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A Father's Love
A Father's Love

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Challenge: Things that Count (Basic Editing)
Camera: Nikon D80
Lens: Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D
Date: Feb 8, 2010
Galleries: Black and White, Children
Date Uploaded: Feb 8, 2010

Well this is the third image in a row that I have submitted of my son in black and white. It's probably getting a bit tiring to all, but I'm taking to opportunity to get a few nice newborn shots of him while he's little.

I am really not very happy with this one with only basic editing. Black and Whites really benefit from dodging and burning, and this shot really needs it, but oh well.

Score prediction: 5.9 - maybe optimistic because people will think it's a shoehorn if they haven't thought about the Einstein quote.

Editing was just levels, curves, convert to B& W with channel mixer, crop, adamus sharpening, add border, SFW

[Feb. 16th, 2010 11:30:39 PM]

This image is far from perfect, and there have been some great comments about how I could have improved it.

Lisa (' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Iamwoman's suggestion about the lighting position was good, as are the multiple other comments on the lighting. ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/31.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/31.gif', '/') + 1) . ' abuscemi's suggestion about my husband being better shirtless was particularly popular with him, but Pete's on a diet at the moment, and his beer belly (not actually from beer) would have detracted :) He's actually lost 6.5 kilos (14 pounds) in the last 6 weeks, and when he loses the remaining 9 kilos maybe I'll try a shirtless version :)

' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' paynekj's comment is interesting. I somehow felt though that by leaving him faceless the image might connect with people as an idea/concept rather than a portrait of a particular father/son. Maybe I'm wrong.

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Place: 6 out of 82
Avg (all users): 6.3857
Avg (commenters): 7.2000
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Views since voting: 2242
Views during voting: 358
Votes: 223
Comments: 12
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02/17/2010 09:39:42 AM
Not tiring at ALL! It's beautiful, and I'm very happy for both the reward of a new baby in your family, as well as your award worthy photography :)

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/16/2010 10:40:28 PM
8... what a feeling you've given us!
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02/16/2010 03:51:24 PM
I can't help thinking that by not including the father's face you have produced an image that's contradicting your title. In fact by adding the wide border at the top you are positively excluding the father in my opinion. Which I find to be a big pity because the quality of what's visible is undeniable.
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02/15/2010 01:13:07 PM
Beautiful picture!
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02/14/2010 04:25:00 PM
love the feeling of this - i just wish the light was a bit more even on the face and the elbow
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02/11/2010 10:48:14 PM
I think the "love" part could be better conveyed. If I ignore the title, the shot stands on its own for other reasons. Titles are such a pain.
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02/10/2010 08:58:33 PM
Nice black and white, my only criticism would be the bright light on the left. I find it distracting as it draws attention away from the baby
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02/10/2010 07:02:50 PM
Amazing shot... appreciate your understanding on the challenge expectation... great lighting and amazing composition... should ribbon in my opinion...
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02/10/2010 03:04:35 PM
great idea, too many shadows
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02/10/2010 04:03:49 AM
Nice shot but may have been better if dad went shirtless.... ;)
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02/10/2010 01:59:41 AM
wonderful shot
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02/10/2010 12:22:44 AM
Lovelye moment - black and white works well. I think the lighting would have been better in reverse. I'd have liked the head lit and the bottom not so much.
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