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Challenge: Single Light Source Portrait (DPL4 WK6) (Standard Editing)
Collection: 2018
Camera: Canon EOS-60D
Lens: Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM
Date: Aug 28, 2018
Aperture: F2.8
ISO: 320
Shutter: 1/8
Date Uploaded: Aug 28, 2018

[Sep. 4th, 2018 02:36:05 PM]

Good grief, it just dipped down to a 4.35 now. To say that I expected this to score well would be a lie. This is not a portrait to showcase skills of technical mastery or pretty people. It is portrait of a person, my father as some of you will know, who is dear to me and unwell. He couldn't stand steady long enough for me to make this picture. He has Parkinson's. He doesn't suffer tremors nearly as much as just muscle rigidity and freezing. When trying to stand still, he will tremor subtly. It is hard for him.

A man who could once squat lift 300lbs, can now barely lift himself out of his chair.

Parkinson's is more than just shaking uncontrollably. Most of those who have it don't shake at all. It affects mind and body. The shallowness of some voters gets to me at times. A photograph is more than just a collection of bits and pieces to find flaw in. It is a whole, a moment, a thought, and sometimes a ballad. They don't all need to be pretty.

After: Thanks Don for the bling and to everyone for the comments. I appreciate them so much and it makes entering a photo such as this worth it.

Place: 43 out of 45
Avg (all users): 4.6032
Avg (commenters): 9.3333
Avg (participants): 4.6522
Avg (non-participants): 4.5750
Views since voting: 142
Views during voting: 106
Votes: 63
Comments: 6
Favorites: 1 (view)

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09/06/2018 01:25:29 PM
I gave this a 9. I thought it was a very powerful shot, with a story behind it. Probably got so dinged as it was not a full portrait of a head. But this is so emotive, I can honestly see this hanging in a gallery. I am sorry, I did not know your father was poorly, What a struggle for him and yourself. I think that the score affects you more, as you are pouring your heart into the photo as much as into real life. If you can, please do not stop taking photos of your Dad or life. Try to ignore the low votes and just be so proud of what you are communicating in your photos to some people. That is what counts in the end, that you did touch people, who have no idea about what is going on. All my love to you both.

Edited to add. On the my vote scale, you came in 5th place in the challenge.

Message edited by author 2018-09-06 13:26:23.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
09/05/2018 08:23:35 AM
artful and emotive - photography is so much more than what the DPC voters prefer it to be
  Photographer found comment helpful.
09/05/2018 01:04:08 AM
I envy your relationship and care for/with this beautiful man.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/04/2018 10:21:51 PM
this is photo is about focus. The focus makes this tremble

I'm hanging this in my fantasy gallery

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08/29/2018 10:07:01 AM
the world beyond - beautiful
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08/29/2018 12:11:25 AM
Ogggff, I love this shot. 9
  Photographer found comment helpful.

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