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Challenge: Self Portrait IV (Advanced Editing IV*)
Collection: challenge entries
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 24-85mm f2.8-4.0D
Date: May 15, 2006
Aperture: 7.1
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/250
Galleries: Portraiture, Self Portrait
Date Uploaded: May 15, 2006

Nikkor 24-85 @ 48mm. Large softbox from the front right and a very small bounce from behind. Inspired by Conan the Barbarian and Kavabanga. Tried to give it a kind of dirty feel to it, maybe it would have been better had I not shaved this morning. Did 300 push-ups before shooting :)

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THANK YOU!!!!! I never had so many comments in a challenge before, wow! Thank you all so much! It just makes it so much worthwhile staying on this site. Thank you, thank you!

Did I write 300 push ups? I think I mistyped a couple of zeros there :)

Statistics
Place: 3 out of 236
Avg (all users): 7.6073
Avg (commenters): 8.7571
Avg (participants): 7.4507
Avg (non-participants): 7.7453
Views since voting: 16133
Views during voting: 763
Votes: 303
Comments: 136
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09/05/2007 02:31:22 PM
lol... i love it!!!
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08/31/2006 12:38:42 PM
love this!!
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05/31/2006 10:04:48 PM
Gary; you are simply amazing. Works comes out as fast as from a meat grinder but each with such outstanding concepts along with meticulous execution. Congratulations again on another ribbon!
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05/30/2006 11:18:04 AM
Another well deserved ribbon and congradulations
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05/29/2006 07:11:45 PM
300 push ups? and you aren't even sweating? ;)

Congratulations on yet another well deserved ribbon!
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05/29/2006 05:45:12 PM
"Did I write 300 push ups? I think I mistyped a couple of zeros there :)"
You wanted to write 30000? :-) How long did it take?

Cool one, Gary. I love the natural effect you reached with the lighting, really fits the barbarian. Another well deserved ribbon again, congrats!
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05/29/2006 10:42:53 AM
Originally posted by Artyste:

Well, you didn't get that 8+ I predicted, but you came damn close. Where the hell do you get all these props?


It's not a "prop"...he sleeps with that axe under his pillow every night...:D
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05/29/2006 05:58:02 AM
Well, you didn't get that 8+ I predicted, but you came damn close. Where the hell do you get all these props?
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05/29/2006 12:55:19 AM
Great shot Gary! Congrats on another ribbon!!
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05/28/2006 09:25:23 PM
Congrats on the yellow well deserved :D
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05/28/2006 01:48:18 PM
Ok so advise me when you're down a dark alley somewhere. I don't wanna be on the business end of that jainormous axe you have ;) Congrats bud!
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05/27/2006 09:12:23 PM
Great self portrait, congrats Gary!
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05/27/2006 11:57:40 AM
Congrats Gary, excellent composition and the lighting is just perfect. Not sure I would like to meet you in a dark alley with that monster on you shoulder :)
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05/27/2006 10:17:42 AM
I did 300 push ups and something went wrong. Maybe I should lay down to do them. The air method doesn't work :)
congrats on an awesome photo and ribbon !
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05/27/2006 07:33:32 AM
Hawt dog ;P
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05/27/2006 02:48:17 AM
Ok, I was totally taken off guard here. I have no clue what I pictured you looking like...But it sure wasn't this large hunk of man. Nice shot for sure. Congrats!!
*goes to tell all her friends 'I work with this guy!'* haha
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05/26/2006 10:57:28 PM
Het ----------------Ooooooooooooooo - ROOOOOOOOO
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05/26/2006 09:06:26 PM
Congrats on your ribbon Gary. You've done a great job on setting the mood in this picture and the look is perfect.
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05/26/2006 05:20:39 PM
Congratulations on your Ribbon! Fantastic work as always!
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05/26/2006 03:47:19 PM
Kiwiness the Barbarian doesn't sound so menacing. :) This was a great idea, perfectly executed, and a well deserved ribbon to add to the vault. And a butt kickin' axe too!
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05/26/2006 02:53:02 PM
Hmmmm, I did 300 pushups from 1967-1970!!
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05/26/2006 01:41:50 PM
OK, now we know that it's not only your hot models that get you ribbons :-P Congrats on a great shot.
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05/26/2006 12:47:38 PM
Congratulations, excellent shot!
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05/26/2006 12:30:09 PM
Wow, 300 hundred push-ups, I couldn't do that before shooting. After that I couldn't even hold my camera.

Very good photo. I love he lighting!
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05/26/2006 12:16:18 PM
Nice chopper you have there Gary :-),
Seriously, a good grungy effect,congrats on another ribbon.
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05/26/2006 12:00:39 PM
I Love this. More so now that I know who this is.

