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Challenge: Human Portrait (Minimal) (Minimal Editing I)
Camera: Pentax K-5
Lens: Pentax DA 70mm f/2.4 Limited
Date: Mar 12, 2013
Galleries: Sports, Self Portrait
Date Uploaded: Mar 12, 2013

[Mar. 14th, 2013 11:29:36 PM]

Shocked this is hovering around 6 still after a couple of days voting. I told myself I was not going to enter either flavor since it was an open challenge and I always get creamed in those it seems. But then the minimal thing kept bugging me, especially after stinking up the light on white challenge...

So I set things up, threw on my old Braves cap (my wife keeps trying to wash it and I won't let her!), grabbed a (little league size) baseball from a bucket I still have in the basement and started posing.

I thought for sure none of them would come out and it's very hard to do this yourself when you cannot crop the shot in post.

I must have taken over 100 shots to try to get something that wasn't too cheesy or out of focus.

While I am somewhat ambidextrous, I'm not truly a lefty throwing the ball (though I tried when I was younger to teach myself to). However, that was the better angle for the light setup. My right hand is holding the camera remote as well as the reflector to fill in some shadows under the ballcap.

Had a second flash behind me for rim lighting and it seems to help. I like that my beard and cheek are in sharp relief to the background. The bright spot on my arm bugs me, but not much to do there in minimal.

Thanks for the kind comments and votes. 5 more day to go...

Place: 17 out of 64
Avg (all users): 6.0382
Avg (commenters): 8.0000
Avg (participants): 5.7500
Avg (non-participants): 6.1165
Views since voting: 542
Views during voting: 268
Votes: 131
Comments: 8
Favorites: 0

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03/21/2013 09:18:02 AM
I thought this was very good, especially the perspective. I was thinking you looked like a major league player but could not think of his name and then read some of the comments; Mark Mcquire, that's it. Have always been a Braves fan even in their low years.
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03/20/2013 08:08:56 PM
So I set things up, threw on my old Braves cap (my wife keeps trying to wash it and I won't let her!) LOL!!

Had no idea this was yours, I gave you an 8, you did a good job!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/18/2013 11:30:12 AM
I would have scored this higher if his face wasn't in shadow. I would have added a soft light up front or off to the side.
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03/14/2013 09:20:41 AM
Voted earlier coming back to comment.

Love the 'freeze frame' of the action that is about to happen as he makes the pitch. Lighting and details are fabulous. The tilt of the head in this composition is also great because I get the sense of the wind-up of this incoming pitch. It is not static as a facing straight forward type shot but one that speaks action and intent.
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03/13/2013 05:58:32 PM
This looks really nice!
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03/13/2013 01:29:44 PM
Impressive image. Looks a lot like Mark Mcqwire. 9
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03/13/2013 11:07:21 AM
Well done especially for minimum.
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03/13/2013 01:45:36 AM
Love the colors and the Braves!!!!
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