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The Traditionalist
The Traditionalist

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Challenge: Environmental Portrait II (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Tamron AF 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di II for Canon
Location: London
Date: Mar 17, 2008
Date Uploaded: Mar 17, 2008


Place: 77 out of 159
Avg (all users): 5.4792
Avg (commenters): 6.9091
Avg (participants): 5.0175
Avg (non-participants): 5.6058
Views since voting: 634
Views during voting: 392
Votes: 265
Comments: 12
Favorites: 1 (view)

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04/07/2008 12:52:25 AM
It is that diagonal line...
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/25/2008 03:15:54 PM
I like the composition and grain to this.
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03/25/2008 12:15:20 PM
I'm not sure this is exactly an environmental portrait, but giving you the benefit of the doubt, I will say that the focus is weird. I would expect a portrait to focus on the person and everything above the elbow is oof, to my eyes. The architecture is stunning and I would almost prefer to see this in a different challenge with nothing but the building and railing.
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03/25/2008 07:49:22 AM
This may be considered by some to be a snapshot more than an environmental portrait, but I really like it.
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03/24/2008 12:38:02 PM
Energy/Range/Story: 6/7/7
Composition/perspective/manner: 7/6/6
Aesthetics/Technical: 6/6
Presentation: 7
Total: 6.4
Vote: 7

Remarks: The forte here, beyond the quiet amusement it may evoke, is how well the measured givens of the scene are integrated compositionally and aesthetically. This, to my sense and eye, is certainly more than what we'd expect from any found candid and better than a mere capture of (a) subject(s).

The nearly athletic back-bracing of the photographer portrayed here is reminiscent of an archer rather than that of a man with a small pocket camera taking in the sights. The contrast between this posture and any other one we would commonly associate with a man in the attire of the Hasidim is as taut as the imaginary bow he appears to span and just as surprising.

I increased my score of this entry to accommodate the amount of interest this entry stirred in me even after studying it for more than one hour.
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03/22/2008 07:16:10 PM
Doesn't seem like a portrait, but what a great photo! It certainly does show a man interacting with his environment.
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03/22/2008 09:45:27 AM
B&W is perfect for this photo...I like the way your framed this and the use of the background to complement the subject
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03/21/2008 07:25:34 PM
meaning he's shooting with film? ;-) like the comp and b/w. 7
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03/20/2008 11:34:39 PM
Nice shot
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03/20/2008 10:53:22 AM
Marvelous shot. I like the b&w and the way he is leaning back gives a very nice line to the composition.
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03/20/2008 07:15:45 AM
interesting image
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03/19/2008 12:05:32 PM
this feels more like a snapshot than a portrait.
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