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samtrundle


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Challenge: Negative Space III (Basic Editing)
Camera: Pentax *ist DS
Lens: Sigma 18-125mm f/3.5-5.6 DC for Pentax
Date: Jun 18, 2007
Date Uploaded: Jun 18, 2007

Would have really loved advanced editing here. Hopefully it does fairly well as is. I am a bit concerned about the bw conversion as, once again, I was forced to do it on my laptop and haven't had a chance to look at it on another monitor.

This is my grandfather, Lars. He's now 87 but remains wittier and more full of life than most of the 20 year olds I know.

Hooray! Thanks for the ribbon. I've done well with a couple of shots of this particular old-fella here, but the last one was eighteen months ago, so I thought I'd give it another shot. He'll be absolutely thrilled I'm sure.

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 374
Avg (all users): 6.8794
Avg (commenters): 8.0714
Avg (participants): 6.7059
Avg (non-participants): 7.0088
Views since voting: 6136
Views during voting: 290
Votes: 199
Comments: 54
Favorites: 15 (view)


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07/03/2007 01:31:51 PM
All I can really say is that this photograph is very, very powerful.
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06/30/2007 04:57:17 PM
truly amazing... lurve this on so many levels!!! you have no idea!!!
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06/30/2007 09:29:09 AM
This photograph is absolutely wonderful. Goldmedal-shot. Well done.
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06/30/2007 07:55:43 AM
what a beautiful man and a beautiful honest portrait, a very deserved win. Well done!
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06/28/2007 05:31:49 PM
very nice, congratz !
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06/28/2007 03:33:03 PM
This is nice, im sure it will bring your grandfather joy to see this ribbon. Great lighting and textures.
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06/28/2007 02:09:26 PM
A great portrait, congrats for the ribbon.
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06/28/2007 08:31:10 AM
Outstanding b/w portrait with brilliant use of negative space! Congratulations on the Ribbon!!
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06/28/2007 07:50:54 AM
Excellent portrait, congrats on your second place!
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06/27/2007 07:46:03 PM
A deeply penetrating character study that weaves itself as a "deeply touching study" Congratulations on your RED!

Message edited by author 2007-06-27 19:47:16.
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06/27/2007 07:11:59 PM
What a great shot!! Very well done, congrats on the ribbon!!!
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06/27/2007 05:31:54 PM
Holy shmokes! This is such a good photograph/conversion in so many different ways.
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06/27/2007 01:33:45 PM
I like this a lot. I am new here at DPC and want more information about so many photographs. It would be great to read more about the technical aspects of this shot. Where was the zoom set - f-stop and shutter settings - existing light conditions and auxiliary lighting. Post processing steps.
Thanks for submitting this entry
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06/27/2007 01:03:06 PM
congrats. great job.
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06/27/2007 11:33:28 AM
Well done - I gave this an 8 in voting and it was one of my favourites... so glad you did well with this.
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06/27/2007 08:49:38 AM
Not only a fantastic shot to cherish for years but I'm sure the time spent together making the shot was priceless.
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06/27/2007 08:08:51 AM
What dignity! A very beautiful portrait of him. Good work!
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06/27/2007 07:10:12 AM
congrats...well deserved...
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06/27/2007 06:18:29 AM
another fantastic result of using negative space to enhance the primary subject. The first glance at the thumbnail made me feel that by pushing the suit down to the black point, you had made the image uncomfortably arranged and I didn't like it.

Click on that thumbnail and this thing unfolds on the desktop.

Stunningly managed gradients and textures. Beautifully controlled whites. Those alone define the image as intentional, and thus begins the eye's journey into why.

the missing suit jacket becomes an implication. Something you expect to see but don't.

What a powerful counterpoint for the tragedy of his eye.

