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Counting the Days
Counting the Days

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Challenge: Free Study 2020-04 (Standard Editing)
Collection: Challenges: People, Other
Camera: Canon Powershot SX70 HS
Location: Cape Cod
Date: Apr 29, 2020
Aperture: f/7.1
ISO: 160
Shutter: 1/500
Galleries: Portraiture, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Apr 30, 2020

Our first sunny afternoon in several days. Robert (' . substr('https://www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/1.gif', strrpos('https://www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/1.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Bear_music) came and sat across from where I was sitting. The light through the skylight caught the lowest part of his beard. My camera was within reach. I asked him to move his head forward a few inches and took 2 or 3 shots with no further preparation.... I mention this as it reminds me that the reason I often find my photos of people unsatisfactory is because something is lost while I am "setting them up".

I felt this off-centered crop worked better with the lighting.

Just to clarify in light of Lynn's ' . substr('https://www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', strrpos('https://www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', '/') + 1) . ' PennyStreet's comment. The title had multiple meanings for me.

While Robert does have several serious health issues, I'm glad to say that we are not yet "counting the days" in terms of their impact.

He is however, "counting the days" to leaving the house once again. His severe emphysema/COPD puts him in a very high risk category for covid-19.

We're also "counting the days" he will go before trimming his beard. I think it looks particularly handsome in this image, but in another couple of months ...

Thank you for the comments and votes.


Place: 7 out of 62
Avg (all users): 6.5088
Avg (participants): 6.5588
Avg (non-participants): 6.4348
Views since voting: 214
Views during voting: 104
Votes: 57
Comments: 12
Favorites: 0

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05/22/2020 10:04:27 PM
I like that you didn't make the eye in the dark completely dark. You left the sparkle.
I zoomed in and saw and was pleasantly surprised.
Nice detail.
In this world of redundant photography it is needful.
And in my opinion, necessary.
Otherwise, we'll all slide too much into the technical, and not recover easily!
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05/09/2020 12:11:10 PM
Great capture and great story. This image has that indescribable feel to it, at least for me.
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05/09/2020 07:47:48 AM
Great story, and a wonderful keepsake.
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05/08/2020 02:27:03 PM
This was a rare 10 from me. It's really stunning and I should have said so earlier. My best to you both!
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05/08/2020 02:38:01 AM
Lovely portrait, you two!
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05/08/2020 01:05:24 AM
WTG, Sweetie! You've captured the essence of bear beard-dom :-)
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05/08/2020 12:01:46 AM
The light in this is wonderful! Hi Robert! Hi Penny!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/07/2020 08:34:48 PM
Please be well.
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05/07/2020 05:51:29 PM
Grauwler is old grate wun (or is it gray wun?) is honured elder in trybe of Grog. Tells grate storees uv bravury. Won tyme Grauwler wuz in fite with favurite female (or saburtooth tyger, hard for Grog to tell diffurence). Female aksed if butt luks big in nu dres. Grauwler say butt not luk big bekause of dres, butt IS big. Grauwler like sleeping on rok by lake anyway. Grauwler invent kamping.
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05/03/2020 06:55:38 AM
A lot to like about your portrait. The title says it all and defines the purpose. The lighting is well executed and creates the mood. A little out of focus on the forehead which draws my eye to the lower part of your face and beard, but then that very tiny light in the eye adds the mystery! One of my favorites in the challenge.
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05/02/2020 11:30:15 PM
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05/01/2020 12:55:01 AM
What a face! Fabulous portrait!!!!
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