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Home Is Where the Heart Is
Home Is Where the Heart Is
Joey Lawrence


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Challenge: Free Study XII (Advanced Editing IV*)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D
Lens: Canon EF 28-135mm F/3.5-5.6 IS USM
Location: Ontario, Canada
Date: Aug 24, 2006
Galleries: Emotive, Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Aug 10, 2006

This is Albert Smith. Each year we visit him because he cuts our firewood.

We always guess how old he is, cause he looks about 100, but I asked and he is only 65. He is a chain smoker and I guess this has aged him so much.

He's a nice, simple man and requested some copies of the pictures I took of him. He didn't mind standing there while I snapped off some shots. He is smoking a cigarette in this image, but you can't see it due to the web res. I'm going to make a huge 24x36 print to hang in my home so I can always remember the Wood Man and his little shack.

Statistics
Place: 52 out of 684
Avg (all users): 6.3874
Avg (commenters): 7.5455
Avg (participants): 6.3731
Avg (non-participants): 6.4423
Views since voting: 2503
Views during voting: 390
Votes: 253
Comments: 30
Favorites: 3 (view)


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09/08/2006 10:27:13 AM
Wires? Why can't wires be in a photo....if it is part of the subject's surroundings then it is fair game.

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09/08/2006 09:19:03 AM
Agree with metatate and eschelar, I didn´t give those wires a second glance really and they blend in very nicely with this shot, mostly cause of good composition. WIthouth wanting to mean this personally against anyone I think it´s just very "DPC like" to dislike wires and telephone poles cause it´s the norm, it´s like having a blown highlight or a slanted composition, easily identifiable and easy to comment on and has been branded somewhat undesirable. I like the wires and glad you didn´t edit them out.

Anyway dude, in web resolution a good shot, have a feeling it will look great in 24x36! :)
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09/08/2006 07:25:16 AM
I agree - since the lines follow the angle of the building I think with this crop the lines actually balance it out compositionally and metaphorically.

Originally posted by eschelar:

I don't know why everyone is so afraid of wires. I think the wires are just fine in this shot. I think they are OK primarily because they work well with the lines existant in the shot.
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09/08/2006 03:36:17 AM
I don't know why everyone is so afraid of wires. I think the wires are just fine in this shot. I think they are OK primarily because they work well with the lines existant in the shot.

I find though that the shot is actually missing some detail in his face... I wonder if perhaps this is also due to the resizing... resizing from a P&S is a far cry from resizing from a 12MP 5D...

it's still a highly worthy shot in pretty much every other way though.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/07/2006 09:52:31 PM
Great capture, would have been just as good without the heavy PP.
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09/07/2006 05:14:49 PM
Really like the processing. 8
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09/06/2006 11:32:49 AM
Really good picture with the "Grunge" effect, it would have been almost perfect without the electric wires in the sky.

Good job
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09/06/2006 11:04:24 AM
I really like the look and feel of this photo. The colors and textures present give it an earthy & grungy feel that gives a really moody feel. Even though the house appears run down the man stands there and one gets the feeling he is comfortable just we he is - it is his home after all which is what the title of the piece communicates to us. The only critique I have for the this photo is that while it shows the realism of the place, those telephone wires do nothing but distract and detract. I know some would clone them out and perhaps that might be an option so that they do not draw attention away from the main focal points of the photo.
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09/06/2006 10:18:22 AM
Nice candid capture
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09/05/2006 08:05:38 PM
Very nice. Technically perfect and expresses a theme of a farmers world. I would have cloned out the electrical wires however - they distract a bit.
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09/05/2006 01:48:28 PM
is this Joey's grandpa? great shot here. 8.
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09/05/2006 03:59:20 AM
Great framing, subject is well positioned, the only drawback for me is the powerlines, otherwise the picture would have been timeless. Good job.
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09/05/2006 03:22:03 AM
Timeless. Nice story being told here and love the post-processing.
The tones and levels here work well overall - well done!
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09/04/2006 11:50:52 PM
amazing photo, love the added effect here...the coloring is very good...the composition is great...and his expression is what makes this shot even more! 10 and adding to faves!
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09/04/2006 03:59:20 PM
love this. great color -- very moody!
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09/04/2006 03:45:07 PM
Great photo
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09/03/2006 06:50:25 PM
-Great use of te rule of thirds
-Amazing post processing
-Love the colors
-Great expression
-Score: 9
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09/03/2006 12:21:19 PM
I really like the processing. good job overall.
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09/02/2006 04:21:12 PM
very cool processing. and it looks like the building has a shark fin. lol. what is that? 9
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09/02/2006 12:57:35 AM
Could you have cropped out the power lines and brought the suject closer.
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09/02/2006 12:50:56 AM
Joey L kind processing. Nice.
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09/01/2006 07:22:29 PM
Great picture, great moment.
Love the texture. One of my favorites.
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09/01/2006 05:31:12 PM
one of my top picks so far... joey ;)
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09/01/2006 12:55:16 PM
VERY JOEY L. I WILL WAIT TO SEE IF I AM CORRECT.
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09/01/2006 10:40:15 AM
Excellent capture! Very surreal feeling. Awesome job!
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09/01/2006 07:51:46 AM
awesome shot
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09/01/2006 02:05:13 AM
I love the editing and the story this image tells...awesome 8
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09/01/2006 01:59:24 AM
schweet! great title
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09/01/2006 12:32:09 AM
this processing is too "in my face" for me to enjoy anotherwise excellent photo. He looks almost like a cardboard cutout - or a composite that has yet to be color and gamma matched into the background scene.

While doing all that processing, I would definately have taken the distracting power lines out too.

Hope that helps you see why I didn't give this a great score - 5
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09/01/2006 12:29:47 AM
I like the comp quite a bit, but the haloing around edges distracts from the overall image, I think.
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