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Challenge: Portrait with Spectacles (Basic Editing)
Collection: 2008
Camera: Sony DSLR-A700
Lens: Konica Minolta AF 70-210mm f/4
Location: Virginia
Date: Jan 4, 2008
Aperture: F4.5
ISO: 1000
Shutter: 1/80
Galleries: Sports, Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Jan 4, 2008

I've struggled with this shot. Keep it in, or pull it?

Most likely the DNMC police are going to be all over it for technicalities of what spectacles are. :)

Could be one of my higher comment counts when it's over.

Technically, the exposure on top of the head is a bit hot. It was a small sacrifice to keep the face illuminated. The background is sufficiantly blurred from distance and aperture selection, but is still somewhat distracting.

I looked at this in B&W but then the swim goggles lost their impact as they stand out better in color with the bright blue.

I predict a score between 4.85 and 5.15 on this one. The OOBIES will like it, the challenge technocrats probably won't. All in good fun - eh? :-P

Place: 63 out of 209
Avg (all users): 5.6617
Avg (commenters): 5.6667
Avg (participants): 5.2564
Avg (non-participants): 5.8272
Views since voting: 770
Views during voting: 404
Votes: 269
Comments: 9
Favorites: 0

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02/15/2008 12:48:44 PM
Good looking shot, i used to swim for my county so this really appeals to me.
You have really captured that moment of thought where he is running though his head "stokes", "breathing", winning.
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01/17/2008 12:00:24 AM
i love the shot, i'm a swimmer myself! :)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/12/2008 11:08:42 AM
Not sure goggles and spectacles are the same thing. 4
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01/10/2008 10:35:09 PM
Great catch for the theme. Really well composed.
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01/10/2008 03:39:44 PM
well, not exactly spectacles, but great composition and depth of field.
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01/10/2008 01:31:38 PM
I like the poise ready for action - and for being the only such photo in a challenge over endowed with a certain type of shot.
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01/10/2008 11:38:10 AM
yes it is focused
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01/09/2008 06:53:33 PM
Very cool take on the whole "spectacles" thing. Way to take it in a different direction!
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01/09/2008 05:15:34 PM
Good use of diagonal and the background lines meeting at the mouth is a fortunate coincidence.
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