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Almost Twins
Almost Twins
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Challenge: 2 Person Portrait (Basic Editing)
Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikon AF Micro-Nikkor 60mm f2.8D
Location: Home Studio
Date: Jun 17, 2008
Aperture: f6.3
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/13
Galleries: Portraiture, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Jun 17, 2008

Our two boys are really growing up on us. I shot this image in my 'basement studio' on the last day of the challenge. This shot is going to be a gift for my wife for her birthday. The two boys just finished another year of school (6th for Charlie and 4th for James).

A bit of a tribute to the classic Beatles Album cover.
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Editing: Levels, curves, hue/saturation to desaturate, noise ninja, crop. Save for web. USM sharpened post resize and brightened a bit using curves, save.

Post Challenge:
A top 5 in a portrait challenge! How cool is that!

Statistics
Place: 4 out of 122
Avg (all users): 7.2607
Avg (commenters): 8.3043
Avg (participants): 6.9130
Avg (non-participants): 7.3291
Views since voting: 4869
Views during voting: 492
Votes: 280
Comments: 45
Favorites: 6 (view)


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07/08/2008 02:46:09 PM
A top 5 in a portrait challenge is VERY cool. Even more cool, though, is what a great gift this makes for your wife. Very handsome boys - definitely brothers yet very unique. Great job with the whole shot, from set up to processing. It reminds me a bit of a shot Timfy did awhile back for a family. It's a very effective portrait style. Congrats again, and on the new amazing PB score as well!
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07/02/2008 08:25:57 AM
Conrats Pete! Very nicely done.
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06/30/2008 08:44:47 AM
Very nice Pete! Congrats.
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06/28/2008 07:42:57 PM
I knew this was like With The Beatles album cover. Good job!
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06/27/2008 10:44:10 PM
They certainly do look alike! I love this dark setting with the side lighting. Really well done and beautiful, too. Congratulations on the top 5 placement! :)
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06/27/2008 10:36:02 PM
okay i honestly had a heart attack when i saw this picture the little boy in the lower corner looks IDENTICAL to my little brother! ill post a picture of him once i find one. haha
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06/27/2008 04:44:35 PM
very well done! I liked this in the challenge too, nice originality and the lighting works so well

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06/27/2008 01:45:16 PM
Hey Peter,

Excellent lighting and very origonal idea on this shot. Very great control. I am sure that your wife will absolutely love this. Also Congrats on a new PB. I am sure this one will be tuff to beat. Excellent job.

Rich
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06/27/2008 01:08:28 PM
Fantastic, Peter! Now I have another idea I need to steal for a portrait of my girls. I'll wait a decent interval, but you'll know it when you see it. :)
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06/26/2008 02:10:31 AM
Excellent photograph!! Congratulations!!!
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06/25/2008 11:55:18 PM
Great finish. Loved this so much.
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06/25/2008 09:38:07 PM
Congratulations on not just a beautiful finish, but also having such a wonderful gift for your wife. I'm sure she'll treasure it forever.
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06/25/2008 12:42:04 PM
Peter, this is awesome! Huge congrats on another HM. The lighting is brilliant here. Way to go!
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06/25/2008 04:47:18 AM
Peter, many congratulations on the new high score!!! I have to say I genuinely think you were robbed of a ribbon on this one.

Forgetting about scores and ribbons thosugh and onto the important stuff, this is an absolutely wonderful portrait of your boys. Incredibly strong black and white conversion with a great richness of tones. I love the lighting set up and rather than an homage to the Beatles I see this as a testament to your own skill and ability

Definitely a keeper....not to say a framer

Brilliant job mate

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06/25/2008 04:18:59 AM
Great tribute to the album, excellent lighting...well done on the HM...great score
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06/25/2008 03:30:50 AM
hey peter, huge congrats on the 4th with this beautiful low key study!
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06/25/2008 12:50:07 AM
Well done my friend. Its images like these that really make DPC worth it. Congrats on 4th and a whopper of a PB.
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06/25/2008 12:20:57 AM
What a great portrait, and so so close to a ribbon.....
Just look at your score, as that must make you happy, but it definitely deserve this high mark and position.....
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06/25/2008 12:02:28 AM
Nice shot! The lighting is what REALLY makes this. Congrats on the 4th place and the honorable!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/24/2008 11:51:45 PM
Excellent photography here ! One of the best in the challenge.
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06/24/2008 11:06:10 PM
Nice shot, very dynamic, good use of shadow.
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06/24/2008 04:31:04 AM
Almost! you'll have a hard time telling them apart in pictures in years to come. Lovely job well done.
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06/23/2008 11:01:01 PM
lighting makes the shot very intriguing. bw conversion is nice too. wish the kids were a bit more relaxed.
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06/22/2008 11:16:19 PM
Love the lighting
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06/22/2008 01:39:00 PM
Nice shot and good lighting.
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06/21/2008 05:33:29 PM
I love this very tasteful, similar to an album cover by King Crimson -RED, by chance i was listening to it today :D
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06/21/2008 05:31:31 AM
A nice executed photo and one of the best 'Portraits' of the Challenge: 10. Should be in the top 10!
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06/20/2008 09:43:50 PM
Definately a 10! I'd guess top 3. Good luck!
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06/20/2008 09:15:38 PM
The lighting and composition is excellent. Well done in B&W. Should be right up there in ribbon territory.
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06/20/2008 08:02:14 PM
I did something very similar with my own son (who is a twin) in the recent male portrait challenge. Excellent!
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06/20/2008 05:48:48 PM
Beautiful! I love the shadow effect! 10
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06/20/2008 12:22:19 PM
Nice lighting and composition.
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06/20/2008 11:40:12 AM
Love the composition, contrast, focus, and lighting. Excellent two person portrait.
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06/20/2008 08:44:30 AM
well done
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06/20/2008 01:44:12 AM
I like this a lot. very striking

face on the right seems a wee bit tilted to left. otherwise nice job
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06/19/2008 06:56:03 PM
You capture the passion of boys in this shot. Single-minded. 8.
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06/19/2008 11:18:02 AM
this is a great shot. very harsh light from one angle but it gives depth and emotion in their eyes. Cool
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06/19/2008 09:17:00 AM
One of the best this challenge - 7
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06/18/2008 11:10:47 PM
Beautiful lighting...awesome processing! :)
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06/18/2008 09:41:17 PM
very nice image. I would have liked to have seen more light on the darker sides of their faces.
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06/18/2008 08:56:07 PM
What jumps out in this image is the slight increase in texture of the skin and the more intense look on the face of the subject on the left. The other looks younger and has a peaceful innocence to him. The mole becomes a point of interest that the viewer can't help but concentrate on. The lighting is incredible.
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06/18/2008 04:09:15 PM
Very interesting.
The harsh light and extreme contrast would probably not work for a single portrait, but build really the composition here - and create between them an esthetic connection beyond their resemblance.
Their eyes are just a bit too dark, and therefore with less expression, but it's still a great job!
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06/18/2008 12:09:35 PM
Very dramatic B&W, excellent lighting... 10
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06/18/2008 08:38:37 AM
BY far the best shot of the challenge. Love the half face in shadow technique. Excellent.
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06/18/2008 12:18:25 AM
Peter, great shot! I bet I'll see this printed big on one of your walls! no vote, though.
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