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Redneckis Americanus

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Challenge: From The Knees Down (Basic Editing)
Collection: 2010
Camera: Canon EOS-50D
Lens: Tamron SP AF 10-24mm F3.5-4.5 Di II LD for Canon
Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Date: Oct 6, 2010
Aperture: F16
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/60
Galleries: Portraiture, Rural
Date Uploaded: Oct 9, 2010

I had a chance while visiting family in Albuquerque, to go to an open studio session that one of the local pros offers every Wednesday night. People sign up in advance for an hour of studio time and everyone else hangs out. As the night goes on it becomes more of a party. I wandered around watching and mingling for a while. Eventually, these guys that were shooting in the yard, invited me to join them and handed me a radio popper. I got a few interesting pics, especially dramatic when I switched to my 10-24. Towards the end, I realized this might make a good entry for this challenge, so I had the model pose with the gun stock against his boot. Just by good fortune the dog wandered through the background right then, and I think that added a lot to the scene. Not expecting this is going to meet with broad appeal, but it's got interesting lighting and probably a different subject from what most of the challenge will be. Though it is actually a studio setup, I think it works well as a portrait of someone without their face.

Last minute update to tone down the reds a little, once I had a chance to look at it on my usual monitor. Still warm looking though, which I think works.

Anticipated critiques:
-Awkward composition/cropped too tight
-Would have liked to see the other leg in the frame
-Dog in background is distracting
-Skin tones too red

Post-challenge notes:
No complaints about this! Here's a couple of other shots from this session that I liked, but were not suitable for this challenge:
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Place: 10 out of 83
Avg (all users): 6.3235
Avg (commenters): 8.2500
Avg (participants): 6.3243
Avg (non-participants): 6.3234
Views since voting: 1738
Views during voting: 440
Votes: 204
Comments: 15
Favorites: 2 (view)

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01/05/2013 04:18:57 PM
LOVE the dog in the frame - very serendipitous, indeed! Would like to have had more of the other foot - feels just a bit off balance as is. Yikes - just read the comment about Old Yeller... that does make it kinda sad.
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10/27/2010 08:52:42 AM
A great photo that tells a good story, surprised it didn't vote higher. I only have a couple critiques:
-Awkward composition/cropped too tight
-Would have liked to see the other leg in the frame
-Dog in background is distracting
-Skin tones too red
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10/20/2010 09:35:48 PM
Loved this one - made me a little sad though, as soon as I saw it, it reminded me of the book "Old Yeller". And if you've read the book, you know what happens!

Great photo!

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10/20/2010 11:21:03 AM
this was one of my favorites from the challenge...great composition, love the dog in the background!
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10/20/2010 02:15:50 AM
I quite liked this (gave a 7) and I'm glad it finished so well. I think I prefer the tighter crop than that posted in the outakes. The title made me smile (I thought Grog was too young to know Latin?).
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10/20/2010 01:33:28 AM
Certainly one of the more interesting shots of the challenge. Peculiar and interesting on many levels. Processing is superb. I suppose it's a below the knee portrait. All in all nice work and a well deserved top ten. Congrats.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/19/2010 10:57:07 PM
If the dog were looking this way, it'd be a classic! "Here doggie!" :-)
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10/17/2010 06:10:23 AM
super image,guess I know whose this is,has to come in the top three.
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10/16/2010 06:44:06 AM
Odd angle of the gun.. the only thing he is going to shoot off are the family jewels! lol I do like this though - the boot, gun, dawg, title..
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10/14/2010 06:50:39 PM
love the perspective and colors in this photo, great job.
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10/14/2010 12:01:16 AM
love it, would have worked even better with dog facing forward
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10/13/2010 11:07:54 AM
LoL, great shot
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10/13/2010 08:45:39 AM
HAHA I didn't realize the name dated back to Latin. Including the lab is a great touch. :) 8
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10/13/2010 06:50:04 AM
very effective "portrait"! 10
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10/13/2010 12:37:44 AM
Looking over the competition here, and I've got to say, this is an exceptional entry, very well done.
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