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Challenge: Candid Portraits II (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Challenges 2014
Camera: Canon EOS-7D
Lens: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro
Location: Hermosa Beach Pier
Date: Dec 28, 2014
Aperture: 4.0
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/320
Date Uploaded: Dec 28, 2014

He knew I was shooting the birds - he didn't know I was shooting him. He seemed a bit surprised when I showed him this shot afterwards, but he was pleased, too. He'd been feeding the gulls a little, and trying to see if they'd let him touch them. Very nice guy.

Overexposed by 1/3 stop, processed with a preset (tweaked just a bit) in Nik Silver Efex, no vignetting or spot editing. Cropped to 5x7 aspect to get rid of the arm of the bench and a bit of the post on the left.

[Jan. 3rd, 2015 04:04:08 PM]

PS - I wouldn't know enough to process it this way - it just came out this way due to the way the light was hitting everything. Here's the original jpeg:

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Thanks for all the kind words! This is one I loved from the moment I saw it in the viewfinder. Glad it worked out.

Statistics
Place: 3 out of 56
Avg (all users): 6.6437
Avg (commenters): 8.1000
Avg (participants): 6.7778
Avg (non-participants): 6.5490
Views since voting: 1378
Views during voting: 180
Votes: 87
Comments: 45
Favorites: 4 (view)


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01/18/2015 01:43:53 AM
Congrats Deb!
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01/10/2015 07:10:46 PM
Wow Deb, great capture and huge congrats on the ribbon - well deserved! :-)
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01/08/2015 10:54:13 AM
See it endurance!!! It does pay off...good for you!!!
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01/08/2015 02:48:21 AM
Love the composition and the look of sheer pleasure on the mans face. Great work, Deb. Congrats on the ribbon.
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01/07/2015 10:47:29 PM
I'm back to look again...

SO fun!

Congratulations again, Deb!
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01/07/2015 10:37:27 PM
Congratulations on the yellow. I love this image... especially the processing.
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01/06/2015 11:26:19 PM
spectacular!!
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01/06/2015 03:39:12 PM
Awesome! Good for you. Sorry I wasn't able to join you...
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01/06/2015 01:35:35 PM
Wonderful candid. I love the high key effect on the gulls. Big congrats on your ribbon!!
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01/06/2015 06:42:47 AM
Awesome shot Deb! Congrats on the ribbon!
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01/06/2015 02:36:39 AM
lovely! Congratulations Deb!
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01/06/2015 02:26:25 AM
Perfect composition and excellent subject matter. Very nicely done. Congrats!
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01/05/2015 09:57:49 PM
You go! This is awesome. Love that smile. Black and white is a great choice. Congrats on the yellow!
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01/05/2015 07:05:48 PM
Love the pp and composition. Congrats on the ribbon and have a great 2015!
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01/05/2015 04:59:09 PM
Go, Deb!
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01/05/2015 12:34:48 PM
Very nice. Congrats on the ribbon.
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01/05/2015 12:29:21 PM
Lovely Deb! And a ribbon to show for it - congratulations!
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01/05/2015 11:24:37 AM
Very nice! Congratulations.
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01/05/2015 11:09:35 AM
Great capture and lovely processing. Congratulations on the well deserved bling. Very nice of you to showed him the picture.
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01/05/2015 10:35:57 AM
Congrats on an excellent shot and fantastic finish.
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01/05/2015 09:32:18 AM
Fantastic shot Deb. You're on a roll!
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01/05/2015 07:47:00 AM
You go Girl! Congrats on the wonderful shot.
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01/05/2015 07:09:31 AM
Very nice processing. Congrats.
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01/05/2015 06:30:37 AM
great - b&w suits this shot quite nice. Congrats!
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01/05/2015 04:44:34 AM
Well done Deb !
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01/05/2015 04:29:21 AM
Congrats on the yellow. You still have it. As I was studying you photo, I also noticed the NYPD sweatshirt the gentleman is wearing.

Message edited by author 2015-01-05 04:45:51.
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01/05/2015 03:29:27 AM
Awesome Deb! Congrats on a fantastic shot and fantastic finish!
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01/05/2015 03:13:10 AM
Congrats on the fab finish!
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01/05/2015 02:40:20 AM
Well look who's taken over the front page!!!!

Told ya it would do well :)
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01/05/2015 02:37:45 AM
Stunning work as always. Congrats
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01/05/2015 12:51:05 AM
sweet. I like the way the gull plays her part.
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01/05/2015 12:46:35 AM
Yay Deb. Well done! You are on a roll. One of the few in this challenge that truly met the challenge in my opinion :)
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01/05/2015 12:22:00 AM
Big congrats, Deb! I LOVE this shot.
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01/05/2015 12:07:59 AM
Look who's on a roll! WTG Deb!
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01/05/2015 12:04:00 AM
Well there you go again, you're rocking lately, still my fave for the challenfge like Don said, best fulfilment.

Message edited by author 2015-01-05 00:04:23.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/04/2015 11:32:17 PM
Wonderful!
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01/04/2015 09:56:24 PM
in my opinion, the best fulfillment of the challenge.
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01/04/2015 08:36:50 PM
Lovely shot. I love the high-key softness with the stronger contrast and clarity confined to the man. And I love the happy vibe. Top 2. (10)
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01/03/2015 02:12:24 PM
i like how you push me directly to him with contrast. and then I get to discover the gull thru scanning the frame.
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01/03/2015 01:58:50 PM
Ethereal and moving. The postures are elegant, the movement wonderfully understated, the man's face so appealing. Admirable admixture of quasi-high key and quasi-low key. NYPD t-shirt -- perfect final touch.
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01/03/2015 01:55:25 PM
Very nice catch. Excellent in b&w.
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01/02/2015 01:56:55 AM
Your editing adds to the impact beautifully - in my top 5.
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12/30/2014 12:20:42 PM
This is a fun shot. I like the contrast of the darker happy guy and the slightly blown out surroundings. It captures the mood well of a bright day at the shore.
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12/30/2014 08:44:26 AM
Loving his smile, and interaction...best on here by a mile, all the best!!
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12/29/2014 12:16:33 AM
excellent composition.
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