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Reciting His Poetry
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Challenge: Hidden Gem -- 1,000th Challenge! (Advanced Editing VII*)
Collection: Challenge Entries
Camera: Olympus C-70 / C-7000 Zoom
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Date: Sep 13, 2008
Galleries: Performance, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Mar 7, 2009

Pittsburgh born, internationally celebrated poet Gerald Stern reciting his poetry at a poetry reading/jazz concert put on by Pittsburgh City of Asylum last September.

Statistics
Place: 222 out of 1129
Avg (all users): 6.0926
Avg (commenters): 7.0308
Avg (participants): 6.1642
Avg (non-participants): 5.7179
Views since voting: 707
Views during voting: 680
Votes: 486
Comments: 70
Favorites: 4 (view)


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03/17/2009 10:41:00 PM
Beautiful B&W photography and I love that negative space. Even though the motion is stopped, the energy is palpable. One of my faves of the challenge.
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03/17/2009 10:18:28 PM
Great sense of light and dark. Very nicely captured! 7
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03/17/2009 10:05:49 PM
In a darkened hall, without looking up to see, if anyone should hear, he began to read his poetry. The images spilled forth from his imagination to words on a page, and on to the ears of anyone who would hear. And when he finished, he looked not around, but slowly returned to his chair and sat down. The room was silent - had anyone heard? It mattered not. The imagination was the thing.
While it may not matter to him, it mattered to those who heard. The bright, burning images of light playing on the water, of a maid despairing of ever finding a worthy mate, of the appearance of her knight in shining armor, disguised as the blacksmith's aide. The glowing hope of a bright future.
The audience sat in stunned silence for a while. But then they stood to applaud the poet, who cared not a bit.
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03/17/2009 07:03:50 PM
brilliant, absolutely love the lighting and negative space. Very moody
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03/17/2009 06:26:30 PM
The lighting in this is superb, really adds character to the scene.
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03/17/2009 07:42:05 AM
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Very good use of light and dark - Good choice of exposure, even without the title this photo would be quite self explanatory. Good composition. Doesnt really have a WOW factor though. Gave this a 7 on initial voting. Still stands at a 7.
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03/17/2009 06:21:00 AM
Dramatic lighting. Strong contrasts. I would have liked to have seen just a little more features of his face to reveal some character. Also maybe crop some of the dead black space on the right away. Maybe 2 inches or so.
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03/16/2009 10:26:33 PM
Magnificent lighting. Great job.
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03/16/2009 05:34:06 PM
great composition but a bit too dark
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03/16/2009 04:31:00 PM
you've got to like this type of picture...to me it is to dark...but I like your focus and how his face is a mystery
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03/16/2009 04:26:45 PM
I love this image; it makes me want to hear what he's reading!
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03/16/2009 02:23:52 PM
Iconic -- makes me think of jazz clubs.
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03/16/2009 11:48:09 AM
nice one, six from me ;D
brano
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03/16/2009 11:13:03 AM
great contrast
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03/16/2009 09:26:54 AM
Nice shot, IMO the rightside of the photo needed to be crop.
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03/16/2009 03:44:13 AM
Remarkable photo. Comp, lighting, subject. Bumping!
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03/16/2009 01:28:58 AM
This is a very cool shot. I like how his hat is the most prominent thing in the picture, and I really like the way you have used the negative space.
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03/15/2009 09:54:52 PM
This shot really took me by surprise... The use of negative space - especially given the subject's talent - is used exceptionally well. The title actually made me more involved with the image... Outstanding work.
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03/15/2009 09:47:13 PM
Interesting black, white, and light.
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03/15/2009 09:26:29 PM
Gorgeous B&W. I like the very limited lighting.
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03/15/2009 09:10:14 PM
wonderfully full of poetry...
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03/15/2009 08:22:01 PM
Nice shot. I like the darkness in this shot.
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03/15/2009 02:32:40 PM
I really like the simple lighting here. Leaves a sense of mystery.
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03/15/2009 01:59:23 PM
I really like the lighting and composition
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03/15/2009 01:39:56 PM
just enough information, any moer and the mood would be gone
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03/15/2009 01:16:50 PM
Back to comment and bump: Great mood and I love the negative space. 10
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03/15/2009 11:56:41 AM
And he's in the spotlight. Good use of light and darkness.
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03/15/2009 02:32:19 AM
Nice portrait. Wonderful light and contrasts!
