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Portrait of An Artist Working
Portrait of An Artist Working

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Challenge: Body Parts II (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D80
Lens: Tamron AF 28-105mm f/4.0-5.6 IF for Nikon
Location: Brighton MA - Artists Studio-
Date: Apr 4, 2008
Aperture: 4.0
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/20
Galleries: Abstract, Candid
Date Uploaded: Apr 6, 2008

I was taking photographs for my artist friend in his studio (i couldn't use much of a 'flash' because he was -working- on a piece of artwork) he is a comic-book artist; this is an image of him "inking" one of his sketches - I chose -this- image for this challange because of the hand in the image, as well as -his- hand and their poses (I didn't take it with this challange in mind, it just happened to fit-and was taken within the deadline period) so I desaturated, cropped, sharpened, dodged and burned a little, and adjusted contrast-added a border and am submitting it;

hope it doesn't alltogether bomb -but it probably will.. i'm still new to this whole entering challanges thing-

Place: 60 out of 156
Avg (all users): 5.7563
Avg (commenters): 6.0000
Avg (participants): 5.5873
Avg (non-participants): 5.8358
Views since voting: 1447
Views during voting: 330
Votes: 197
Comments: 13
Favorites: 1 (view)

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05/14/2008 04:30:40 AM
Well I was one of your 55 6's.

I really liked the mirrored differences of the two hands in the shot, together with the fact that this was definitely a hand at work rather than posed in a studio. The tonal range on the cartoon is strong and the sharpness is wonderfully crisp. The human hand is slightly softer by comparison and (for me) that was the difference between a 6 and an 8 or 9. (I may have also cropped a little tighter)

There is a great tutorial on Black and White conversions on the site which might me useful


Another couple of thoughts

Firstly there is a great free download filter for black and white conversions called optik verve

I would emphasise that these are relatively minor points and my overall impression was that this is a really nice picture and very good for the challenge

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04/20/2008 08:14:40 AM
I didn't vote in this challenge. I was just browsing and stumbled on your photo. I think it is very nice and I like the B/W tones. Some say the hand should be in focus and maybe that would have helped the score but I like where you have the focus. I think it is a great moment you have captured for your friend. You may want to consider printing and framing this for your friend. Revisit this and focus on the hand to see if it would make a difference. In my opinion it is the moment you have captured that counts. Nicely done for your first challenge.
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04/16/2008 11:16:53 AM
I agree with most of the comments - I would like to have seen the hand a bit more in focus. I like the contrast of the lower part of the photo and would even consider cropping it half way up the thumb. The top of the photo doesn't add much in my opinion. Just my 2cents.
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04/14/2008 12:28:11 AM
I do hope that those who voted 2's and 3's on mine will please have the courtesy to send me a PM as to what i could improve or what their rating system is based on? critique welcome=
 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/12/2008 09:57:16 PM
Nicely captured!
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04/12/2008 01:46:23 AM
For the challenge I would have liked to see the hand in focus, not the paint brush...
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04/11/2008 01:02:48 AM
I like the composition of this image.
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04/10/2008 09:05:08 AM
I really like your photograph. I don't think others will have it as highly rated as I do, but I teach art at a high school so this is an image I can certainly connect with. I like that the focus is right at the tips of the fingers and where the brush meets the paper. My colleague teaches cartooning and animation and he, too liked your photo.
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04/09/2008 11:01:06 PM
Nice image - Maybe a slightly better part of the image he is working on could have held our attention a little more?
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04/09/2008 08:04:31 PM
I lose the upper half of the hand in the background a little.
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04/08/2008 08:50:38 AM
I would have like to have the hand in focus and not the drawing.
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04/07/2008 08:22:02 AM
I would like the hand in focus rather than the artwork.
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04/07/2008 12:40:25 AM
a bit noisy/grainy in parts.
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