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Challenge: Portrait Of The Elderly (Basic Editing)
Collection: Character
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0L IS USM
Location: Downtown San Antonio
Date: Dec 30, 2008
Aperture: F10
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/60
Galleries: Portraiture, Street
Date Uploaded: Dec 30, 2008

His name is Lite Earl Gossage. I asked him if I could take his picture, and his eyes lit up and he got out his harmonica and started playing for me :) In talking to him afterwards, he told me he was hungry. He lives on the street and plays his harmonica for change. I didn't have any change (or bills for that matter), but I was happy to walk with him a couple of blocks to Fuddruckers and buy him the full pounder Cheeseburger and fries with my debit card -- all the while hearing some amazing stories :). It was all another street experience that I thought was very cool and I'll remember for a long time :)

[Jan. 6th, 2009 08:57:31 PM]

Post: I am so happy this did so well! I wish I could go find ol' Lite Earl Gossage and tell him how successful our picture was. And buy him another cheeseburger :)

Oh and Tanguera, this is for you. I liked your idea as well -- but didn't think it would do as well in a "Portrait" challenge because of his pose and more candid look.
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Statistics
Place: 1 out of 79
Avg (all users): 7.6496
Avg (commenters): 8.5652
Avg (participants): 7.0882
Avg (non-participants): 7.7364
Views since voting: 6266
Views during voting: 504
Votes: 254
Comments: 102
Favorites: 18 (view)


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11/29/2009 08:07:15 PM
Beautiful and strong.
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02/18/2009 08:19:57 AM
Sandy, you truly have a gift when it comes to this type of photography; part of what makes these shots so successful is the fact that the subjects are obvously very comfortable with you, fully trusting, etc., and that is reflected in the image. Wonderful display of character in this amazing story telling shot; love the tones; outstanding! Nina
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01/12/2009 09:09:36 PM
Woohoo! Congrats, Sandy! You're so good at these portraits.
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01/10/2009 03:02:19 PM
congrats Sandy, you really deserve this blue!
excellent shot!, light conditions are fantastic.
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01/08/2009 11:57:07 PM
Sandy, this is a wonderful black & white portrait with a great story to go with it! Congratulations on your well deserved blue ribbon.
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01/08/2009 09:05:48 PM
This one is great and I love your outtake. Congrats on the shiny blue ribbon Sandy!
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01/08/2009 01:36:11 PM
What a beautifully sensitive portrait Sandy, it's lovely!! Congratulations (((hugs)))
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01/08/2009 12:30:21 PM
Your description makes this photo worth so much more than any ribbon.
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01/08/2009 09:39:53 AM
Sandy!! Congratulations on the Blue with this wonderful portrait!!! Wonderfully captured and presented for a well deserved Ribbon!
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01/08/2009 09:29:18 AM
Wonderful shot Sandy, very well deserved Blue ;-)
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01/08/2009 07:32:38 AM
Congrats on the blue ribbon Sandy! Wonderful shot and story!
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01/08/2009 07:20:45 AM
Congrats on the blue! Another beautiful portrait, to go with all the others.
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01/08/2009 05:01:42 AM
Congratulations on the win Sandy. Great work.
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01/08/2009 04:36:20 AM
Congrats on the ribbon, excellent shot!
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01/07/2009 11:17:48 PM
Congrats on the ribbon! This photo tells a great story on it's own, but your story is what makes it special. Many of us don't even have the nerve to even ask a homeless person if we can take their picture, yet you engage them and treat them with kindness. You're a class act, Sandy.
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01/07/2009 10:41:03 PM
Great capture!

