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Challenge: One In 7 Billion (Advanced Editing VII*)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Nikon D3
Lens: Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX APO IF HSM for Nikon
Location: Chinatown , Singapore
Date: Jan 3, 2010
Aperture: F2.8
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/500s
Galleries: Candid, Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Jan 3, 2010

New resolution for 2010 , at least 50% of my submissions will be potraits style , less birds , bugs and animals for this year!!!

LOL !! I am going to watch my average drop this year

[Jan. 12th, 2010 06:39:46 PM]



This image is doing really well and I am absolutely delighted.
I TOTALLY AGREE with ALL the excellent & well thought out comments that I received. Totally agree that the Old Man's head seems to be pasted in floating too much. I was actually afraid that this perception would impact the score too much.
In retrospective , I should have lightened the old man's shirt more to reduce the floating effect.

On submitting the same man for both challenges , it was just pure coincidence. My intent was always to shoot for this challenge & not the Paul Simon one , but after editing a couple of the shots , I thought why waste it.

Andrew...13Jan2010

Again thanks for all the votes. It is nice to start the year like this.

Andrew...13Jan2010

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 99
Avg (all users): 6.9548
Avg (commenters): 6.7727
Avg (participants): 7.3667
Avg (non-participants): 6.8901
Views since voting: 5680
Views during voting: 463
Votes: 221
Comments: 55
Favorites: 4 (view)


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01/18/2010 04:46:57 AM
congrats sir andrew!
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01/17/2010 06:59:45 PM
Yes, the floating head is a bit disconcerting. But the beard is great :-)
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01/17/2010 06:59:44 PM
Yes, the floating head is a bit disconcerting. But the beard is great :-)
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01/16/2010 01:28:55 PM
Another nice one of this guy. Congrats on the red!
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01/14/2010 10:21:40 PM
When I first saw this photo, with the DoF, I thought it was a disembodied head.
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01/14/2010 09:27:23 PM
Not a bad start to 2010 for you eh!!! Two challenges, two ribbons, two awesome photos.
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01/14/2010 02:36:48 PM
I think I'm tired of seeing this face......
LOL
That was a joke,nice win!
Debbi
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01/13/2010 08:50:07 PM
Excellent find and brilliant job.
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01/13/2010 02:06:42 PM
Double front page whammy - there can't be many members in that club. (Somebody out there will know for sure).
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01/13/2010 01:07:53 PM
Way to go with your double-ribboning goodness! Well done.
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01/13/2010 10:50:57 AM
Brilliant work Andrew, congrats on yet another ribbon :)
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01/13/2010 10:23:12 AM
Way to go on the ribbon for both shots of this guy!! :) I so love portrait work and this is a beautiful image. Very rich.
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01/13/2010 08:59:14 AM
Way to go Andrew. That guy earned you two ribbons. Go buy him some tea or a shot of his favorite liquor lol :)
Grats on the ribbon
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01/13/2010 08:52:17 AM
Sure doesn't look like you're going to watch that average drop :) I seriously doubt it. Amazing AMAZING find!
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01/13/2010 07:42:24 AM
Excellent shot... lots of atmosphere.
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01/13/2010 07:36:42 AM
Awesome character study portrait, Andrew! Congrats on your well-deserved ribbon!
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01/13/2010 06:53:56 AM
I'd say your portrait adventure is off to a great start :D
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01/13/2010 06:15:49 AM
The intensity of the amazing face of this man is so captivating. Well done and well deserved ribbon.
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01/13/2010 05:07:23 AM
Sorry for telling you this but it's not to realistic.
The picture looks interesting but when i looked at the details i had the impression that the head belongs to "another body" :P.
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01/13/2010 04:47:59 AM
This guy is a celebrity!
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01/13/2010 04:01:35 AM
Clever man. Congrats
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01/13/2010 01:39:11 AM
Wow Andrew, two ribbons on the front page from the same guy! You neded to go back and buy him lunch! Great job...you're already off to a great start in the ribbon race for 2010!!!
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01/13/2010 12:50:50 AM
Wow! Two on the front page (most deserving, I must say). Excellent work, Andrew. Congrats and ((Hugs)).
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01/13/2010 12:48:10 AM
two ribbons with the same guy :) Congratulations. Hope you tell him thank you next time you see him.
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01/13/2010 12:39:41 AM
This guys is going to start charging you money if you get anymore ribbons with his face.
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01/13/2010 12:36:59 AM
How cool is it that you see the man in two spots on the home page? You better do a screen capture! Congrats!
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01/13/2010 12:16:10 AM
I gave this a 7 thinking it was James Cameron's entry. :P Seriously, as you already mentioned the head effect could have been more refined but in a way was symbolic given the narrative.

