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Chimney Sweep
2nd PlaceChimney Sweep
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Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Black and White Portrait II (Advanced Editing V*)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
Location: Tokyo
Date: Jan 8, 2007
Aperture: f2.2
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/500
Galleries: Portraiture, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Jan 8, 2007

Original, cropped and resized only

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this awesome old Japanese man stood in front of my camera while i was taking a picture of something else so he could get my attention, shook his camera, smiled, and pointed to it indicting "is it ok if I take your picture." I laughed, so he took it, then I pointed my camera at him while he made an embarrassed "oh my! you want to take myyyyyy picture too?" look. we thanked each other then i went home and charbroiled his face in photoshop and laughed about it for a while before it was suggested I call this picture chimney sweep even though it has nothing to do with that. i like it, though.

i was a bit nervous and taken by surprise when taking his picture so the focus is on his nose, not his eyes. his eyes were also incredibly dark from being shaded from his eyelids so I did a pretty poor job brightening them up. they are way softer than I would like but this is my first full face portrait of this kind so I don't expect a good score

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*POST*

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I'd be lying if I said I wasn't insanelyyyy surprised the day voting began and the first time I checked I had a 7.5. I'd also be lying if I said I hadn't been constantly checking this score ever since then.

i was going to dismiss this picture and submit a more creative shot of myself that I spent a while taking and editing but I wasn't happy with it at all when it was done. I was looking through my pictures and spotted this guy which I had initially dismissed and remembered jaded_youth's free study entry from last month that I was really impressed by the editing with.

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I decided to give it a go with the dodging and burning, taking a long time and doing little small increments that I thought looked better and better each time. It could certainly be said that I overdid it, but that's okay. I like riding the line of "too much" and "just right" and someday I'll figure out how to stay on the "just right" side more often.

As always I'm reallllly impressed by the other entries and still completely surprised to be on the front page. Thanks a bunch for all the comments and votes and for shattering any and all expectations I had about this picture!


Statistics
Place: 2 out of 491
Avg (all users): 7.3333
Avg (commenters): 8.5000
Avg (participants): 7.2014
Avg (non-participants): 7.4393
Views since voting: 9382
Views during voting: 523
Votes: 312
Comments: 75
Favorites: 17 (view)


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02/02/2007 04:54:49 PM
hi
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01/23/2007 12:34:09 AM
Wonderful shot, congratulations on your ribbon!
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01/20/2007 07:14:05 AM
he has such friendly eyes :)

Wow, ta for sharing your original. the work that has gone into this is impressive

well done on your ribbon!! Congrats!!
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01/20/2007 12:24:20 AM
Great tones and impact. Congrats!
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01/19/2007 09:37:34 AM
OOoooo!OooOO!! My name is in your notes!! :D awesome! I'm so honored. You did a phenomenal job. far better than mine. and I think it's great that you didn't focus on the eyes. this way the hat and skin and all those closer features are in perfect focus. Fantastic D.O.F. too. Congratulations. It's well deserved.

I just realized how funny this is that you called it chimney sweep and I just made this shot yesterday before reading your notes and knowing you were inspired by my pic. thats some odd coincidence.' . substr('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/56797/thumb/454940.jpg', strrpos('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/56797/thumb/454940.jpg', '/') + 1) . '

Message edited by author 2007-01-19 12:40:29.
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01/18/2007 10:37:24 PM
Glad to see this gem place. It's a great photo, congratulations on winning the red ribbon!
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01/18/2007 06:00:54 PM
Congratulations on a well-deserved ribbon.
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01/18/2007 03:05:57 PM
me too, I want to see the orignal!
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01/18/2007 11:04:01 AM
Geat expression and intimately shot. I think there's extra points for the smile.
I would love to see the original of this.

Message edited by author 2007-01-18 11:07:01.
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01/17/2007 10:59:58 PM
Nooooo.... these people are giving us a bad name!
Them and their neck-hung camera, wearing possibly baggy pants or bermuda shots, with socks and shoes! and let me guess, some fishing hat to top it all off too? LOL

ok, i gotta say, I really thought the subject to be some dirty person (dirty, physically) but after reading your comments, it became clear you edited it this way - wow, what skills! great work. and congrats on the ribbon!

crayon
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01/17/2007 08:55:03 PM
Wonderful detail and excellent tones. Well done and congrats!
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01/17/2007 06:01:31 PM
I love the stories in his face. COngratulations!
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01/17/2007 12:48:48 PM
Great story :) Many congratulations on the ribbon.
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01/17/2007 12:36:20 PM
I was laughing so hard while reading your photo comments. Your story gave this cute old man a lot more character than just another subject. Congratulations on your ribbon! :)
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01/17/2007 11:33:35 AM
I had a feeling this one was going to get top honors! Congratulations on such an emotive, well done photo! I just love the sparkle in his eyes and the look of contentment on his face!