Those that voted 2 & 3 should be outed and laughed at!
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01/07/2009 10:31:34 PM
Congratulations Sandy! This challenge had your name all over it, so it's absolutely wonderful to see you take the blue! As always, such character and emotion captured and conveyed.
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01/07/2009 10:17:52 PM
Congrats -- this alone received the highest score I gave -- it just stood out for me.
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01/07/2009 09:18:01 PM
VERY WELL DESERVED, SANDY!! This photo received my highest score given. :) I not only love the beautiful images you create, but the stories that go with some of these shots are equally beautiful! Congrats!
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01/07/2009 08:56:59 PM
Awesome job, Sandy - Congrats!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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01/07/2009 08:05:42 PM
This is wonderful. You always find such interesting people to photograph! Congratulations!
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01/07/2009 07:25:32 PM
Fantastic portrait...congratulations!
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01/07/2009 04:58:58 PM
Congrats Sandy! Outstanding portrait...; )
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01/07/2009 04:33:45 PM
wonderful processing. Congrats!on yet another ribbon of many for this year.
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01/07/2009 04:32:23 PM
Congratulations Sandy on an outstanding image. You have an amzing eye. I wish I could say that this was my new fav of yours but in all honesty, your 'Captured From Another Time' will always remain one of the most gripping images I've seen. All the best.
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01/07/2009 02:29:12 PM
This is a wonderful portrait - tender and interesting. Congratulations on the well-deserved Blue.
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01/07/2009 01:19:28 PM
I was so taken with this image. It is nice to have read the history. People come into our lives in so many strange ways. I think I might like the second one even better. You can almost hear the music. Great work.
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01/07/2009 01:14:44 PM
I love this shot/very nice
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01/07/2009 11:51:52 AM
Ahhhhh Sandy! Your hallmark and astounding ability to connect with people and endear us to your subject in a truthful, intimate and rather profound way...shines through in yet another masterpiece. Congrats on your Blue!!!
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01/07/2009 11:51:47 AM
Ahhhhh Sandy! Your hallmark and astounding ability to connect with people and endear us to your subject in a truthful, intimate and rather profound way...shines through in yet another masterpiece. Congrats on your Blue!!!
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01/07/2009 11:44:52 AM
strange why nobody has mentioned this and wondered why he has ear phones? i mean a homeless guy with an mp3 player and ear phones? not that i doubt the fact that he's homeless, just think it's kinda weird...lol
awesome portrait anyways, and that outtake sure is a stunner, too! congrats!
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01/07/2009 11:34:25 AM
Well done, Sandy! Great soulful image.
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01/07/2009 11:31:11 AM
Sandy,
Congratulations!!! You are so good at portraiture and this is no exception. What a wonderful piece - and I'm really glad you posted his story as well.
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01/07/2009 11:26:19 AM
Congratulations Sandy!!! There was no doubt in my mind that this photo would be in "First Place", but your story that goes with this photo, puts you as a first place winner, for the kindness and love that you always give to others.
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01/07/2009 11:14:30 AM
Great portrait of a great subject. Well done Sandy!!
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01/07/2009 10:58:45 AM
WOOHOO!! Congratulations Sandy!! :) You certainly have a knack for these types of portraits. Way to go!
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01/07/2009 10:30:02 AM
Sandy! This is wonderful! I'm so, so thrilled that you got the Blue! And thanks bunches for including the story. You obviously put people at ease with your sweet spirit in person just as you do here on the internet. Congratulations on your win and for being so kind. :)
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01/07/2009 10:27:11 AM
Congrats, Sandy!!! Beautiful image.
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01/07/2009 10:11:12 AM
Congrats Sandy on your first place win, great image and story. Love it. :)
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01/07/2009 10:05:42 AM
Wonderful shot Sandy. Extremely well deserved !!! Congrats
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01/07/2009 09:52:34 AM
Woo hoo, Sandy! This is awesomely awesome. Congrats on the blue.
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01/07/2009 09:37:02 AM
Congratulations Sandy!!!! I knew I could come here and see another wonderful story to go with the photo. Your ability to meet complete strangers and pull out this artistry is such a gift. I hope that you are able to find him again and maybe even give him a framed pic. Then he can set it out as a little marquee for himself. Yay for the blue!!!!
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01/07/2009 09:21:28 AM
Sandy, this is completely outstanding! Many congratulations for your ribbon on this deeply moving photo.

Your story is wonderful, as well!!

