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Working Class Hero
Working Class Hero
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Challenge: Environmental Portrait (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D
Lens: Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM
Location: Kleifarvatn, Iceland
Date: May 12, 2006
Aperture: 2.8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/200
Galleries: Portraiture, Rural
Date Uploaded: May 13, 2006

Taken on location about half an hour before sunset. Lit with a single bowens monolight with a 75° softlite reflector. The models name is Birkir Snær Einarsson. Many thanx to Daði for coming with us, mostly to make sure the light didn´t blow over but he had some good ideas too, a true stylist in the making.

Post processing was increasing contrast and decreasing the saturation, adjusting the WB to get a sligtly sepia tone to it. Image was a bit tilted so I corrected that, added the vignetting, front of his shoes were light brown so I took taht out and did some dodge/burn adjustments. Finally sharpened after resizing.

The title is borrowed from a song by John Lennon, somehow that song just popped into my head when I saw this photo.

Statistics
Place: 7 out of 190
Avg (all users): 7.0691
Avg (commenters): 8.0385
Avg (participants): 6.9041
Avg (non-participants): 7.1528
Views since voting: 7113
Views during voting: 506
Votes: 217
Comments: 38
Favorites: 6 (view)


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07/08/2006 10:07:10 PM
This is awesome!! Congrats on your top 10!
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07/06/2006 07:53:41 AM
Awesome!
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05/27/2006 03:00:16 PM
First off, congrats on a top 10! I didn't vote this challenge, but looking through the comments I am surprised nobody called DNMC. I woulda ding'd you for the fact that if he is a singer, I don't see that background as his environment. I also think the title throws the whole thing off even more. All just my opinion of course. Other than all that, I think it is a great portrait. ...but then you have already established yourself in that regard. :)
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05/22/2006 05:07:24 PM
Iceland James Dean? :)
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05/22/2006 03:28:25 PM
Congrats on your top 10 finish. Flott mynd.
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05/22/2006 11:04:50 AM
Congratulations on your top 10 finish. Super shot!
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05/22/2006 09:26:54 AM
I don't think that guy wore the holes in his jeans through back-breaking, groveling-in-the-dirt hard work.
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05/22/2006 05:45:17 AM
I got the Lennon reference :)

A small black border around the picture might add to it.
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05/22/2006 02:45:27 AM
This is my favorite for the challenge. I think the use of wb is very effective. You have demonstrated an unusual talent for the craft and art of portraiture.

I would not change a thing here.

Congrats!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/21/2006 10:30:21 PM
A really good portrait but dont see the relation to the title. I do really like this shot though. Great job.
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05/21/2006 03:53:53 PM
1, 2, 3 FULLFRAME!!! ;-)
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05/19/2006 01:37:03 PM
Amazing shot!! Love the rugged feel--this photo really gives you a sense of the model. Lighting is fantastic!
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05/18/2006 11:22:23 PM
I really like this, the background is wonderful. The expression is great. Good luck! 9
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05/18/2006 07:54:03 PM
Great connection... Great sense of depth...
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05/18/2006 03:50:39 PM
excellent work! should do very well! (9)
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05/18/2006 03:46:40 PM
Too much dodging for my taste, but great portrait overall. Nice job!
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05/18/2006 01:50:33 PM
there are some things i would pick at Face and Knees are a little bright.... I just love the picture!! Very laid back I think the best picture yet that meet the Challenge title Very Well Dont!! Still a 10!!
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05/18/2006 12:32:34 PM
Baddi from Devils Island jumps into mind
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05/18/2006 10:02:42 AM
Is this the Bruce Sprinsteen of Iceland? Could ribbon, has all the elements. Good Luck!
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05/17/2006 08:34:48 PM
Exceptionally effective use of artificial lighting in an environemental portrait. I would love to hear the particulars of you did it. The rocks and ripped jeans worked very well together.
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05/17/2006 08:03:46 PM
Well done!
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05/17/2006 06:53:37 AM
fits the topic well but looks a little phoney - is this guy really a working class hero? or is he just made to look like someone's perception of that term? is pretty dark generally, too much contrast and perhaps a tad bit over sharp
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05/16/2006 11:26:11 AM
nice dramatic effect here. 9
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05/16/2006 10:45:02 AM
This belongs on a CD or magazine cover ! I love that he has his cig hanging from his lips. It adds that bad boy band feel to it. VERY nice 10 !
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05/16/2006 08:10:18 AM
Would go as a poster :o)Has an 60´s look, great picture.
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05/16/2006 07:15:15 AM
Make a good album cover. Nice job.
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05/16/2006 01:55:17 AM
Well photographed - the OOF bg is a nice touch..... the model's face and hands are a bit over exposed.
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05/15/2006 08:19:21 PM
Dude, this is all sorts of WOW.
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05/15/2006 08:04:43 PM
Nice lighting. Great job, good imagination.
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05/15/2006 06:45:03 PM
If this guy isn't famous - he should be! He has a great look...rocker or model? Almost looks a little like Jared Leto.
One of my fav photos for the challenge. Great lighting and love the background.
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05/15/2006 03:36:02 PM
Very evocative shot; says a lot about the subject, his view of himself, your view of him. I could picture this as a pose for a poster of a James Dean movie.
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05/15/2006 10:10:52 AM
Love the lighting! A really nice mood and the dark environment adds a nice atmosphere to the portrait.
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05/15/2006 07:19:39 AM
oh god, he is great looking. classy image
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05/15/2006 05:36:16 AM
fantastic lighting and pose for this shot...well done
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05/15/2006 03:42:29 AM
A great portrait and treatment. I'm not sure about the environment bit though - it comes across as too posed, not as a natural setting.
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05/15/2006 12:48:30 AM
Excellent job - could be used for a CD cover! Love the DOF and color tones
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05/15/2006 12:46:18 AM
Very nice.
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05/15/2006 12:32:08 AM
Love the photo--especially the bad boy look. Surely this will do well. Best of luck!
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