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Challenge: Single Light Source Portrait (DPL4 WK6) (Standard Editing)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Nikon D750
Lens: Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G
Date: Aug 27, 2018
Aperture: 5.6
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/100
Date Uploaded: Aug 28, 2018

My model backed out on me last minute, something I thought might happen, so I decided I'd risk the self portrait. The idea of smoke came to me when talking to a teammate about what "single light" meant and two hours, four pipes of dry tobacco, one cigar, and a tongue that lost all sense of taste for 2 days later this came out.

...after voting...

Wow, just blown away by the response. I can count on one hand how many times I've tried my hand at portrait photography, so I'm running with beginners luck on this one as it's my 2nd highest scoring image of all time. Thanks for the votes and comments. And I have to give a huge shout out to the best team on the planet, because what you see here came with hours of back and forth on various edits with input from all of them. In the end this one won out over these...

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Place: 1 out of 45
Avg (all users): 7.4375
Avg (commenters): 8.0000
Avg (participants): 7.3500
Avg (non-participants): 7.4773
Views since voting: 1020
Views during voting: 138
Votes: 64
Comments: 16
Favorites: 0

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09/05/2018 08:33:26 PM
Congrats on the blue, Jake. Very well done.
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09/05/2018 10:47:14 AM
Fabulous shot! 9 from me, love what you did with everything and your story, I can only imagine! Outstanding outtakes as well, love the colour cigar, looks very Clint Eastward!
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09/05/2018 08:53:45 AM
Great job Jake! All the hard work paid off. Go Hit Squad!
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09/05/2018 08:14:52 AM
This is awesome, Jake. I know I picked the cigar shot over this one while you were deciding, and I'm glad you ignored me lol... Outstanding work, go hit squad!!
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09/05/2018 07:15:46 AM
So, so good. I didn't know who's image this was, but I was praying it wasn't my competition when I threw down the 10. Best image in the field. Congratulations, you handsome devil.
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09/05/2018 04:41:26 AM
congratulations on a well-deserved blue. Now that's out of your system you can relax for the finals:)
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09/05/2018 04:17:17 AM
one of my "10", great
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09/05/2018 04:06:37 AM
WOOO! Congrats Jake, fantastic image and well deserved blue!
Go Hit Squad!
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09/05/2018 02:10:43 AM
Congrats Jake! Two smokers at the top :)
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09/05/2018 12:57:58 AM
Congrats on your blue Jake!
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09/05/2018 12:51:03 AM
Knew this would do well, a big congratulations.
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09/05/2018 12:50:59 AM
Congratulations on your big win!!

Is there nothing that you canít shoot well? :D


I love this, Jake.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/04/2018 07:25:05 PM
Interesting portrait, beautifully handled light. Top 3.
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09/04/2018 04:51:23 PM
probably, the best of the bunch, and clearly suggests "single light source" ))
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08/30/2018 10:13:35 PM
What a great face for photography.
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08/29/2018 12:21:42 AM
This is fabulous
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