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Challenge: Portrait Of The Elderly (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-400D Rebel XTi
Lens: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro
Location: Albuquerque, NM
Date: Dec 26, 2008
Aperture: f/2.8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/200
Galleries: Emotive, Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Dec 29, 2008

This is my mother's father. I'm honestly not sure how old he is, but I think he qualifies. We always get together at my parents' house the day after Christmas. Granddaddy happened to sit in a rocking chair right across from me and in front of a blank (off) white wall at one point. I shot a few without him noticing and a few with him looking right at me. I felt that this particular expression was the most emotive.

I purposely processed it this desaturated/high key/high contrast fashion (just because I like how it looks). 430EX II on camera bounced off of the ceiling.

Shot in RAW: adjusted white balance and exposure

Selective color
B/W layer
Save for web

Place: 7 out of 79
Avg (all users): 6.7671
Avg (commenters): 8.6000
Avg (participants): 6.5758
Avg (non-participants): 6.7963
Views since voting: 1835
Views during voting: 482
Votes: 249
Comments: 16
Favorites: 2 (view)

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11/21/2009 07:16:25 PM
Very nice portrait. The processing is great. The nasal cannula really adds the idea of being elderly.
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07/13/2009 02:00:42 PM
Remarkable image and it speaks volumes. This is portraiture IMO!
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07/01/2009 01:47:05 PM
The high key works beautifully here.
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01/07/2009 08:32:28 AM
Fantastic picture Nathan! Gives a feeling of closeness. I am wondering why he is looking down. It somehow, makes the portrait even better. Very well done!

:-), Vikram
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01/07/2009 12:57:32 AM
what a wonderful image. well done.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/05/2009 01:33:25 AM
Nice high key
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01/02/2009 04:39:35 AM
This is an amazingly well executed emotional photo. The brightness sets it apart.
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01/01/2009 06:30:44 PM
This is a very striking portrait, which I think is helped along by the very good use of lighting. One of the better shots in this challenge. 9
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01/01/2009 03:18:37 PM
What a striking high key capture. What a fascinating choice to use a shot where the subject is looking down. You've really stepped out of the box with this submission - congrats this is a great entry.
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01/01/2009 02:12:35 PM
Very strong Image. The only one of the challenge that stopped me in my tracks. Curious to know how this was lit also. Great job!! This is blue ribbon material for certain.
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01/01/2009 01:57:14 PM
Love this shot. Detail is wonderful without it feeling overprocessed. Love that he isnt looking at the camera. Has a brilliant caught feel to it but with wonderful studio like technicals.
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12/31/2008 06:59:03 PM
almost high key. This is good processing for what might otherwise have looked too contrasty -
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12/31/2008 01:38:18 PM
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12/31/2008 07:34:46 AM
I like the high key treatment on this. My personal preference would be for him to be looking at the camera. Nicely done.
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12/31/2008 05:12:48 AM
Very good photo, I like the high key and the not perfeclty centered composition. I only wish the eyes were fully open, as they are looking down I feel I miss the object they are looking at.
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12/31/2008 12:41:50 AM
Powerful! My choice for the blue. Very nice job. 10
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