The irony of the screen name "kiwiness" paired with this image is just too delicious.
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05/26/2006 11:18:48 AM
you again buddy!!! no way!!! your D200 needs a holiday!

wow, great shot mate...as they say in your neck of the woods: CHOICE BRO!
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05/26/2006 09:22:23 AM
Bavarian Barbarian, King of DPC, Earl of Oz, Duke of Siberia. :)

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05/26/2006 09:03:53 AM
This is such a cool pic, congrats
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05/26/2006 08:29:57 AM
Do you know who you're real father is? I'm telling you, he must be Icelandic because you're not barbarian, you're a viking!
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05/26/2006 08:15:04 AM
I love the light and color hues. Great idea to use the axe. Gives the picture some robust-ness and almost lends itself to another time period...awesome. Any reason you didn't do it topless?

Congrats on the ribbon. Well earned.
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05/26/2006 07:55:49 AM
Yssssa mista G man!! :-D
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05/26/2006 07:46:10 AM
300 for third... shoulda done 900! :) Great photo. The softbox lighting angle seems to work really well here. Gives it that gritty feel. Congrats!
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05/26/2006 07:14:16 AM
It's getting borig to just say Cograts Gary.
I'll give you some Spek-Pannekoeken ok? The big ones with bacon in them...
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05/26/2006 05:58:13 AM
Another victory achieved by the Barbarian master, Lord and ruler of DPC's first page. :))
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05/26/2006 04:27:28 AM
Congrats! I say, you might wanna be topless next time though, it really worked for Steinar :)
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05/26/2006 04:20:43 AM
Congratulations Gary
How do you do it so many times
Wonderful effort and so glad you ribboned
Great work
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05/26/2006 04:20:40 AM
Congrats Gary on your powerful entry. Those 300 push-ups paid off.
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05/26/2006 03:56:14 AM
Poor Nasti... Having a barbarian for a husband... Congrats on another ribbon :-)
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05/26/2006 03:27:19 AM
Note to myself: Got to get an axe...
Great shot, congrats!
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05/26/2006 03:19:26 AM
So can you flex them muscles any more than that? Hehehehehe. Congrats again! 30 is just around the bend ;)
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05/26/2006 03:09:32 AM
studmuffin :)
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05/26/2006 02:01:00 AM
I submit.. I submit!!! ;)

grins... wonder what my fate will be?

Laughing.. nice work nice pipes congrats on the ribbon!!
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05/26/2006 01:35:15 AM
WHERE IS THE CARROT?!
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05/26/2006 01:32:12 AM
I wondered if this was you... Congratulations on your ribbon! Great shot - so much character!
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05/26/2006 01:19:31 AM
congrats gary!
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05/26/2006 12:50:17 AM
Hey Gary, no wonder you've got such great muscles if you're wielding these medieval weapons around all day ;-)) Fantastic SP, awesome image. Big congrats on the yellow.
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05/26/2006 12:46:28 AM
anymore pushups and you'd have needed a different shirt. good choice to stop there.

and where DOES one find an axe like that?

sweet shot doode...great score too.

