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Portrait of a Taurus
3rd PlacePortrait of a Taurus
peete


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Free Study IX (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Nikon D70
Location: labudas residence
Date: Nov 30, 2005
Aperture: 18
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/500
Galleries: Abstract, Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Nov 30, 2005

Actually im just one day off from being a taurus.
self-portrait, used an external flash from the back/side as lighting.
thanks labuda.


Wow, finally got that ribbon. Thank you al for the comments, its been a very exciting week. everytime i checked the score there was a new comment to be read. Very much appreciated.

Statistics
Place: 3 out of 519
Avg (all users): 7.4007
Avg (commenters): 8.8409
Avg (participants): 7.2967
Avg (non-participants): 7.6627
Views since voting: 16989
Views during voting: 624
Votes: 292
Comments: 93
Favorites: 99 (view)


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10/14/2008 01:12:20 AM
This image immortalizes smoke. Crazily fantastic!
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10/25/2007 06:19:34 AM
Peete,

This is the picture that got me into DPC. I remember looking at this picture a while ago when I was debating whether to get a digital camera or not. This pic swayed it for me and I got a canon powershot thing for the following christmas and that set me on the road to getting my own business cards, own website, becoming the photographer for a professional wrestling company and a whole host of other stuff.

I love this picture. I absolutely adore it and when I look at it (which I still do) I'm reminded why I love photography and I get the same feeling today that I still did back then, that a perfect and beautiful image can be created by anyone willing enough to make it happen.

You should be very proud of yourself for this one. It's a glorious image and has a special place in my favourites. If you ever do a printed version, let me know as I would love to have this on my wall as a reminder. Hell, I might even pay you for it :)

Great work.
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03/12/2006 10:58:55 PM
great pic.love it!!
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01/09/2006 06:26:49 PM
exquisite lighting, silky smoke. lovely.
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12/19/2005 12:11:08 PM
This blows away the other two. No pun intended.
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12/14/2005 07:10:04 PM
Now this is a "wow" shot. Something I might have done! Excellent work!
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12/14/2005 06:30:00 PM
That is a really cool photo. Did you know that I am a Taurus? I have added this to my favourites. Well done on winning third.

Kita
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12/13/2005 04:10:31 PM
wow with your smoke!!!
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12/13/2005 11:42:32 AM
Great shot, Congratulations!
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12/13/2005 04:13:13 AM
Incredible! The smoke almost looks breakable
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12/10/2005 09:25:38 PM
Super photo, love it.

PS: JPR...your not the only one, except I thought the old man was trying to touch his nose with his tongue....easiest to see in the thumbnail. A new version of a Rorschach Test.
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12/10/2005 08:38:31 PM
Vote for Peete. Best smoke shot ever.
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12/10/2005 11:45:32 AM
Originally posted by JPR:

Am I the only one that saw the smoke as an old man with glasses with his dentures out and a handrolled cigarette in his mouth?

congrats


Man JPR, i still have no idea where you got that image from! do you mean when you first look at the thumbnail, or in the fullsize version? you really got me curious...
12/10/2005 12:03:19 AM
very nice. into my faves ;)
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12/09/2005 12:58:19 PM
WOW! Very nice! Congrats.
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12/09/2005 08:14:16 AM
Great great! I love that! Thanks for sharing!
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12/09/2005 07:20:05 AM
This is great!! I've never tried shooting smoke before ... I love the way it shows in the image... and I'm a Taurus :-)
Congratulations on the ribbon!

Edit: Grammer

Message edited by author 2005-12-09 07:20:42.
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12/08/2005 11:21:02 PM
Very nice work! Congratulations!
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12/08/2005 09:36:31 PM
Originally posted by graphicfunk:

With all due respect to the other images, but this was my pick for the BLUE. There is no other image in the archives of DPC that rival the sheer strength and beauty of this image. To me it represents the perfect TEN. And this was my only TEN with many others trailing at nine.

Congratulations on your well deserved Ribbon. This effort is stunning.


DITTO ! ALL OF THE ABOVE. OUTSTANDING !!

-LISA
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12/08/2005 05:28:00 PM
Woa, stunning and imaginative portrait.
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12/08/2005 04:41:26 PM
I am so happy that this one hit the ribbon end. Awesome shot. A huge congratulations Peete.

Judi
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12/08/2005 03:21:03 PM
Am I the only one that saw the smoke as an old man with glasses with his dentures out and a handrolled cigarette in his mouth?

congrats
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12/08/2005 02:03:02 PM
Congratulations! This is really well done. Well deserved ribbon.
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12/08/2005 01:27:11 PM
Ah, way to go! Good to see such an "individual" image do well!
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12/08/2005 12:03:55 PM
Wicked!

