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Challenge: Free Study 2011-04 (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: 2011
Camera: Canon EOS-50D
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
Location: Fort Worth Stockyards
Date: Apr 3, 2011
Aperture: F7.1
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/50
Date Uploaded: Apr 23, 2011

Another personality from the Ft. Worth Stockyards, shot just prior to and a few feet away from my recent B/W challenge entry:

This time I DID get his name, so that's the title. Despite the dark sunglasses, I think this conveys a lot of personality. His expression adds just the right amount of quirkiness for me. I really like this one, though it is probably a little short of DPC style perfection.

Anticipated comments/critiques:
-Expect at least several guesses that it is mine, based on the subject and PP style.
-Reflection in his glasses that shows the photographer's silhouette.
-I expect that his expression, which is the aspect of this shot I like the most, will get some negative comments.

Post-challenge notes:
Talk about riding the line! An even 6.0000! This was an interesting challenge. It did well, but as expected, not quite as well as some of my similar shots, a collection which I have nicknamed "Old timers with big mustaches". This guy is a little younger and his mustache hasn't reached the usual proportions. I didn't really get any critiques during this challenge, but I suspect those that voted it mediocre or less were put off by the odd expression. That's what made this shot what it is, however. I could have entered another one with him displaying a perfect smile, and it would have probably scored higher, but it would not have had the same impact for me personally.

Place: 92 out of 301
Avg (all users): 6.0000
Avg (commenters): 7.8000
Avg (participants): 5.9574
Avg (non-participants): 6.0851
Views since voting: 786
Views during voting: 240
Votes: 141
Comments: 11
Favorites: 2 (view)

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01/05/2013 06:04:55 PM
I ran into this guy in almost the same spot a year later. He didn't remember me, but since I called him by name, he'd obviously met me before. I did have this photo on my phone to show him how well it turned out.
01/05/2013 12:28:04 PM
I have to agree with your idea about the smile. It almost seems like he just told a joke and now he is waiting for the reaction of the listeners. This photo reminds me the time I visited Dallas/Ft Worth (way back in 1997). We went to the stockyards because my brother really wanted to see it. We all ended up at a huge bar called Billy Bobs where we actually got to see an indoor rodeo -in the bar!! (only in Texas ey?) It was huge fun. Seems to me there were a few of this type hanging out that evening LOL. Great shot.
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07/22/2011 09:48:40 AM
You have some great portraits, and this is particularly nice, perhaps in its lighthearted unconventionality. Love the dead on look and the tight crop. Something fantastic about high contrast black and white western/ranch shots. they have just such a great modern yet rustic feel. great work.
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05/09/2011 09:45:42 PM
He knows something we don't. Clearly. Marvelous character. And what Paul said.
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05/08/2011 05:41:18 PM
Originally posted by sjhuls:

It almost looks like you are using a walker from the reflection.:P

05/08/2011 04:52:30 PM
I thought that was your reflection in those glasses. It almost looks like you are using a walker from the reflection.:P
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/07/2011 12:17:11 PM
Astounding. The framing is perfect -- being closer or farther away would have been at the cost of some impact. Color would have been gratuitous. Really, it almost feels manufactured. That's not a criticism, but more a statement of disbelief that you could bring together so many details in a portrait -- and there are a LOT of them -- to tell your subject's story: The reflective, slightly crooked glasses, the sloppy shave, the plaid shirt, the unexpected single earring, the unruly wisps of hair, the hat whose textures complement (or do they contrast with?) his weathered skin and whose brim draws a saddle curve of an orbit around his whole face.

But it's that nervous and tight half-grin that's the icing on the cake. For all that this portrait reveals about your subject, he seems to be trying still to hold a little something back. It's in vain, of course, but I'm not sure he knows it. And therein lies the great irony, the rewarding impact, of this wonderful character study.
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05/06/2011 05:58:30 AM
a very honest portrait
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05/01/2011 12:12:10 PM
Great way to fill the frame. Wasn't he in another challenge? I like the crop and the hint of his teeth showing.
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05/01/2011 04:22:39 AM
What a hat, love it.
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05/01/2011 01:46:54 AM
i have to laugh. nice shot.
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