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Challenge: Hidden Gem -- 1,000th Challenge! (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
Location: Dining room
Date: Jul 8, 2007
Aperture: f/1.4
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/80 sec
Galleries: Emotive, Candid
Date Uploaded: Mar 7, 2009

Okay, so there is no way this is actually considered my "best ever" photograph by anyone - but I really like it. It was slightly too old for the last challenge I submitted to, and this is, in my opinion, a much better shot than that was.

This is a candid of my father's "you-want-me-to-smile, huh?" face, which I think captures his goofy, sarcastic personality very well. I realize that this will be really out of place in what is bound to be a sea of National Geographic quality images, but I'm hoping that perhaps it'll bring a smile or two on its way to the brown ribbon.


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Place: 802 out of 1129
Avg (all users): 5.1766
Avg (commenters): 6.0000
Avg (participants): 5.1719
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Views since voting: 663
Views during voting: 616
Votes: 487
Comments: 46
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03/18/2009 05:25:52 PM
Originally posted by ThingFish:

Did you look at the site and the photo I gave a link to? Here is the link to the Guru's official site. It's just that your father resembles him in a way facially. Your father looks such a happy man, so content and with such a beautiful happy smile.
The guru was revered and loved by many in his lifetime. I just thought it might interest you to know of this man. Your dad's actually got a much nicer smile then what the guru displays in his photo's.
//neemkarolibaba.com/


You're right - there is definitely similarity throughout the face (and they have the same ears). My father has an amazing amount of strength (in every way the word can be taken) and I think this comes through as a visible part of his character. While he is no guru, he is an inspiring man - he has beaten cancer twice, never complained, and was back to work within a week or two. Despite that, he has never been afraid to cry when something affects him emotionally. He's one of those people who just *is* - no inconsistency, no question.

Thanks for the links - very interesting!
03/18/2009 01:13:13 PM
Did you look at the site and the photo I gave a link to? Here is the link to the Guru's official site. It's just that your father resembles him in a way facially. Your father looks such a happy man, so content and with such a beautiful happy smile.
The guru was revered and loved by many in his lifetime. I just thought it might interest you to know of this man. Your dad's actually got a much nicer smile then what the guru displays in his photo's.
//neemkarolibaba.com/
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03/18/2009 05:03:58 AM
Several people remarked about the eyes being dark - if you look very closely you will see that there's a good reason for this: his eyes are closed. The shadow you see is his eyelashes, which are long and lovely (and I inherited them, happily); my father does not have very wide eyes to begin with. I think the closed eyes and the expression show his personality very well.

This is a candid shot, not a classic portrait; in any case, I do not have lighting equipment, even if I had set up this shot, which I did not. It was taken in the dining room of my house, which makes it fairly well lit under the circumstances. The lighting is all natural light, and there is a large plate glass window behind and to the side of him, which is the reason why it is whited out; this is also the only real source of illumination for the picture.

Thanks for the comments.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/17/2009 09:12:41 PM
Nice portrait, great expression. I wish there was more focus at the top of his head! Good luck!
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03/17/2009 04:43:18 PM
Nicely captured candid portrait.
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03/17/2009 03:01:04 PM
nice moment !
six from me ;)
brano
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03/17/2009 10:18:28 AM
This just makes me smile, he looks so happy, great expression.
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03/17/2009 10:00:55 AM
Great joy, wish i had one like that of my father...
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03/16/2009 10:24:42 PM
Great capture of the model and his personality too. 7
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03/16/2009 11:45:56 AM
AWESOME!!!!!
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03/16/2009 04:13:38 AM
Such a simple yet expressive shot.
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03/16/2009 12:43:35 AM
I wish i could see something of context behind him.
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03/15/2009 04:27:57 PM
Delightful portrait. (7)
This man reminds me so much of Neem Karoli Baba.
//g.imagehost.org/0433/Maharajji_23.jpg

//en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neem_Karoli_Baba
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03/15/2009 12:41:59 PM
Well lit, nice expression and a good portrait.
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03/15/2009 10:08:18 AM
I love his expression, those crinkled eyes show that he is truly laughing and not posing for the camera.
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03/15/2009 10:00:17 AM
good choice of toning, wish there was a little more detail in the eye area jmo
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03/15/2009 05:08:39 AM
funny guy obviously. nice shallow DOF
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03/15/2009 12:38:16 AM
Lovely portrait with nice contrasts.
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03/14/2009 07:45:12 PM
Looks like he might be laughing at his own joke! Nice shot - nary a glare in the glasses. Looks like a nice person.
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03/14/2009 07:40:08 PM
nice portriat of a fun looking character
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03/14/2009 01:32:42 PM
Great portrait, good choice for B&W
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03/14/2009 12:28:30 AM
7 for the spirit of this portrait.
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03/13/2009 11:51:12 PM
OK shot, the dark area in his face are a shame
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03/13/2009 10:39:35 PM
they say laughing is contagious nice image
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03/13/2009 08:20:52 PM
Nice happy portrait.
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03/13/2009 03:21:01 PM
I love to see a happy face very nice picture
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03/13/2009 01:17:09 PM
what a great capture ... his expression is priceless! The only suggestion I have is to crop the top more to put his eyes closer to the rule of thirds ...
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03/13/2009 12:41:35 PM
Perfect for a black and white but the lighting could be better.
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03/13/2009 12:27:58 PM
this is a great portrait, love the smile
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03/13/2009 12:27:21 PM
looks like a jolly fellow good tones just a little grainy
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03/13/2009 07:36:08 AM
great smiley portrait
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03/13/2009 01:36:34 AM
Nice expression, but the focus on the eyes is missing.
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03/12/2009 09:40:08 PM
Laughing is contagious. Nice pic.
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03/12/2009 08:58:23 PM
Nice expression and personality! Good tones and detail.
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03/12/2009 05:12:04 PM
Nice emotional capture. You really got the spirit. Just a touch more lighting from the front...
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03/12/2009 09:54:47 AM
fun portrait
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03/12/2009 09:25:51 AM
He looks happy.
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03/12/2009 03:20:30 AM
Good portrait. Maybe a little blown out on the left side but I'd be more than happy with the shot if it were my dad.
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03/11/2009 11:44:43 PM
a little too much contrast, and the eyes get lost. still a very nice portrait
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03/11/2009 04:04:27 PM
Lovely photo of your dad, I wish I could see his eyes, but that expression is great.
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03/11/2009 01:12:25 PM
Nice portrait. Can hear him laughing through the screen! :)
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03/11/2009 06:46:35 AM
Fun expression, nice simple composition.
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03/11/2009 02:05:53 AM
What a fun portrait. It brought a smile to my face.
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03/11/2009 12:47:32 AM
Great shot, this is a nice black and white I bet you will treasure forever.
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03/11/2009 12:45:19 AM
Tell your father that this photo makes me smile. He has one of those infectious smiles. Nice portrait.
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03/11/2009 12:13:03 AM
Nice smile & B&W treatment.
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