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A Portrait of An Artist
3rd PlaceA Portrait of An Artist
librodo


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: People II (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Nikon D70
Location: Boracay Island, Philippines
Date: Apr 15, 2005
Aperture: f 3.3
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/125
Galleries: Fashion, Emotive
Date Uploaded: Apr 17, 2005

Ralph is a henna tattoo artist in Boracay, Philippines. His presence is hard to resist. The moment I saw him, I made a resolve to take pictures of him. I didn't fail...I have more than 40 shots of him. I will post more after the challenge.

Statistics
Place: 3 out of 251
Avg (all users): 7.2199
Avg (commenters): 8.7442
Avg (participants): 7.2119
Avg (non-participants): 7.2276
Views since voting: 10275
Views during voting: 487
Votes: 241
Comments: 84
Favorites: 38 (view)


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05/01/2005 12:16:10 PM
I love how everything ties into a wonderful pictures. The webbing, expression, art on his body and the color of his hair. Wonderful colors as well. Great shot! congrats!
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04/29/2005 11:23:15 AM
Great work Manny!
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04/27/2005 01:08:45 PM
Congratulations on another ribbon! I was totally fooled by Philos31's image which I thought was yours... and when I voted on this I said to myself someone else is using Librodo's kind of light :D... lovely image. I particularly like how the net in the background adds to the picture, in another composition it might have been just an irritating background object but here it adds a lot to the picture. And an excellent light, as always!
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04/27/2005 09:38:34 AM
A stunning photo! Compliments! :)
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04/26/2005 11:16:49 AM
Amazing shot, such warmth
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04/26/2005 07:04:30 AM
Magnificent photo! Awesome subject. I look forward to seeing more. Congratulations.
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04/26/2005 04:38:43 AM
If only i have heard of this challenge, i might actually have enterd something. I get the news letters to late...You allready know my opinion on this phot Manny. It is outstanin, as all your latest Borocay shots are. Congratulations to 3rd placement and alo for inspiring the 1st placement :-)
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04/26/2005 03:56:26 AM
Congratulations Manuel! Amazing image!
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04/26/2005 02:32:34 AM
Congratulatiosn Manny. This shot is truly great!
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04/26/2005 12:01:43 AM
The moment this popped up said wow and hit the 10. Each time I look I want higher numbers to give it. I love the rich colors, contrast, placement, textures (esp the background is outstanding), and the expression shows a depth and hardship of a free spirit. I am really in awe of people who can do portraits, it is a struggle for me to even point the camera at strangers. Would you consider writing up a tutorial for us grovellers? Esp on ways to make people comfortable and be natural?
Thanks so much for your inspiration!
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04/25/2005 08:57:46 PM
Congratulations on your ribbon with this outstanding portrait, certainly my favorite in this challenge with this amazing capture of a storytelling expression. So beautifully done!
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04/25/2005 09:32:06 AM
Manny manny manny.... I just looked at your baracay photos and.... WOW!!! NG hasn't called you eyt for a job???? :-)

YOU ROCK!!!!!

Keep on insipring!
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04/25/2005 09:02:16 AM
Congrats on your 3rd place ribbon.
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04/25/2005 07:28:08 AM
I checked out the shots on your site and they are fantastic/ you have an unmistakable style. There has to be something to someone who takes portraits- you are not only taking pictures of people, but showing us autobiographical glimpses of yourself through the shots. absolutely great.
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04/25/2005 07:12:00 AM
congrats on ribbon number 8
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04/25/2005 04:32:57 AM
Congratulations Manny. Another beautiful piece.
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04/25/2005 03:01:33 AM
Congratulations on your well-deserved ribbon :) You just keep getting better and better!!!!! I'm in awe.
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04/25/2005 02:12:53 AM
So many winning choices from your on-line portfolio, wow you are indeed great.
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04/25/2005 02:03:53 AM
This challenge is very tough because a lot of people are expecting something from me. I ended up with the "yellow" and I am very very happy because I was able to ribbon. Choosing the right image was a difficult decision...I have some number of images to choose from.

I will post some later.