Totally brilliant and excellent in every way. I don't usually just look at an image just to look at it as long as I did for this one. I just sat and stared. I hope that says enough.
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06/27/2007 05:42:20 AM
very nicely done, anders! i'm sure your grandad's getting a real kick out of posing for you.
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06/27/2007 05:12:04 AM
Man, how many front page for the DS shots are we going to have of this guy? ;D
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06/27/2007 04:35:46 AM
Excellent, happy for you!!
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06/27/2007 03:12:19 AM
Great work, Anders. Congrats on your well deserved ribbon.
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06/27/2007 02:02:37 AM
Bless him!!! What a wonderful tribute. Congrats.
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06/27/2007 01:47:15 AM
A worthy winner. Talented work sir.
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06/27/2007 01:04:38 AM
Ditto posthumous. This one totally stood out.
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06/27/2007 01:03:38 AM
congrats on red!! very clever interpretation and a great portrait. well-done.
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06/27/2007 12:57:01 AM
congrats Anders :)
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06/27/2007 12:46:16 AM
Congrats! Great expression and loads of character.
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06/27/2007 12:39:50 AM
Wonderful and expressive photo...congratulations on winning the red ribbon!

Message edited by author 2007-06-27 00:40:33.
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06/27/2007 12:30:58 AM
beautiful take on the challenge.
well done
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06/27/2007 12:30:04 AM
great shot...Congrats!
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06/27/2007 12:27:22 AM
This is a wonderful capture. I feel his soul.. Well done..
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06/27/2007 12:21:05 AM
Congratulations!!! This image is wonderful on so many levels.
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06/27/2007 12:12:46 AM
I gotta say this is the best shot of him so far. Congrats on the red.
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06/27/2007 12:10:26 AM
OMG, so thrilled this one ribboned. Was one of my faves during voting. He is just darling!!!
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06/27/2007 12:06:39 AM
Glad to see that my favorite picture of the challenge did so well. Congrats on such a great picture.
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06/27/2007 12:02:40 AM
ah, i am growing to love this grandfather of yours :)
congrats!!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/26/2007 07:05:45 PM
subtle but very effective use of negative space. and a beautiful portrait.
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06/26/2007 05:24:24 PM
i love the way his whole right side just disappears... as if he no longer needs it with the loss of the eye. great emotion captured here. nice texture.
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06/26/2007 10:11:36 AM
nice character excellent use of b&w
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06/25/2007 11:04:19 PM
Simply a captivating photo. Love the black and white and the lighting is awesome. This certainly makes you want to hear his story.
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06/25/2007 09:38:24 PM
He looks like he has many stories to tell.
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06/25/2007 09:06:25 AM
The light and tones of this photo are exquisite. A very beautiful candid/portrait!
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06/25/2007 08:41:35 AM
I love the contrast of this great b and w image
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06/24/2007 10:37:12 AM
Great detail. Great face. And nice job on the black background with perfect lighting.
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06/24/2007 10:04:39 AM
great impact and tones, very compelling -10-
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06/24/2007 12:27:35 AM
Great capture and use of negative space. I bet this guy can tell some stories.
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06/23/2007 05:20:16 PM
Great portrait, perfect use of light.
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06/23/2007 11:29:13 AM
This is beautiful! I love how the man's suit blends into the background, leaving him as the subject. Excellent detail!
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06/21/2007 06:46:48 PM
This is classic.. I love how the white of his shirt forms a v emphasising his face. The lighting is gorgeous, and his face is so interesting. Best of the challenge.
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06/21/2007 09:19:50 AM
ahhh, back to your favourite subject...and understandably so...
I love how you handle light, and the beautiful details in your grandfather...strange to see his coat disappear, and yet appropriate...
yes the space at the top makes him smaller, and perhaps more vulnerable, and certainly ties in with the need of voters to really see the 'negative' space, but I am struck by how this seems to cheat me...without the context of some information in the background his being there is enough, the top part could then be cropped by 1/5th or so, and then I am not wandering, for the missing eye beside the darkness is what grabs me first, but then the seeing eye is the one where the real tale is told...
knowing you have entered this shot leaves me wondering where your artistic choices in the composition are and where your competitive ones are, a shame really because I think you're portrait here is sublime...
I would certainly be proud to have taken this shot...
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06/20/2007 11:57:44 AM
Holy Sh*t! Scared me at first! Interesting shot/subject. Quality perspective-
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06/20/2007 11:47:35 AM
this is very good use of the negative space. the emptiness adds to the picture compared to alot of the other photos in the challenge. ihope this does well.11
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