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Man with cigar
Man with cigar
edmeng


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Challenge: Masters' Free Study II (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D
Location: Home studio
Date: Nov 23, 2008
Aperture: f/8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/200
Galleries: Portraiture, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Nov 24, 2008

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Statistics
Place: 73 out of 170
Avg (all users): 6.3227
Avg (commenters): 6.6250
Avg (participants): 6.1042
Avg (non-participants): 6.4073
Views since voting: 784
Views during voting: 546
Votes: 344
Comments: 26
Favorites: 1 (view)


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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/07/2008 11:22:04 PM
great lighting, hard to tell it's a cigar without the title. Doesn't really look like it is in his mouth and that distracts from the high quality image.
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12/07/2008 04:12:00 AM
Great lighting, but it's a bit hard to tell that it is a cigar (I wouldn't have known if not for the title). At first I thought it was some kind of rail leading behind him, rather than coming out of his mouth.
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12/06/2008 10:56:21 PM
Duplicate and flip this and you have a well-executed variation on the "do you see faces or a vase?" optical illusion ... :-)
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12/06/2008 06:28:58 PM
If it weren't for the title, I wouldn't have been able to figure out that was a cigar... Imho, the crop is a bit too tight. I wonder how this might look if you could see the end of the cigar, and even had a little smoke if possible? Just a thought.
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12/06/2008 04:48:34 PM
fantastic. bump to 10
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12/06/2008 02:01:14 PM
I like the lighting and the character of the man's face but the cigar positioning is weird. It looks like it is up his nose rather than in his mouth.
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12/06/2008 09:41:25 AM
great detail, tones and expression. Don't like the sigar (is it a sigar ?) that seems to be growing out of his moustache
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12/06/2008 01:30:47 AM
Excellent detail and contrast
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12/05/2008 08:20:19 PM
I really like the overall tones and lighting on this.
One thing that has bugged me since I first saw it, was the angle and position of the cigar. It is following the same diagonal as his nose and in ways, at first glance, looks like it is coming out of his nose or out of the underside of his upper lip. Had the cigar been positioned differently, I suspect this shot would have had far more appeal.
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12/04/2008 11:33:26 PM
It looks like a very professional photo. Very sharp, almost too much. Something about the perspective of the so-called 'cigar' is slightly askew to me otherwise I'd have rated your photo at 10. As is, I'll go with a 9.
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12/03/2008 07:04:31 PM
I love the detail in the face. I wish the bottom half of the cigar were visible as it makes his lips look a bit distorted the way it is. All-in-all, a good image :) good luck :)
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12/03/2008 04:41:32 PM
great portrait
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12/03/2008 02:36:36 PM
cigar looks awkward! Like, you can't tell its in his mouth, and without the title I would be perplexed. Still, great light, detail
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12/03/2008 11:10:38 AM
The placement of the cigar looks odd, IMO... I didn't know what it was until I'd read the title of your photo. Perhaps having the cigar centered between his lips or on the right side of his mouth wouldn't make it look like it was growing out from the side of his face.

On the plus side, I LOVE the lighting (you've nailed it!) Super sharp detail, plenty of eye-candy here. All in all, well done :)
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12/02/2008 10:32:49 PM
I really like this, but there something weird with the cigar. It doesn't really seem like it's coming out of his mouth
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12/02/2008 09:31:16 AM
Very nice portrait. Would like to know how you achieve the brown hue...
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12/02/2008 08:01:19 AM
Nice tight portrait and use of profile. I think I might've liked the cigar on the viewer's side of the mouth more.
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12/02/2008 12:41:46 AM
what great texture, bravo! -- 8 --
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12/01/2008 09:04:32 PM
The lighting on this is excellent. The only "nit pick" is that it looks more like he is being impaled by the cigar, rather than smoking it.
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12/01/2008 06:21:21 PM
Technically perfect whatever that means) but I'm not getting any energy from the guy.
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12/01/2008 03:43:48 PM
Excellent lighting.
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12/01/2008 01:07:37 PM
Nice portrait, but I think I would like it better without the cigar, which looks like something from the background rather something in his mouth.
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12/01/2008 12:37:37 PM
great portrait! I would probably crop a little higher at the bottom for balance, though. the cigar looks a little strange, maybe beacuse it is so long and cropped? If not for the title I could mistakenly decide it was a metal bar or something in the background
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12/01/2008 09:23:09 AM
Soooo, if that is actually a cigar, why don't I feel it? From his mouth to the end of the frame, it looks weird.

Not only that, but the "cigar" does not encompass his mouth. It is sticking to his mustache and not coming out of his mouth.

Your blocking of this image could of been better.
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12/01/2008 12:35:24 AM
great detail
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12/01/2008 12:10:42 AM
The cigar seems to be coming out of his mouth at a weird angle. Could be the lighting is hiding some of the bottom of the cigar. I'd also think about not having the cigar off the end of the canvas. Lighting is good though. Nice thoughtful expression. 6
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