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Challenge: High Contrast (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
Location: old main road
Date: Sep 2, 2005
Aperture: f5.6
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1.30
Galleries: Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Sep 3, 2005

hoping this is "high contrast"

wow! thanks for the votes, comments,
woke up to a very BIG surprise!

well there were lots less contrasty than mine ;-)

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 343
Avg (all users): 7.1772
Avg (commenters): 8.5135
Avg (participants): 7.0886
Avg (non-participants): 7.3229
Views since voting: 13684
Views during voting: 449
Votes: 254
Comments: 114
Favorites: 54 (view)


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06/05/2008 10:07:46 PM
Hope you have another image for High Contrast III seeing that you have won two blues for I and II! I am looking forward to seeing another quality image like this from you...I'll race you to the finish line. Enzo
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11/22/2005 02:07:15 PM
Congrats! Well done! I feel that I already know the man :)
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11/15/2005 10:11:23 PM
One of my all time favorites I've seen here at DPC. This man bears his soul in his eyes. Incredible texture, I want to reach out and touch it.
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11/14/2005 07:55:42 PM
Simply wonderful... thank you for sharing
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10/04/2005 07:18:29 AM
I admire your photography goodman. Keep up the good work.

Ben
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09/17/2005 02:07:36 AM
you have capyured a dreary day ahead in his eyes.Congrats
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09/16/2005 12:14:48 PM
* Greetings from the Critique Club *

Great... How the **** am I supposed to comment on such a phenomenally successful image!!! LOL I'll do my best to give you my opinions, but please take them with a grain of salt, as this shot won the blue for a lot of very good reasons!

Composition:
Perfect. I can't think of anything that would improve it. This shot really captured personal character beautifully. The weary eyes and expression speak volumes.

Lighting:
Almost perfect. The lighting on his face is superb. There is a hot spot on one of the brooms.

Focus/DOF:
Perfect. Incredible detail on the man's face and a very gentle DOF that allows the viewer to see the background (and the brooms) but concentrate on the man.

Meets the Challenge:
Exceptional (obviously)! This image really stood out to so many people for a reason. It really captured a beautiful moment in very high contrast (on a number of levels).

Overall:
Outstanding shot. Congratulations on your well-deserved blue ribbon.
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09/16/2005 06:29:44 AM
Missed this one during the quick skim-through of entries. What a stunner. I love the direct eye contact, the textures of his face, the light and shadow and the background too which provides context as well as visual balance. Wonderful portrait!
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09/15/2005 07:20:43 AM
An excellent photo. When I look at the voting breakdown for this photo (and other winning photos) and see how many voted 7 or less, it really makes me wonder about the aesthetic judgement of the majority of DPC voters. Wonderful composition, great contrast and a fine photo overall. Congrats.
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09/15/2005 03:32:34 AM
Because of the contrast the detail is enhanced to create such an expressive picture. Well Done !

-Lisa

Message edited by author 2005-09-15 03:33:33.
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09/13/2005 08:15:46 PM
great job, joey's mom! ;)
congrats on the blue!
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09/13/2005 03:43:03 PM
Howdy, Just to say that you got a "Great Photo". It is so expressive. You can almost read his eyes. Good Luck with your work. Maybe someday I will learn enough to do as well.
cuggie
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09/13/2005 10:18:51 AM
I really like this picture!! Congrats!
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09/13/2005 10:16:43 AM
You did an awesome job! I love the tones here...so much contrast there is a silver look to it. I love it! Congrats on the blue..you deserve it.
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09/13/2005 08:27:39 AM
well done aunty les, such a beutiful pic. congratulations!!!!!
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09/13/2005 06:06:41 AM
Congrats on your first Blue.
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09/13/2005 04:24:03 AM
Great capture, well deserved ribbon. Congratulations !
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09/12/2005 08:37:58 PM
Plain marvellous. Very well done and congratulations.
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09/12/2005 08:37:55 PM
congrats - nice candid - fit the theme well.
you've got a good eye.
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09/12/2005 07:14:24 PM
Beautiful! I love this a lot. I haven't added to my favourites in a long while but this one deserves it!
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09/12/2005 06:46:45 PM
After seeing your alternate, I think you made the right choice.

