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Challenge: Portrait (Advanced Editing I)
Camera: Nikon D100
Location: SCZ, Kansas
Date: Mar 10, 2004
Galleries: Portraiture, Animals
Date Uploaded: Mar 14, 2004

This is a portrait of a chimp I affectionately call 'Grandma'. She was captured in the wild and has been at the local zoo for longer than I have been alive. This may be a sad thought, but she lives in a HUGE habitant with her family of 6 children and their siblings and has likely survived longer than she would have in the wild.

I personally believe that animal portraits are portraits, which is why I entered this shot. It tells a story, it has character, and captures her personality well. I am sure some people will vote this down and declare it off topic.

Statistics
Place: 13 out of 135
Avg (all users): 6.5714
Avg (commenters): 7.9737
Avg (participants): 6.3838
Avg (non-participants): 6.7200
Views since voting: 1916
Votes: 224
Comments: 46
Favorites: 11 (view)


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05/17/2004 09:34:33 PM
Beautiful. Haunting.
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03/22/2004 09:16:04 AM
i had NO idea this was yours, but i abso-freakin'-lutely LOVE it!!!! :) :) :)
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03/22/2004 08:05:09 AM
Great capture mood. Thought it would do better.
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03/22/2004 12:23:08 AM
Hey mood! Grandma was an excellent subject and I was very happy to see her in the portrait challenge. Refreshing stuff. The texture on the facial wrinkles, the lighting, dof... all great. Going in my favorites.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/21/2004 07:21:01 PM
Such emotion here. What can I say. Good luck.
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03/21/2004 05:12:50 PM
This is such a beautiful and emotional shot. Incredible contrast really helps with the mood. Lighting is excellent. I like how it goes from dark to light making your eyes scan the scene from left to right.
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03/21/2004 09:47:54 AM
This is an excellent photo but the challenge is specific in stating a person's face. It will be in my favs when the challenge is over.
03/21/2004 01:44:34 AM
Nicely exececuted but I don't believe that an animal shot really fits my defiintion of portraiture for the challenge.
03/20/2004 11:43:12 AM
Great emotion!
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03/19/2004 07:07:30 PM
10
03/19/2004 10:07:16 AM
what a gorgeous photo!
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03/19/2004 05:41:38 AM
Hehe! This is awesome. The look tells it all. Very nice work in black and white
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03/18/2004 05:43:08 PM
fantastic!
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03/18/2004 05:08:14 AM
Poignant portrait. Sharp and well lighted. Just the brushwood rhight bottom is distracting. 8
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03/17/2004 08:51:31 PM
Very cool. You should have tried to keep the monkey's hand in the picture. And cloned out the grass on the right.
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03/17/2004 04:02:15 PM
Nice lighting. - 6
03/17/2004 03:50:22 AM
Fantastic.
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03/17/2004 01:33:13 AM
great shot and great idea! excellent compasition all ways around, gj.
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03/16/2004 06:08:08 PM
One of three tens i felt compelled to give in this weeks challenge. Expression, composure, lighting, focus, DOF (?), everything is totally right. I wish you could give just one picture a week an 11, for this would be it. as it is, 10.
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03/16/2004 03:33:12 PM
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it.
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03/16/2004 11:47:20 AM
Killer shot. Just enough DOF. Great lighting, natural I presume? What expression - you captured it beautifully. One of my highest votes.
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03/16/2004 11:28:22 AM
a little dark, maybe a different back ground, 6
03/16/2004 09:01:56 AM
My uncle...oh my...
03/16/2004 04:36:55 AM
Looks like my uncle, great job.
03/16/2004 12:24:15 AM
Your DOF is a bit shallow, open it up just a bit, otherwise a great piture
03/15/2004 09:24:11 PM
I love this shot. A very sensitive portrait. I predict a top-ten finish. I think the only things i would change are to crop the black bar from right side and carefully clone out the fibrous-looking thigy (plant stem?) at lower right. Very nice work, good luck!
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03/15/2004 09:18:58 PM
Wonderfull expression and great toning used. Good luck. Jacko. 10
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03/15/2004 08:39:46 PM
good b/w shot...nice contrast and focus
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03/15/2004 08:29:03 PM
If this isn't a Moodville picture then you should be proud that you made one worthy of her. this picture actually makes me sad to look at. I have no idea what she's thinking, but it tugs my heart either way. fabulous tones. the shallow depth really highlights her expression. love it.
Pedro
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03/15/2004 08:12:21 PM
Very nice. BOL The screen adds to the look.
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03/15/2004 06:42:12 PM
Love it!
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03/15/2004 03:01:48 PM
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Message edited by author 2006-05-05 14:26:19.
03/15/2004 01:37:00 PM
Love it! Great expression and textures here. I like the black & white treatment. Very nice lighting as well.
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03/15/2004 01:03:15 PM
Lovely lighting and wonderful expression. I like the inclusion of the fencing infront of him for it's pattern and provision of compositional balance and also for the way it places him in his environment. A really beautiful portrait.

PS I just read a marvellous book called A Primate's Memoirs by Robert Sapolsky which is about baboons not chimps and sounds deathly dull but is actually a very touching story. You might enjoy it.
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03/15/2004 12:08:55 PM
My number one favorite for this challenge. I love these guys. I'm glad someone took a risk and captured a portrait of a best instead of a human. I like how you captured his inprisonment in the expression and his hand on the bar. Good luck with this one. I'm sure you'll do very well. Great lighting and composition as well.
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03/15/2004 10:54:11 AM
There are some great portraits in this challenge. Even though I have given several tens this week, I think this is my overall favorite. I think you captured a perfect moment with this photograph. This chip seems to be sad, and having the fence visible in this shot really supports that theme with a lot of strength. - Best of show
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03/15/2004 10:25:46 AM
I hope you bring home 1st prize. This is exceptional!!!!! 10++++++
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03/15/2004 10:14:15 AM
Monkey's are great. I like how you changed it to something other than a person. Very nice job.
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03/15/2004 10:06:44 AM
Wonderful shot. Love his look. Lighting could of been a bit better, but I understand you don't have control here. He's something, and this is a good shot. Good luck.
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03/15/2004 10:02:24 AM
Great shot. I really like the texture on the face. 8
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03/15/2004 08:43:48 AM
terrific detail in this..great lighting and exposure....9
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03/15/2004 05:17:54 AM
What a great picture and a lovely portrait. You really want to know what he's thinking. Very effective use of black and white - colour would detract.
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03/15/2004 01:06:33 AM
Great shot! I can see the solitude in his eyes. Lost emotions he must have....The black and white adds to the emotion of solidtude as well. Great job.
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03/15/2004 12:33:47 AM
Damn nice capture. Love the texture of the face and the sharp eyes. The lighting gives this great depth.
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03/15/2004 12:25:46 AM
What a beautiful photo. The natural light, combined with the darkness of the photo is wonderful. This gets a 10.

I hope it doesn't get voted down!

Good luck...
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03/15/2004 12:10:30 AM
Very classic and I love the black and white usage. Excellent shot. A 10
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