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2nd PlaceThe rancher
Yo_Spiff


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Black & White IV (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: 2011
Camera: Canon EOS-50D
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
Location: Fort Worth Stockyards
Date: Apr 3, 2011
Aperture: F7.1
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/200
Date Uploaded: Apr 3, 2011

Another one for my "Old timers with big mustaches" collection.

Had a Flickr meetup today in my usual favorite place, the Fort Worth Stockyards. It was good to get out and about, and I did pretty well for a guy on crutches. This was just a man I stopped on the street explaining that he had an interesting face and would he mind if I took a few shots of him. I'm embarrassed to say I failed to get his name. or I would have used that as the title. Since I've already used "The old timer" in a previous challenge, I'll make an assumption this man is a rancher. He at least looks the part, even if he does something else.

Anticipated comments/critiques:
-Light background on one side and dark on the other is distracting, creates a slightly unbalanced image.
-Someone will certainly guess this is mine by the style and subject.

Post challenge notes:
Thanks folks.I was hopeful of a ribbon when I saw the score staying in the high 6's, but when I began voting myself, I was in doubt of it. Lots of great entries in this challenge and I added some to my faves list.

This was also significant in that it pushed my first ribbon out of the top 5 on my profile page.

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 230
Avg (all users): 6.9028
Avg (commenters): 8.3077
Avg (participants): 6.7191
Avg (non-participants): 7.2000
Views since voting: 4156
Views during voting: 307
Votes: 144
Comments: 64
Favorites: 10 (view)


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06/05/2011 05:09:10 PM
This is an amasing "catched the expression" of the moment in his eyes.
excellent.I love this.
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04/15/2011 08:31:20 AM
Congratulations! He has indeed got an interesting face, and you have portrayed it to perfection. He looks like he belongs in a Western.
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04/15/2011 12:47:53 AM
Another great shot from the Stockyards... Well done.
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04/13/2011 01:30:24 AM
Top notch portrait Steve. I just knew this one was yours. The range of tones and textures is great. Congrats on the red!
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04/12/2011 09:38:21 PM
you are getting quite the diverse portfolio...shows your creativity, congrats on your ribbon!!
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04/12/2011 08:31:07 PM
Well golly, Spiffy... I think I could reach out and feel his face... it's so well done.
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04/12/2011 06:25:23 PM
Love the Stockyards. Good ole Billy Bobs! Nice shot!
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04/12/2011 05:46:02 AM
Lovely image Steve. Congratulations on the Ribbon.
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04/12/2011 04:18:08 AM
Lovely work Steve, simple and not over-processed. The way I like it and obviously others too!
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04/11/2011 09:53:44 PM
I knew this had to be yours..Also knew it would ribbon, great work and congrats!!
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04/11/2011 08:29:02 PM
Fantastic Work - My absolute favorite in the challenge because this portrait feels real and not contrived or processed beyond human like so many others around yours.
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04/11/2011 06:11:24 PM
Congrats Steve on this wonderful photo!
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04/11/2011 05:19:05 PM
Great shot Steve! congrats on the ribbon as well. I'm glad to see that your knee is healing well and is allowing you to be out and about. :)
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04/11/2011 05:05:33 PM
Looks an honest and good job. Not technically perfect, but much better than overcooked no.1. Reminds me of Mark Twain somehow. Congratulations.
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04/11/2011 03:46:21 PM
Steve...Excellent capture. I really like the tonal contrast.
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04/11/2011 02:29:43 PM
Man you are turning into quite the ribbon hog :D I liked seeing this one in the challenge. The thing I really liked was that the hat did not create a dark shadow over the eyes. Fantastic job. Congrats on the red!
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04/11/2011 01:09:14 PM
Wonderful! Congrats!!
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04/11/2011 12:30:28 PM
Nicely shot,Congrats on the ribbon.
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04/11/2011 11:38:09 AM
Steve...congrats on your ribbon! He looks like one of those character actors from the old western movies. Well done!
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04/11/2011 10:42:40 AM
I saw this one and immediately thought of you.