In the meantime, you can take a look at my Boracay pictures in this :

site

Thanks

Manny

Message edited by author 2005-04-25 03:27:11.
04/25/2005 02:02:48 AM
Did it again huh Manny.
Why should I not be even a bit surprised anymore. Congrats!
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04/25/2005 01:55:56 AM
I am glad this one ribboned. Congratulations !
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04/25/2005 01:50:49 AM
Stunning shot Manny!! Congrats :)

another fav
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04/25/2005 01:12:24 AM
congrats, manny...gorgeous shot!
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04/25/2005 01:01:08 AM
Manny, your at it again! Great job!
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04/25/2005 01:00:34 AM
Manny,
Congrats on a beautifull picture.
As I said, it's kind of awkward to end up where I did and "steal"your ribbon.
But I have to say, it's been a rush. Thanks again!
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04/25/2005 12:49:14 AM
gotta be one of my all time favs. awesome!
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04/25/2005 12:33:32 AM
another ribbon to your collection..great shooting!
04/25/2005 12:31:36 AM
Congratulations Manny! Although I did not vote in this challenge, I knew this was yours before I even loooked at the photographer's name. The subject is a little different from what you usually do but it has your style all over it. Beautiful photo.
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04/25/2005 12:31:13 AM
Originally posted by samtrundle:

Comment if you are librodo:

I thought pedro was the only man you'd ever photographed !? :).

Brilliant as usual.

Comment if you aren't librodo:

This is a very librodo-esque image - terrific control of natural light, and the background is great.

Whoever you are you have a ten from me!


You are far too good at this portraiture thing.

Congratulations!!
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04/25/2005 12:20:14 AM
Wonderful photo verry well composed, and great tones congratulations!
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04/25/2005 12:15:09 AM
Excellent Manny! Congrats! The net in the background looks great in this shot.
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04/25/2005 12:13:07 AM
Super shot. I like the atmosphere and background as well as the character of the model that shows through.
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04/25/2005 12:06:42 AM
Congrats on the ribbon Manny!
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04/25/2005 12:05:42 AM
Congrats, wonderful photo!!
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04/25/2005 12:05:10 AM
Great lighting and image, Manny! Many congrats on your ribbon!
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04/25/2005 12:04:57 AM
Manny: you are amazing. You fooled me here, did not think it was yours, but was highly moved by the great quality. Congratulations on your yellow.
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04/25/2005 12:04:33 AM
And there is librodo and his famous portraits!
U don't sease to amase me with these amazing shots of people!

Congrats on yet another ribbon!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/24/2005 11:56:02 PM
love the web and tattoo...colors are AWESOME...10
04/24/2005 11:25:56 PM
Gorgeous light. Strong expression.
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04/24/2005 10:24:55 PM
Now, we have an artist being photographed by a professional photographer, in my opinion anyways! What an excellent photo which conveys great emotion in it and great use of the background (something different instead of the plain color background). Hail to the master! ;-)
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04/24/2005 10:22:13 PM
Interesting capture with rich tones and great complementary background.
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04/24/2005 08:29:28 PM
You get a nine. love the lighting and his expression, wish you would have not cut his necklace off at the bottom. Very nice.
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04/24/2005 07:42:34 PM
Th colours are deep and engaging.
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04/24/2005 06:55:17 PM
very intense looking young man! the webbed net behind him adds a lot of interest. great warm tones. just a beautiful shot!
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04/24/2005 06:43:38 PM
Awesome
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04/24/2005 06:04:14 PM
another shot that looks like a Manny shot.. love the eyes, perfect crop and composition. 10
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04/24/2005 05:54:18 PM
This is a gorgeous shot, has almost a painting feel to it. I like that you kept the web in the shot, slightly out of focus.
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04/24/2005 04:35:48 PM
This is probably the best lighting and color tones I have seen in this whole challenge. Brilliant background choice and composition. I bet you'll be top 10 for sure if not a ribbon.

