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Respectful greeting (Hongi)
Respectful greeting (Hongi)

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Free Study 2007-05 (Advanced Editing V)
Camera: Nikon D70
Lens: Sigma 50-500mm f/4.0-6.3 EX DG HSM for Nikon
Location: Mokai Marae
Date: May 10, 2007
Aperture: f/6.3
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/180s
Galleries: Emotive, Black and White
Date Uploaded: May 26, 2007

The hongi is the traditional way Maori (indigenous New Zealanders) meet each other - Hands grasped and a soft press of the tip of the nose.

Shot for a commission, this was quite heavily processed, mostly with levels, sharpening and dodge and burn.

Place: 27 out of 617
Avg (all users): 6.6646
Avg (commenters): 7.1429
Avg (participants): 6.6565
Avg (non-participants): 6.6970
Views since voting: 3104
Views during voting: 265
Votes: 164
Comments: 17
Favorites: 2 (view)

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06/08/2007 02:00:34 AM
Truly interesting just as it is.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/07/2007 11:06:36 PM
The jawline shadows look unnatural, like you were overusing a vignette effect. Otherwise, I would have scored this higher. 7
06/07/2007 08:32:39 PM
very cool 9
06/07/2007 06:35:07 PM
Australia sucks New Zealand nil. Sorry couldn't resist that. The shot to me is ok but they could do with a bit more lighting on their faces it is a little too dark.
06/07/2007 03:38:17 PM
love the low key approach taken - i love affectionate cultures
06/07/2007 01:25:39 PM
Great perspective, love the contrast and vignetting.
06/06/2007 07:25:14 PM
Atahuua :)
06/04/2007 05:26:11 PM
fantastic moment, great lighting and b&w conversion. i find the chain on the L distracting as it goes against all the natural lines in the picture. i think you could crop this one just below their noses for a dramatic effect


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06/04/2007 01:29:37 PM
great detail with the B&W and very loving. outstanding job...
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06/03/2007 05:01:24 PM
I think this lacks the punch it could have if the contrast were more severe. It really is just mid and shadow tones, yet doesn't have that true low key approach. I love the lines on their faces. The symmetry and balance are good too. I like the hint of bokeh in the background being lighter because it showcases their profiles.
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06/03/2007 12:51:38 PM
lovely image with great processing
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06/02/2007 08:54:50 AM
Nice capture of a old NZ tradition. I don't think the dark venting around the edges does the photograph justice. Still a good shot.
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06/01/2007 05:08:21 PM
Nice work and control over detail...but needs more clarity.
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06/01/2007 01:31:42 PM
Different & neat. Good photo.
06/01/2007 09:35:30 AM
Awww.... how sweet. Love the emotion here.
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06/01/2007 05:47:36 AM
Really makes me smile - lovely shot!
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06/01/2007 12:11:26 AM
I really like this.
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