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Challenge: Free Study XI (Advanced Editing IV*)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Pentax *ist DL
Lens: Pentax DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AF
Location: Nashville
Date: Apr 29, 2006
Aperture: F 11.0
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/125
Galleries: Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Apr 30, 2006

Dressed for the prom. I debated too long on whether to submit this or my son in the same tux. Who knows- guess I'll see when it's over.
Adjusted contrast and saturation, a few levels and ten neat image. Save for DPC.

Place: 136 out of 211
Avg (all users): 5.3439
Avg (commenters): 6.2857
Avg (participants): 5.2816
Avg (non-participants): 5.4186
Views since voting: 753
Views during voting: 280
Votes: 189
Comments: 10
Favorites: 0

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05/17/2006 11:23:10 PM
Very good work with the exposure here to get detail in the tux and the hat against a black background, and still have the white tie not look blown. About the only "eh" is I don't like the cigar in his mouth. Maybe had he held it in his hand instead?
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05/13/2006 02:44:31 PM
Greetings from the CC. I am not sure why this shot did not do better, I really like the balck and white and the tones, the textures from his dreads to the 'shiny' tie. I think the black bckgrnd works really well here too. I think what may have added an 'aire of character' and maybe age it a bit is if the cigar was lit. (tho subject looks young to be smoking) I really think this is a great portrait. This guy is totally cool. Could almost be high fashion. I would be curious as to what you used for lighting. I really like the angle of the subject too.
Hopefully this is not insulting comment, but I have travelled to africa a lot and it is much harder to get a correct exposure on black/ dark skinned people. (also harder on very fair skinned folks) I think you did a great job with the exposure. Especially with the dark suit and white tie thrown in.
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05/08/2006 10:17:29 AM
I think this deserved better. I gave it an 8.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/05/2006 07:30:58 PM
Probably. We can't see clearly - it merges too much with the background.
05/05/2006 11:55:52 AM
I like this because it's unexpected on this site. Besides, it's really well done. It's crisp, clean, expressive, nice tones and well composed. If I were going to nitpick; I guess I'd say something about the tip of ear sticking out at left and the glare around eyes (which I only notice because everything else is so smooth).I'm impressed with how you have not lost the dark hair and outfit in the black background. Excellent photo!
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05/03/2006 10:19:59 PM
Nice attitude
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05/02/2006 10:34:34 PM
Good separaton of dark background against the suit. If you used Neat Image you got just the right amount. Good capture.
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05/02/2006 01:48:01 AM
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05/01/2006 05:45:35 PM
It doesn't look like the focus is dead on the eyes. Nice swagger and attitude. Not sure about the cigar ... it cast an ugly shadow.
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05/01/2006 02:43:39 AM
I like the cleanness of this portrait.
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