I'm happier that this picture ribboned than any of my own pictures so far! Congrats! And it's in a Free Study! 7.4! Incredible!

Looking forward to some more smoke shots with you. I'll supply the product ;)
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12/08/2005 11:44:22 AM
great photo. Congrats on your ribbon
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12/08/2005 11:36:13 AM
Great job..!! Congrats..!!
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12/08/2005 11:33:27 AM
Absolutely PERFECT image! Congrats on your very well-deserved ribbon!
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12/08/2005 11:19:10 AM
Congratulations, great shot and so very different to what we're used to..
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12/08/2005 11:11:46 AM
With all due respect to the other images, but this was my pick for the BLUE. There is no other image in the archives of DPC that rival the sheer strength and beauty of this image. To me it represents the perfect TEN. And this was my only TEN with many others trailing at nine.

Congratulations on your well deserved Ribbon. This effort is stunning.
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12/08/2005 10:07:26 AM
So happy to see this ribbon Peete. Congratulations on your first ribbon. I was surprised to see this was your first.
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12/08/2005 09:27:16 AM
Congratulations on your ribbon Peete. Fantastic lighting and focus.
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12/08/2005 09:02:19 AM
I pegged this for a ribbon and I was right. Congrats. This is beyond excellent!!!
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12/08/2005 08:46:55 AM
Congrats on the ribbon. You are on a roll. Keep up the good work.
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12/08/2005 08:46:43 AM
Really well done. Striking image.
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12/08/2005 08:39:38 AM
Exceptional image!! Congratulations!!!
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12/08/2005 08:32:01 AM
CONGRATS on your ribbon and third place. I like how the smoke takes on a life of its own in all your images. Beautiful contrast between the silhouette and the smoke. Well Done.
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12/08/2005 08:11:43 AM
Very nice shot! Love the tangebility of the smoke here!
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12/08/2005 08:02:51 AM
Wonderful shot in all ways. Congratulations on your well deserved ribbon. Van
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12/08/2005 07:59:56 AM
Great set up for this wonderful shot! Congrats! :)
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12/08/2005 07:55:30 AM
Big congrats! One of my favorites from the challenge.
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12/08/2005 07:19:09 AM
Congratulations on your ribbon ! Well deserved !
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12/08/2005 07:15:55 AM
Way to go, Peete! Big congrats on your win and your first ribbon! Yes!!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/07/2005 11:54:39 PM
Amazing study of lighting!
Well done.
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12/07/2005 11:53:08 PM
Awesome lighting and capture of the smoke. Very interesting to view. The figure's stark angular face really contrasts well with puffs and light and curves and lines of the smoke. Excellent. a fav for sure.

edit for spelling and grammar.

Message edited by author 2005-12-08 08:11:09.
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12/07/2005 10:17:42 PM
Please post your camera and light settings for this photo.... 9
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12/07/2005 03:27:07 PM
Awesome. 10
12/07/2005 12:23:50 PM
gorgeous
12/06/2005 09:52:18 PM
I'm pretty certain we have a top 20 here atleast. Amazing capture/light and title.
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12/06/2005 07:57:57 PM
this is amazing!!!!
12/06/2005 03:26:38 PM
Amazing contrast and lighting in this shot. Well thought out.
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12/06/2005 01:06:01 PM
Great idea and outcome, -- 10
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12/06/2005 11:53:12 AM
I like the composition and lighting. 8 for now, and will have a second look later.
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12/06/2005 09:47:47 AM
back for comments. Very well done. the lighting is perfect. I don't know how you got that thick smoke though
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12/06/2005 09:19:36 AM
Very cool abstract study. While Taurus is evident I also see a bit of Salvatore Dali in the smoke curls of mustache. Like the lighting particularly how it accents his right eye. Nice work, good luck. -10-
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12/05/2005 11:06:19 PM
Interesting. My eye is drawn first to the bright smoke, then while following its shape, wondering what it is, I suddenly see the man and understanding clicks in. Effective.
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12/05/2005 09:36:05 PM
A thing of beauty. Absolute beauty. 10
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12/05/2005 12:10:02 PM
Wow! Great use of lighting. You did a great job of capturing a very technically difficult shot.
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12/05/2005 11:29:54 AM
Very nice shot. Unique idea. great compisition and lighting. Good Luck
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12/05/2005 08:47:37 AM
great portrait study
12/04/2005 11:03:42 PM
LOVE THIS! Thumbnail does not do this shot justice. There is so much detail in the image, and the lighting is incredible. How is it so dark, but light enough to capture the smoke so well?
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12/04/2005 09:55:56 PM
great lighting effect!
12/04/2005 06:36:56 PM
I'm not very big on these kind of pictures...but this one is just too awesome..!! Great work..!! 10
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12/04/2005 05:53:04 PM
Amazing softness. Looks like milk or silk.
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12/04/2005 03:50:42 PM
Bumping it up at another look. Very imaginative. Has a mystic flavour to it.
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12/04/2005 03:25:01 PM
Simply stunning. Love the backlighting for the guy, more than "just" as smoke picture. One of my top picks!
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12/04/2005 03:14:02 PM
One of the most highly artistic studies in this challenge. 7 on first pass. Will return!