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01/07/2009 09:12:24 AM
Well look at you now. This is really so well done Sandy. You have the ability to have an immediate connection with every person you photograph. Fabulous. Congratulations.
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01/07/2009 08:55:07 AM
Sandy , you've gone & done it again ! Congratulations-wonderful portrait & story.
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01/07/2009 08:48:30 AM
Congratulations on your ribbon Sandy, and what a beautiful, bittersweet story to go along with it.
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01/07/2009 08:23:14 AM
Oh Sandy,
What a fantastic shot. I'm so glad it was yours. Your inside beauty reflects our world's outside beauty to perfection.
Way to GO!!! Awesome and Congrats.
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01/07/2009 08:09:50 AM
Congratulation beautiful one.

You have such an amazing spirit, that people feel 'so comfortable' allowing you to capture them.

You deserve this recognition.
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01/07/2009 08:06:10 AM
Congratulations Sandy, you hit the nail on the head with this one.
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01/07/2009 07:59:17 AM
Sandy, your picture is amazingly wonderful, and your story 'moving'. Technically it is a good as one can get, and emotively straight-and-transparent (I use this term often, for lack of vocabulary, to describe the pictures to which I am able to connect with ease).

One day, I am going to invite you to India, and let you loose on the streets. I am sure you will love it. Also, you are going to be one popular person here. :-))).

Congrats once again, and Good Day!

