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Challenge: Defining Feature (Advanced Editing II)
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Location: Tampa, FL (Downtown)
Date: Oct 10, 2004
Galleries: Candid, Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Oct 10, 2004

I went driving downtown hoping to find some interesting people. Luckily, I found this guy playing arabic drums for belly dancers in front of the downtown theater. I then asked him to pose for a couple of photos.

Place: 16 out of 122
Avg (all users): 6.3056
Avg (commenters): 6.1667
Avg (participants): 6.2588
Avg (non-participants): 6.3359
Views since voting: 1457
Views during voting: 444
Votes: 216
Comments: 15
Favorites: 0

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10/18/2004 12:23:09 AM
Congratulations on your top 20 Thamer with this distinguished entry.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/17/2004 06:29:55 PM
Wow!! great picture.
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10/17/2004 02:14:54 PM
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Yes, a very good selection and a very well defining feauture. Bumping up.
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10/16/2004 02:33:13 PM
Good shot...lighting, etc. Fits this challenge well.
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10/14/2004 11:19:00 PM
Very interesting subject, but I would have liked to have seen some kind of prop or setting to help me understand what he is about rather than just the non-descript and cold background. Skin tones look a bit too orangy/red.
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10/12/2004 01:03:59 PM
Wonderful, exotic subject, a little too dark, perhaps, in the shadowed areas for all the intracate detail to be thoroughly enjoyed. The crop, especially, on top of the image is, unfortunately, intersecting part of the subject.

What counts is there, captured and delivered without much discernible technical attention to artistic potential. The subject's relaxed, cooperative pose contradicts the snapshot-like manner. A manner more considerately exposed and composed, IMO, would have matched the immense interest offered by the subject and, thus, would have made for a truly stunning capture, instead of a 'good' one.
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10/12/2004 08:04:36 AM
Good foto and nice focus.
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10/12/2004 01:55:54 AM
the ink on this guy is incredible. good job!
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10/11/2004 11:55:12 PM
Nice photo. Pose fits the subject, great color and focus and unobtrusive background.
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10/11/2004 10:28:49 PM
Interesting. I really don't like the choice of background. This seems like a strange mix of elements. I guess that may be the message conveyed about the person, but things just don't seem to fit. The background and the glasses make me think of a business suit environment which is very much out of place with the rest of the elements of the photo. It leaves me feeling confused.
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10/11/2004 08:37:37 PM
Wish his hair didn't touch the top. Cool background Did you try a polarizing filter to kill the glare on his skin?
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10/11/2004 08:15:43 PM
Well there is definitely no question as to what defines this guy. I would have taken the picture without glasses and have him stare straight ahead at the camera.
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10/11/2004 04:27:45 PM
This is a good defining feature, at last one that shows some thought.
The background is not so great, but Nice work
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10/11/2004 10:30:34 AM
I think this could be inproved, by placing the subject to the left and make him look right.
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10/11/2004 05:17:02 AM
Great photograph, great body art. I did find the blinds in the background, and seeing people on the other side of it, somewhat distracting. Maybe you could have had him stand in front of a solid color wall. Or changed the background in post processing. Well done in any event.
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