This is a well thought image with an appropiate tiltle. I do hope it receives the credit. Yes, many novice photographers always avoid voting high a dark image but then they cheat themselves in understanding. Others have a political aversion to cigarette smoke. But surely, the looker should be bowled over by the subject presentation, technique and outstanding composition. You have my full 10 and I wish you luck.
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12/04/2005 01:38:11 PM
I think I recognize this model and whether or not I'm right, this is unbelievably good. The lighting and that velvet smoke. HOLY $#*T!!!! I am in total awe. 10

Just to let you know after seeing all of the entries this is still my stand out favorite. Sooooo artsy and esthetic. BRAVO - Bravissimo!!!!!
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12/04/2005 01:30:52 AM
Very cool effect! That's one heck of a smoke cloud
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12/03/2005 11:52:18 PM
Great composition and artistic content. 10
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12/03/2005 10:29:50 PM
Awesome....into my favourites. 10
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12/03/2005 07:12:25 PM
Very creative. Stands out among the rest.
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12/03/2005 02:11:42 PM
Incredible light and detail on the smoke. What a great shape it took for you! Really great pic.
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12/03/2005 09:31:00 AM
cool shot
12/03/2005 08:27:17 AM
Wow!! I don't know what else to say - what an excellent capture. The definition in the smoke is amazing and Ilove the lighting. This is a contender!!
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12/03/2005 05:47:20 AM
Fantastic lighting and composition! 9
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12/02/2005 10:33:40 PM
WOW fo sure. So amazing, all I can saying well done ....
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12/02/2005 09:18:39 PM
The curls of smoke is what is so riveting and spellbinding in this photo. The misty curls that flow and undulate forth from the model gives rise to imagery of Taurus the bull as he snorts/belloes his fury before charging across the night sky.
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12/02/2005 08:20:12 PM
Wow, awesome lighting and a perfectly black background to show it off well.
I don't care too much for the upper, thinner bits of smoke, but I"m too busy admiring the light and that wonderful white puffy cloud to bother much about it.
I wonder how many of those you took before you settled on this one. 9
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12/02/2005 06:07:35 PM
Wow, that is great, never saw anything like that, nice catch
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12/02/2005 03:51:52 PM
Really great photo you've got here. Like how the out lines of the model is lit and how the smoke has been frozen. I get a very pro feel from this photograph...
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12/02/2005 03:06:06 PM
Excellent timing perfect lighting. Should be ribbon material, but who knows with thefinicky voters here.
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12/01/2005 11:08:34 PM
Not sure how you did it but I love it!
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12/01/2005 09:16:51 PM
Very cool, but I might have liked just a tiny bit more light on the dark side of his face, to give a bit more dimension to his eye and cheek. The smoke is amazing...
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12/01/2005 06:13:22 PM
Nice smoke photo. I like the lighting.
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12/01/2005 06:05:43 PM
Technically superb and visually very witty. Theodor38??
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12/01/2005 04:29:01 PM
fantastic image.great lighting,great composition.10 and a favourite.
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12/01/2005 01:32:42 PM
There's something very appealing at work here. The shadow and light play at first is a bit confusing, but this for me is one of those shots that give rewards after a bit of contemplation. Nicely.
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12/01/2005 11:48:50 AM
WOW! Outstanding!!! 10 (My newest Favorite!)
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12/01/2005 10:37:10 AM
wow, had to really look at that for a second. great shot. lighting is done well. exposure looks to be just a tad under exposed but not by more than a half a stop. overall great picture
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12/01/2005 10:24:06 AM
very nice use of lighting, perfect timing on the exhale.
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12/01/2005 10:02:03 AM
There are exceptions...
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12/01/2005 07:46:34 AM
I like the idea, but I'm finding the detail of the sweater distracting. just the face and the smoke would have been better in my opinion. nice try though 6
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