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LevT


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Challenge: Portrait II (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Thailand-Cambodia
Camera: Nikon D700
Lens: Nikon AF-S Nikkor 28-300mm f3.5-5.6G ED VR
Location: Thailand
Date: Dec 30, 2011
Galleries: Candid, Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Dec 30, 2011

This is a candid portrait of an old man taken near one of the Buddhist temples in Bangkok. I have no idea what his history is (he does not speak English, and I don't speak Thai beyond "Sawadee-krap" which means Hello). But the intensity in his eyes led me to think that he would have told me about some battles in his past, if he could). One thing which puzzled me at the time - this man is wearing a sweater! Meanwhile I was wearing a thinnest of my t-shirts and still sweating, it was around 80, I recall... It is actually quite common sight, it is winter in Thailand and locals layer up. They even put sweaters on their dogs :).

Thank you for the comments and the ribbon - a nice surprise upon my return from an amazing 2-week trip to Indochina!

Statistics
Place: 3 out of 93
Avg (all users): 7.3032
Avg (commenters): 8.5294
Avg (participants): 7.3019
Avg (non-participants): 7.3039
Views since voting: 4032
Views during voting: 374
Votes: 155
Comments: 47
Favorites: 6 (view)


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01/11/2012 03:01:18 PM
I rarely comment on photo contests. I do not understand competition in art. That aside, awelsh made a comment below that I agree with. Get rid of the HDR in this and it would be a better image. It looks like it came from a video game right now. One other small point, the hand in the foreground is too large. It has the appearance of being larger than the head, which in fact it is not. Draw the hand back a bit, lean the subject forward a bit, problem solved. Given that fact that this was a candid snap though , the larger than head hand could be over looked, although I would hesitate to call this a portrait at that point.
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01/10/2012 09:18:08 PM
Excellent image! Language barriers or not, that face speaks volumes. Congratulations on the yellow ribbon.
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01/10/2012 08:37:04 PM
Wonderful portrait Lev- congrats! I envy you being able to take that trip, some day for me maybe...
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01/10/2012 05:08:38 PM
Congratulations. Wonderful image. The old man's face is so full of the story of life.
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01/10/2012 12:44:17 AM
A compelling image, Lev. I like the muted color scheme which I think helps one appreciate all the different textures. Congratulations on the ribbon.
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01/09/2012 09:26:42 PM
Right when I was wandering if you forgot to send us a souvenir from your recent travels, we got this old man from Thailand carrying your signature, so to speak! Can't put together the face with the sweater! Just wonderful. And what was the topic of the conversation you had?
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01/09/2012 01:51:07 PM
Very nice shot
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01/09/2012 01:46:36 PM
Congrats! Well done, first thing I thought when I saw this was he looks like Yoda! :)
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01/09/2012 12:18:44 PM
Congratulations Lev!
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01/09/2012 11:47:06 AM
Nice work!
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01/09/2012 11:42:02 AM
I thought this was probably yours, Lev. CONGRATULATIONS!
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01/09/2012 11:26:17 AM
Congratulations.
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01/09/2012 10:42:19 AM
Congrats on your ribbon Lev! Very well-deserved!
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01/09/2012 10:09:10 AM
Looking forward to more from your travels Lev.
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01/09/2012 05:18:38 AM
My favorite of all the winners, honestly! Congratulations, and great job.
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01/09/2012 04:36:33 AM
What a moving photo, such a story, you have captured such a feeling, beautiful photo. Congratulations
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01/09/2012 04:31:01 AM
Congratulation! Such character in that face!!
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01/09/2012 03:04:32 AM
Yes, there be some stories in this one. Congratulation, well done.
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01/09/2012 12:59:03 AM
Congratulations, Lev. Stunning entry!
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01/09/2012 12:38:27 AM
Excellent capture of personality and details. Congrats on the yellow, Lev!
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01/09/2012 12:25:05 AM
Awesome Lev, already reaping the rewards from that super trip.
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01/09/2012 12:22:38 AM
Well done, the best of the ribboned shots actually.

Message edited by author 2012-01-09 00:23:37.
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01/09/2012 12:17:55 AM
Aaaauuuugh! What a story in that face! Amazing!
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01/09/2012 12:17:08 AM
Great details! Congrats on the ribbon!
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01/09/2012 12:12:52 AM
Congrats on the ribbon, Lev. Killer entry.
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01/09/2012 12:07:32 AM
My favorite of the challenge. Honestly should have won over mine, I'm surprised it didn't.
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01/09/2012 12:02:26 AM
Fantastic image Lev...deserved a ribbon...well done
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/08/2012 09:56:39 PM
Top 3
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01/08/2012 08:56:35 PM
I'll bet he could tell some stories. Nice shot.
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01/08/2012 01:17:05 PM
You should win just for the fact that you found the best subject to photograph. Those eyes have such intensity.
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01/07/2012 08:41:35 AM
Although I don't particularly like the HDR look in portraits, I think this one brings out his character. Nicely done. (voted earlier)
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01/06/2012 07:57:05 PM
The subject and pose are both very expressive and the pendant suggests something about a story. Given the choice of going for high detail all over the image, I feel the out of focus little finger is a bit out of place. To be honest, this kind of processing and contrast are well over the top for my taste, but that's just my taste, I am sure many will love it.
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01/05/2012 10:20:10 AM
I really like he texture captured in this photo. You can see the age in his face and it is great. Great capture
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01/04/2012 04:04:37 PM
Well, we have a winner, no doubt.
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01/04/2012 10:52:38 AM
take photo of wrinkly old man, apply nik filter effect (or some sort of HDR or high pass sharpening), post to DP challenge, get votes.

Sorry for my jadedness, the processing on this photo is a bit cliche, even if it does get good votes. The portrait would be more engaging if two things were done- have subject look at the camera, and less telephoto compression (shoot with a wider angle lens, such as 50mm or 35mm full-frame equivalent, but from a closer distance).
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01/04/2012 04:33:30 AM
Wow, you seemed to have captured much more than an image with this shot. Lovely details, very intense.
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01/03/2012 09:57:34 PM
You are cheating because this guy has such a fabulous face! Very few images in this challenge that make you look twice, and this is one of them. Good luck on this one but you shouldn't need it.
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01/03/2012 12:34:43 AM
8
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01/02/2012 09:51:28 PM
amazing
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01/02/2012 11:15:16 AM
Excellent, my favorite so far. Lovely processing and great subject.
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01/02/2012 10:47:38 AM
Such intensity in those eyes and face.
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01/02/2012 10:05:21 AM
Unique expression. Great textures and tones. Excellent job!
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01/02/2012 06:53:29 AM
Ohhh Wonderful - I really love this ! thank you for sharing it :)
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01/02/2012 01:38:05 AM
In my top 5, front page for you.
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01/02/2012 12:27:45 AM
So many years weighing on that face
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01/02/2012 12:17:18 AM
Excellent!
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01/02/2012 12:16:37 AM
Nice processing and detail...should do really well 8
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