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User_Removed 10 78 1 United Kingdom
28 Jun 2008 12:59AM
Nice light and detail


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TyChee 13 275 1 United States
28 Jun 2008 2:36AM
A very powerful shot. Excellent lighting and dof.
kenwaste 10 1
28 Jun 2008 7:22AM
Great portrait shot
Hoops 9 10 Thailand
28 Jun 2008 8:03AM
Great detail, interesting face. DOF just right.

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

Well done.
Cormy 10 3 England
28 Jun 2008 9:37AM
Like this one a lot.
Pete Plus
16 18.8k 97 England
28 Jun 2008 9:45AM
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.
stix 13 924 87 United Kingdom
28 Jun 2008 10:17AM
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.
Pete Plus
16 18.8k 97 England
28 Jun 2008 10:25AM
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.
CathyT 12 7.3k 18 United Kingdom
28 Jun 2008 10:44AM
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.
stix 13 924 87 United Kingdom
28 Jun 2008 11:01AM
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!)
Coleslaw 12 13.4k 28 Wales
28 Jun 2008 11:08AM
I like it, but I can see where Pete comes from.
You even include the bible Cathy asked
CathyT 12 7.3k 18 United Kingdom
28 Jun 2008 11:11AM
Just had a look at his 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..
28 Jun 2008 11:19AM
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
28 Jun 2008 12:10PM
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.

stix 13 924 87 United Kingdom
28 Jun 2008 12:11PM
'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..........
Diana 11 2.0k 19 Netherlands
28 Jun 2008 7:21PM
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

fossilized 13 79 United Kingdom
30 Jun 2008 11:05AM
I don't know much about the technicalities of competitions but I'd definitely vote for this one.
The_Collector 11 4 1 United Kingdom
1 Jul 2008 12:45AM
wow what a face! i like this series.
CathyT 12 7.3k 18 United Kingdom
3 Jul 2008 5:49PM
Have a thumb.
jondf 11 2.7k
2 Dec 2008 11:34PM

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