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THE GAMBLER : Tacloban Slums, Philippines
THE GAMBLER : Tacloban Slums, Philippines

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Free Study 2008-03 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II
Location: Tacloban Slums, Philippines
Date: Mar 22, 2008
Aperture: F3.8
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/160
Galleries: Travel, Photojournalism
Date Uploaded: Mar 30, 2008

THE IMAGE: Two parents of some of the children we are helping were playing cards when we went to visit them. I just thought this guy had a fantastic demeanour and the background was superb. Wish he was looking at me. That's caribou offel he is sharing with his buddy, and the juice with the pips is coconut wine which gets many of them quite drunk.

THE EDIT: Levels, duplicated layer and selected overlay to increase contrast and saturation, lowered the opacity. Then did another layer in black and white and did the same. Some dodge and burn, some USM, some blur and sharpening. Really wanted a high contrast and saturation to bring out the colours.

THE PREDICTION: Not sure that this will do well as he isn't really looking at the camera. 6.2???

POST: I have to say I was really disappointed with the voting on this one. It is a real National Geographic image and that amazing background and colours...the smirk, the moment. I thought it would do heaps better. I LOVE this image and will print it and frame it. Anyhow, that's the way it goes sometimes...

When the whole April Fools thing was happening and I was at mid 5's, I thought the joke would reverse and it would suddenly be in the 6's, but the joke wasn't happening. The score was true... :(

Place: 155 out of 500
Avg (all users): 5.9595
Avg (commenters): 7.3750
Avg (participants): 5.8519
Avg (non-participants): 6.2500
Views since voting: 1303
Views during voting: 244
Votes: 148
Comments: 17
Favorites: 4 (view)

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08/20/2008 02:57:16 PM
I truly LOVE this kinda of art work it's so beautiful
I love it
high 5
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04/16/2008 09:06:06 PM
i like that he isnt looking at the camera.
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04/08/2008 09:35:48 AM
proof that scores don't define quality...wonderful work!
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04/08/2008 07:43:44 AM
Thought so. ;) I didn't vote in this (I was just looking around throughout the week) but I sure figured this would place higher for all the same reasons you did. Very nice work Enzo.
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04/08/2008 03:54:07 AM
well done Enzo
what a brilliant image

how anyone can score this 3 or lower is just plain insanity
i bet they didnt give a reason either

Message edited by author 2008-04-08 03:57:18.
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04/08/2008 01:26:11 AM
Amazing shot. Really. Very underrated. The emotion, the colors, the feeling of the photo is so well done.

I would maybe a tad less on the contrast, but thats just personal preference I think. :)

anywho, grats on the great shot.
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04/08/2008 01:10:05 AM
it is a brilliant photograph enzo and should'v scored much better .. half the time the voters wouldnt know if their bum's were on fire .. sorry to be rude .. :)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/07/2008 09:00:03 PM
Great photojounrnalistic touch. Interesting use of focus.
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04/07/2008 08:21:06 PM
Nice capture.
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04/06/2008 06:16:53 AM
Great portrait. I really love the high contrast and high saturation treatment and the top-down viewpoint. Lovely textures and so much to look at too.
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04/05/2008 09:24:28 PM
Im sure they eat better than I do !
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04/05/2008 12:42:51 PM
Very cool shot. Great colors. Is that you Enzo?
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04/04/2008 10:53:37 PM
A happy image. The fun shows through. Love the smile.
"You gonna play, or take pictures?" heheheh Nice.
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04/04/2008 01:47:31 PM
I like all that is going on in this shot. Nice saturation. There's just a lot I like here!
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04/04/2008 11:22:21 AM
Wonderful processing. Nice lighting. You want to look around the table, but keep getting drawn back to his face. Great job!
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04/02/2008 10:17:32 PM
Nice image you have handled the colours and exposure well
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04/01/2008 03:55:16 PM
great enviromental portrait, LOVE the colors
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