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Challenge: Faceless Portrait (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon PowerShot Pro1
Location: central Calif
Date: Oct 8, 2006
Galleries: Portraiture, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Oct 8, 2006

This is Mike, a fellow rockhound, holding one of my prize finds, a rare local geode. He is a jack-of-all-trades in home improvement, but mostly loves to work outside with rocks. His hands are riddled with scars, smashed fingernails, half a finger lost, and numerous scars elsewhere from his many adventures in life and with rock work. He keeps himself in shape by staying active and limber, doing hard heavy work, and moving piles of rocks in his front yard that are awaiting a space in one of his beautiful rockface walls, stairs, or gardens. He can often be seen doing hand-stands on anything that will hold his weight. Having grown up working on the famous Hearst Castle ranch, with the Hearsts themselves, he has countless stories to tell, and his hands alone show so many stories of their own. He's also a 52yr old proud grandpa of two! Did you guess any of that from this shot? If you did, success!

Statistics
Place: 24 out of 185
Avg (all users): 6.3394
Avg (commenters): 8.1538
Avg (participants): 6.3333
Avg (non-participants): 6.3431
Views since voting: 1806
Views during voting: 445
Votes: 218
Comments: 32
Favorites: 4 (view)


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10/16/2006 07:39:53 PM
I love this shot, gave it a 10
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10/16/2006 06:44:33 AM
Bea, this is a great image and I am surprised it did not do better. But, whatever, it endures long past any challange date. No shelf life for this one.
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10/16/2006 01:35:35 AM
Nice placement. Glad others saw it as I did. Congratulations.
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10/16/2006 01:32:58 AM
I thought this had the capacity to ribbon when I saw it in the challenge. Still a great finish and I appreciate the story behind the image in the comments! I did guess most of what you said about him from the shot except I thought he had three grandchildren, not just two. ;-P
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/15/2006 10:06:53 PM
I don't have comments, but a 10 from me!
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10/15/2006 03:00:31 PM
This is very strong and interesting. The detail of the muscles, veins and hands is powerful. I like the lighting. Mostly mid tones and shadow, which works. Bumping up.
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10/14/2006 06:26:54 PM
The angle of light certainly brings out the veins and texture of the geode. All in all, an interesting piece of work. 9.
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10/14/2006 06:32:32 AM
This is good - your choice to emphasise the extraordinary/bizarre muscle structure of the shoulder works well, and the bluntness and strength of the fingers; hands are, one would say, even more expressive than faces: we're used to composing our expressions, both as photographers and as the photographed - but life and experience show more in the hands. The subtlety of the missing finger end, the half-lit nature of it, just adds impact.
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10/14/2006 02:49:41 AM
Fantastic is really the only word to describe this. The only negative I have is the rock is almost too "interesting". I think a more normal looking rock would have complimented the subject better and keep the focus there.
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10/14/2006 01:36:44 AM
I wich this photo could win the challenge. Congratulations for this piece of art.
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10/13/2006 07:49:35 AM
I would give this a 12
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10/12/2006 09:46:17 PM
I'm totally believing that this is Rockman. He looks like he could be carved out of rock himself...or maybe he spends his days clawing rocks from the earth with his bare hands. This picture makes me want to know more about Rockman. Great job!
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10/12/2006 07:32:08 PM
Nice and crisp. Good tones - 7
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10/11/2006 11:22:14 PM
this is good
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10/11/2006 10:34:55 PM
This is a great photo, my only problem with it is the persective. You shouldve used a longer lens
10/11/2006 06:58:22 PM
perfect, stunning fulfillment of the challenge that exists for its own sake. I have to fave this. 10
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10/11/2006 04:41:54 PM
i would really love to see this in rich color
excellent shot, should do very well
9
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10/11/2006 10:40:48 AM
Very nice textures.
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10/11/2006 09:55:21 AM
Love the different textures--the soft wrinkle skin versus the sharp, rough rock.
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10/11/2006 02:31:23 AM
amazing
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10/10/2006 01:11:30 AM
There's a lot of character in those hands, they would make a great shot by themselves. Nice shot.
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10/09/2006 09:14:48 PM
great shot, nice clarity and focus.
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10/09/2006 02:29:44 PM
Like the title it really fits, good contrast with the rock. Should be a contender.
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10/09/2006 11:00:46 AM
great contrast
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10/09/2006 10:33:51 AM
Excellent shot! Love the detail that both the object and the body bring into the picture!
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10/09/2006 10:19:14 AM
wow, very very very interesting ... the light is excellent, details are cool
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10/09/2006 10:01:18 AM
Fantastic shot, great feel. His hands and physical condition are a testament to a years of hard work. Really nice work.
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10/09/2006 09:58:25 AM
Great B/W shot.
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10/09/2006 09:27:24 AM
I don't know what it is about this image, but it really appeals to me...it must be the differing textures between flesh and stone...the tense muscles add another dimension...very creative and dynamic image..well done.
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10/09/2006 01:18:59 AM
Great detail and the tones are spot on!
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10/09/2006 12:52:14 AM
is that the real rockman in california?? love this btw, especially the details of the muscles and fingers. 9
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10/09/2006 12:48:12 AM
wonderful clarity and lighting and hands that tell a story
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