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Challenge: Best of 2006 (Advanced Editing V*)
Camera: Nikon D2X
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8G IF-ED
Location: Arizona
Date: Feb 27, 2006
Aperture: f13
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/250
Galleries: Portraiture, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Jan 5, 2007

Taken in Arizona of a friend who was doing a story about gay cowboys after the success of the movie \"Brokeback Mountain\"

Statistics
Place: 5 out of 712
Avg (all users): 7.3011
Avg (commenters): 8.6984
Avg (participants): 7.3094
Avg (non-participants): 7.2738
Views since voting: 7460
Views during voting: 629
Votes: 362
Comments: 87
Favorites: 39 (view)


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06/30/2007 01:15:39 PM
Originally posted by hotpasta:

I was just looking at the lens you used as I am thinking of taking a deep breathe and buying one. This is a great image that showcases the lens Jeff...love it.
I just bought this lens and was checking out shots with it an found this. I'm glad I have it now, great work this shot is stunning
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06/04/2007 02:34:04 AM
I was just looking at the lens you used as I am thinking of taking a deep breathe and buying one. This is a great image that showcases the lens Jeff...love it.
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03/28/2007 03:25:07 PM
awesome photo!!! I love the angle and that its B&W
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03/05/2007 02:46:42 PM
this is superbly done!
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01/31/2007 06:27:47 PM
WOW!! grate shot!!
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01/29/2007 08:58:09 PM
OMG!! what a cool shot!!! To echo pekesty's comment, what an amazing B & W conversion!! I am lucky to get that kind of range on film let alone digital!! Great job!!!
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01/29/2007 11:03:13 AM
Very cool b&w conversion with this photo, it looks great. Congratulations on a top five finish with the tough competition on this challenge.
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01/27/2007 12:21:58 PM
WOW. Really great shot... congrats on 5th place! (Although this should have really been 2nd or 3rd :) ).

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01/27/2007 12:35:15 AM
Really good. It would have been cool to see it on the front page. Congrats on top 5!

