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Johnny Guitar
Johnny Guitar
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Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Minimalism (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Nikon D70
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G IF-ED
Location: 47th Street
Date: Apr 24, 2005
Aperture: 10
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/50
Galleries: Candid
Date Uploaded: Apr 26, 2005

This gent is a local guy that I see about once a week in my neighborhood. He's pretty much homeless but always manages some good cheer and occasionaly sleeps right under the stairs where I got this shot.

He always says hello and even a few times shouted "hey...take ma picture" and just my luck when the people challenge came around I couldn't find him anywhere. The second, the minimalism challenge was announced this exact image came to mind and sure enough there he was.

I was really excited to get him right in his element. The worn stairs and his weathered features were a match made in heaven.

Statistics
Place: 314 out of 492
Avg (all users): 4.9643
Avg (commenters): 5.4000
Avg (participants): 4.6649
Avg (non-participants): 5.2948
Views since voting: 1858
Views during voting: 479
Votes: 364
Comments: 43
Favorites: 7 (view)


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08/16/2006 04:49:46 AM
Wrong score for a great picture.
Good colours, subject and textures.
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07/07/2005 09:55:24 PM
wonderful capture - adding to my favorites.
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06/28/2005 08:21:28 PM
is that willie nelson
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05/04/2005 05:13:33 PM
I was one of the two who gave this a ten. I didn't realize until now that I read the comments that maybe it wasn't exactly a "minimal" study, but I was (and still am) so taken by the beauty of this shot that I suppose I forgot to think of this challenge's theme. All the same, I would give it the same vote again. The colors, composition, and the idea that in some people's minds, this cool guy might be considered "minimal" <-- but I hope not. Glad you entered this and I wish it had scored higher.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/03/2005 09:28:29 PM
A strong entry for the people challenge, but not particularly minimalistic
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05/03/2005 08:22:13 PM
Good character study. Great background. ~8
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05/03/2005 06:01:04 PM
good shot but wonder how it fits the challenge well 8 anyhow
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05/03/2005 08:30:01 AM
Nice shot.
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05/03/2005 08:24:23 AM
nice model
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05/02/2005 02:37:22 PM
what is this photo doing in this challenge?
great portrait, but i really can't make it fit the challenge description.
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05/01/2005 05:13:47 PM
Great portrait, but this doens't meete the challenge. Love the paint on the wall.
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05/01/2005 01:38:25 AM
Nice image but subject takes up too much space for the challenge.
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04/30/2005 10:36:41 PM
Great textures, both human and stair.
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04/30/2005 11:27:26 AM
While this is a cool portrait, I dont feel that it fitss the topic very well as he is taking up half of the frame.

Great Portrait though! Good tones, good lighting.
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04/30/2005 10:30:18 AM
better focus on this Johnny dude and this would be much nicer. It is good capture
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04/29/2005 11:06:50 PM
Doesn't fit challenge requirements...
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04/29/2005 10:30:27 PM
I love the textures and colors! Great find. :o)
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04/29/2005 10:12:57 PM
I really like the photo. I wish it was submitted in a different challenge. I am afraid it will get marked down because it does not meet the theme of "minimalism" as well as others.
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04/29/2005 05:03:14 PM
An excellent shot overall, but I'm not sure it's a great representation of the challenge.
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04/29/2005 03:44:03 PM
I like the reoluttion in this: the weathering of the steps fixes the evident determination of life of this guy - the no compromise life. I hope he's a happy guy: he looks like he's OK with it, huh?

Oh yeah, minimalism. I don't know - who cares?
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04/29/2005 11:21:57 AM
pretty cool!!
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04/29/2005 06:01:34 AM
This is a wonderful picture; but not for this challenge. I would really like to give it a higher score.
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04/29/2005 05:33:47 AM
Well two things really about this shot that made me score a 4 and I felt you were entitled to as why I gave it a low score. First off, the focus is more on the stairs behind him than on him, he looks slightly in front of the focus point in the image. Secondly, in my opinion this is off topic, both as the subject isn´t 10-15% of the frame as it was stated and also there is nothing that I percieve as "minimalism" in the shot. Anyway, don´t get me wrong, I like the shot and had it been in focus and in a "street photography" challenge or something like that I would have scored it probably double what I gave it here or an 8 and I don´t give yout many of those.
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04/28/2005 09:01:33 PM
This is interesting..the texture of the steps just enhances the portrait, and it is an effective portrait.
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04/28/2005 08:14:09 PM
There are some really great textures here. I think the focus on his face is a little soft.
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04/28/2005 05:45:55 PM
Love this picture, too bad it does meet the challenge.
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04/28/2005 02:41:06 PM
cool shoot but he takes over the frame (is that a stratocaster!)
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04/28/2005 02:07:57 PM
does not reallt fit the challenge - but a nice as Portraiture
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04/28/2005 11:56:31 AM
great subject and wonderful image! but for the challenge i think the subject fills up too much of the area. It looks like he wants to talk to someone next to him almost.... :)
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04/28/2005 10:37:00 AM
A very "telling" picture. The subject might be too large for this challenge to get many big votes, but it is a great photo. If the challenge were "Candid" I would give a definite 10, but in this one 6.
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04/28/2005 09:24:50 AM
A good photograph but doesn't meet the challenge IMO.
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04/27/2005 08:13:55 PM
i really like the simple yet complex nature of this photograph....maybe your subject should have been a bit more minimal
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04/27/2005 07:59:09 PM
Great shot. What a wonderful subject and composition. As far as the challenge goes, I'd think the subject should take up a little less of the frame, but still an awesome photo none-the-less.
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04/27/2005 05:27:37 PM
I see this more as a good candid street shot rather than something to do with minimalism.
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04/27/2005 01:27:07 PM
Though you have a very nice and powerful portrait, i don't think it fits the challenge. Otherwise, excellent colors, contrast and compostiion.
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04/27/2005 12:13:35 PM
nice photo, but imo, doesn't really meet the challenge.
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04/27/2005 11:59:05 AM
Nice and simple, very effective
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04/27/2005 09:57:33 AM
He takes up almost half of the frame, not really minimalism to me. Very good picture though. I bet this does well. This would be a 10 in the right challenge.
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04/27/2005 08:06:58 AM
What is the focus? They Keys?
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04/27/2005 07:54:35 AM
Really like this, great subject, great background for him.
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04/27/2005 04:45:11 AM
Great image, not sure if this fits though.
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04/27/2005 04:31:24 AM
Too many things draw the eye. Not minimalist. Otherwise not a bad shot.
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04/27/2005 01:00:10 AM
Wiilly Nelson incarnate! Nice composition, good shot, though I don't personally think it fits the challenge criteria. In a candids challenge, I'd rate it much higher.
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