting is fabulous and I really like the way we can see his eyes through the tinted lenses. I think the main element of the composition are great and you were absolutely right to go with the close crop.

Critical stuff: The border - it does suit the image but for me it is a little gimmicky; your image doesn't need the help the border gives in offering a nostalgic feel. I wish you had trusted in its intrinsic power to a convey a mood all on its own. I think the red tie dropping from the ear is a little distracting - I'm not sure what you could have done about that - perhaps a very selective blur? Though on second thoughts - it does ground the image and offer some situated context so on reflection I'm probably wrong to mention it.

Overall: A highly competent image which is well served by its PP. You have said it in your notes but it looked to me as if there was the tiniest bit of tone mapping going on. Overall, a very good job.

I didn't vote either but this would have been a 7 for me.
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12/08/2009 12:05:47 AM
This photo is incredible. Im glad it finished above 6 for you, but I still maintain it deserves much better.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/07/2009 11:26:08 PM
great effect.
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12/07/2009 11:04:18 PM
Extremely good portrait work.
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12/07/2009 06:18:56 PM
Has a truly historic feel to it. A trip back in time! (That you, Steve?)
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12/07/2009 12:12:52 PM
A superb portrait, very well done! 10
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12/06/2009 06:40:37 PM
not so crazy about the border... love the green hue but would also love to see this in a sharp b/w. really nice capture!
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12/05/2009 02:46:47 AM
I really like the vintage look of this. The round glasses and pipe contribute to this. As does the framing. Beautifully done.
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12/04/2009 12:14:15 PM
This looks vintage and I'm pretty sure that's what you were aiming for! Good stuff.
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12/02/2009 08:50:46 PM
One of my favourites in this month's free study. I really like the way this is processed to look slightly desaturated. Gives a nice aged feel to the shot. Hope to see this ribbon.
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12/02/2009 12:53:01 PM
well done...super good job with the processing and capture
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12/01/2009 04:21:36 PM
It's very WWII and I love it! Rommel, MacArthur etc. This is wonderful.
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12/01/2009 04:15:42 AM
nice portrait 7
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