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Challenge: Black and White Portrait IV (Standard Editing)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Nikon D700
Lens: Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 VR DG IF-ED
Location: San Diego
Date: Nov 9, 2019
Aperture: 2.8
ISO: 160
Shutter: 1/125
Galleries: Portraiture, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Nov 10, 2019

Most of the credit goes to my model, 84-year old Cy. When I saw his striking face at an art exhibition, I simply had to introduce myself and invite him for a photoshoot :). He is a financial advisor, but when I told him I wanted to make him a mafia boss, he was game immediately.

This is the color version. I still can't decide which one I like more
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p.s. Thank you guys for great votes and comments! I still can't figure out how ' . substr('https://www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', strrpos('https://www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Neat could guess it was my shot! :)

Place: 1 out of 47
Avg (all users): 7.2500
Avg (participants): 7.1154
Avg (non-participants): 7.3667
Views since voting: 496
Views during voting: 116
Votes: 56
Comments: 16
Favorites: 0

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11/26/2019 12:45:43 AM
Originally posted by Lydia:

Congratulations, Lev! I'm not a fan of the pipe... but GOLLY! I love all of the rest!
Not the fan for the same reason as Tom ' . substr('https://www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('https://www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' tvsometime, or because you hate smoking in general? ))
11/25/2019 09:27:34 PM
Congratulations, Lev! I'm not a fan of the pipe... but GOLLY! I love all of the rest!

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11/24/2019 11:16:04 AM
Congrats again Lev. The pipe says “Sherlock Holmes” to me, rather than mob boss except for the hint in the title. Black and white was the right choice especially for the subject.
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11/21/2019 11:59:48 PM
Great portrait! Awesome light. Congrats on the blue.
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11/21/2019 05:41:08 AM
Fabulous light Lev. Congrats on the blue!
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11/21/2019 03:11:10 AM
I thought most would of guessed it was your shot Lev, the classic dark moody image with distinguished gentleman, usually with a hat, smoking (or this time with pipe), high contrast, sharp as and classy. This is you to a T :)
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11/20/2019 11:47:42 PM
Congrats Lev! I myself love the B&W version. It takes you straight to his soul.
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11/20/2019 06:45:43 PM
I was one of the 10's, Lev. Great portrait. Regarding the color version, I have this observation; in all respects it's strong and rich, but in color the out-of-focus pipe bowl registers much more, to the degree that I find it detrimental.
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11/20/2019 09:16:04 AM
Wow! You are right! He has a striking face!
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11/20/2019 03:44:38 AM
My top pick. Congrats on the Blue. Love portrait. He must love it.
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11/20/2019 01:41:22 AM
They are both very good! Can’t believe anyone would give this a four. Anyway it didn’t stop you from first place.

Congratulations, I knew this was the winner.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/19/2019 09:15:04 PM
Looks like a LevT production, top pick.
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11/17/2019 09:37:35 PM
Effectively dramatic.
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11/16/2019 07:20:37 PM
Outstanding lighting. This portrait shows the character and personality of the subject. My favorite of the challenge
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11/16/2019 03:11:39 PM
Superb light - noir feel
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11/14/2019 04:26:43 PM
This is a very nice B&W portrait! Very moody!
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