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Zac Johnson
Zac Johnson

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Challenge: People II (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-10D
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM
Location: Hickory, North Carolina
Date: Apr 11, 2005
Aperture: f/2.8
ISO: ISO 200
Shutter: 1/400
Galleries: Portraiture, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Apr 11, 2005

During my sports shooting for the local newspaper, I have met a lot of very interesting people. This young man, Zac Johnson, is 16 years old. He's an assistant to the coaches and athletes at Saint Stephens High School. I have seen him at every ball game I have covered for this school. I had never talked to him until tonight. I was covering a baseball game between Saint Stephens High and Hickory High. I was sitting in the Saint Stephens dugout while the team was warming up before the game started. Zac came in with a bag of sunflower seeds that he intended to eat. He was struggling to get the bag open. One of the ball players gave him some assistance and he started eating them immediately. He informed me that he needed to eat a lot of these because he's trying to perfect his seed spitting technique. Some of the baseball players can spit the seeds a long way and Zac hopes to compete with them someday :) I asked Zac if I could make a quick photo of him and he happily allowed me to do so...

I'm going to print about ten 4x6 prints of this and give them to him next time I see him. I plan to have him autograph mine for my Photo-A-Day album.


File: IMG_0444.JPG
File size: 1,727KB
Image Serial Number: 304-0444
Camera Model: Canon EOS 10D
Camera serial number: 1020300016
Firmware: Firmware Version 2.0.1
Owner: John M. Setzler, Jr.
Date/Time: 2005:04:11 18:00:05
Shutter speed: 1/400 sec
Aperture: 2.8
Exposure mode: Av
Flash: Off
Metering mode: Evaluative
Drive mode: Continuous: frame 1
ISO: 200
Lens: 70 to 200mm
Focal length: 200mm
Subject distance: 5.12 m
AF mode: One-shot AF
Focus point: [- - O - -]
Image size: 3072 x 2048
Rotation: none
Image quality: Fine
White balance: Auto
Color space: AdobeRGB
Saturation: Normal
Sharpness: Normal
Contrast: Normal
Tone: Normal
Custom Functions:
CFn 2: Shutter release w/o CF card: Not possible
CFn 6: Tv/Av and exposure level: 1/3 stop
CFn 7: AF point registration: all

Place: 17 out of 251
Avg (all users): 6.5172
Avg (commenters): 7.8800
Avg (participants): 6.4138
Avg (non-participants): 6.6207
Views since voting: 2576
Views during voting: 470
Votes: 232
Comments: 46
Favorites: 10 (view)

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07/11/2006 04:35:41 AM
aww, that's a sweet story.
10/15/2005 12:04:46 AM
Wow, very touching, John! I bet he is an incredible kid!
06/24/2005 11:47:12 PM
What a lovely image along with your narrative. You described his character perfectly just with your snap of the shutter. Great detail and contrast. His expression seems faintly proud.

I'm sure you did more for him that day than you know.
06/24/2005 09:53:43 PM
Good Job, John. I just added this to my fev. I love it.
05/05/2005 09:59:01 AM