Regards,
Vikram

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01/07/2009 07:30:50 AM
Congrats Sandy on your Blue Ribbon. I love that shot.
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01/07/2009 06:55:26 AM
Congratulations Sandy! Amazing shot and a great story to go with it. You have a talent for street shots! Keep them coming!
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01/07/2009 06:40:46 AM
Mad props - Sandy! Well done, blue ribbon or not.
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01/07/2009 06:17:15 AM
WOW look at you Sandy..... what a marvelous portrait, I am not surprised to see this in the blue ribbon slot, many congrats.
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01/07/2009 06:01:49 AM
Awesome Sandy! Congrats!!
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01/07/2009 05:28:43 AM
Nice work!
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01/07/2009 04:48:44 AM
Well done Sandy.
A great start to the New Year:-)and what a lovely story and memories!!
Hope you manage to catch up again with Lite Earl Gossage,he deserves another cheeseburger:-)
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01/07/2009 02:25:21 AM
So very well done AGAIN. You absolutely have the ability to capture emotions and excelled this time too. Perfect! Don
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01/07/2009 02:11:21 AM
TOTALLY AWESOME my dear Sandy, and so deserved the BLUE..... I love it and I also love the story behind the image..... You ROCK when it comes to 'Emotive Candids' like this one.....love shez
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01/07/2009 02:06:41 AM
just amazing what a capture a well deserved blue
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01/07/2009 01:54:38 AM
Wow, Sandy! GREAT shot and a deserving blue. Congrats on your ribbon with this wonderful portrait (BIG hugs))
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01/07/2009 01:46:44 AM
Sweet, sweet victory! Congrats and well deserved!
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01/07/2009 01:40:50 AM
Congrats Sandy. Looks like he repaid you with a ribbon. ;)
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01/07/2009 01:10:23 AM
WOW Sandy, what a SUPER SCORE! Congrats on a great start to the year. So glad to be on the podium with you...Enzo
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01/07/2009 12:41:47 AM
Congratulations Sandy you have a great way of producing the best of people in their character for photography, this and the prologue are very interesting.
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01/07/2009 12:35:32 AM
Congrats Sandy!!!
Great Portrait!!!
Great Score !!!
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01/07/2009 12:31:43 AM
Oh Sandy!!! this is terrific. A HUGE congrats on your blue ribbon. What a terrific image, and such a kind gesture of you to buy him that cheesburger. Whoo Hoo!
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01/07/2009 12:22:33 AM
Congrats Sandy!!! What a Great Portrait!
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01/07/2009 12:13:31 AM
Congratulations, Sandy! Very well deserved!
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01/07/2009 12:12:50 AM
Congratulations Sandy! A blue ribbon and a new pb! Wonderful character portrait.
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01/07/2009 12:10:26 AM
Oh Sandy, this is absolutely wonderful! I was going to enter something but decided not to because I figured someone would submit a perfectly stunning portrait like this fellow and I was right! You definitely nailed it with this charmer. And made a new friend as well, lol! You are amazing. Many congrats for a very well deserved blue ribbon!!!
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01/07/2009 12:08:09 AM
how excellent is this .. !!!
an absolutely amazing portrait ..
a killer process ..
a fantastic sandy type story ..
a PB ..
AND A BLUE RIBBON .. !!!!
i dont think it gets much better than this on dpc .. !!
CONGRATULATIONS MY FRIEND .. :)
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01/07/2009 12:07:36 AM
Great character shot with stunning detail, Sandy! Big congrats on your blue!
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01/07/2009 12:06:55 AM
Congratulations
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01/07/2009 12:05:30 AM
SandyP rocks the house again! Yay! Sandy, what a great portrait. Your b&w conversion is incredible. You deserve this! Congrats!
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01/07/2009 12:04:23 AM
Wonderful, wonderful shot! My favorite for this challenge. Love the story too! Congratulations!
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01/07/2009 12:03:47 AM
Congrats Sandy! I guess I was wrong! I love the emotion you captured.
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01/07/2009 12:03:45 AM
knew it! good job buddy, i know a good finish was close to your heart this week, congrats!
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01/07/2009 12:02:44 AM
Congratulations, Sandy. He's a charmer.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/06/2009 01:09:46 PM
beautiful portrait
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01/05/2009 11:11:12 PM
I really like this shot. The lighting is perfect and the tone is beautiful. Great composition and detail. 9
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01/05/2009 01:31:41 AM
Absolutely brilliant. Nice connection with old fella. This to me is by far the best image in this challenge. 10
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01/04/2009 11:25:35 PM
Wonderful! Love this shot. Would have liked to have seen him "playing" rather than looking at the camera, with both hands holding the harmonica.
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01/03/2009 05:57:51 PM
Wonderful shot! B&W works great to emphasize form and detail. Nice expression. Good to see the hand and harmonica. Nice composition as well. One of my favorites so far.
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01/03/2009 05:42:07 AM
Great portrait,captures the character,9
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01/02/2009 04:22:40 PM
Nice portrait. It shows something of his character.
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01/02/2009 02:30:13 PM
Definitely one of my challenge favorites, perhaps top pick. Good tones, clarity, and composition.
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01/01/2009 06:33:25 PM
Very nice shot, I think B&W works well here.
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01/01/2009 03:18:26 PM
Easily a top contender for this challenge. Great subject. Great technicals.
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01/01/2009 02:55:45 PM
This is great capture, I'm bummed by the sharpening artifacts. Probably did not need that much sharpening! Oh well, lovely portrait otherwise.
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01/01/2009 02:13:53 PM
I like the processing and color treatment. Nice job
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01/01/2009 11:07:53 AM
Very nice... sharp and is very interesting. 10
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01/01/2009 02:38:04 AM
you seem to have hit all the points of the "compass" of good great photography on this one. A great looking model with lots of character. something more than just staring at the camera. a crisp b&w conversion and a dof that really gives it some punch. excellent work. i have an entry in this challenge but unlike a lot of people i have no problem voting in an unbiased manner, because i love photography. i fully expect to see this on the front page. /10
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12/31/2008 06:51:04 PM
great portrait...Mr. Bojangle?
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12/31/2008 03:21:56 PM
Great capture. My top choice ... 10. Congrats.
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12/31/2008 03:12:53 PM
Lovely portrait, perfect in b/w.
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12/31/2008 03:04:16 PM
I like the DOF, I like the expression of the subject, I like the emotion of the moment
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12/31/2008 10:57:28 AM
The only photo I rated a 10 in this challenge. Every part of the guy is rich in texture and detail, and it looks great in black and white. Love the position of the guy in the frame, and the crop to the edges of the hat. This has got to be a contender for the number 1 spot :-)
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12/31/2008 09:14:05 AM
When this picture came up there was someone playing a harmonica on the TV. It was funny. Haahaha.
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12/31/2008 06:11:07 AM
This a lovely character shot. Love it!
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12/31/2008 06:05:47 AM
A great shot with lots of mood and character 9
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12/31/2008 12:16:40 AM
Wow, his eyes say so much...
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