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Another one....
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Camera:Canon EOS 5D
Lens:85 mm
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Stephen 3
Username:stix stix
Uploaded:28 Jun 2008 - 12:21 AM
Tags:Portraits / people
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User_Removed
28 Jun 2008 - 12:59 AM

Nice light and detail

Dave

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TyChee
TyChee e2 Member 9184 forum postsTyChee vcard United States1 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jun 2008 - 2:36 AM

A very powerful shot. Excellent lighting and dof.
Ty

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kenwaste
kenwaste  7
28 Jun 2008 - 7:22 AM

Great portrait shot

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Hoops
Hoops  5 Thailand
28 Jun 2008 - 8:03 AM

Great detail, interesting face. DOF just right.

I'd like to see this guy at home in his non Sunday bests.

Well done.

Last Modified By Hoops at 28 Jun 2008 - 8:08 AM

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Cormy
Cormy  6 England
28 Jun 2008 - 9:37 AM

Like this one a lot.
Cheers
Alan

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Pete
Pete Site Moderator 1218416 forum postsPete vcard ePz Advertiser England96 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jun 2008 - 9:45 AM

Is that a natural blurred background or Photoshop Gaussian blurred? I ask because, to me, it looks unnatural and could possibly lose points in the competition because of this. I love the guy you're shooting - perfect character, but this one doesn't work for me.

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stix
stix e2 Member 9924 forum postsstix vcard United Kingdom86 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jun 2008 - 10:17 AM

Gaussian Blur?! How very dare you! wide aperture (1.2) old chap. Smile

Maybe though if it looks like it has been messed about in ps ( which none of these shots have) I should take that into consideration.
I wonder if they worry about the technicalities or go more for the feel.

Last Modified By stix at 28 Jun 2008 - 10:20 AM

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Pete
Pete Site Moderator 1218416 forum postsPete vcard ePz Advertiser England96 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jun 2008 - 10:25 AM

I wasn't 100% sure, that's why I asked. and it's hard to tell on a shot on screen, but that's a feeling I get and I think if for a minute they think it's been Photoshopped it will downgrade. But you're right the main focus (excuse the pun) should be on the character and feel. And both these are coming together here, but I don't personally think it's a winner.

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CathyT
CathyT e2 Member 87253 forum postsCathyT vcard United Kingdom18 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jun 2008 - 10:44 AM

Oh......i really love this one.

For me it has all the elements in the equation.
Interesting model, he interacts with his surroundings and has a strong narrative...I find it very interesting.

the fact that he is in focus while everything else is blurred gives a feeling of isolation physically and mentally....then again I'm not one of the judges.

Last Modified By CathyT at 28 Jun 2008 - 10:46 AM

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stix
stix e2 Member 9924 forum postsstix vcard United Kingdom86 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jun 2008 - 11:01 AM

Thanks Cathy
Glad you got the isolation feeling. I 'll take that. Nothing like a bit of post rationalisation. Smile
One thing bugging me is the funny line below his cuff, I don't know what it is, but its on the raw file. Again it looks like some sloppy ps work. I'm reluctant to clone it out, as then it wont be 'pure'.
( plus its very difficult!)

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Coleslaw
Coleslaw e2 Member 813402 forum postsColeslaw vcard Wales28 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jun 2008 - 11:08 AM

I like it, but I can see where Pete comes from.
You even include the bible Cathy asked for...lol
Smile

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CathyT
CathyT e2 Member 87253 forum postsCathyT vcard United Kingdom18 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jun 2008 - 11:11 AM

Just had a look at his cuff....it looks like a shadow on the fold of the fabric to me so I wouldn't worry or do you mean the inside of the cuff line???

Or do you mean on the bench in front?? Just looks like a reflection on the wood..

Last Modified By CathyT at 28 Jun 2008 - 11:15 AM

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28 Jun 2008 - 11:19 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

for me this is the one. the straight portrait might be overall stronger, but I this is my fave with relation to what they ask for the comp. I might crop out that highlight near the lhs border and compensate with a slight crop of the top, but overall just love it.
bit surprised that for Pete the bg blur feels unnatural. to me it looks great, and very natural, and I assume - when viewed large - pretty gorgeous. Had I known you so would so easily comply with Cathy's request for a bible, I would have asked for a dildo Smile

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christopha77
28 Jun 2008 - 12:10 PM

this is what photography is about an excellent capture of a face that tells a thousand stories. you can only imagine the thoughts behind those eyes, an image that stays with you.

chris

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stix
stix e2 Member 9924 forum postsstix vcard United Kingdom86 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jun 2008 - 12:11 PM

'I would have asked for a dildo'
LOL that takes the prize as the most bizarre comment ive ever had!
A bible came to hand, a dildo..........

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Diana
Diana  72011 forum posts Netherlands19 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jun 2008 - 7:21 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

I like the image esp. the light on his face coming in from the LHS....BUT I dont think this is natural enough for the competition. If he was looking in his bible, looked up and you caught his glance, then that would be in his natural environment rather than just being photographed in a church

I still like the previous one best

Dianna

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fossilized
30 Jun 2008 - 11:05 AM

I don't know much about the technicalities of competitions but I'd definitely vote for this one.
Jean

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The_Collector
1 Jul 2008 - 12:45 AM

wow what a face! i like this series.

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CathyT
CathyT e2 Member 87253 forum postsCathyT vcard United Kingdom18 Constructive Critique Points
3 Jul 2008 - 5:49 PM

Have a thumb.

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jondf
jondf  72472 forum posts
2 Dec 2008 - 11:34 PM

Masterful.

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