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Rodeo Man
Rodeo Man

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Challenge: Free Study 2011-10 (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: Oct 21, 2011
Aperture: F6.3
ISO: 640
Shutter: 1/30
Date Uploaded: Oct 24, 2011

Another in my recurring "Old timers with big mustaches" series.

This guy was preparing to compete in a rodeo when I was on the walkway over the pens and started chatting with him and the folks in his group. I came on down and they hammed it up for me a bit, then he borrowed my camera and used it to frame me (once he figured out which of the gazillion buttons took the picture).

Fortunately, my wife trusts me.

Anticipated critiques/comments:

-I'm betting someone will be nitpicky enough to mention the bright vertical section behind his head. I could perhaps clone it out, but I don't find it to be a problem and I'm now curious if someone will mention it.

-A few people are certain to nail this as mine, based on both subject and style. I'll be disappointed if I don't at least get comments from 21.gif NiallOTuama and 21_F.gif Littlemav.

Post-challenge notes:
Did well enough, though I had thought this might do a bit better, as similar shots I have done before have done much better. Mass appeal is a fickle bird.

Place: 119 out of 311
Avg (all users): 5.8819
Avg (commenters): 7.0000
Avg (participants): 5.7664
Avg (non-participants): 6.2162
Views since voting: 285
Views during voting: 245
Votes: 144
Comments: 9
Favorites: 0

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11/08/2011 11:02:45 AM
Love your portraits like this
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11/08/2011 02:36:08 AM
Gritty body with soulful eyes. Perfect.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/06/2011 08:45:24 PM
I aaave bin riidin' roe-de-o forr bes' paaart o' fordy yearrs, 'n' I ain't gorna starp now, boy!
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11/05/2011 01:53:07 PM
Nice B & W.

That you, Yo?
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11/04/2011 09:20:25 PM
What a chacter and the monochrome is perfect - great detail
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11/01/2011 10:34:32 PM
Looks Yo-Spiff-ish to me :)
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11/01/2011 07:29:20 PM
Interesting face, but I can't help being distracted by his hairy chest. Looks like he might set it into pincurls.
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11/01/2011 08:52:46 AM
Great processing, he's a character! (no vote)
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11/01/2011 08:19:56 AM
Haven't seen a 'cowboy with a moustache' in a while!
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