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03/15/2009 12:26:27 AM
dramatic lighting, but I am not sure this really works for me. I guess to me this would really work if it was easily recognizable who this person was from the clothes or actions , etc.
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03/14/2009 11:57:53 PM
Very interesting portrait! I like it just like that. Any cropping suggestions will damage it.
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03/14/2009 11:15:01 PM
good conversion to black and white, negative space works here
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03/14/2009 09:12:36 PM
This has a great feel to it. Nicely done.
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03/14/2009 08:09:47 PM
Great isolation.
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03/14/2009 05:48:49 PM
Powerful image
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03/14/2009 08:59:44 AM
The use of negative space REALLY suits this well. One man, a microphone, and darkness.
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03/14/2009 05:51:58 AM
great lighting
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03/13/2009 11:03:16 PM
this is brilliant i love the lighting and the fact you dont see his face is actually a good idea it shares an intimacy with the viewer well done
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03/13/2009 07:56:57 PM
great placement and shadows- nice and moody. :)
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03/13/2009 05:50:17 PM
Nice capture, very evocative.
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03/13/2009 05:49:26 PM
This is cool--I wish DPC would schedule a challenge in this style!
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03/13/2009 03:14:38 PM
Super image well made
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03/13/2009 01:56:15 PM
beautiful low key with effective lighting. love the negative space. 9
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03/13/2009 01:44:26 PM
a bit dark but nice..
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03/13/2009 09:40:06 AM
Great moody lighting
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03/13/2009 05:05:23 AM
cool image, love the feel to it.
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03/13/2009 03:25:04 AM
Very nice job at managing details in the shadows. *VERY*
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03/13/2009 02:33:39 AM
This is what B&W is made for. Awesome. 10
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03/13/2009 12:48:19 AM
Great use of light to create mood.
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03/12/2009 11:04:52 PM
This shot reminds me of the movie "Ray". Great contrast... i like how you isolated your subject.
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03/12/2009 09:40:31 PM
dramatice lighting really fits the theme
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03/12/2009 08:28:04 PM
Nice lighting and detail.
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03/12/2009 07:43:26 PM
great composition and lighting but on my monitor I can see a halo around where the BG was taken out which may hurt it with other voters...
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03/12/2009 06:05:42 PM
Nice use of lighting to highlight the hat.
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03/12/2009 04:17:34 PM
Nice capture and lighting.
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03/12/2009 01:11:25 PM
I hope you tell us who the poet is. I bet he loves this picture.
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03/12/2009 09:30:41 AM
great light, great composition, very nice shot
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03/12/2009 08:53:57 AM
Lovely atmosphere that accurately displays his environment. This also implies he is in the moment, since he is the only person you can see in the frame.
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03/12/2009 12:20:45 AM
cool shot, love the dark shadows in this, adds to the mystery of what he is reading.
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03/11/2009 10:58:28 PM
There are a lot of nice photos in this challenge, and this is one of them... maybe a little tighter crop on the top side could improve it, but I like the moody darkness.
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03/11/2009 09:04:41 PM
Wow... JUST enough detail to make this really interesting... but not too much to make it boring. :) Good job.

Not voting yet.
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03/11/2009 08:59:12 PM
Good isolation of the subject. I can almost hear his voice.
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03/11/2009 04:53:57 PM
Wonderful low-key(?) portrait. The negative space allows me to imagine an audience listening raptly in the shadows.
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03/11/2009 04:53:41 PM
very cool image. Love the low key.
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03/11/2009 04:50:53 PM
very cool lighting...
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03/11/2009 03:32:44 PM
Great store picture.
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03/11/2009 01:47:33 PM
great lighting, i love the old timey feel of this. a bit too much blank space for me though
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03/11/2009 09:39:51 AM
love the use of negative space
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03/11/2009 08:52:11 AM
Love the dramatic lighting!
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03/11/2009 01:33:09 AM
Very moody, sexy shot. Just a little too much negative space for me.
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03/11/2009 12:23:55 AM
I love that you can't see his face. Lovely composition and lighting.
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