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Oregon 420
Oregon 420

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Challenge: Environmental Portrait (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Nikon D50
Lens: Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8
Location: Commons, Ithaca - NY
Date: May 14, 2006
Aperture: 1/4.5
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/50
Galleries: Portraiture
Date Uploaded: May 14, 2006

Shakka - A musician/guitarist/singer from Oregon, moved to Ithaca 2 summers back. He plays at local bars and on the side of the road and is a cheerful person to be around!

Place: 18 out of 190
Avg (all users): 6.8624
Avg (commenters): 7.4000
Avg (participants): 6.6667
Avg (non-participants): 6.9650
Views since voting: 3106
Views during voting: 350
Votes: 218
Comments: 11
Favorites: 5 (view)

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05/26/2006 05:46:34 AM
Hey there from the Critique Club

First off, congrats on your highest scoring photo to date and a well-deserved top 20 finish.

Camera Work/Technical: Nice exposure control and a great clear focus. I am going back and forth as to whether or not I like the hand with the motion blur. I think that you could have achieved the same feel with a quicker shutter.

Lighting: The lighting is one of my favorite elements in this photograph. Everything is evenly lit and evenly exposed. There are no areas of harsh shadows or blow highlights, and no detail was lost anywhere.

Composition/Content: Great subject, but the composition feels a little too tight for me. I think his missing right elbow and the chopped off guitar neck force the viewer's eye out of the frame and compete for too much attention. The elbow does this a bit more than the leading neck.

My Opinion: A well-deserved high finish. This was one of the better environmental portraits in the challenge, and the voters showed the same thought. I think by altering the composition a bit, this one would have poked its way into the top 10.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/20/2006 08:03:49 PM
I like the movement in his hand while the rest is nice and sharp. Nice portrait.
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05/19/2006 07:40:12 AM
I love everythhing here. Wow - this guy's cool, the photo's cool. The smears on the guitar are cool. The composition is cool. Title doesn't help anything but of course that's not what we're talking about here right? the photo is awesome. 9
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05/17/2006 11:23:03 PM
grin..... 420 allowed, no cigarette smokers need apply... well photographed - this shot has a very authentic feel
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05/17/2006 08:03:17 PM
Love the reflection in the glasses and the motion of his hand. Gives a nice sense of him playing
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05/17/2006 07:39:02 AM
He looks like a real character. You've shown him brilliantly. The tones here look good and so does the movement of the fingers. Well done.
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05/16/2006 07:26:54 AM
I wish I could see his eyes.
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05/15/2006 09:26:14 PM
The sense of movement in his hands makes the picture
Great work
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05/15/2006 04:37:23 PM
Nice work: perhaps you might have made a little more of the tonal contrasts here, and operhaps a bit more of his face - a black and white treatment would spring to mind, but that might just be me. The real intrigue is in the interrelation of his glasses and their reflection, and his face I think - and that would give you a real environment to play with, and even more, perhaps, of a portrait?
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05/15/2006 01:04:34 PM
very nice picture. great focus. captured him very well. 7
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05/15/2006 06:08:39 AM
wish there was more "environment" here. its so tightly cropped
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