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Challenge: Song Titles, 2006 (Advanced Editing V*)
Camera: Nikon D70s
Lens: Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D
Location: Fourways, Johannesburg, South Africa
Date: Jan 6, 2007
Aperture: F2.4
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/60
Galleries: Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Jan 8, 2007

My dad. Like his father before him, and his grandfather before that, he has worked for many years in the gold mines of the Witwatersrand. I've broken the legacy, but I'll always know that my family and the miners like them helped build the flourishing city I live in today.

(I got the idea from the top 50 list of songs, but after post-processing, I realised that by leaving off the golden hue, I could just as easily have entered it in the B&W portraits challenge. Ah well, I like this title better, and there probably be less portraits to compete with here ;-) )

After voting:
I'm really happy to make it into the top 10, and to improve upon my best score. But most of all, I'm really proud of getting such a great shot of my dad. He was such a good sport about posing; was very patient with all my demands (dressing up, dirtying face, "No, lower the pick angle a little... no, now up...")

Statistics
Place: 9 out of 219
Avg (all users): 6.7671
Avg (commenters): 7.8333
Avg (participants): 6.4944
Avg (non-participants): 6.8867
Views since voting: 1815
Views during voting: 392
Votes: 292
Comments: 26
Favorites: 3 (view)


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01/14/2009 06:33:03 PM
Very nice work, seems to capture the essence of a miner.
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07/08/2008 10:50:18 AM
not the most interesting portrait, poor lighting too
01/22/2007 07:28:38 PM
I have voted on six of your challenges and this one scored right at your average from me 8. (Your at the top of my highest rated photographers :)) Congrats on your 9th place finish.
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01/18/2007 03:55:49 PM
Congrats. This is deserving of top 10 for sure.
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01/18/2007 03:36:10 PM
While this would have been gorgeous in B&W as well, I think the gold treatment is perfect - very appropriate given your comments and the subject. And I'm really glad you got such a great shot of your dad, too. It's an invaluable gift you'll always cherish, I'm quite sure. Of lesser importance, congrats on your new personal best, a top ten, and a great score.
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01/17/2007 03:28:54 PM
Originally posted by eyewave:

Congrats on your top10 finish! I can imagine this had scored even higher in b/w-portrait


Yeah, I wondered about that when I entered it... I just did a quick check: if I'd gotten exactly the same score in the B&W challenge I would have ended in exactly the same position: 9th. So at least I can be content about that :-)
01/17/2007 06:53:38 AM
Nicely genuine photo composition. Witwatersrand mines are famous, I know, and some of them hell holes too. I studied and worked in mines in the distant past and many of my colleagues came from the region.
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01/17/2007 04:26:48 AM
Congrats on your top10 finish! I can imagine this had scored even higher in b/w-portrait
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/16/2007 06:37:05 PM
god this guy is manly. when i looke at this i just feel like this guy is so much more hardcore than you can imagine. Great vinetting, it really pulls this photo together.
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01/15/2007 09:24:36 PM
ha! great shot and a great play on the song title. wonderfully lit and great crop.
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01/15/2007 02:47:25 AM
Super-great! You get a good score because I was led to use the word super. The only thing that gets me is that it looks like it's supposed to be a duotone... but it doesn't look like a successful duotone to me....
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01/14/2007 10:18:49 AM
Very beautiful
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01/13/2007 10:38:46 AM
Nice! Great background light. Could use a touch more light on his face IMO but very nice. Back to bump you up to 8.
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01/13/2007 09:31:44 AM
Nice character study. 8
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01/13/2007 05:17:48 AM
Beautiful portrait - 8
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01/12/2007 02:17:45 PM
nice.
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01/12/2007 11:21:12 AM
Good concept with the title, and well taken picture.
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01/12/2007 01:46:07 AM
love the concept.
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01/11/2007 08:42:08 PM
nice
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01/11/2007 01:47:32 PM
Nice portrait. I hate vignetting, but it's kind of appropriate here. It helps hide the fact that you didn't get a good background for this shot, which would have made this a contender. Still, what a great face and pose. 7
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01/11/2007 12:00:05 AM
Looks a but oversharpened, but it somewhat fits this image. One of the better ones so far!
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01/10/2007 05:05:11 PM
nice job, good lightening on the eyes. i really like this, 10
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01/10/2007 04:29:43 PM
love the lighting.
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01/10/2007 01:10:05 PM
Wonderful tones and lighting. Nice composition and crop. Really nice. 10
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01/10/2007 09:40:13 AM
great shot
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01/10/2007 05:17:37 AM
The golden hues are great.
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