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Challenge: Free Study 2011-01 (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: 2011
Camera: Canon EOS-50D
Lens: Tamron SP AF 10-24mm F3.5-4.5 Di II LD for Canon
Date: Jan 29, 2011
Aperture: F5.6
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/30
Date Uploaded: Jan 31, 2011

One of the crewmembers of the commemorative Air Force unit that flies and maintains Fifi, the only B-29A still flying. Cost a $10 donation for a tour inside the aircraft, and it was well worth it. I would not be surprised if the B-29 flight deck was the inspiration for the Millennium Falcon.
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Some additional photos of Fifi:
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Post-challenge notes:
Wow.... top 10 in a freestudy! My best freestudy yet, and it wasn't even a landscape!

Statistics
Place: 10 out of 307
Avg (all users): 6.6000
Avg (commenters): 7.8182
Avg (participants): 6.5926
Avg (non-participants): 6.6190
Views since voting: 1580
Views during voting: 262
Votes: 150
Comments: 29
Favorites: 3 (view)


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01/05/2013 04:00:18 PM
Great lighting and a year late Congrats on a worthy top 10!
02/13/2011 11:27:22 PM
Originally posted by tanguera:

Top 10 in a FS. You happy NOW????

VERY, thank you!
02/13/2011 09:42:32 PM
Top 10 in a FS. You happy NOW????
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02/11/2011 11:39:14 AM
I saw you mention this in the negative space thread and I disagree that the negative space detracted from the photo. Maybe it's a six-in-one scenario but I think that if there is a problem (and a 6.6 in a free study demonstrates there isn't) it's the centered composition with his eyes leading down to the left. The viewer will naturally follow the eyes, so I feel that when eyes are not looking at the camera they need to be off center, and when looking down to the left, as here, he should be placed in the top right corner to give the photo the best balance, though this is a very minor quibble.

The area over his right shoulder could have had more instruments, etc., and it still would have felt slightly unbalanced, so I don't believe it's the negative space that's caused any compositional problems.

Regardless it's an awesome photo and incredible processing and I think I need some new software damn it.
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02/10/2011 11:21:04 AM
Very nice BW!
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02/08/2011 11:17:29 AM
What a great finish! An 8 from me...
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02/08/2011 10:35:32 AM
11th!?! (well, it deserves it -- but still! I'm getting tired of trying to keep up with you!!)
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02/08/2011 09:04:34 AM
Fantastic work - one of my highest rated images of the challenge. My father was a navigator on a B29 in WWII, so this shot has special meaning to me. I recall getting a tour of one some time ago and thougth I recognized the panel behind the man.
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02/08/2011 09:01:29 AM
Love the light on his face. Great black and white tones too. Congrats on 11th place!
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02/08/2011 02:37:35 AM
Excellent portrait. I had a sneaking suspicion it was yours due to your Military outings but wasn't sure. Well done Steve. ROFL I made the same Post Challenge comment about landscapes! (9 from me)

Message edited by author 2011-02-08 02:38:05.
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02/08/2011 02:26:33 AM
Well done. Great B&W conversion as well.
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02/08/2011 02:05:40 AM
I had a feeling this was yours. Great result, congratulations!
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02/08/2011 01:07:20 AM
Way to go, Steve!!!!! 11th! AWESOME image and finish.
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02/08/2011 12:36:21 AM
excellent portrait, Steve!
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02/08/2011 12:21:52 AM
Congratulations on a well deserved high score!
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02/08/2011 12:18:16 AM
Nice shot. I love the black and white processing!
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02/08/2011 12:14:08 AM
I thought this might be yours due to the subject matter. The technicals and feel of this really show how far you've advanced since you joined up here. Very professional!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/07/2011 11:17:41 PM
Great clarity, lighting and BW conversion. voted earlier
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02/07/2011 02:44:05 PM
lovely environmental portrait. Don't see many of these in challenges and this is a really good one!
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02/06/2011 04:19:48 PM
Superb B&W Portrait. Lighting and exp exceptional.
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02/06/2011 11:28:41 AM
Great tones
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02/06/2011 07:01:55 AM
I'm going through the entries, stopping at those images I feel have had the benefit of an unconventional eye and dwelling a little longer to try to see and appreciate what you saw. This is one of those images.

Positives: Superb and unusual portrait, the context (dials etc) works so well to set the scene. The technicals are fantastic too, the focus, sharpness and toning are brilliant. Super catchlights in the eyes too.

Critical stuff: Not much - I can see why inclusion of the Stars and Stripes was seductive but I do think this side of the image is less strong than the other and the flag has a tendency to pull the eye away from more interesting parts of the image.

Overall: Super portrait, expertly made.
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02/04/2011 11:46:52 PM
Great environmental portrait and tribute. Nicely done in black and white.
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02/04/2011 09:56:16 PM
Beautiful portrait. I feel like I've met him through your photo.
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02/04/2011 02:34:02 PM
Great 'at work' portrait.
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02/02/2011 07:09:09 AM
Very good - tells a story
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02/01/2011 04:04:35 PM
Great character shot!
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02/01/2011 11:39:56 AM
I like your use of negative space and composition. Good luck!
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02/01/2011 01:45:15 AM
This one has that wow factor for me. Great Capture! This is a great way to bring some emotion into a standard shot of an airplane. Nicely done.
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