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The Cuban habit
The Cuban habit

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Challenge: Free Study 2011-02 (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: 2011
Camera: Nikon D60
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR
Date: Feb 25, 2011
Aperture: f/5.3
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/60
Galleries: Portraiture, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Feb 25, 2011

The setup for this was intended for the "half"-themed competition. Could not get the lighting right to darken only half of my face, stereotypical as that would have been though, so got this instead. I liked the smoke in this one.

[Mar. 1st, 2011 07:26:44 AM]

Forgot to explain the title "The Cuban habit" more before entry. It sorta has two meanings.
Habit meaning the addiction to smoking but also habit as in the head-gear that nuns wear.
I thought it was appropriate seeing how the smoke frames my head in this shot.

Place: 116 out of 325
Avg (all users): 5.8082
Avg (commenters): 6.8333
Avg (participants): 5.8018
Avg (non-participants): 5.8286
Views since voting: 648
Views during voting: 226
Votes: 146
Comments: 10
Favorites: 1 (view)

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04/26/2012 11:29:05 AM
This is an amazingly well done portrait! I love the detail and the composition, but in general, it's just pleasing to look at.
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03/08/2011 01:49:57 AM
brilliant shot .. love how the smoke becomes almost like hair .. love your processing too ..
ps .. got a great feeling/smile/boost from your comment on my robberfly in the free study .. thankyou .. :)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/07/2011 10:47:28 PM
nice clarity and tones
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03/04/2011 06:59:56 PM
Cool portrait. Nice eye focus through the smoke.
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03/02/2011 12:10:35 PM
Nice work
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03/01/2011 10:57:20 PM
A wonderful shot. Great pose. Great smoke.Great dark, sharp eyes. If I wanted to be picky, I'd ask for just the slightest amount of back light so I could get better definition between the model's head and the dark BG. Really nice work.
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03/01/2011 03:48:07 PM
Very interesting image Niall. So many detail to focus on: the eyes, the hand, the cigarillo, the smoke etc. Personally, I really like this composition, especially with the dark negative space to the right of the figure (although I'm sure some will tell you to crop tighter). Only "negative" comment is the face seems to be lacking some detail, especially around the eyes and cheeks. I think maybe part of that is clipping of the blacks?

Anyway, I think this is a good entry...I suspect it will do 5.8ish?
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03/01/2011 09:53:47 AM
I have something for smoking pictures. I like this one too. The smoke in the shot, the look in his face, almost as if he's asking please let me stop I don't want this anymore. Very intruding. I like it a lot.
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03/01/2011 07:21:45 AM
Fantastic image. The color tone is great and excellent composition.
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03/01/2011 12:37:35 AM
I like how thesmoke has formed a sort of headpiece. Nicely done with the toned B&W.
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