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An American Cowboy        I'm the stuff men are made of John Wayne
An American Cowboy I'm the stuff men are made of John Wayne

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Challenge: The Cowboy (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon EOS-30D
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM
Location: Saline County Fairgrounds Benton Arkansas
Date: Jun 7, 2008
Aperture: f/2.8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/250
Galleries: Portraiture, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Jun 8, 2008

When this challenge came around, I really wanted to get a shot of my friend Mike at the horse show with his cigarette hanging out of his mouth, he reminds me of an old time cowboy. Shot outdoors at horseshow, this is a candid shot taken during one of the breaks

Place: 21 out of 91
Avg (all users): 6.2090
Avg (commenters): 7.6667
Avg (participants): 6.0500
Avg (non-participants): 6.2555
Views since voting: 2711
Views during voting: 345
Votes: 177
Comments: 11
Favorites: 0

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06/22/2008 09:04:23 PM
Critique Club Review:

Nice Picture!

Color N/A Saturation N/A Brightness Very Good Contrast Very Good. Lighting Very Good Focus Excellent Depth of Field Good. (Just a bit of softness on his right shoulder.)

This is a timeless picture. Could have been yesterday or 20 years ago. The cigarette is a little bit distracting. It takes a moment to realize the smoke is curling down. At first I was wondering if it was lit. Which means that I had been pulled away from the main subject. It almost looks like it was barely in his mouth, judging by the lenght of the exposed filter. A bit later in the smoke, with more smoke, or as he was lighting up could have made this picture stronger. Or no cigarette at all, for that matter. I could also visualize this photo in sepia or with an old photo effect.

Over all a strong photo. One where you feel like you get a sense of a little bit about who the subject is, which I really like in a photo.

Congratulations on making the top 25, it is well earned.

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/14/2008 04:59:32 PM
It's a good portait, I like it a lot. I see a little less detail on the face than on the hat, but they are a more or less on the same plane, I would fix this whith a little USM.
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06/11/2008 11:21:12 AM
He certainly looks the part, great shot and detail... love the composition 10
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06/11/2008 10:12:27 AM
Great character. Love the smile and eye wrinkles. Feel like I missed out because I couldn't see his eyes, but the glasses also add a different dimension to the photo. Like the white contrast of the cigarette
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06/10/2008 02:14:14 PM
I like the blurred out bg. I wish his face wasn't soft (non-sharp). Seems like the focal point is off just a tad.
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06/10/2008 09:44:10 AM
Now he looks like a real cowboy! 9
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06/10/2008 06:21:34 AM
Great character, and nice use of BW.
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06/09/2008 07:58:25 PM
now this dude looks real. 8
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06/09/2008 06:22:28 PM
I have been deducting points for a too clean hat, but not in this case, I am somehow convinced. You did well.
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06/09/2008 01:11:09 PM
the lack of focus bothers me
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06/09/2008 12:18:22 AM
Great looking character you found here. Reminds me of my grandpa a bit.
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