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01/17/2007 09:41:47 AM
Great job, well deserved. Congratulation.
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01/17/2007 08:54:17 AM
Wonderful. As the song goes in Mary Poppins:

Chim chiminey
Chim chiminey
Chim chim cher-oo!
Good luck will rub off when
I shake 'ands with you
Or blow me a kiss
And that's lucky too
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01/17/2007 07:32:03 AM
Loved thid one. Has such great textures and the mans expression is so sweet. Congratulations!!
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01/17/2007 06:58:36 AM
Congratulations on your first ribbon with this awesome portrait!
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01/17/2007 05:51:39 AM
Wonderful portrait, well-composed, greatly processed and very... heartfelt. Congratulations!
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01/17/2007 05:11:21 AM
Great shot. You've brought the most out of your model. Well done and congrats on your first ribbon.
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01/17/2007 04:37:49 AM
What can I say? Fantastic image! Congratulations on your well deserved red.
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01/17/2007 03:43:16 AM
Can I pick a winner or what? :-) Congrats.
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01/17/2007 03:28:01 AM
Congrats on your ribbon, very well deserved, my favorite in this challenge!
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01/17/2007 02:18:12 AM
AWESOME! great job man. I LOVE that photo and your getting the credit you deserve. This is undoubtedly a good sign for team POP 'N FRESH. We're ganna rock the house! or atleast the newbie sectiong ;) but yeah, congrats man.
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01/17/2007 01:44:02 AM
excellent photograph which i missed seeing in the voting ...
congratulations on your ribbon and wot a great omen for your new team ... all the best ..
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01/17/2007 01:06:15 AM
Congratulations on your red, not a bad finish for a first time portrait ;)
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01/17/2007 12:56:48 AM
Congratulations Davy. I do love the 'character' in this shot.

WhoHoo. Bring on WPL4.
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01/17/2007 12:34:17 AM
Congratulations on your ribbon! Good job! :)
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01/17/2007 12:24:08 AM
Knew this would do well. Congratulations on your ribbon. Beautiful shot.
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01/17/2007 12:22:10 AM
Accidental or not, this is a fantastic picture. Congratulations.
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01/17/2007 12:08:55 AM
Congratulations on your red ribbon.
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01/17/2007 12:08:27 AM
Congratulations on your first ribbon and an awesome score! Most importantly, congrats on an absolutely wonderful picture!!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/16/2007 10:43:37 PM
Great capture!
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01/16/2007 09:15:43 PM
Wonderful! Great textures and detail - Nicely done!
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01/16/2007 08:44:13 PM
Beautiful contrast, framing, and subject. This one's a winner for sure.
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01/16/2007 06:24:26 PM
lots of character in this face, some of the sooty marks on his face look a bit like they were applied or enhanced in post-processing...7
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01/16/2007 04:49:07 PM
Wow, nice textures... I can see this one up toward the top. Good luck.
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01/16/2007 01:55:37 AM
This would be a verry good expressive one, if you wouldn't exagerate the burn effect to this extent...
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01/15/2007 08:15:05 PM
amazing detail!
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01/15/2007 07:45:24 PM
great focus and expression. I like the composition and the crop. 8
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01/15/2007 02:26:13 AM
stunning image!
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01/14/2007 11:47:16 PM
Excellent! 10
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01/14/2007 11:16:20 PM
Beautiful.
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01/14/2007 07:32:38 PM
I love the quirky smile, and this image moves me quite a lot.....
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01/14/2007 08:08:51 AM
A strong image with a well chosen subject.
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01/14/2007 04:52:36 AM
great character study...
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01/13/2007 02:49:15 PM
Very nice - one of my favorites for this challenge. Back to bump up to 9.
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01/13/2007 09:13:51 AM
Looks a little too grungy, but nice.
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01/12/2007 11:30:23 PM
Grit is good ... great shot hope this does well ... truly the best in challenge!
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01/12/2007 05:52:16 PM
Great shot, best so far. 10.
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01/12/2007 02:20:18 PM
...for real? Wow, I didn't know they really existed...great image.
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01/12/2007 12:45:15 PM
perfect title, great comp, light is well used
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01/12/2007 12:37:05 PM
Good capture. 8
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01/12/2007 02:08:39 AM
Great patina on that face. 9
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01/11/2007 11:11:42 PM
superior image - 10
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01/11/2007 10:13:41 PM
Wonderful, rich tones and expression!
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01/11/2007 05:49:16 PM
awesome detail. I like!
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01/11/2007 04:50:20 PM
ok, this is my 2nd prediction for a ribbon.. 10
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01/11/2007 03:09:14 PM
Wow - what a face. I love the expression - you captured the person, not just the face. Great work!
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01/11/2007 05:57:45 AM
good details - 7
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01/11/2007 04:38:07 AM
Too good to be true? My first 9 for this contest.
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01/10/2007 09:20:41 PM
Plenty of wow!
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01/10/2007 07:26:23 PM
what a wonderful face!
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01/10/2007 06:46:40 PM
Fantastic contrast!
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01/10/2007 06:24:18 PM
Like it a lot
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01/10/2007 05:08:41 PM
Excellent capture. I love the expression on his face.
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01/10/2007 03:09:08 PM
Awsome
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01/10/2007 02:07:55 PM
FAV!
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01/10/2007 08:23:09 AM
one of the rare gems in this challenge! shows lot of character, well cropped, good DOF. Nose is a little oversharpened
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01/10/2007 02:40:20 AM
Very contrasty but captivating. Nice.
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01/10/2007 02:02:36 AM
awesome...great detail and contrast, perfect as a square crop...great connection with the lens
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01/10/2007 12:34:39 AM
Maybe a tad too dark, but I love your subject and how nicely you captured his expression. Good work!
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01/10/2007 12:24:30 AM
fantastic!
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01/10/2007 12:19:17 AM
He looks like a Zen master! 10.
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