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Challenge: Portraits Without Children (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: 2009
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 II
Location: Fort Worth
Date: Jul 18, 2009
Aperture: F 7.1
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/100
Galleries: Portraiture, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Jul 19, 2009

People shoots have been one of my weak areas. I was intending on entering a photo of a relative who is a about 90 years old and is the inspiration for geeks to aspire to, but I did not have the time to schedule with him. I shot this saturday at the start of the International Photowalk. Frank is one of the regulars at my local Flickr meetups. If you are on Flickr, he is flat6s.

I'm very pleased with the tones of this shot, and I think his face displays a lot character. I think I used just enough Topaz adjust to bring out some dimension, but not enough that it screams "Topaz".

-Modest application of Topaz adjust
-cloned out glare in his glasses
-saturation lowered on the reds
-low level of clarify
-convert to b/w
-high radius USM
-selective gaussian blur on dark part of background
-selective sharpening

Pre-challenge notes:
As with any portrait challenge, I expect this one to be dominated by the pros with models and great lighting. Since photos of people has been a weak area for me, I would consider any score in the mid 5's to be doing well for this.

Predicted Critiques:
-Composition, or the way he is standing. His body position did not lend itself to a terribly good composition, however, his face is turned just right, imo.
-The edge of the entryway coming out of his head. Oh, well, a flaw is a flaw, but it may not be terribly distracting.
-Since Frank has a Canadian Oakleaf pin on his strap, (he is originally from Cananda) somebody may try to guess this entry as being from one of our Canadian members. I doubt anyone will figure this entry as mine.

Post challenge notes:
Came in just slightly under what I had hoped for. Popular appeal is a strange thing. I was happy to get a positive comment from 21.gif Glad2badad, mentioning the aspect of the shot I was most pleased with. My people shots are improving.

Place: 97 out of 159
Avg (all users): 5.3776
Avg (commenters): 7.0000
Avg (participants): 5.3654
Avg (non-participants): 5.3846
Views since voting: 602
Views during voting: 287
Votes: 143
Comments: 3
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/23/2009 01:19:36 PM
Very nice!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/21/2009 10:33:33 PM
A +1 just because he's shooting a Sony! :-D

Very nice B/W conversion BTW. Good luck.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/21/2009 07:36:17 AM
While some may tell you this is a "snapshot", it works as a portrait for me. I like the flickr button! (We need a DPC button...)
  Photographer found comment helpful.

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