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Grandpa's Favorite Pastime
3rd PlaceGrandpa's Favorite Pastime
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Challenge: Portrait with Spectacles (Basic Editing)
Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikon AF-S Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8D IF-ED
Location: Home
Date: Jan 8, 2008
Aperture: f/20
Shutter: 1/125s
Galleries: Portraiture, Studio
Date Uploaded: Jan 8, 2008

Thanks for all your kind comments!!.

Thanks to my model Dario, an 82 y.o. great man who kindly accepted to pose for this shot.

I dedicate this entry to those 22 voters who voted 4- without leaving any comment to help me to improve whatever they did not like in this image :-)

Lit with two monolights:

1 soft box from the right side of the camera, at approx camera level.

1 strobe at minimum power,with difuser and red gel (that's what the redish hue of the spectacle's leg come from)from almost above the subject (approx 2 feet to the left side and 2 feet higher)
The original idea was to use a blue gel to simulate moonish light, which was great, but then opted for the dim red.


Statistics
Place: 3 out of 209
Avg (all users): 6.9527
Avg (commenters): 8.3750
Avg (participants): 6.6962
Avg (non-participants): 7.0561
Views since voting: 6923
Views during voting: 481
Votes: 275
Comments: 49
Favorites: 8 (view)


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04/06/2011 10:47:50 PM
How did I stumble uponthis picture, I don't know but it open multi memory doors that melted my heart. A well felt picture. They don't make gentlemen like that nowadays. Are you still participating this year?°
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01/24/2008 06:13:31 AM
Great picture and thanks for explaining in detail how you made it. You gave me an interesting idea about lighting.
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01/19/2008 04:29:13 PM
Congratulations on your yellow ribbon. Perfect lighting on this one!
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01/17/2008 06:47:09 PM
Congratulations on the ribbon! Wonderful piece that evokes emotion. Nicely done!
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01/17/2008 12:07:06 PM
Beautifully lit, Alfredo! Thanks for the lighting info. Many congrats on your ribbon!
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01/16/2008 08:44:06 PM
A beautiful shot of a very nice model/shame on the voters who could not see this wonderful shot, it is to bad they are blind/ignore them....
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01/16/2008 05:32:56 PM
One of my favorites in the challenge! Congrats!!
love
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01/16/2008 05:10:24 PM
This is a wonderful image with deep rich tones and a fantastic warm feel to it. Your model is perfect and looks quite at home in the warm red hue of your lighting. A wonderful moment that you both should be proud of. It is a shame that 22 people have a hard time seeing a truely fantastic image.

Congratulations on the ribbon. Great work.
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01/16/2008 04:38:45 PM
Deep dark rich tones and beautiful image all around. I am sure this is one that you and the subject will cherish for a long time. I would be SO proud to have created that image.
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01/16/2008 03:29:55 PM
Wonderful image, congrats on your ribbon!
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01/16/2008 03:04:03 PM
What a wondeful image. I love this. Congrats on the yellow.
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01/16/2008 01:30:10 PM
Congrats on the ribbon! This is excellent, very photojournalistic. Hope to see more of your great work in the future.
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01/16/2008 11:38:19 AM
That's a fantastic portrait, Alfredo. Superb photo. Congrats for the Yellow!
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01/16/2008 10:41:50 AM
This is really lovely. The lighting is beautiful and stays out of the way, and the subject is full of character. Congrats!
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01/16/2008 10:28:35 AM
Wow! I love the instant shift of gears after looking at the other 2 ribbon winners: light and whimsical. . .then this: moving and oozing with depth and emotion. FanTASTIC! And congratulations!

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01/16/2008 08:29:20 AM
Congratulations on another wonderful finish and well deserved ribbon. Maybe the back drop's slight wrinkles put off some of the 4-ers... but who will ever know?
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01/16/2008 07:42:02 AM
My favorite for the challenge. It is just an all 'round superb photo. cheers.
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01/16/2008 07:13:31 AM
Congrats on a well deserved ribbon!
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01/16/2008 06:16:21 AM
A wonderful honest and personal portrait. Congrats on 3rd place. Very well deserved
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01/16/2008 05:40:26 AM
Great shot Alfredo! I think this is better than the two above it, but congratulations on the Yellow!
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01/16/2008 04:45:29 AM
a brilliant image..well done/congratulations.
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01/16/2008 03:31:04 AM
Beautiful image! Composition, lighting, subject... I voted 10, and I honestly can't see how some folks could rate it 5 or lower... :( Congratulations!
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01/16/2008 01:18:46 AM
What a fantastic portrait, Alfredo. I am sure his family will cherish this photo for many many many years to come.

Message edited by author 2008-01-16 01:20:51.
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01/16/2008 12:46:18 AM
I had a feeling this would do extremely well. It's a beautiful image and a well deserved ribbon winner. Congrats, Alfredo!
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01/16/2008 12:29:59 AM
I knew this would be up there. And no way I would have guessed he was 82 yrs old. Beautiful image. Congrats!
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01/16/2008 12:22:50 AM
gorgeous lighting! congrats on your ribbon!
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01/16/2008 12:19:58 AM
What beautiful lighting on this portrait. Perhaps you can share what your set up was? Or was it natural lighitng? In any case, this one goes in my favs as a great subdued portrait.
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01/16/2008 12:18:07 AM
Congratulations on the most deserved ribbon brother !!! great picture.
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01/16/2008 12:16:08 AM
What a great portrait. Congrats!
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01/16/2008 12:06:20 AM
Congratulations, Alfredo. Very deserved!
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01/16/2008 12:04:50 AM
great portrait. Looks so focused. Gratz on the ribbon
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/15/2008 11:32:06 PM
I love this portrait. It's one to frame.
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01/15/2008 11:23:16 PM
That is a really interesting book he is holding. This is a very high quality image.
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01/15/2008 10:01:47 PM
That portrait is just incredible, highest marks.
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01/14/2008 05:50:24 PM
My favorite so far. Beautiful light, tone, mood, color.
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01/11/2008 10:05:51 PM
Perfect lighting and tones. Execellent work.
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01/11/2008 07:11:26 PM
Wonderful mood and composition. Nice lighting. Back to bump you up to 9.
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01/11/2008 05:46:58 PM
past**
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01/11/2008 12:09:05 PM
I like the noble expression of your subject and the intimate mood that you obtained with a perfect illumination
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01/11/2008 12:45:20 AM
wonderful portrait!!
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01/10/2008 10:50:16 PM
love this one... no question about it
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01/10/2008 03:51:10 PM
On first glance I thought this might be a little dark, but it's really beautiful. Perhaps the best in show; hopefully will "ribbon" this round. A clear 10 from me!
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01/10/2008 01:36:07 PM
very nice
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01/10/2008 05:57:23 AM
Very nice. Clean and professional. No bells and whistles just a wonderful shot. Hope its scoring well for you. 9
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01/10/2008 05:50:29 AM
Very good - good lighting and exposure.
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01/09/2008 06:55:50 PM
Very nice lighting and exposure. Classic work!
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01/09/2008 05:45:57 PM
This shows character!
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01/09/2008 11:51:54 AM
I love the clarity of this. Lovely and rich.
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01/09/2008 12:52:23 AM
Beautiful composition.
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