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Ol' Blue Eye
Ol' Blue Eye
samtrundle


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Free Study IX (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Pentax *ist DS
Lens: Sigma 18-125mm f/3.5-5.6 DC for Pentax
Location: Brisbane
Date: Nov 27, 2005
Aperture: 5.6
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/250
Date Uploaded: Nov 27, 2005

Well, this is fairly similar in some ways to the last shot I entered - but I realised I didn't have a decent colour photo of my grandfather, so I arrived at his house the other day, hung up a black sheet, laid out a stool, and asked him to put on the hat. After that his natural clowning around instinct takes over and I just did my best to get a good shot.

By the way - in case you can't clearly tell, he only has one eye...hence the title.

Yes...I have noticed that most of the people shots I've entered here on dpc involve a black background, I would have liked to do something about that, but what can I say - I like this shot.


Statistics
Place: 11 out of 519
Avg (all users): 6.9408
Avg (commenters): 8.0769
Avg (participants): 6.9573
Avg (non-participants): 6.8947
Views since voting: 2287
Views during voting: 473
Votes: 287
Comments: 36
Favorites: 9 (view)


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01/11/2006 07:13:21 PM
another great portrait. well done.
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12/09/2005 12:17:03 AM
I gave this a 7. Excellent reading/insight of your comments. You now have a very good portrait of your grandfather. If it took a 'photo challenge competition' to get it, so be it, either way, it is now 'captured'. You have something special here that no words can explain.
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12/08/2005 01:37:09 PM
I had this one wishfully slotted as a top 5. Congrats on a fine portrait!
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12/08/2005 12:06:51 PM
nothing better than a black background for a blue eye
great portrait!
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12/08/2005 11:34:28 AM
A great touching character study. Congratulations on your top 20 finish.
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12/08/2005 09:13:20 AM
I'm a black background fan too!! Congrats on your high placement. What a wonderful model! Give grandpa a hug from me.
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12/08/2005 07:58:09 AM
Great comeback entry.

Well done on the score and finish.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/07/2005 11:46:27 PM
Great shot and the expressions are just impressive!!
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12/07/2005 07:47:50 PM
I love people shots and this one is special. Bumped up.
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12/06/2005 09:51:32 PM
What can I say......I'm speechless.
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12/06/2005 12:22:09 PM
Compostion: 10
Technical: 10
Appeal: 10
Challenge: 10
Overall: 10
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12/06/2005 11:50:08 AM
Pretty well performed portrait and interesting face.
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12/06/2005 09:25:39 AM
Great color of skin tones , like the tilt and angle of subject that is set well against the black. Good luck on this eye popping study. -8-
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12/05/2005 06:04:42 PM
Great portrait of a great subject. The detail, focus, and color looks nice..... 8
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12/05/2005 11:57:45 AM
The light is just perfect for showing off the texture in the gentleman`s skin & clothing.The plain dark background is a great backdrop also.
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12/04/2005 10:20:12 PM
Such character. I like how you didnt try to smooth anything out, and the light just hilights every crease.
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12/04/2005 10:18:30 PM
What a perfect study! His face looks like it was carved out of stone.
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12/04/2005 09:29:14 PM
A portrait of a man whom we can see the effects of time and experience that shows us a 'roadmap' of a life lived. What makes this gentleman stand out of a normal crowd is the fact he has just one eye. It is a little unsettling to observe at first but then one gets to wondering how this man's life experiences lead to his appearance - there is a story there waiting to be told. My critique on this photo is that I think you could fill more of the frame with the man and get rid of the negative space on the left. A closer crop on just a head shot would improve the photo and keep the eye's attention directly focused on the main subject.
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12/04/2005 04:16:38 PM
The lines and texture of his face conveys so much character. Simple yet compelling shot. 9
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12/04/2005 11:06:12 AM
Really fabulous portrait!
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12/04/2005 09:09:39 AM
How can you not give it a 10? Marvelous.
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12/03/2005 11:37:46 PM
With all the things that photoshop can do, couldn't you fix this gentleman up a little?

;-) Very nice.
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12/03/2005 11:37:42 PM
Great man, great photo.
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12/03/2005 01:40:36 PM
nice photo....gritty...lots of grain....great lighting and composition.....
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12/03/2005 10:47:06 AM
Nice image...terrible title.
12/03/2005 04:24:02 AM
Freddy Krueger? sorry just kind of looked like him.
12/02/2005 07:01:09 PM
great portrait!
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12/02/2005 02:46:21 PM
He reminds me of Freddy Kruger!
Well done~!
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12/02/2005 02:00:26 AM
This is just very, very good. Amazing detail. Awesome subject. Great comp, great lighting. This is the kind of photo one could sit and study at great length. In fact, I think I will :-) Awesome job, thank-you!
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12/01/2005 10:59:45 PM
What a glorious photograph. It is packed full with character and story. Extremely well executed in every category.
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12/01/2005 04:54:33 PM
Wonderful, wonderful! Can't say enough about this. Focus is spot on, clarity is brilliant, colors are rich, lighting is perfect and above all this you seemed to have caputred his soul. Well done.
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12/01/2005 12:20:51 PM
Composition: 7, Technical: 7, Appeal: 6, Challenge: 9, Overall Calculated Average Score: 7
12/01/2005 10:54:34 AM
Have to admit, the title made me smile... Beautiful portrait. Terrific lighting, clarity, & processing. Great job.
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12/01/2005 07:42:46 AM
crisp shot making perfect use of available light
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12/01/2005 05:54:00 AM
Fantastic portrait, absolutely great = 10
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12/01/2005 12:19:22 AM
Great detailing. I love his upturned face against the black background. Nicely done.
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