Message edited by author 2007-01-27 00:35:30.
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01/26/2007 10:24:08 PM
This is fabulous! Congrats on top 5!!
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01/26/2007 02:08:27 PM
Congratulations on your high finish. I love this image. Good work.
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01/26/2007 10:27:35 AM
Great finish Jeff!
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01/26/2007 08:26:50 AM
Great Character study. Has a journalistic sense about it. Great finish, congrats!
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01/26/2007 07:16:51 AM
congrats on 5th. Wonderful work!
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01/26/2007 04:32:29 AM
My favorite of the top 5 in the challenge, just love the light, composition and tonal range in this shot, would have voted it a 10.
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01/26/2007 01:24:23 AM
Yes Jeff, this is truly one of the best black & whites around, and kudos to your top 5 finish.
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01/26/2007 01:13:16 AM
I knew this would place high!! Congratulations, and I hope you do sell it to Marlboro and make a lot of cash!!
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01/26/2007 12:46:44 AM
Wow - Thanks for all the great comments guys - Feel very proud to be in the top ten - Congrats to the top 3 - First class!
Well done to all who entered - Some amazing pics in here
Jeff
01/26/2007 12:19:08 AM
First freakin' class and terrific use of burning. I'd be proud to have this in my portfolio. And sell it, over and over again. ;-)
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01/26/2007 12:18:57 AM
Fantastic ! great job and placement.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/25/2007 07:22:07 PM
ONe of the best. Great range of tones. Skillful PP>
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01/25/2007 04:32:33 PM
Beautiful environmental portrait. Definitely wall worthy, adn the fact that the horse is looking in the same direction adds to it as well. Very nice tones in the bw.
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01/25/2007 03:36:24 PM
6 - Like this, but looks like it needs a nudge up on the left or a 'perspective correction' (or whatever it is called in pp).
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01/25/2007 11:18:59 AM
Great b/w tone! Nice detail 10
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01/25/2007 11:11:55 AM
Wow!! Awesome image! Nice and crisp - I think the black and white is perfect here!
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01/25/2007 11:09:08 AM
Great capture!! Love the old time feel of this. :-)
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01/25/2007 09:00:00 AM
Well done, want to have a smoke now ;-). Good luck in the challenge!
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01/25/2007 03:23:30 AM
This stands alone and is so very strong in composition and the black and white processing..... Perfect in everyway.....
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01/24/2007 11:42:26 PM
excellent work, truly magazine quality.
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01/24/2007 12:39:28 PM
I was wondering why this great shot suddenly dissappeared. :) Great choice! Perfect B&W conversion, fantastic lighting and great composition.
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01/24/2007 08:28:18 AM
I like thsi photo, but I don't see the importance of the horse. I also think it should be in color.
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01/24/2007 12:46:02 AM
quintessential country -- very nice...
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01/23/2007 07:01:59 PM
Excellent B/W tonal range and perfect composition, great work.
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01/22/2007 02:25:27 PM
Feels like a poster for an old western movie. Great lighting and tonal range.
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01/22/2007 01:32:49 PM
B&W looks really good with this picture.
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01/22/2007 12:20:10 PM
Great light. One of my favourites.
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01/21/2007 12:16:20 PM
Beautiful BW work.
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01/21/2007 05:37:42 AM
Excellent portrait. Perfect balance of elements, from the sky behind the gentleman to the foreground grasses. Very nicely done.
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01/20/2007 07:55:46 PM
Great B&W and good use of highlighting.
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01/20/2007 09:39:41 AM
Excellent shot!
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01/20/2007 08:59:27 AM
Amazing. Love the tones, light, focus, composition!
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01/19/2007 09:51:04 PM
This has got to be one of the best cowboy and horse pictures I have ever seen. The cowboy is likable, genuine and relaxed and the horse seems to be posing nicely. Composition is wonderful. Love the log and different textures and lines of the different plants. The mountain and sky add that extra "wow". Great job on the black and white processing!
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01/19/2007 05:34:36 PM
Very good.
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01/19/2007 01:04:13 PM
Nice black & white
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01/19/2007 11:57:38 AM
Great contrasts, nice compositon
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01/19/2007 09:54:50 AM
You should sell this image to Marlboro!!! Congratulations!!
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01/19/2007 09:01:08 AM
9
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01/18/2007 10:52:39 PM
Great b&w conversion and a very cool composition. Well done!
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01/18/2007 04:56:57 AM
A. Adams would be proud of your tones, nice perspective too, well done.
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01/17/2007 02:59:08 PM
Oh now this is one of the best black & whites I've run across in this challenge.
This is professional-quality all the way and adding to my favorites.
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01/17/2007 06:27:07 AM
great, excellent ... the grass on the right is very minor distraction ... actually when i look again it really fits there ... 10!
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01/16/2007 05:09:16 PM
Exceptional work -- 10
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01/16/2007 11:45:31 AM
awesome B&W. Well done!
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01/16/2007 10:06:59 AM
this is very unique - one og my favorits - 9
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01/15/2007 07:20:17 PM
very nice b&w conversion. I'd like to know how you did it....impressive
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01/15/2007 06:46:14 PM
This should be an album cover. Perfect focus, Perfect B&W, Perfect processing, Perfect result. Great Job. Good Luck.
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01/15/2007 10:13:22 AM
National Geographic worthy! 10!
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01/15/2007 04:41:13 AM
There's something (I think) unintentionally amusing about the horse: perhaps its just that the portrait part of the image is so - well, 'standard' would give the lie to it, but perhaps 'just as one would expect' is right; and then the horse, with its face turned toward us. There are strong leading lines that make the horse almost a stronger part of the composition than the man, and so we expect something from it.
01/14/2007 11:12:33 PM
You've managed practically perfect tonality and a very interesting composition here. Gotta love it.
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01/14/2007 11:02:08 PM
Nice like a movie setting/good luck
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01/14/2007 06:20:32 PM
Great point of view...should be hanging up !
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01/14/2007 02:43:29 PM
fantastic; both subjects perfectly positioned. one of those that tells me I must try harder...
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01/14/2007 01:17:08 PM
Love the tones.
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01/14/2007 09:30:58 AM
i like the setup,looks like a cool place to ride 8
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01/13/2007 05:19:17 PM
I like the whole set up of this picture.
Im not really into Cowboy Stuff but this is very interesting
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01/13/2007 04:54:34 PM
Cool shot!
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01/13/2007 04:26:28 PM
perfect cowboy shot = 10
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01/13/2007 01:10:58 PM
nice!
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01/13/2007 12:55:53 PM
Perfect environmental portrait. DOF and focus are perfect. Composition outstanding. Conversion excellent. Okay, I ran out of superlatives. Its good. very good.
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01/13/2007 09:05:16 AM
I like the dramatic lighting, it gives this shot an almost movie setting feel to it.
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01/13/2007 07:08:46 AM
Great country scene,with excellent tone...
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01/13/2007 01:33:00 AM
Perfect capture and PP. 10!!
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01/13/2007 01:10:17 AM
stunning B&W - perfect lighting - great composition - awesome work!
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01/12/2007 11:15:13 PM
Great contrast
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01/12/2007 10:17:09 PM
Nice portrait of man and horse.
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01/12/2007 09:32:39 PM
This is my favorite so far. I really like the depth of this, alone with the contrast. Adding to favs
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01/12/2007 08:34:42 PM
almost like a studio shot...great editing...perfect composition 8
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01/12/2007 08:32:45 PM
Classic!
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01/12/2007 06:32:18 PM
well done,great composition.
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01/12/2007 06:30:07 PM
well done! 10!
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01/12/2007 02:17:45 PM
How vestern movie is that! :) 7
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01/12/2007 12:44:02 PM
Good feel to the photo. 7
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01/12/2007 11:04:44 AM
You know how much I love this. Not til somebody mentioned originally "where are his boots?" did I even notice. One of the best of the year. The comp, line, contrast,natural framing, all of it.
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01/12/2007 09:45:02 AM
this is awesome. love it 9
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01/12/2007 02:25:28 AM
One of my fav's just a great shot, glad I can vote on it now and give you a well deserved 10!
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01/12/2007 12:45:27 AM
Excellent B&W portrait! The only suggestion on improvement (IMHO) is this would have been a "10" if the straw grass on the right was not there to distract from the horse in the background.
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01/12/2007 12:10:56 AM
i have to put this back on my favorites!!
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