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Caught in the Crossfire

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Challenge: Street Portraiture (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Nikon D90
Lens: Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 28-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED
Location: Philadelphia, Museum of Art
Date: Jul 4, 2010
Aperture: f4.8
ISO: 500
Shutter: 1/20
Galleries: Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Jul 4, 2010

This was taken at the Art Museum in Philadelphia in the antique gun section.
The young man was behind a plexiglass cabinet and I put my lens to the
front of the cabinet and clicked.

Place: 39 out of 94
Avg (all users): 5.9202
Avg (commenters): 7.1111
Avg (participants): 5.2826
Avg (non-participants): 6.1709
Views since voting: 880
Views during voting: 378
Votes: 163
Comments: 17
Favorites: 1 (view)

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04/06/2014 04:07:14 PM
I can't believe I missed this when looking at your photos earlier. I love that he looks like part of the display with the little "15" on his cheek.
03/06/2011 07:12:35 PM
Wow... I didn't see this in voting. Exceptional shot. I am normally terrible at this sort of shooting, but really this is great in so many ways. The layout of the guns, his placement between them, and the exhibit identification number right on his cheek. It provides a nice commentary to things, including a human as an item within an expo of guns, especially with his deadpan expression.
07/16/2010 10:00:00 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club!

Alright, first thing I think of when looking at this is "antique". That's good since I'm assuming that's the feel your going for. The tones, hue and detail all play into this and were done very well. The muted tones on the guns are beautiful.

The real start of the photo is the model. His expression, the button on his shirt, the number on the glass projected onto his face, all icing on the cake. The guns going back seem infinite, and really make the shot fantastic. Great work!

The first thing I can see here is that the photo is a bit too grainy for my taste. Maybe that was intended, but I think, there could be a bit less.

Secondly, The tones on the subject seem a bit TOO muted. Just as on the bottom-left gun, there could be a tad more contrast.

That's all I can say. Great work, fabulous photo, and this definitely deserved a higher score.

- Jackson Gariety
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07/14/2010 06:27:40 AM
love the surreality! good shot!
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07/13/2010 07:37:28 AM
wow, nice shot jane. i didn't vote in this challenge but would've scored this pretty high if i did.
congrats on your personal best to date.
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07/12/2010 03:47:04 PM
Thanks so much for such supportive and positive comments. I was afraid that the plexiglass case was too cloudy
for a good photo. The number 15 on his cheek was an identification number for one of the rifles in the case.

I was so close to making my first 6 that the final score was disappointing although I am so grateful it
was not in the 4's. Thanks everyone!
07/12/2010 01:05:04 AM
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/11/2010 09:43:49 PM
This is brilliant. A top pick from me for sure. The 15 nails it. The fact that he's wearing vertical pinstripes -- I guess that was luck?
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07/11/2010 06:34:46 PM
I wish the 15 wasnt on his face. The set up is cool
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07/10/2010 11:18:09 PM
to me the guns are more the subject and the #15 has no significance. his prominence is bewildering enough to give it a 7
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07/08/2010 04:54:38 PM
An amazing portrait. It says it all! God help America.
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07/06/2010 01:23:17 PM
Great shot and a brilliant title...
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07/05/2010 10:48:23 PM
Such an effective portrait. He has a slightly sinister look in his eyes, which is amplified by the guns around him. I dont know why, but I really like the "15" on his cheek as well. Great shot.
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07/05/2010 05:34:31 PM
Why is 15 on his face?
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07/05/2010 02:25:27 AM
Wish your subject had a little more contrast.
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07/05/2010 12:30:05 AM
Nice idea, though a tighter crop on him would be better.
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07/05/2010 12:16:50 AM
I really like the creative way you have photographed him through the gun case. The treatment is coming off slightly flat to me, though. Due to the view through the glass, I'm sure. Certainly worth a positive vote from me.
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