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Challenge: Environmental Portrait II (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-1D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM
Location: Austin, Tx
Date: Mar 15, 2008
Aperture: f2.5
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/40s
Galleries: Urban, Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Mar 15, 2008

Asked if he minded, he said no. Playing the blue, cooler tones of the shadows and his clothes off against the oranges and yellows of the sparks and grinder, trying to keep it to a simple complimentary colour palette.

It's probably debatable if he is 'sharp enough' but I think he is and wanted the spark trails that the slower shutter speed gave. It is also probably too candid or not obviously engaged to be considered a portrait by many.

I like it.

Place: 20 out of 159
Avg (all users): 6.4073
Avg (commenters): 7.8333
Avg (participants): 6.5410
Avg (non-participants): 6.3692
Views since voting: 1283
Views during voting: 414
Votes: 275
Comments: 14
Favorites: 0

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03/26/2008 01:34:46 PM
Oh how I LOVE welder photos. This is great!!!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/25/2008 09:40:19 AM
great capture love the flying sparks it really adds to the shot, though maybe a faster shutter speed might have defined the sparks and makde them stand out a little more.
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03/23/2008 02:40:08 PM
Love the captured movement via the sparks which contrasts the sharp image of the man, and the complimentary blues and oranges.
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03/22/2008 03:27:43 PM
Cool - just an awesome picture the way you captured the flying sparks!
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03/22/2008 02:30:23 PM
Ooooooo...Great take on the challenge, brilliant composition and fantastic colours...unfortunately (imo) the focus seems just a touch soft (a bit tighter and I think it would have been the blue ribbon winner)

Still a very strong image congratulations
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03/21/2008 07:07:37 PM
the blurred sparks draw the eye to the guy with the grinder, who looks like an interesting fellow. 7
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03/20/2008 01:14:33 PM
I like the action here. You captured your subject, not just in his environment but interacting with it as well. Thank you.
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03/20/2008 11:55:45 AM
One of my 3-10's for this challenge. Nicely done! Love the sparks and the concentration on the fellow's face.
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03/20/2008 07:40:53 AM
interesting a darker background may have been better but a nice image all the same
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03/20/2008 07:39:40 AM
finally something one would expect in this challenge! good focus on his face, good DOF. Too bad, the crop at left is that close
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03/19/2008 03:45:04 PM
impressive !!!
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03/19/2008 01:06:06 PM
you kept this simple and met the criteria spot on, well done. 7.
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03/19/2008 12:15:49 PM
love it! the approach is so realistic
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03/19/2008 01:57:27 AM
Nice, the subject and environment belong together. The composition works extremely well along with the DOF. Great job!
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