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Challenge: Grunge (Advanced Editing VII*)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Nikon D700
Lens: Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8
Location: Outside for a change
Date: May 15, 2009
Aperture: f7.1
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/500 s
Galleries: Portraiture, Street
Date Uploaded: May 19, 2009

OMG, Thanks!! A ribbon for a portrait!!! This has been a dream of mine and now it’s come true.
Thanks also for the comments, the fav. and great score.

Some mentioned they'd like to hear the story behind the face, so here goes.
I was in town with my husband to pick up my new running shoes. Had my camera with me and, just about 3 yards away from the sports shop, I saw a group of people standing talking. I was immediately mesmerized by one of the older men in the group because of his wonderful face and eyes. I even plucked up the courage to go over to him and ask if I could take a photo. He was charming and said yes straight away.
At that time I didn’t intend to enter the Grunge challenge but, when I got home and checked the image, it seemed to be perfect for it.
The strange thing was, his wife said they were only in our town for a visit and would be leaving in a few minutes, so I was very lucky to have met him at all.
The score started off way low, around 5.2. At 11 votes it was 5.6. By the time I got home from work in the evening it had rose to 6.1, so at least it was going in the right direction ;-) By the middle of the week it was 6.5 and in the last couple of days went to 6.7.
I went out of my “comfort zone” with this shot so I’m VERY pleased it did so well.

Statistics
Place: 3 out of 99
Avg (all users): 6.8172
Avg (commenters): 8.1000
Avg (participants): 6.2439
Avg (non-participants): 6.9793
Views since voting: 5506
Views during voting: 373
Votes: 186
Comments: 42
Favorites: 15 (view)


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12/24/2012 04:08:25 AM
Wow! How did I never see this before? This is an OUTSTANDING portrait!
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06/01/2009 01:25:14 AM
Ahh Irene this is such a lovely image. Congratulations on your ribbon!
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05/31/2009 01:12:06 PM
Irene this is an amazing character shot, your processing skills bring out the capture to the fullest. Not only did you get out of your comfort zone but you got out of it and then up close and personal with this man, a commendable feat. I wish i did that kind of stuff.
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05/29/2009 05:45:25 PM
Great work, I like the tight crop, well done.
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05/28/2009 08:29:46 PM
Good for you, Irene! Not a reflection in sight! *grin*

And... I never would have asked to take his photo, but I would have wished I had all day long. And it probably made his day that you asked.

Good for you all 'round!
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05/28/2009 02:22:15 PM
this is beautiful!
there is soul here

good for you!
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05/28/2009 01:24:07 PM
Great shot!
Great soul!
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05/28/2009 04:04:37 AM
something NEW and DIFFERENT with a ribbon. great. good work!
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05/27/2009 09:23:30 PM
Well Done Irene!
The Details and mood is perfect!
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05/27/2009 07:52:43 PM
Your lighting here is simply amazing. I am captivated by this image. One of my favs. Good to see you get out of your comfort zone. Congrats!
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05/27/2009 03:40:34 PM
Wow. Its not a water drop. Its not inside. It even with a different lens! :)

Great shot and I love the texture you captured in the man's face. Congrats on this ribbon winning portrait
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05/27/2009 01:39:01 PM
Does he know you grundged him up ? !
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05/27/2009 12:47:23 PM
One of my favs in this challenge and I was equally suprised yet delighted to see it was yours. Wonderful image.
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05/27/2009 12:08:29 PM
Congratulations on your ribbon and the dream came true!!
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05/27/2009 11:21:29 AM
Congratulations Irene! Victory is always a victory but it can have many different tastes... :-D
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05/27/2009 09:25:43 AM
Well done Irene.
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05/27/2009 08:58:49 AM
Amazing photo Irene - congratulations!
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05/27/2009 08:58:14 AM
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Congrats for breaking out of the normal" 21_F.gif ireneM blue ribbon bubble and drops " mode and thanks for sharing a wonderful and very powerful portrait with us.
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05/27/2009 06:44:38 AM
AWESOME Portrait Irene. But where are the bubbles and splashes?
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05/27/2009 06:43:50 AM
Congrats, Irene!
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05/27/2009 05:41:30 AM
Wonderful image. Congratulations on the ribbon
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05/27/2009 03:17:48 AM
Congrats Irene such a wonderful image! and a well deserved ribbon
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05/27/2009 03:08:56 AM
Congratulations, it's good to see that you can pull it off even out of the “comfort zone”
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05/27/2009 03:07:15 AM
Many congrats Irene, super job
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05/27/2009 02:08:18 AM
Great image! Congrats on the ribbon!
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05/27/2009 01:27:23 AM
Another perfect image for this challenge, and even more so, because YOU went out of your comfort zone..... A wonderful 'grunge' feeling strong 'emotive' portrait for this challenge, and even more pleased that you scored a ribbon as well..... love shez
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05/27/2009 01:18:50 AM
congrats on the portrait Irene..WTG !
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05/27/2009 12:52:53 AM
wonderful Irene !!!! congrats on this wonderful achievement
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05/27/2009 12:44:07 AM
Where does your talent end!!?? : )
Congratulations on the yellow, Irene! : )
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05/27/2009 12:35:22 AM
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05/27/2009 12:12:13 AM
WOW .. wot a ride you've had this week irene ..
i'm so happy you got your ribbon for a portrait and wot a brilliant portrait it is ... so totally grunge and yet so mesmerizing too .. CONGRATS on yet another ribbon .. lol .. !!..:)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/26/2009 03:02:48 PM
This is utterly superb. His face is lit brilliantly, and I love how you captured the different textures of mud/hair/wrinkles to perfection. I bet he has a story or two to tell too.

I look forward to finding out who shot this amazing picture tomorrow morning where I fully expect to find it conveniently located on the front page.

10 and faved from me.
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05/26/2009 09:08:50 AM
Great face expression! Great details!
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05/25/2009 03:41:48 PM
good shot but boring 8
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05/25/2009 11:09:24 AM
Wow..what a strong image,nice lighting and a great contrast between the face and the beard.

Good luck.
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05/22/2009 05:17:28 PM
lovely portrait! but grungy?
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05/21/2009 05:48:22 PM
Wow! Great character in the face. I'm interested to hear the story behind this.
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05/21/2009 03:43:08 AM
good quality and clearness of the photo, and well chosen subject
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05/20/2009 11:24:49 PM
WOW Awesome shot...
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05/20/2009 11:11:28 PM
very interesting subject- I want to hear his stories
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05/20/2009 12:26:30 PM
terrific post capture work. subject is the winner here.
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05/20/2009 01:49:35 AM
Great post processing.
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