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His Gentle Eyes
His Gentle Eyes

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Challenge: Defining Feature (Advanced Editing II)
Camera: Olympus C-8080
Location: Cedar Hill, TX
Date: Oct 9, 2004
Galleries: Candid, Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Oct 9, 2004

I'm sure I won't do well on this one, but I'm hoping people will take the time to comment and tell me how I could do better in BW photography. We were under a red tent, and the color version is just a pink mess, so BW was the only option. This is one of my co-workers... he's just such a friendly, generous man. :)

Place: 37 out of 122
Avg (all users): 5.8218
Avg (commenters): 5.7778
Avg (participants): 5.6707
Avg (non-participants): 5.9250
Views since voting: 1141
Views during voting: 284
Votes: 202
Comments: 12
Favorites: 0

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07/19/2006 07:48:15 PM
I like this. It's a very demanding picture in that it demands your attention, yet the subject appears anything BUT demanding! Works very well in B&W.
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10/18/2004 07:59:32 AM
I didn't want his eyes looking at the camera... they confront you, in a sense, when they do, and he such a non-confrontational man... I rather *liked* the passive nature of this, and am standing by my choice to photograph him in this manner.
10/18/2004 01:27:40 AM
Annasense, just wondering why you marked every comment on this picture helpful except for mine?

I'm hoping you didn't take it that I was ignoring your photo, but rather that was the feeling that he was giving me in looking at the picture.

After looking at the photo more, the eyes looking over my left shoulder make my eyes go look over his left shoulder which gives me the background with the really bright/overblown highlights. This makes me ignore what you really wanted me to look at in his eyes. Just sit and stare straight at his eyes for 30 seconds (try not to let your eyes wander) and see what you want to do...

Two other things on the photo, the sheen on his nose and cheekand the overblown highlights in the background, with just a touch of the burn, that would go away and give a better picture.

Also, like others have said, bump the contrast up just a bit.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/17/2004 02:44:10 PM
Nice b/w. very interesting subject. bumping up.
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10/15/2004 08:50:01 PM
Good DOF and I like the capture alot, but think the eyes should be lighther with more detail showing. Background, though blurred, still has some distracting hot spots that pull your attention away from your subject.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
10/15/2004 06:59:39 AM
Focus is just a tiny bit too soft. It distracts from the lovely portrait. 7
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10/14/2004 10:31:11 AM
too much background pattern - the title is not obvious in the way the photo was taken
10/12/2004 11:30:00 PM
neat portrait. the background is somewhat distracting but you have captured this gentleman nicely.
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10/11/2004 01:41:54 PM
this is a great shot. since the defining feature is the eyes I would think that the focus should be rather sharp but it seems quite soft here on my monitor. Also, the b&w I think could use a bit more contrast.
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10/11/2004 01:35:13 PM
His eyes are gentle, but the problem I have with them, is that they are looking over my shoulder. They are not looking at me, nor are they far enough away that they are looking at something else. It just gives me a funny feeling having him look past me. The feeling is that he is not interested in me, so why should I be interested in him.
10/11/2004 04:22:40 AM
Nice photo. Myabe crop it closer on the right to take out the busy background.
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10/11/2004 12:15:13 AM
His eyes do look very gentle, that is the exact word to use...very nice
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