I delivered a stack of prints to Zac at the baseball game I covered Tuesday night. He was delighted :)
04/26/2005 06:29:48 AM
congrats on your top finish I really liked this image well done
04/25/2005 05:45:08 PM
really one of my favorites of this challenge. Probably because of the clean unadulterated honesty in his face. I love that exchange you sometimes get between the subject and the camera that simply states," I'm here, this is me, no more and no less." I guess it's also a look which given without premise and without insecurity. Great capture.
04/25/2005 04:37:53 PM
I think this shot is really what the challenge should be about...taking a shot that speaks, and reminds us what it is to be human. One of the best in this challenge.
04/25/2005 08:58:53 AM
Congrats on your top 20 finish.
04/25/2005 08:25:20 AM
Your work consistently finds the beauty in life. This is one of those portraits that is not only technically excellent, but an emotional sponge as well; It soaked up more than light. I find this image particularly inspiring and I'm certain Zac will enjoy it as well.
04/25/2005 03:45:58 AM
I'm sure Zac will appreciate the photos. What a neat idea. I like this image more every time I see it, and I love the story behind it. Great job here as usual!
04/25/2005 01:00:08 AM
John, you capture the emotion of your town quite well. This is another excellent addition to it.
04/25/2005 12:26:22 AM
Congratulations on your top 20 finish. A most interesting capture.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/24/2005 11:55:08 PM
What an awesome job of capturing this guy's beauty :-) 10
04/24/2005 11:00:41 PM
Nice Photo
04/24/2005 05:39:49 PM
nice to see a portrait not of one of the lovely people. love it. 10
04/24/2005 01:56:45 PM
Some serious concentration going on here. Nice use of B/W for this capture. Very sharp around the nose and eyes, softens up a bit otherwise. Good job!
04/24/2005 12:33:50 PM
a symphatic portrait..good job
04/24/2005 11:52:53 AM
Great portrait. I love the intense gaze. Bumping to 10.
04/24/2005 04:06:36 AM
What a nice picture. I'd love to see it in color, too.
04/24/2005 02:55:56 AM
Excellent portrait. Don't care for the very think border, I think a thinner one is less detracting. Nice clarity and blacks and whites.
04/24/2005 02:20:22 AM
Good lighting, good focus, good choice of B&W ... wonderful portrait!!
04/24/2005 01:16:24 AM
Saw this one on you PaD. I figued you would ace this challenge, as people seem to be your forte' imo. Great character catch of him looking right into the camera. I like the tones, as I think it really draws to attention to his features.
04/24/2005 01:10:01 AM
only gave out 3 tens and this was one of them. amazing!!!
04/23/2005 03:19:14 PM
Great shot of a kid who's probably experienced some rejection and hurt. Love the tight crop and focus on his face and upper body. Wish the glasses were a little higher so they weren't cutting his eyes in half. Gutsy, reality based shot. Kudos to you!
04/23/2005 04:30:34 AM
Obviously not an ordinary character so this makes a special image...7
04/22/2005 10:14:44 PM
As I have previously stated, I believe this to be one of your best and most captivating portraits. Good work... would like to see some of your comments after the challenge is over.
04/22/2005 01:36:45 PM
excellent work again, john ... another 10
04/21/2005 05:31:19 PM
makes you want to know more about this guy, might have a lot to say
04/21/2005 04:22:20 PM
Zac has an amazing face and you captured it perfectly. Well done.
04/21/2005 02:50:22 AM
hey looks how i feel
04/20/2005 02:28:43 AM
He really looks like a nice fellow. Great capture. Good luck!
04/19/2005 04:25:44 PM
howzit zac!
04/19/2005 08:23:32 AM
Very nice!!!
04/19/2005 06:23:57 AM
Excellent portrait. Works well in warm-toned black and white. Like the viewpoint - not quite face on but still connecting directly with the viewer. Shallow DOF throwing the background out also makes the image more intimate. Really makes me want to meet this person.
04/19/2005 03:37:01 AM
Great portrait good detail and focus well done 9
04/19/2005 02:45:23 AM
Go Indians! Great pic. You really captured the beauty of the subject. It's great to see a joyful face well presented. Impressive (10)
04/18/2005 10:12:06 PM
what a face!
04/18/2005 10:10:09 PM
This shot shows great character in the subject. I am really bothered by the glasses cutting through the eyes. I think a bit lower angle would have made this perfect.
04/18/2005 08:32:42 PM
I think you need just a bit more depth of field. It would work better if his whole face (both ears included) were in focus.
04/18/2005 01:43:51 PM
This is a wonderful portrait. I hope Zac has a print of this to hang on his wall.
04/18/2005 12:01:41 PM
great portrait!!! i like how you framed/cropped it.
04/18/2005 11:44:47 AM
A nice and sharp picture. Little comments: could have cropped above the lettering in the shirt; the eyes are cut in half by the glasses, should have lifted them a big higher.
04/18/2005 09:08:14 AM
Hi Zac, great shot in all ways
04/18/2005 05:31:53 AM
I completely love this. It touches me. There's a central area that seems too bright; it's very noticeable in the thumbnail, but even in the larger size it's pullinh my eye down to the shoulder from the face. It would be worth an extra point on your score if this were fixed, but a trong entry in my eyes regardless.
04/18/2005 01:49:23 AM
Great DOF and black and white. Well done!

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