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Another shot of David the village Blacksmith taken in the Forge.David in stature and when working away in the smithy may come across as mean and hard so I wanted to show another side to him and convey it through his eyes.The emotion I heard in his voice and saw in his face and especially his eyes when he was talking about the long awaited impending birth of his first child.Titled First Born as David was a first born who's going to soon have a first born. Worked in PS.

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C&C welcome

~Alley~

Camera:Nikon D70 Check out Nikon Nation!
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Title:First Born
Username:AlleyCatz AlleyCatz
Uploaded:3 Sep 2006 - 2:15 PM
Tags:Blacksmith, Digitally manipulated, Forge, Portraits / people, Smithy
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Glynn
Glynn  81169 forum posts England1 Constructive Critique Points
3 Sep 2006 - 2:18 PM

Alley,

This series is excellent. I Particularly like this image, very dark and moody. love it.

Glynn

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kadisu
kadisu  10
3 Sep 2006 - 2:30 PM

Great shot - his eyes draw you in to the photo. You definitely captured the mood.
Alicia

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Bluke
Bluke  9303 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
3 Sep 2006 - 2:35 PM

Excellent capture.....Babs

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JohnDyer
JohnDyer e2 Member 867 forum postsJohnDyer vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
3 Sep 2006 - 3:21 PM

Very dramatic portrait, nice one
JOhn

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bliba
bliba  8 Austria2 Constructive Critique Points
3 Sep 2006 - 3:59 PM

love the low light in this brilliant portrait..great eye contact!!!

very well done ,Ally

ollie

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AlleyCatz
AlleyCatz  8274 forum posts England6 Constructive Critique Points
3 Sep 2006 - 4:30 PM

Thank you for your time to comment & click.Very much appreciated.

~Alley~

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POOCHIE
POOCHIE e2 Member 8POOCHIE vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
3 Sep 2006 - 4:39 PM

Lovely shot Alley , you could have chucked some water on his shoulder though and put that out lol. Agree with Ollie the eye contact and that cracking sparkle make it for me.

Pooch.

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User_Removed Junior Member 851 forum posts
3 Sep 2006 - 6:01 PM

Great expression and a well produced portrait.

Derek

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owp
owp  9168 forum posts
3 Sep 2006 - 7:59 PM

. . I like the bit od fire in the B G to add to the connection of Smithing! . . .the eyes really do make this shot for me!


. . . is this "Dragan" technique? . . .


Mike.W


p.s . . .thats for you recent comments and ongoing support Smile

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skydivemike
3 Sep 2006 - 8:11 PM

Quality portrait.


Mike

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AlleyCatz
AlleyCatz  8274 forum posts England6 Constructive Critique Points
3 Sep 2006 - 9:23 PM

Thanks again for all your comments.Mike I dont know if this is classed as a "Dragan" technique to be honest.I have only just recently heard of it on EPZ. This is how the shot came out from my raw conversion and with some PS work.His face was already very dirty/grubby and sweaty/shiney so maybe thats why.Hope that answers your question.If it is like a "Dragan" technique I hope some one tells me so I can enter in the Gallery of Excellence under that catergory.Thanks again

~Alley~

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backbeat
backbeat  8134 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
4 Sep 2006 - 9:03 PM

wow...fantastic eyes make this potrait something special.

what is a 'dragan' technique though?

phil

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MotherHen
MotherHen  8
4 Sep 2006 - 10:15 PM

Have to agree Alley, this shows David in a different light. It's in the eyes.Motherhen

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kinfatric
kinfatric  9550 forum posts Scotland9 Constructive Critique Points
5 Sep 2006 - 5:05 PM

this is excellent a very good exposure and well composed shot with a very meaningful description.

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RoddBC
RoddBC  840 forum posts United States
5 Sep 2006 - 8:23 PM

This is a great shot Alley but it's a wee bit dark for me. But hey, what do I know.

Rodd x

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shaggyb
shaggyb  8
5 Sep 2006 - 9:40 PM

Great portrait of a Blacksmith,the eyes make the shot.

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gajewski
gajewski e2 Member 9gajewski vcard United States9 Constructive Critique Points
7 Sep 2006 - 7:23 AM

Fantastic portrait. -=Walter

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VintageRed
25 Sep 2006 - 10:07 AM

Sometimes an image and its description combine very well and I suspect if more people read the words properly, this image would have scored more highly. For me, I always find images that highlight contrasts to be attractive and I think you succeeded in your aim with this one. Nick

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tricky66
tricky66  8 United Kingdom
13 Oct 2006 - 7:25 PM

Feel like I want to crop right in, kind of distracted a little by the flame. Such a good shot and comp with the colour of the eyes I would go straight in.
Face only would make it for me.
Well done.
Actually just looked at the posting date!! Guess I should actually pay attention, not been on for a bit, did you try a tighter crop and re-post?

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Wooly
Wooly  8112 forum posts England4 Constructive Critique Points
14 Oct 2006 - 5:04 PM

I like the flame Alison, for me it adds context to the character. Must be the blast furnace man in me.

Alan

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