P-ness

ps...i like dark beer ;)
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05/26/2006 12:45:34 AM
Congrats Gary. Great lighting and composition.
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05/26/2006 12:40:31 AM
Congrats, Gary! You barbarian ;)
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05/26/2006 12:32:58 AM
Just too sexy for your shirt. Congrats again dude.
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05/26/2006 12:24:58 AM
Way to go. One of my favs.
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05/26/2006 12:21:03 AM
Only 300?? ;)
Excellent control of the tones and lighting.
Congrats on your ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/rib3.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/rib3.gif', '/') + 1) . '
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05/26/2006 12:12:55 AM
totally amazing in every sense - congratulations
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05/26/2006 12:08:37 AM
well done! you stud you :P
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05/26/2006 12:06:38 AM
Right on. :) Great picture.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/25/2006 10:31:08 PM
Darn it, I think my computer is broken... it's got some virus that automatically clicks 10 on just about every photo you enter. Doh! There it goes again. Can I borrow your axe?
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05/25/2006 10:03:08 PM
Now where has that nice smile gone from the environmental portrait. Remind me to never give you a low score and let you know about it. Great shot. I have this in my top 10.
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05/25/2006 09:56:08 PM
makes my top3 list! It's an awesome image. My favorite color portrait.
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05/25/2006 09:39:00 PM
you are amazing!! i think this should easily be atleast in the top 10
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05/25/2006 09:18:33 PM
The axe, look on your face, lighting ... GREAT.. (would have liked to see an barbarian looking shirt).. but, good :o)
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05/25/2006 07:04:30 PM
Great focus, detail and color. 8
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05/25/2006 06:08:52 PM
What can I say... beautifully executed and very powerful. Great job!
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05/25/2006 05:13:57 PM
Hmmm, a new tool of smite, perhaps??? :) Intimidating shot.
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05/25/2006 03:27:29 PM
Man... you are soooooooooo dude! Good composition, great side lighting and well framed. This has just the right amount of gritty darkness to give it a realistic medieval feel. Super job. Should be a ribbon winner just like that foxy chick with the yellow flowers. If she wins a ribbon you think I should hit on her?
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05/25/2006 12:40:55 PM
Where did you get that axe!? I really like this shot! Definitely one of my favs!
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05/25/2006 06:33:15 AM
Great photo. I hope this one does well. Nice balanced lighting and excellent tones. Fantastic work.
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05/24/2006 09:09:47 PM
lol...you're such a stud. *hugs* :)
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05/24/2006 01:49:33 PM
The porcelin company, Herend, should ask you to pose for them. This is a magnificent
photo. I hope you win a ribbon. 10 Thanks for sharing.
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05/24/2006 11:41:15 AM
another intense shot
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05/24/2006 12:20:58 AM
so far i think you got top place..
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05/23/2006 04:12:15 PM
Axe me no questions and I'll tell you no lyes. Great shot, prop works well, expression is excellent, lighting dead on.
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05/23/2006 12:35:04 PM
Not sure if I should run in fear.. or simply submit and see what my fate would be ;) Nice work!!!
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05/23/2006 06:36:27 AM
Wow, what a big chopper you have:)) Fantastic lighting! Nice colour. Great focus! 10
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05/23/2006 02:37:58 AM
Mental note, don't cross this man! This is another amazing shot in this challenge that needs no improvement whatsoever. My guess? Kiwiness?
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05/23/2006 02:30:30 AM
wow!
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05/23/2006 01:00:34 AM
yikes!
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05/23/2006 12:00:29 AM
Nice image Love the lighting and the tones
You look a bit too clean I Image a Barbarian to be dirty and rough
I think this is great 9
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05/22/2006 10:43:22 PM
You beast!!! Excellent light, tone and details. That is one wicked weapon! Great work, as usual.
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05/22/2006 10:19:21 AM
Nice lighting (Nasti? ;-)) and PP. you look great like this, you almost scare me :P

you gonna that one with you on the worshop? please? ;)
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05/22/2006 08:38:31 AM
Great lighting and overall feeling
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05/22/2006 08:19:24 AM
Yes, a barbarian for sure. I do like this composition; the subtle colours and wonderful lighting.
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05/22/2006 02:46:18 AM
Great shot. Well lit.
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05/22/2006 02:29:15 AM
wonderful SP love the lighting, tones and the expression certainly fits the props 9
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05/21/2006 08:46:50 PM
Cool barbarian pose, looks kind of like Lock from Lost
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05/21/2006 06:14:50 PM
Remind me never to run into you in a dark alley!
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05/21/2006 04:55:28 PM
Konan/axe wielder - exquisite prop is appropriate for one who handles his tools so well.
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05/21/2006 02:27:55 PM
10 from me:)
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05/21/2006 10:12:00 AM
nice strong image, well done
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05/21/2006 08:19:21 AM
Ha,ha, Gary you play to much Oblivion. Good photo though. Good luck :)
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05/21/2006 03:00:28 AM
Super job here, love that axe
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05/21/2006 01:02:41 AM
ok .. scary dude .... this is a good shot .. the axehead is making for an interesting shot.
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05/20/2006 10:37:17 PM
Brutal!!! I'm afraid NOT to give it a 10!! Excellent.
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05/20/2006 12:17:47 PM
Ok ok!!..I'll give you a good score. Just...put the...axe....down.
Awesome image.
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05/20/2006 11:05:53 AM
Haha, you really look like one kiwi, great lighting!
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05/20/2006 06:50:48 AM
Cool shot barbarian!! 10!
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05/20/2006 03:41:13 AM
Awesome shot
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05/20/2006 12:17:08 AM
Wow excellent shot! I really like the lighting.
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05/19/2006 11:00:05 PM
Good decision to go with the muted colors.
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05/19/2006 10:43:45 PM
that's a nasty piece of work...and the axe is not so friendly either ;-)

