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2nd PlaceThe Pianist
Brin


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Environmental Portrait II (Basic Editing)
Collection: Challenges 2008
Camera: Canon EOS-5D
Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
Location: Víđistađakirkja (church), Iceland
Date: Mar 18, 2008
Aperture: f5
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/40
Galleries: Portraiture, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Mar 18, 2008

Camera Raw convertion, shadow/highlight, crop, curves, black&white, NoiseNinja and USM in PS CS3.

Many thanks to the model Karl Kristensen. He is a very talented guy and although he doesn't work as a pianist he plays very well. While I was shooting he played his own music for me - I wish you could hear it.

THANKS A LOT FOR VOTES AND COMMENTS - IT'S MUCH APPRECIATED!

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 159
Avg (all users): 7.1782
Avg (commenters): 8.1481
Avg (participants): 7.0508
Avg (non-participants): 7.2130
Views since voting: 5958
Views during voting: 416
Votes: 275
Comments: 51
Favorites: 8 (view)


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06/14/2008 07:23:34 PM
Excellent portrait - reminds me of an image taken by Michael Grecco.
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04/18/2008 05:12:30 AM
Congrats on the red Bragi, nicely done!
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03/31/2008 10:52:21 PM
Congratulations on a very nice photo
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03/31/2008 07:05:25 AM
geggjuð mynd!
til lukku með borðann!
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03/29/2008 08:07:45 PM
This is a great shot Brin and meets the challenge well too. Congrats on the RED.
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03/28/2008 11:21:21 PM
Love the shot, congratulations.
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03/28/2008 06:44:50 PM
Congratulations!So smooth and well done setup. Þessi á svo sannarlega skilið fyrstu sætin.
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03/27/2008 01:13:48 PM
Full COOL!
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03/27/2008 12:10:15 PM
wonderful image..well done/congratulations
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03/26/2008 10:15:06 PM
Wonderfully composed shot. I would have been tempted to title it something like "Pianist in Major and Minor". The added reflection reminds me of the key scales.
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03/26/2008 07:31:51 PM
Outstanding and creative composition for this wonderful portrait. Congratulations on the Ribbon!
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03/26/2008 04:57:16 PM
A very good portrait and a nice composition. The reflection of the pianist is great. Congrtats on red.
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03/26/2008 01:47:11 PM
Beautiful shot, really special. I also love the reflections. Great work and congrats on the well deserved ribbon.
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03/26/2008 01:15:38 PM
Oh this is so awesome! He looks ever the part of the distinguished professional pianist. Brilliant the way his reflection is so mirror-like in the piano.

Congratulations on a ribbon for this great photo.

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03/26/2008 11:47:27 AM
Great expression on the player... enigmatic yet destiling self-assurance. Great, great image.
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03/26/2008 09:09:12 AM
Congrats! It is an honor to share the front page with
such a gifted and talented photographer. I have always enjoyed and admired your work.
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03/26/2008 08:53:54 AM
Oh this was my favorite:D Absolutely beyond fantastic!
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03/26/2008 08:10:11 AM
great photo... looks like it would work as a magazine shot if you doing a profile on him.
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03/26/2008 08:08:31 AM
Congrats!
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03/26/2008 07:25:04 AM
Beautiful shot, love the composition. Congrats on the red. Honor sharing the front page with you.
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03/26/2008 07:00:48 AM
Well done. I liked this portrait a lot.
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03/26/2008 02:22:20 AM
Congrats!
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03/26/2008 12:44:15 AM
Cool shot Brin. Congrats!
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03/26/2008 12:30:24 AM
May I be the first to congratulate you on your ribbon :-)This was my favourite from the challenge
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/25/2008 11:42:52 PM
rather an odd expression here but the rest of the image is near perfect, great use of diagonal and reflection

Message edited by author 2008-03-26 00:34:23.
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03/25/2008 11:20:59 AM
super photo and B&W is perfect for this and the composition is fantastic!
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03/25/2008 10:37:11 AM
Very nice, indeed! The framing, and utilizing the reflection from the mirror on the lid, are want makes this picture.
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03/24/2008 10:10:39 PM
wow the reflection is awesome!
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03/24/2008 07:30:54 PM
Terrific portrait I would expect to see in a magazine.
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03/24/2008 09:18:19 AM
beautiful relflections, well done.
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03/21/2008 01:36:30 PM
Clever.
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03/21/2008 02:45:31 AM
Very nice. Such a wonderful classic portrait. Nicely processed, too.
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03/20/2008 11:23:42 PM
Awesome! This is a great b/w. I love the composition and the reflection is a great touch. The lighting was dialed in perfectly IMO.
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03/20/2008 07:53:08 PM
great leading lines and reflection works well. 7
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03/20/2008 06:13:46 PM
I love the reflection in this shot, this should be in the top ten
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03/20/2008 04:45:50 PM
Nice shot but he doesn't look too enthused. Ah well...
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03/20/2008 11:56:36 AM
One of my 3-10's in this challenge. Love the reflection in the piano top and the smug "damn, I'm good" look on his face.
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03/20/2008 08:01:55 AM
interesting and really nice image
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03/20/2008 07:10:54 AM
This is a pic that made me sit closer to my screen and study it. I like the composition, inclusidng the reflections. Having the piano open and seeing the snares out of focus is nice too. You did a nice job on b/w conversion as well. It is too bad though that the guy looks so bored.
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03/19/2008 10:27:18 PM
The reflection seems odd. The photo would have stood alone without it.
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03/19/2008 09:12:21 PM
This one is nice! I like the choice you made with your crop.
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03/19/2008 06:45:23 PM
Love the horizontal reflection in the top of the piano. Well captured.
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03/19/2008 06:23:58 PM
Great shot! The reflection really makes it interesting.
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03/19/2008 05:30:00 PM
Excellent work. Nicely framed by the piano. I like the reflection also.
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03/19/2008 03:23:40 PM
Interesting portrait. The lighting on the left (his right) is well done although it does make it look like his jacket has two tones. His reflection in the top right is important for separating this from being just a picture of a guy at a piano. I don't quite understand how his reflection is being made, but that is probably a lack of knowledge about pianos on my part....7 nonetheless
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03/19/2008 02:39:04 PM
Probably not the best execution of all the photos in the challenge, but of all the entries in the challenge, this feels most like a portrait and you've clearly caught a player in his environment. I especially like the composition. The top 2/3 of the frame form a square bisected by the strong diagonal. Catching the reflection is perfect. The bottom 1/3 gives us the context. Perfect. Well done! Best of show!
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03/19/2008 02:07:35 PM
My favorite picture of this challenge! Well done!!!
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03/19/2008 11:16:02 AM
Absolutely perfect in black and white!
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03/19/2008 01:01:54 AM
Terrific shot. The black and white is so appropriate for piano. The geometry and lighting of the shot are lovely and the reflection tops it all off, so to speak.:) And not least of all, the pianist is quite intriguing. 10
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03/19/2008 12:54:02 AM
Clever. Wish this had been Advanced editing so you could do more evening out of the hot spots. Still a very nice shot. The angles & lines paired with the portrait are quite good.
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03/19/2008 12:23:27 AM
nice stuff, i would love to see what you could do under adv. editing rules with this. Specifically, the difference in tones/contrast b/w the real/reflection slightly troubles me. Not much you could do about that tho! Still, great shot, 8
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