Message edited by author 2010-01-13 00:17:02.
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01/13/2010 12:11:16 AM
Nice shot, his face looks so 3-d..Congrats!
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01/13/2010 12:10:52 AM
Congratulations! Wonderful portrait of a amazing character!
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01/13/2010 12:07:04 AM
Ah! nice to see it here. A done favourite already!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/12/2010 11:36:16 PM
I also enjoyed your picture in the Paul Simon contest, this one is also amazing!
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01/12/2010 08:39:12 PM
Seen this guy before!! :D
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01/12/2010 05:41:19 PM
Wonderful sense of character. In my top few of the challenge. 9.
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01/12/2010 04:39:05 PM
Andrew, such a strange photo... the DOF makes it appear that the large head was cut and pasted onto the background. Also, fair or not, I don't want to see this guy on the front page twice (having already seen him this week detracts somewhat from the one-in-a-billion impact), so I find myself giving this a lower score than it probably deserves. Or maybe not, I really do find it too artificial looking. :-/
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01/12/2010 02:26:18 AM
Certain to ribbon unless there is a backlash from using him in another challenge. :) 9
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01/11/2010 07:06:40 PM
He is a nice subject. I would like to see less of the person in the foreground.
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01/11/2010 06:03:09 PM
not a fan of using the same setup two weeks in a row
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01/10/2010 04:05:02 AM
Wonderful character in the old man's face, but to me the processing makes the head appear as if it had been pasted into a different photo.
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01/09/2010 11:52:29 PM
Definitely a good story being told here. However, I feel like the post processing, the black shirt, and how it blends into the background sort of make it seem like his head is just floating apart from his body... and that kinda bothers me.
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01/09/2010 09:05:48 PM
you overdid the floating head effect. otherwise very good.
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01/09/2010 03:28:55 PM
Very nice detail and I like the color tone.
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01/09/2010 09:33:29 AM
A great subject, but I'm not sure about the processing - it looks like the guy's head is floating away from his body, or like it's a cut and paste job (which I know it is not).
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01/08/2010 04:12:26 PM
this one has kept my eye's too long..I love his expression and the composition.
overall the PP is a bit over for me,(looks like his head is hanging in the air..) yet it is a strong one. 9!
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01/08/2010 02:52:00 PM
Nice contrast between the players.
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01/08/2010 11:35:48 AM
It made me smile! Looks a lot unreal though because of over sharp and too blurred areas in the same focal plane
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01/08/2010 08:54:26 AM
No you are the master! Great! 10!!!
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01/07/2010 07:49:40 PM
Great face, love the b&w here, great shot. Congrats.
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01/07/2010 03:29:31 PM
This character is rather special and unique...good picture
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01/07/2010 01:59:44 PM
The DOF seems too narrow too me it makes his head llok like it was cut from a different picture if this was done in post process I would back it off a bit, would have given higher score but...
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01/07/2010 12:21:19 PM
Gotta be Andrew. ;-) Bet the is scoring well, my pick for a ribbon.
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01/07/2010 08:42:44 AM
Fantastic!

This image goes into my favorite. The composition is interesting, the expression, light, and tone so suitable. Did I mention that the title gives this image an additional dimension.

Very well done.
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01/07/2010 04:57:18 AM
top 10

10 from me
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01/06/2010 10:32:42 AM
i really liked your entry in the FS and hope it ribbons, but here the amount of softening makes his face look pasted in
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01/06/2010 08:19:02 AM
So here he is again. I think you the other one would have been better in this challenge as he's just by himself. Terrific character, nonetheless.
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01/06/2010 12:52:02 AM
I just think it's too much with the sharpening on his face. Would have been really good if more restrained. 6
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