Great work, Steve.
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04/11/2011 09:59:23 AM
Love it. Nothing like a few lines to give a face character.
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04/11/2011 09:16:25 AM
Steve!!! This is AMAZING! I am so happy this won a ribbon! CONGRATULATIONS!
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04/11/2011 08:45:18 AM
Very nicely made portrait. Congrats on the ribbon Steve.
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04/11/2011 08:35:27 AM
Congrats! This is great!
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04/11/2011 08:30:01 AM
Nice one, Steve. Congrats.
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04/11/2011 08:08:04 AM
Well it looks like the messed up knee has not affected your photographic ability. Kudos.
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04/11/2011 07:55:21 AM
Way to go, Steve!! Never guessed this one as yours.
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04/11/2011 07:20:42 AM
Congratulations. I love the intensity of his eyes, beautifully framed by the rim of his hat. Great shot Steve.
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04/11/2011 04:36:08 AM
Great shot and a well deserved top spot, did you use one of your crutches as a monopod?.
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04/11/2011 01:25:40 AM
damn it Steve, even handicapped you take great shots. congrats
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04/11/2011 12:51:25 AM
Well done yourself! Excellent finish. Now you just need a blue for a street portrait to complete three set, but alas that will knock your old timer yellow off your front page.
Way to go! Excellent portrait!
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04/11/2011 12:50:32 AM
Yo...I knew this would ribbon the minute I saw it. Fantastic work!
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04/11/2011 12:45:50 AM
I suspected this was yours, Steve. You are a master at capturing something very special in these guys. Congrats on your ribbon. And on knocking one off your profile! Quite an accomplishment.
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04/11/2011 12:41:56 AM
Brilliant portrait.... many congrats!
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04/11/2011 12:23:42 AM
congrats on the ribbon!! Wonderful place to be with this.
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04/11/2011 12:20:08 AM
Spiff! Congrats!
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04/11/2011 12:17:22 AM
Yee Hawww look at you Cowboy!! or err Shooter of cowboy. Such a perfect b/w More than deserving of the red. Congratulations Steve!!!!!!
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04/11/2011 12:16:41 AM
Well done! I thought this might be yours. Congrats on the ribbon.
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04/11/2011 12:14:49 AM
Well done Mate! A well deserved ribbon.
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04/11/2011 12:14:04 AM
Congrats Steve.
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04/11/2011 12:09:38 AM
Congratulations! It's fabulous!
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04/11/2011 12:08:43 AM
Many congratulations!!
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04/11/2011 12:06:59 AM
This is a fantastic image, and quite interesting (his face tells so many stories). Glad to see it ribbon.
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04/11/2011 12:06:48 AM
Your best so far, in my opinion.
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04/11/2011 12:04:11 AM
I so knew this would do well!!!!! it's spectacular! Congrats on a wonderful red!!!
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04/11/2011 12:03:52 AM
Nice work, spiffster!
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04/11/2011 12:02:36 AM
I should have guessed this was yours! Congrats on the red!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/10/2011 07:26:50 PM
Terrific portrait! Really good work.
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04/10/2011 09:13:29 AM
This has to be [uaer]Yo_Spiff[/user]'s. It reminds me so much of "the old timer" but with a trimmed face.
Very nice portrait. I like how his head divides the brighter area on the right and the darker area to the left.
Only criticism is that his moustache blends in with his face on the left, while it doesn't on the right. If it was shot on a bright day there mightn't have been much you could do about it though.
Still a very nice character shot.
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04/09/2011 10:58:15 AM
Such a hardened, fierce -- and almost (but not quite) fearful -- expression.
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04/07/2011 10:09:11 AM
Very, very nice portrait. Great detail, sharp where it needs to be. And the composition is quite interesting in that his right eye seems hopeful while his left eye seems a bit sad, as though the juxtaposition with the black is negative and the brighter background has a bit of promise. Great image.
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04/06/2011 06:38:39 PM
Yup, a 10
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04/05/2011 10:04:00 PM
Wonderfully real, excellent tones and textures!
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04/05/2011 07:50:42 PM
Great clarity and I like the processing.
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04/05/2011 09:39:42 AM
Nice, good light,sharp and good dop
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04/05/2011 09:18:10 AM
Great catch lights. Love the hat. I bet this guy could tell some stories. The more I look at it, the more I like it.
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04/05/2011 12:19:30 AM
In my opinion, this is the best of the bunch...Excellent!!
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04/05/2011 12:11:51 AM
Simply Outstanding!! only gave 2 10's and this is one of them! (voted earlier)
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04/04/2011 11:12:48 PM
Marvelous character. Nicely controlled light under the brim - those eyes are sparkling.
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04/04/2011 09:49:47 PM
Fantastic Portrait! Well done ... 10
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04/04/2011 09:31:06 PM
Very striking, well done.
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04/04/2011 05:04:29 PM
Great tones - great stare. This looks like a Spiffy image. Well done.
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04/04/2011 04:02:08 PM
Great portrait!
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04/04/2011 01:01:14 AM
Yes. Lovely! (not voting)
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