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Cactus Jack
Cactus Jack
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Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Portrait (Advanced Editing I)
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Location: Picacho Peak, Arizona
Date: Mar 14, 2004
Aperture: f/9
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/200
Galleries: Portraiture, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Mar 14, 2004

This cowboy agreed to pose for me while waiting in the lunch line at the Civil War Re-Enactment in Arizona.

Hue/Sat - colorized for sepia tone
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Statistics
Place: 44 out of 135
Avg (all users): 5.8796
Avg (commenters): 6.8095
Avg (participants): 5.7200
Avg (non-participants): 6.0172
Views since voting: 1093
Votes: 216
Comments: 26
Favorites: 1 (view)


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07/14/2005 12:26:48 PM
Oh I love this. Wish his face weren't quite so shadowed. It would be fun to play with texture on this one and make it look like it's really old. Nice composition. I like the angle of the figure not being straight on. Maybe a tad harsh with lighting, but you could probably tone that down with contrast and brightness.
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07/14/2005 03:48:21 AM
B/W Mentor Group.

I think the subject matter here is great. The toned black and white goes well with the subject matter too. Exposure wise, I think it's a shame that the very strong light makes his shirt more of a focal point than his face, hidden in shadow, which is what I'd like to see more of. I appreciate this is probably a quick grab shot (after asking) so you could hardly spend time asking him to turn this way and that depending on position of the sun nor use a reflector to get more light to his face.
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07/13/2005 10:19:20 AM
Ingrid's right on the exposure aspects. I'd like to see the whole image burned a bit even if the face goes way dark -- could work as an "every-cowbow" study. The sepia is a great choice as it adds to the mood (old western).
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07/12/2005 07:33:45 PM
The sepia is just wonderful and the only problem I see is an exposure one - the face it too dark, while the rest is a tad overexposed.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/21/2004 07:54:35 PM
Wonderful portrait! Your subject really matches with the costume and with the setting very well. ( I hope it is a costume...lol). Also, I love the sepia you've used and with the slight overexposure, this picture really has an old time flavor to it.
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03/21/2004 05:56:19 PM
Great title- made me laugh- It's a little bright but I really like it- great subject- 10!
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03/21/2004 01:44:00 AM
3 - good idea .. could have been powerful with a tighter crop .. and his hat masks too much of his face.
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03/20/2004 09:36:01 PM
Awesome shot with good sepia treatment, but overexposed. DOF could have been shallower too.
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03/19/2004 04:34:23 AM
This is one of my very favs. You can tell it is in a desert region just with the lighting. Some say that it may be too bright, bu it just emphasizes it more
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03/17/2004 05:23:10 PM
too centered, I would crop off the upper left
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03/17/2004 04:52:44 PM
Great use of sepia, great subject, great shot. - 8
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03/16/2004 03:58:08 PM
A great capture of the subject's personality - something every portrait should strive to do. I like the tones and the lighting. I love the overall effect.
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03/16/2004 07:47:24 AM
This is perfectly done to expose the face and even a Saguaro. I like it...
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03/16/2004 07:44:07 AM
Nice idea, but Jack could've used a bit more lighting on his face.
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03/15/2004 08:56:35 PM
Unique pose. A bit over exposed though. BOL
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03/15/2004 06:39:42 PM
Are you sure this wasn't taken in the 1800's? Good job staging a time period.
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03/15/2004 03:06:52 PM
I think a bit more contrast is needed here. I think the 'guy' is awesome. The whole scene is very good. Maybe a bit of light on his face, still I understand the hat/sun. Good good shot. I really admire this one.
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03/15/2004 11:18:20 AM
Did you read the rules? Entries have to be taken between the 7th and the 14 of March, 2004, not 1804? Just kidding. Nice shot.
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03/15/2004 10:34:42 AM
I love this shot! Very unique. :)
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03/15/2004 09:49:55 AM
Good subject, great stance...terrific angle! 10+
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03/15/2004 09:45:21 AM
Great subject. Photographing subjects with hats can be tough - all the shadow areas in this shot are just where you don't want them - on his face. A reflector could maybe help you throw some light under the brim and bring out his character and add a catch light to the eye.
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03/15/2004 08:04:13 AM
Nice idea and it works well in sepia but the light is perhaps a little too harsh, creating deep contrast between shirt and face, although you have captured the detail in the face.
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03/15/2004 06:48:41 AM
implied narrative! how refreshing! however, the shirt and sky feel way too hot, i would have tried a darker esposure, then a little dodging to bring out the face rom the shadows.
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03/15/2004 01:20:37 AM
Too bad about the heavy shadow on his face. The tones seem a little too bright to me. I like the character and the pose.
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03/15/2004 12:54:59 AM
IMHO the harsh lighting underemphasizes the face of your subject. Another time of day might have produced more pleasing results. The face being singled out in the challenge instructions detracts slightly from your score....
TC
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03/15/2004 12:31:09 AM
the sepia tone works well...pose is nice and natural looking...maybe just a touch overexposed on the upper left but this is a very nicely done shot
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