Great self portrait with a lot of impact
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05/19/2006 09:37:32 PM
Let's go chop some wood. Great picture.
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05/19/2006 09:03:01 PM
Gary... you da man! This image is precisely lighted, the props support the image overall and wow, you look great! Terrific shot! 10 from me!!
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05/19/2006 07:30:34 PM
STUNNING, FANTASTIC, SUPERB & AWESOME! Good luck!
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05/19/2006 07:20:38 PM
Woohoo!!! Off to beat the trolls!!!!
off with their heads!!

nice job Kiwi :)
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05/19/2006 07:09:03 PM
Uh.. I don't think I want to run into you in a dark alley! Very good photo.
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05/19/2006 06:41:30 PM
neet shot i like it
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05/19/2006 06:31:00 PM
Great depth of tone and detail Gary. I assume this is you in your day job. Very fitting.
: )
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05/19/2006 06:08:18 PM
Cool, relaxed, down to earth, but when something needs to be done you do it and you do it good and with style. :)
And indeed, it did cross my mind to hide my ears so nobody could make a comment like "stick a finger in your ear Az!" :)
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05/19/2006 06:07:18 PM
Enjoying your 8+? heh.
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05/19/2006 04:21:51 PM
A lot of character in this photograph.
What I sense is strength and persistency. The composition is rock solid and the post processing is very tasteful and refined. -10
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05/19/2006 02:36:15 PM
Just brilliant =)
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05/19/2006 01:17:23 PM
The first time I saw this I immediately thought, "WOW". This is put together so well. I love the addition of the leather around your wrist and your expression, while barbaric, seems to be one of divine knowledge.
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05/19/2006 12:15:19 PM
Probably one of my favourites... really quite an awesome photo. No way to improve on this, because everything is just so right.
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05/19/2006 12:04:23 PM
i like the colors and the stare 9
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05/19/2006 11:27:33 AM
He, he, this is good! Love the bracelets. I read somewhere that Roman soldiers were required to put on wet leather bracelets before going into battle - leather contracts when it dries, the soldiers were so desperate to get them off that they would win every battle. And that's how the Romans beat the Barbarians :))))) [10]
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05/19/2006 11:18:23 AM
Sheesh! Wouldn´t wanna meet you in a dark alley, well not at least if you are holding that axe instead of two beers, hehe :) Love the lighting and look, just wish you had been topless, now THAT would have been worth a 10, this "just" got a 9 from me :)
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05/19/2006 10:28:16 AM
I hope you're not really a barbarian, but this certainly is a fascinating look at one side of you...very creative...that double-headed axe looks like it belongs in a museum.
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05/19/2006 10:06:53 AM
Man look at those guns! :-) It's kind of scary that you have that thing just lying around, that's some wicked equipment. :-) Cool shot Jan!
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05/19/2006 10:02:31 AM
gosh you could be a barbarian model for sure
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05/19/2006 09:44:41 AM
nice, i like your style
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05/19/2006 09:15:45 AM
Great, great lighting and tones. excellent comp and pose. 10
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05/19/2006 08:45:25 AM
Nice. Great overall texture. I like the monochromatic color scheme. Great focus too. On second review, this deserves a higher score. It really is pretty much perfect. I love your expression and the lighting is killer. BRAVO 10
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05/19/2006 08:00:31 AM
Hey Kiwi-the-executioner! LMAOOO! Cool!
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05/19/2006 07:21:22 AM
Well, you must be a rugby player then. Probably a bloody All Black supporter. Technically sublime. 8.
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05/19/2006 06:58:01 AM
Barbarian indeed... does he like beer and fast women? Oh I bet he does! ;oP
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05/19/2006 06:38:20 AM
geez.sexxxxy. flex for us. :D

i can barely see the liquifying. love you man...big score from P


10
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05/19/2006 05:56:41 AM
Lekker ding!
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05/19/2006 04:19:55 AM
Hi Gary :) Very cool shot.
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05/19/2006 03:51:21 AM
Come join my band of Village Burners! :)
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05/19/2006 03:38:10 AM
Your mad :)
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05/19/2006 01:23:28 AM
i'm having a hot flush right now! ;) hehe
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05/19/2006 01:15:38 AM
The colour and lighting here is perfect. Fantastic shot. Love it.
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05/19/2006 12:53:30 AM
well done! Love the theme. Composed perfectly
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05/19/2006 12:11:40 AM
so you killed all your brothers and now you are hunting down the rest of the competition to insure another ribbon, eh Gary? Your lighting here is excellent, especially on the blade of the axe, where it would have been easy to overexpose the edge. great expression, great catchlights. oh well, maybe red or yellow will be left for me... :)
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05/19/2006 12:07:38 AM
You are just going to hack your way back to another blue aren't you?
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05/19/2006 12:06:20 AM
woooooh! you sexy beast! sweet! by the way, does that axe come in handy?
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