Good luck and Happy Shooting,

Chris A
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04/24/2005 04:33:12 PM
Great picture, definitely my favorite in this challenge. Good luck (10)
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04/24/2005 02:22:35 PM
Here's a photo with some character. I like the face being off-centered. Very good use of light and shadows. Good job!
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04/24/2005 02:10:22 PM
beautiful colors and shadows
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04/24/2005 01:41:13 PM
I love the background. Really gives the meaning of lines. and incorporating lines. The protrature is nice with the lighting giving DOF effect.
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04/24/2005 12:50:04 PM
I love the duplication of shapes between his tattoo and the background. Powerful shot
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04/24/2005 12:43:45 PM
Great lighting and colour, professionally done. 10
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04/24/2005 11:57:51 AM
Great lighting and intensity of expression. The eyes seem to follow you when you move....
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04/24/2005 09:17:46 AM
I love the brown-tones throughout, and the way the background is out of focus, but still lends understated interest. Great light & shadow. [10]
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04/24/2005 06:01:12 AM
one of my top photos. i like the warm colours, lighting, subject and background, my only minor critasism is: the subject is positioned looking out of the frame rather than in which looks a little bit awkward, however I think you get away with this because of the quality of the photo.
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04/24/2005 04:05:25 AM
Oooh... I just love this shot. The background seems to be as important, somehow, as the subject is, and the point where the two meet is right where it needs to be. The lighting and clarity are awesome - this is an absolutely stunning photo.
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04/24/2005 01:22:34 AM
dead eyes... well captured and excellent use of lighting. 6
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04/23/2005 06:18:29 PM
Powerful portrait.
Well composed and full of feeling. Nicely done!
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04/23/2005 09:50:17 AM
nice photo. really like the tones and light use. should ribbon.
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04/22/2005 08:02:20 PM
This is a great photo. The depiction definitely says something about the subject other than "Hey.. Here I am!" You have created a connection between the viewer and subject.. excellent work...
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04/22/2005 01:43:13 PM
nice work
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04/21/2005 02:58:04 AM
wowow
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04/20/2005 02:58:17 PM
Very nice light and placement of the subject in the frame.
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04/20/2005 01:15:06 PM
This composition is nice and the guy fits the overall mood, well done 7
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04/20/2005 09:06:58 AM
One of moust colorful portraits here.
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04/19/2005 11:33:46 PM
Great focus and eyes in this one
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04/19/2005 01:30:48 AM
wonderful warm colors.
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04/19/2005 12:19:43 AM
this is fabulous! love everything about it 10
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04/18/2005 09:59:54 PM
This looks like Librodos work. The shot is very moving and tells the story of the stereotypical troubled artist. The light is, of course, amazing and the way the detail of the background patterns and the pieces of tatoo come together is amazing. Excellent.
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04/18/2005 09:39:40 PM
Excellent tones and focal point for the eyes. Top 10!
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04/18/2005 06:58:55 PM
Just stunning. Wouldn't change a thing! In my top 5!! Thx for charing!
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04/18/2005 03:14:15 PM
I can not find a single thing to change. This smacks of Librodo, but if you are not him, accept my apologies and take it as the highest compliment I can give.

There is so much to tempt the eye here it's amazing. Perfect 10.
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04/18/2005 02:36:17 PM
I love the background - very effective here. The right side is a little dark, imo, but overall great picture
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04/18/2005 01:37:03 PM
I love the lighting and the colours you have captured. Its got to be in the top 5 at least.
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04/18/2005 11:50:50 AM
Beautifull, this must be a ribbon winner!
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04/18/2005 06:16:21 AM
Stunning, of course. Thanks Manny. 10
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04/18/2005 04:03:14 AM
Comment if you are librodo:

I thought pedro was the only man you'd ever photographed !? :).

Brilliant as usual.

Comment if you aren't librodo:

This is a very librodo-esque image - terrific control of natural light, and the background is great.

Whoever you are you have a ten from me!

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04/18/2005 02:43:22 AM
The composition here is first rate, just wonderful. Post processing is clean and preserves the integrity of the image. Top right corner of his face is just a bit in the shadows but not enough to warrant any deductions. A solid 10. My pick for the blue.
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04/18/2005 02:22:38 AM
Nice lighting & warm tones. Would've liked to see a little more on the right instead of having it all in shadow, but still a good image.
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04/18/2005 12:55:57 AM
aweSOME - i got the shivers
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04/18/2005 12:42:32 AM
10
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04/18/2005 12:22:46 AM
Simply beautiful!!! :o)
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