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Old Man
Old Man

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Challenge: Something Old II (Advanced Editing IV*)
Camera: Canon PowerShot A95
Location: Bangalore, India
Date: Apr 15, 2006
Aperture: f/2.4
ISO: 50
Shutter: 1/1000
Galleries: Black and White, Photojournalism
Date Uploaded: Apr 14, 2006


Place: 7 out of 402
Avg (all users): 6.7243
Avg (commenters): 7.7778
Avg (participants): 6.6476
Avg (non-participants): 6.7982
Views since voting: 1862
Views during voting: 366
Votes: 214
Comments: 14
Favorites: 6 (view)

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05/02/2006 11:17:40 AM
Great use of space to create mood. Tonal range is excellent. There is something about this 'Old Man' that speaks of something other than being 'old'. It might be his eyes? They do not seem to be 'old'. There is knowledge there and dare I say 'youthful' determination?
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04/30/2006 04:27:39 AM
Somehow I never got around to this image (the challenge was one of the few I have not voted on) but I want to register how much I like this, and make one small suggestion.

I like it because it's intense and rich and real and doesn't try to blow me away with any sort of artificality or attention getting devices, compositionally or in post-processing. The image has DIGNITY and I appreciate that. The tonalities of the figure itself, and the face , are beautifully expressed. I'd personally wish for more expanded tonal range in the surround, but that's really an artistic choice and I can't fault you this one.

The one think I don't like, and it's a nit, is the faint haloing that shows where you have dodged the head. The feathered brush has affected the sky slightly, I think. When next you do something like this, make a selection of the head itself, and your dodging/burning will not affect anything outside that selection. You can use the magnetic lasso and then in the select menu shrink the selection a few pixels to be sure its feathering doesn't overlap to the sky, and that will work just fine.

Again, conmgrats on a first-rate piece of work!
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04/29/2006 06:00:15 AM
Love it! Congrats on number 7!
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04/26/2006 10:15:31 AM
This is GREAT. Congrats on your top 10.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/25/2006 02:12:37 PM
Really like the photos that have a story to them. Great composition and exposure. Well done!
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04/23/2006 06:35:22 PM
Incredibly "National Geographic" type of shot; that's a good thing, in this instance. This is my favorite entry thus far (and, though I haven't yet gotten very far, I suspect that it'll not likely be "dethroned").
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04/23/2006 03:56:39 AM
excellent work, hope it does well for you
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04/22/2006 06:04:52 PM
Great face. Interesting that his positioning, facing out of the frame but looking back into it, seems to make the portrait at once more candid and more dignified than would have any of the alternative 'conventional' compositions. By that I mean that he appears to be exerting some control over the image; he's more than just a photogenic prop - he's a participant in the photograph (it's not all about the photographer). Maybe it also helps to connect him a little better and more convincingly with his environment, too. Very nice! 9.
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04/22/2006 01:17:14 AM
Very nice!
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04/20/2006 08:37:33 PM
Seems like it could have used slightly more contrast but well composed and an interesting character.
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04/20/2006 08:13:42 PM
Appealing mood. I like the wide space behind the model and how he is positioned in the right half of the frame looking to the left.
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04/20/2006 12:59:24 PM
Love the dof on the man. Great face. Great character, great emotion. Would have made a terrific candid as well. It's a 10 for me.
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04/20/2006 08:44:24 AM
Interesting weatherbeaten face. Good b/w conversion. I think the focus could have been more on the eyes - but it's a good shot.
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04/19/2006 01:50:04 AM
Yep, works for me.
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