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Challenge: Black and White Portrait III (Standard Editing)
Collection: Challenges: People, Other
Camera: Samsung Galaxy S7
Location: Cape Cod
Date: Nov 14, 2017
Aperture: f/1.7
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/17
Galleries: Portraiture, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Nov 14, 2017

A spur of the minute shot. It felt like it was time to submit a portrait image, something I rarely do, and Robert ' . substr('https://www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/1.gif', strrpos('https://www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/1.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Bear_music has such an interesting face! I asked him to stand in front of this large piece of art that hangs in our living room. I processed it in a rather harsh style in part as a contrast to the very soft processing he used for his image of me.

Thanks for the comments. Always interesting to get a difference of opinion, as in this case in your views about the background.

PS I now realize that the phone camera with its very wide angle lens results in a distortion of the perspective at the extremes, at this distance. Robert has a long head, but it's not that long!! I didn't pick that up in the rush to get it submitted in time.


Place: 14 out of 67
Avg (all users): 6.1410
Avg (commenters): 7.1111
Avg (participants): 5.9744
Avg (non-participants): 6.3077
Views since voting: 434
Views during voting: 173
Votes: 78
Comments: 10
Favorites: 0

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11/22/2017 03:03:40 PM
I love this portrait and I think that, knowing the Bear electronically, the choice of showing him as part of an intricate design is extremely subtle and appropriate. His mind is a web of info, his eyes are forever searching and forever brooding and the lines on his face are telling a lot of stories.
Showing him like a tapestry (a look that he often favors in his photographic work) is a beautiful tribute.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/21/2017 09:38:03 PM
You're getting a little lost in the shrubbery.
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11/21/2017 08:54:04 PM
Good portrait of a man who seems to have spent some time standing against the wind - in a character-building way. Soft, ruminative eyes (in a deep thinking way, not in a chewing the cud way). While I like the patterns of the foliage background, it also is somewhat confusing. There's a kind of chameleon effect that I like, and gives the image a visual resonance.
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11/17/2017 11:25:36 AM
Is this ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/user_id/30861.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/user_id/30861.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Bear_Music's old mug i see here? ;-)
The beard might be gray, but the hair is still standing tall and dark.
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11/17/2017 10:29:44 AM
The choice of background is formidable as is the picture
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11/17/2017 01:22:53 AM
Now this is a portrait to me. Very nice work. 9
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11/17/2017 01:21:32 AM
the portrait is 1st class but it doesn't stand out from the background you can see a real bloke here 6
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11/15/2017 01:25:33 PM
Love this, even the busy background fits the scene.
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11/15/2017 10:06:48 AM
I have a vision of you doing the "snowangel" in those leaves after...
The background looks a little dark. The grain really adds something extra in this portrait. Great you didn't crop your arms out and made a portrait sized portrait :)
7 from me
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11/15/2017 12:47:52 AM
I would have given it another point if there was more separation from the background. He melds into it too well.
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