Message edited by author 2005-09-13 02:45:24.
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09/12/2005 05:17:16 PM
defenately draws me in some more everytime i look it ;-)
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09/12/2005 04:02:51 PM
nice one cyril .... getting good hey
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09/12/2005 11:15:18 AM
Lesley you rock ................. and sway and stagger ............ and sometimes tip over! I knew this shot would ribbon. That being so, I really dont like you! Well ....................okay, I do like lke you. Naw! I think I like Doris better. Well .. since you two hang out together anyhow, I like you too. Problem solved. Congrats!

Message edited by author 2005-09-12 11:15:36.
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09/12/2005 09:57:58 AM
What a wonderful shot! Way to go!
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09/12/2005 09:56:12 AM
Congrats leslie, a well deserved blue, great shot. A man(and photo) with a story to tell! Very well done!
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09/12/2005 09:10:08 AM
Contrasty-yes, IMO. Congrats on your blue! Beautifully done.
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09/12/2005 08:53:09 AM
Congrats Lesley
At last a blue one for you.
This one is a very worthy winner.
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09/12/2005 08:40:46 AM
great photos, dont worry about all the crazy posts. It is a great photo!!
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09/12/2005 08:34:06 AM
Congrats! :)
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09/12/2005 08:21:43 AM
This is a a super photo! Congratulations!
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09/12/2005 08:15:24 AM
Congrats on your blue. Very deserving of first place.
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09/12/2005 08:05:21 AM
Congrats on the blue!!! A very touching and expressive portrait.
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09/12/2005 07:35:59 AM
Even with just the thumbnail, this is a compelling shot. His eyes reach me.
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09/12/2005 07:02:26 AM
Nice Lesley! Such an honest and well defined shot and you've composed this fantastically well. Perfect DOF and congrats on another ribbon :)

Certainly showcasing our countrymen/women/children in the DPC top 10 with your portraiture!

Alex
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09/12/2005 07:01:27 AM
Just another ordinarily brilliant shot..at least from you. Wow!
I missed this challenge..congrats!
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09/12/2005 06:52:38 AM
Love this shot, congrats!
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09/12/2005 06:46:45 AM
EXCELLENT! You are on a roll! Well-deserved win. Great tones. What else is there to say? What else is there to prove?

Manny
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09/12/2005 04:28:50 AM
you are just awesome, doris. :)
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09/12/2005 03:52:31 AM
You deserved a blue ribbon with this outstanding shot. You're the best!
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09/12/2005 03:47:52 AM
Beautiful shot. Great job and congrats! :-)
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09/12/2005 02:55:38 AM
What a wonderful soul in this image, textures and tonings are outstanding! Congrats on your very well deserved blue Lesley! (((hugs)))
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09/12/2005 02:33:29 AM
WTG Lesley! This was one of my high scores. I can't believe allt he people saying it's not "high contrast"; I think it works very well both as HC and as an image in its own right. Congrats on your blue!
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09/12/2005 02:18:48 AM
Well, what can I say, I am speechless. You are brilliant! Congratulations on a spectacular portrait and a blue ribbon!
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09/12/2005 02:02:59 AM
Wow another ribbon! Certainly well deserved. Look at that detail. Amazing. Congrats and Enjoy!
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09/12/2005 01:36:17 AM
Congratulations on first Blue, Lesley. It's a very fine image, but there's several more that are even better in your portfolio, so I hope this ribbon will encourage people to dig deeper into your work ... it's a rewarding and instructive experience, especially for those interested in discovering where art and photography merge.
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09/12/2005 01:36:08 AM
Fantastic capture.
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09/12/2005 01:17:18 AM
congrats thats a great portrait!
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09/12/2005 01:15:46 AM
Congratulaions! Well done!
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09/12/2005 01:13:37 AM
What have you done? :)
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09/12/2005 01:08:06 AM
What a STUNNING photo!!!! I was out of town for the whole challenge. What a treat to come back and see such beautiful work! Congratulations!!!

