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Challenge: Partners (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Nikon D80
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8G IF-ED
Location: The Clubhouse Music Venue in Tempe, AZ
Date: May 31, 2008
Aperture: 2.8
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/30
Galleries: Photojournalism, Music
Date Uploaded: Jun 3, 2008

Photographed during Dark Tranquility concert at The Clubhouse Music Venue in Tempe, AZ.

Artist is guitarist Martin Henriksson of Dark Tranquility. Dark Tranquility is a melodic death metal band from Gothenburg, Sweden. Shot from the edge of stage left, behind crowd barricade.

I hope voters agree with the "partnership" of it -- I got pretty burned on my last submission ("Even") for being borderline DNMC... I wonder how this will do. I had some better sight-lines in this shoot, but something about this side-view just kept drawing me back to it. I expect comments on the sight-line, it's too dark, too grainy, WB is off, slightly oof, etc. -- but I like it, and think all those features give this shot character. I'm trying to get over over-analyzing my entries and "just submitting it," so I'll just submit it and see how it goes...

Shot handheld, 17-55mm/2.8 lens at 55mm, iso 800, 1/30 and f/2.8

RAW/NEF -> Lightroom
WB custom (2850K, tint-150)
Exposure +0.80
Fill Light -> +5
Blacks -> 8
Clarity -> 100
Vibrance -> +50
Saturation -> +20
Tone Curve:
Point Curve: Strong Contrast
Red -> +60
Orange -> +5
Noise Reduction:
Luminance -> 75
Color -> 50
Amount -> 90
Detail -> 65
Masking -> 20
Crop (retained original 4x6 aspect ratio; cropped to isolate subject -- I'm not sure I like the "bullseye," but I thought it worked out to be the most effective of all the crops I tried).
Cloned out minor/incidental lights from amplifiers near the outer edges of the frame.

JPEG, 100 quality, sRGB, constrained 720x720

Place: 79 out of 155
Avg (all users): 5.3952
Avg (commenters): 6.4286
Avg (participants): 5.1000
Avg (non-participants): 5.4875
Views since voting: 670
Views during voting: 327
Votes: 210
Comments: 8
Favorites: 0

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/10/2008 11:28:03 PM
A little out of focus.
06/10/2008 07:24:17 AM
Moody pic.Excellent
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06/07/2008 06:31:20 PM
Nice emotive piece. Good light!
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06/05/2008 03:31:01 PM
A pleasant picture. Pity the focus is on the guitar neck, and not on the face. Or, for a soft focus picture, the neck is to sharp. Go figure. Lighting, colour, pose - very nice. I would probably have shifted the crop a bit, to give him more breathing space.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/05/2008 09:54:56 AM
great lighting, a little too much contrast but still a good shot
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/04/2008 10:32:06 AM
Love the idea, partners in art! The colouring is throwing the picture off a bit - maybe try reducing the red in photoshop or lightroom?
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06/04/2008 09:43:55 AM
I liket the little bit of contrast between the person and the background
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06/04/2008 09:24:13 AM
With having the instrument as part of the title, i dont think that you see enough of it.
  Photographer found comment helpful.

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