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The Lone Traveller
The Lone Traveller

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Challenge: Singled-Out (Advanced Editing IV)
Collection: Challenges People
Camera: Sony DSC-F828
Location: Emerald Qld Australia
Date: Jan 14, 2006
Aperture: 2.2
ISO: 64
Shutter: 1/320
Galleries: Candid, Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Jan 13, 2006

Cloned out a metal handrail on the left and also some small white spots.
Selective Colour
Brightness & Contrast

Place: 100 out of 109
Avg (all users): 4.5172
Avg (commenters): 3.2222
Avg (participants): 3.9846
Avg (non-participants): 4.6939
Views since voting: 1108
Views during voting: 383
Votes: 261
Comments: 11
Favorites: 0

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01/27/2006 12:27:28 PM
Greetings from the Critique club!

I think from reading the comments you already know why this picture didn't do well in the challenge, so maybe I'll stick to the picture... Singled Out, as it were :P

The colors and contrast in this look great to me. The subject is interesting overall, makes you wonder what he's singing. The title makes you wonder where he's been, what his life has been like, and what stories lie behind those eyes... wait, His eyes are out of focus! well crap, 4.

You have now experienced what even open-minded voters came across in your photo.

One small, seemingly insignificant bit of pictorial info was neglected. A persons eyes should never be neglected, especially in a personality portrait like this. The eyes are the windows to the soul, and what people want to see in this weary traveller is his soul. I don't want to see his hand in perfect focus when this ruddy, weathered face is what I'm interested in.

The composition leaves a little bit to be desired, the angle does give a dramatic effect, but it also made his face less prominent (which you can tell is what I think is important here). I wasn't there, so I can't tell you what would have been better though. I think the door is also a bit distracting, ideally, any lines would frame or lead to a focal point for the portrait. You can also see the leading lines failing in the lower half because they are more in focus than the face, and the guitar points out of the photo, all of which wouldn't be a problem if his face were commanding the viewers attention. Picky note, there is a small blown-out bit on his shoulder between the

Again, I wasn't there, but maybe if you'd have asked him to pose in front of the door and had him framed by it, and backed up and let the entire "him" be the subject and focal point, this might have worked better. Right now, as composed as a portrait instead of a scene.... the main focal point of all portraits is the face. I know some people hate comments like this, but it's what I think. (I know! Have him standing on his head and playing guitar... blah blah blah change your picture entirely and I'll like it! blah blah blah) I'm not saying that, I'm just giving what might be a useful suggestion.

Please don't think I'm just being harsh here, I would rather you take one idea away from this, and use it better than I can, rather than having wasted both our time. The reason I wrote so much is because this picture had so much potential that was seriously injured by a few problems.

_ Steve
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/22/2006 06:23:28 AM
Even the title tells us he's not in a crowd...
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01/21/2006 02:17:53 PM
Nice portrait, but no crowd and isolation by minimal depth of field.
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01/20/2006 01:44:10 PM
I especially like the perspective, the colors and focus appeal to me. Nice capture of his expression. I normally would complain about the headstock of the guitar being cutoff, but I don't think it hurts the image that much...the tight crop works fairly well. You might lose some voters for not including the rest of the 'crowd', though...
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01/19/2006 03:09:20 AM
A nice capture, but how is it singled out? There is almost nothing else in the frame, and DOF isolation is almost not used.
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01/17/2006 07:49:12 AM
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01/17/2006 01:24:40 AM
nice capture. especially well lit, even under the brim of his cap. probably in trouble with that whole crowd thing.
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01/16/2006 10:57:05 AM
Single-out a person in a crowd as your source of composition... Where's the crowd?
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01/16/2006 03:43:37 AM
This is a beautiful portrait worthy of a ribbon in a portrait challenge. This challenge asked for a person to be singled out in a crowd using shallow depth of field. How can a "lone" traveler meet this requirement.
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01/16/2006 01:36:26 AM
Where is the crowd and the shallow DOF singling somebody out?
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01/16/2006 01:03:44 AM
Fantastic picture, I really do like this picture, even if it doesn't meet the challenge.
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