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09/12/2005 01:02:52 AM
Lesley, great shot. I loved this one during the challenge and think it is a well deserved blue. Congrats.
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09/12/2005 12:55:34 AM
Nice one Lesley! Proudly South African!
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09/12/2005 12:46:55 AM
and a controversy to boot. what a bonus.
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09/12/2005 12:36:03 AM
Congrat's on your first Blue! Great shot.
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09/12/2005 12:30:11 AM
Hey Leslie: This is a powerful study flawlesly captured. Congratulations on your BLUE.
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09/12/2005 12:27:00 AM
go Lesley go Lesley go!
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09/12/2005 12:26:46 AM
CONGRATS on your blue.. woo hoo.... i love when you read the photographers comments after.... 'hoping this is high contrast'.... yep it sure was.. and a great score to get the blue.... well done lesley....
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09/12/2005 12:26:01 AM
high contrast enough for me
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09/12/2005 12:23:10 AM
I kinda had a feeling this one would ribbon. Great work and congratulations!!!
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09/12/2005 12:19:43 AM
Congrats on your first Blue Ribbon Lesley.
Superb shot!
You certainly have a way with capturing the human element.

Now, can ya' shoot cars? 046.gif
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09/12/2005 12:18:40 AM
wahooey. that's a nice one.
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09/12/2005 12:18:36 AM
congrats...i didn't get to vote, but would have certainly given a 10...awesome shot!
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09/12/2005 12:15:18 AM
Great job! Congrats on the blue :)
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09/12/2005 12:14:53 AM
woohoo...excellent shot! congrats on the blue...you're on fire lately! :)
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09/12/2005 12:14:37 AM
I am quite pleased and unsurprised to see this excellent photo on the front page. Highest congratulations.
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09/12/2005 12:06:43 AM
Here's to hoping! :-) Well done and congrats on the blue!!
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09/12/2005 12:03:20 AM
i knew it mom!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/11/2005 04:57:20 PM
The expression is extraordinary! Wonderful! :)
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09/11/2005 03:36:12 PM
love the crop and tones!!
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09/11/2005 12:18:14 PM
Very nice contrast!!! 9
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09/11/2005 10:57:04 AM
Great job. Awesome capture. Wow what detail.
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09/11/2005 02:38:23 AM
I like everything about this photo. Great job.
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09/11/2005 01:56:26 AM
you gunna win les!
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09/10/2005 04:39:49 PM
Great capture! What a beautiful expression this guy has. Technically, this picture is everything I wanna be when I grow up. Good crop, good colors, good everything.
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09/10/2005 01:59:09 PM
Fit Challenge Criteria: 2/2
Contrast/Color: 2/2
Composition: 2/2
Photo Quality: 2/2
My Subjective Affinity: 2/2

