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Challenge: Hidden Gem -- 1,000th Challenge! (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Canon EOS-400D Rebel XTi
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
Date: Jan 1, 2008
Aperture: 4
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/200
Galleries: Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Mar 9, 2009



[Mar. 12th, 2009 10:59:28 AM]

Someone asked about the lighting for this image, so I thought I might just note that it was taken in a kitchen under a bright light just over the stove, candid. It was actually quite bright in the kitchen, but he was directly under the light, making the rest of the image very dark.

I personally love the mood here!

...Now I just need to go find out who Henry Fonda is... Thanks!

Statistics
Place: 496 out of 1129
Avg (all users): 5.6807
Avg (commenters): 6.7627
Avg (participants): 5.6840
Avg (non-participants): 5.6622
Views since voting: 491
Views during voting: 660
Votes: 498
Comments: 61
Favorites: 0


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03/17/2009 08:40:55 PM
Nice Composition..
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03/17/2009 07:16:40 PM
Good lighting to draw out the subject.
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03/17/2009 06:10:47 PM
The lighting here is really interesting, I like the darkness.
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03/17/2009 02:45:46 PM
great dramatic lighting.... good job.
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03/17/2009 01:06:09 PM
Nice lighting in this portrait. There's too much dead black space on the left. I would have cropped that away to just before where his shoulder becomes visible.
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03/17/2009 10:14:47 AM
Congrats, you just got my 900th comment this challenge

Reminiscent of Henry Fonda
Strong portrait work +1
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03/16/2009 10:24:47 PM
Lighting is magnificent. 7
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03/16/2009 05:50:03 PM
Wonderful lighting and composition. A bit more light on his actual eyes would enhance, though, I think.

Not voting yet.
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03/16/2009 04:40:35 PM
I'd say use a portrait crop as the negative space isn't really helping
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03/16/2009 03:06:45 PM
IMO I would have crop the left side a little bit. Nice shot!
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03/15/2009 11:43:57 PM
Great low key portrait. Your lighting is excellent.
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03/15/2009 10:17:30 PM
Jack Nicholson. Not someone you'd want to mess with lightly.
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03/15/2009 09:18:20 PM
a masterful portrait...more than a face you have captured a sense of the person, and the lighting is used with the touch of an artist...
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03/15/2009 08:12:02 PM
I am not normally a fan of low key portraits but this one is so well done, I have to give it best in class. You've not only shown us an interesting face, you have given us an interesting "person" with a real personality and his own emotional payload.
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03/15/2009 07:21:37 PM
Love the unusual lighting.
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03/15/2009 07:16:36 PM
Interesting, a little too dark
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03/15/2009 05:38:29 PM
just because of that overexposed stain on the top of forehead its just 5 from me

;D brano
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03/15/2009 03:04:01 PM
Good dynamic lighting. Blown highlight on the head but still a good portrait.
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03/15/2009 12:57:27 PM
great mood, could have wished that his forehead was not quite as bright
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03/15/2009 11:56:04 AM
Good use of light here.
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03/15/2009 10:40:48 AM
Looks like Henry Fonda. Nice portrait
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03/15/2009 10:28:48 AM
Nice light!
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03/15/2009 08:06:40 AM
great lighting, nice capture.
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03/14/2009 10:17:36 PM
nice shot--I like the fading into the background and the larger dark area on the left.
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03/14/2009 06:02:55 PM
I like this portrait - it tell a story - only thing is the harsh light at his forehead
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03/14/2009 04:56:41 PM
I like the lighting through the lower half of the face. Maybe a tad bright on the forehead.
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03/14/2009 01:50:27 PM
Very good/solid shot. Contemplative. 7.
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03/14/2009 10:57:51 AM
good lighting tho would have been better a full face lit
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03/14/2009 10:24:08 AM
love the low key here - really works. composition, focus perfect for image. 7
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03/14/2009 09:15:21 AM
Wow, what a great portrait - I think the blown highlights on the head could perhaps be rescued in post processing, but nonetheless - a great image. 8.
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03/14/2009 09:04:29 AM
Dark, emotionial, mysterious and just perfect. Shadows and light are spot on IMO. Love how this makes me draw my own lines. Such a gem, no questions. 10
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03/14/2009 03:42:57 AM
A superb dark portrait. well composed, well lit
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03/14/2009 12:07:44 AM
Great spotlight lighting...it really adds drama and mood to this portrait. Outstanding!
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03/13/2009 11:08:08 PM
don't know that stern is the correct feeling I am getting...pensive...that is more like it...very engaging
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03/13/2009 09:46:58 PM
The light and his look add intensity to the portrait. Good job.
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03/13/2009 09:42:09 PM
captivating. I'm not big on negative space but in this case it works for me. bravo! 8
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03/13/2009 09:32:48 PM
Excellent....... 7
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03/13/2009 07:31:01 PM
I like the lighting you have chosen.
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03/13/2009 05:20:35 PM
Nice use of the light. You captured a lot of character, very nice.
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03/13/2009 03:27:52 PM
He looks kind of mellow to me. Very nice emotive capture, excellent placement of dark and light! 8
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03/13/2009 02:14:18 PM
I like the title. Almost reminds me of a Boss too.
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03/13/2009 01:54:26 PM
Not really digging the lighting here.
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03/13/2009 07:36:39 AM
Nice portrait. I like the use of the light here.
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03/13/2009 07:15:54 AM
I really like the lighting in this
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03/12/2009 10:30:30 PM
Nice lighting, really enhances the mood of this shot.
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03/12/2009 04:39:47 PM
great lighting
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03/12/2009 10:59:17 AM
very very nice portrait
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03/12/2009 10:18:27 AM
Good mood shot.
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03/12/2009 10:16:43 AM
creepy, dark, moody, emotive. A solid portrait entry, I'd love to see your lighting set up to do this...
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03/12/2009 09:49:07 AM
nice portrait, I like how he seems to come out of the darkness
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03/12/2009 09:46:29 AM
Nice lighting and pose.
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03/12/2009 09:39:05 AM
Wow. Looks like Henry Fonda! hahah. Nice lighting. I would have gone black and white tho.
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03/12/2009 09:10:04 AM
good composition and interesting lighting style, the blown light on his forehead could have been avoided with a softer light source
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03/12/2009 08:15:53 AM
Superb. Lots of Henry Fonda, which is apt because it's a wonderfully theatrical portrait in terms of lighting, positioning and his orientation not for the camera, but for some unseen, probably imaginary audience. 8.
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03/12/2009 01:31:24 AM
Wish the lighting hitting the forehead was better controlled. Could also be toned down during post processing.
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03/11/2009 08:42:10 PM
i wish the light was down a bit more by his eyes and not right at the mole super nice negative space tho 8
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03/11/2009 07:15:44 PM
Looks like Henry Fonda :-) Nice portrait.
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03/11/2009 04:36:01 PM
Very powerful shot. The lighting is VERY dramatic and serves its purpose. I just wish there were a tiny bit of light in the eyes so we can see where he is looking.
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03/11/2009 02:48:53 AM
nice control of light
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03/11/2009 02:43:34 AM
nice portrait.. dramatic lighting!
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03/11/2009 12:25:37 AM
The blown out spot on his head bugs me, but I like the tones and colors on his face.
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