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... a man who sailed the sea
... a man who sailed the sea

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Challenge: Beatles Song/Lyrics (Advanced Editing IV*)
Camera: Fujifilm FinePix S5000 Z
Location: Oostende, Belgium
Date: May 28, 2006
Aperture: F2.8
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/300
Galleries: Candid, Portraiture
Date Uploaded: May 28, 2006

Ok, some details...
On sunday it was the only sunny day in 2 weeks so I took advantage and went to the seaside, at Ostende (Belgium). There was some boat exhibition and they were selling boat decorations and different kinds of fish (fried, smoked, boiled...pick your favorite).
The guy in the photo was actually making smoked fish and meanwhile he was just posing for the public. The smoke aside comes from the smoking fish inside some big cans.

Place: 30 out of 273
Avg (all users): 6.3091
Avg (commenters): 7.6471
Avg (participants): 6.0816
Avg (non-participants): 6.4350
Views since voting: 1431
Views during voting: 416
Votes: 275
Comments: 22
Favorites: 2 (view)

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07/16/2007 06:19:57 PM
You captured his character nicely! Craggy and rugged!
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11/19/2006 02:21:07 PM
Should of placed a lot higher.. nice shot..
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06/09/2006 06:30:09 PM
Hi from the Critique Club.

Please feel free to PM me with any comments or questions.

First impression: Nice environmental portrait. Love the character, and his expression, but missing his feet! :) He looks like the sea has tossed him around, shook him up, and dropped him in the middle of your picture. Perfect pose, dignified, but rough around the edges.

Technicals: Nice and sharp, maybe a little contrasty but it doens't hurt the pic in my opionion. My monitor shows his skin tones as a little bit on the red side, again, considering the style of the picture i dont think it hurts the pic(its just me being a little picky :))

Composition: Just the missing feet bother me. I like the inclusion of the smoke drifting through the frame. Makes the picture come alive and provides a dynamic element to the pic.

Nice score in this stiff competion! This would have also done very well in the enviromental portrait challenge i'm sure. I looked at your original and im not convinced you made the right choice. The light was pretty harsh but thats OK, he is a rugged/harsh looking character so it might not have hurt you. But, you scored very well so congrats.

Keep shooting,

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06/07/2006 04:23:39 AM
Hi everybody,
Thanks for the comments.
I recieved some comments saying that I shouldn't have cut the feet off....and I agree. But I had no choice. In the original image, the right foot is in full sun, thus completly blown out, and even with advanced editing I was not able to redo his foot (I am still noy good at that yet). Here's the original.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/06/2006 07:25:44 PM
Great detail, lots of interesting details that support the subject very well
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06/06/2006 05:55:48 PM
Beautiful image and story
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06/06/2006 03:00:57 AM
I love this one. Among my fav. 9
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06/05/2006 02:26:56 PM
I like this a lot..it has a gritty, hard feel...whole composition works.
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06/05/2006 10:51:39 AM
I like the grittiness of this photo - it seems very purposeful and appropriate... what I don't care for is the fact that you choose (either in camera or in photoshop) to crop out the feet of this man - especially almost right at his ankles. One lesson I've learned in photojournalism and from listening to the pros is that if you have to cut out limbs/body parts, don't do it right at the joint. I wish I could see the feet and the yellow boots, I think it would add to the photo. Anyway... -8-
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06/05/2006 01:15:26 AM
interesting composition, creative
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06/04/2006 04:34:20 AM
very nice , tied for 2nd in my voting leading those, I'd say
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06/04/2006 04:29:51 AM
Now he's the kind of bloke you want to take to a bar and get some of the stories out of him. I like this shot - you've managed to capture a certain pride there, an elegance, where I think many more simple photographres might have tried to make him seem just dirty and slightly distasteful. Fine work.
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06/03/2006 11:11:36 PM
Possibly and by far the most penetrating image to be found in this challenge. It is like an image that meets, exceeds and then soars above the entire collection. The subject and the relevant surroundings are too real and the facial/body expression has no equal. I certainly hope that the voters will show their appreciation. You have my good score. Bump.
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06/03/2006 10:46:35 PM
This is good.....
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06/01/2006 02:26:38 PM
Lots of great character to this photo. All the elements of this really come together for a great finish. Well done!
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06/01/2006 04:34:02 AM
this is a neat picture but why did you chop of his feet!?
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06/01/2006 12:20:14 AM
very strong photo, colour and lighting is excellent.
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05/31/2006 09:07:17 PM
wish this photo was crisper ...
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05/31/2006 05:30:17 PM
I like this alot. He definitely looks like a sailor. I just wish the bottom of the picture wasn't cropped.
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05/31/2006 03:19:42 PM
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05/31/2006 01:33:51 PM
Tremendous. Very powerful.
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05/31/2006 10:05:49 AM
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