Awesome portrait. I really like how you captured him with the brooms also. Great texture on the skin. This would have done well in the texture challenge also. Nice work.
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09/10/2005 10:22:31 AM
The DOF is spot on. Third time around and this one deserves a bump :)
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09/10/2005 02:36:47 AM
Amazing shot! Great detail and contrast, this should be one of the top in this challenge.
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09/10/2005 01:50:59 AM
Awesome shot, the contrast is wonderful!
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09/09/2005 11:59:22 PM
I really like this shot
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09/09/2005 08:03:40 PM
Excelent portrait.
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09/09/2005 06:33:39 PM
Excellent portrait. Great composition, not only is the face in a good part of the frame but the background tells something about the person and the brooms act like a leading line. The expression is the one of someone who has had a hard but honest live. Love the tone. I don't know why I had this at 8, bumpin up to 10.
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09/09/2005 01:56:38 PM
powerful, haunting, incredibly effective photography. this man looks like he was built of leather. textures in the skin and beard are amazing. if this doesn't finish in the top ten, I will sacrifice three goats
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09/09/2005 09:02:21 AM
Very nice tonal range. 9
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09/09/2005 08:49:09 AM
this is a standout... memorable among the many entries... just the right composition... one of my ribbon picks
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09/08/2005 11:49:31 PM
A superb character shot! This would make a terrific portrait. You've really captured his personality. Not sure how it works with the theme, but love the shot!
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09/08/2005 09:41:53 PM
Contrast in texture? Masterful, truly masterful!
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09/07/2005 09:08:03 PM
Excellent shot, looks like a statue.
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09/07/2005 08:14:37 AM
wooooow amazing skin tone, one of the best
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09/07/2005 12:06:00 AM
What a great shot, I love it
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09/06/2005 11:07:49 PM
Great face for a great image
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09/06/2005 10:24:27 PM
Very good portrait ... looking forward to see the portrait you will send in to "color portrait" ... you will score around 6.5 for this one.
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09/06/2005 03:35:23 PM
Nice work
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09/06/2005 01:41:02 PM
Great sharp and contrasty picture.
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09/06/2005 12:33:45 PM
Great Photo! I'm not sure about the contrast, though, except maybe its the sharpness of the photo.
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09/06/2005 12:27:15 PM
One of the best images I`ve come across so far.
Beautifully composed and superbly lit.
Sure to do well.
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09/06/2005 11:05:54 AM
I like this photo for so many reasons.
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09/06/2005 10:14:05 AM
great compostion on this. Excellent shot
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09/06/2005 03:48:20 AM
Nicely composed and processed shot.
Certainly one of the best in the bunch in all honesty, just as it is.
Detailed, yet not oversharpened.
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09/06/2005 03:39:00 AM
Excellent photo. I really like how the brooms make up the background. Excellent lighting and contrast. Definately a winner for me.
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09/06/2005 12:48:45 AM
This is amazing...
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09/05/2005 09:06:17 PM
nice, clarity, composition, blurr on brooms, emphasis on eyes (soul) and whiskers...nice job 10+
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09/05/2005 07:48:40 PM
Beautiful character portrait. Great tones, composition, and focus. Good contrast too - nice job.
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09/05/2005 07:29:38 PM
Good contrast. One of my favorites so far. I bet this would have worked for the color portrait challenge also. :-)
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09/05/2005 06:55:59 PM
Can you say ribbon? How about blue ribbon? How about ....................... NICE!!!
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09/05/2005 05:54:47 PM
very nice toning and great texture. perfect subject for contrast. the crop is great...just enough information to confirm your title.
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09/05/2005 04:28:36 PM
It seems to me that there's a problem with Depth-of-field (or subject movement) and composition. The subject is spectacular.
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09/05/2005 03:37:00 PM
Wow you have captured character in this photo, its like you can tell were he's been. Great shot 9
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09/05/2005 12:34:00 PM
great photo. his eyes make me want to keep looking ad searching. he looks sad and so tired. great emotive photo . good luck
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09/05/2005 09:29:51 AM
7
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09/05/2005 01:28:33 AM
This is awesome. I love the texture of his skin and beard. His eyes are so telling - you captured his essence. The brooms in the background are a wonderful addition. Ten for sure.
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09/05/2005 12:42:17 AM
this has that really good feeling of a goodman. it feels slightly out of focus and it's hurting my eyes to look at it a little but I think that might be fixable with a little unsharp mask.
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09/05/2005 12:39:54 AM
Wonderful shot and probably a ribbon winner! Lovely detail and perspective. If there is one nit pick, its that its really doesn't say "high contrast" to me. 8
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09/05/2005 12:13:34 AM
What a stunningly beautiful portrait... excellent detail, beautiful tonal range, and a terrific example of high contrast. I wish I could give this one an 11. :)
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