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Challenge: Street Portraiture (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: 2010
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f1.2L
Date: Jun 30, 2010
Aperture: f 1.6
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/125 sec
Date Uploaded: Jul 4, 2010

I've seen him in the elevator - never met him though - as he works a messenger service for one of the companies in my building. I was coming, he was leaving, and I decided to try and strike up a conversation. This proved to be easier than I thought at first but uncomfortable, a few minutes later, to see him so embarrssed outside on the sidewalk with my lens in his face. His face did light up again though (he has a beautiful smile) when I told him I'd send him a copy of the photo.

Place: 19 out of 94
Avg (all users): 6.3711
Avg (commenters): 7.2000
Avg (participants): 5.9773
Avg (non-participants): 6.5217
Views since voting: 1264
Views during voting: 366
Votes: 159
Comments: 16
Favorites: 4 (view)

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07/14/2010 12:05:08 PM
It's a fine portait. Hope he likes it. Great job putting that lens to work like this. The isolation works so well and the point of focus, spot on! A really nicely composed shot and character study.
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07/13/2010 02:17:48 PM
I love the DOF making his face almost 'float' in the sea of 'outside himself'.
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07/12/2010 08:50:32 AM
Ditto to what bvy said below....I guess I need to start choosing locations for my next, ahem, photo shoot. :-O
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07/12/2010 05:50:33 AM
Well done on the top 20. Have to say, I was expecting this to do better! One of my top choices. Well done indeed though.
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07/12/2010 01:56:24 AM
Penny, this is an awesome photograph. Haunting in a way. I like the way Lev explained in our team thread, about being nervous about having his soul stolen by the camera. And ANOTHER new entry to your top row! You have SERIOUSLY kicked butt during DPL!
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07/12/2010 12:57:40 AM
Great score Penny! Wonderful finish!!!
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07/12/2010 12:53:22 AM
Grrrrrrrrrreat score Penny! His facial expression really pops. Congrats on getting such a great shot!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/11/2010 11:46:56 PM
Outstanding portrait Penny. Intense.
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07/11/2010 09:43:16 PM
This is striking. His eyes speak volumes.

Back for a second look. I'm calling this my pick of the challenge. That piercing gaze, all those textures. This is amazingly good. A ten for you.
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07/10/2010 11:43:28 PM
confusing expression essential for portraiture. 8
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07/07/2010 09:00:38 PM
best in show
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07/06/2010 05:49:15 PM
Such a wonderful capture of a very captivating face.
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07/06/2010 01:27:26 PM
Great use of shallow depth of field.
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07/05/2010 08:29:56 AM
that is one intense stare
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07/05/2010 06:26:58 AM
Nice photo, i like the thin DOF, and i think you made the right choice to go B&W. The only thing i can say is that his expression almost looks like you took him by surprise. Maybe i'm wrong you may have spent a good 15 minutes chatting him up, but his expression fails to connect emotionally. Technically you did great.
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07/05/2010 12:20:38 AM
Oh this is a very strong entry. I love it. Good luck!
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