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Challenge: Male Portrait (Basic Editing)
Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D
Location: Burlington, Ontario
Date: May 27, 2008
Aperture: f/8
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/125
Galleries: Black and White, Self Portrait
Date Uploaded: May 27, 2008

Single 800w flash unit, maybe 1/4 power, into an umbrella, low down, pointed away. Thought I might be able to get a Rembrandt light thing going on, but not so sure. Should have used a shorter DOF.

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 153
Avg (all users): 7.0921
Avg (commenters): 7.9048
Avg (participants): 6.8800
Avg (non-participants): 7.1517
Views since voting: 5407
Views during voting: 407
Votes: 228
Comments: 77
Favorites: 6 (view)


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06/10/2008 05:18:07 PM
congratulations! very strong portrait. and congratz on your +7 personal best
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06/10/2008 09:51:36 AM
Very clean Black and White portrait. I like your camera too!
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06/09/2008 02:50:45 AM
Congrats, Louis. I actually like this one even better than your earlier shot. Great beard too.
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06/07/2008 10:53:12 PM
Way to go, Louie! This is a technically perfect image, but you knew that. 'Bout time you got blue! :)
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06/07/2008 08:11:46 AM
Congrats, it's superb
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06/06/2008 10:51:23 PM
super shot, and very sexy new beard.
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06/06/2008 05:17:40 PM
i think the lighting on this image is better than the one you linked. And the texture of your beard really helps make the composition interesting. Congratulations on a well-deserved blue ribbon!
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06/06/2008 07:33:46 AM
congrats man, its lovely.
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06/06/2008 07:21:15 AM
I just new this would get the blue, fantastic shot. Congratulations on your blue!
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06/05/2008 06:16:06 PM
Congrats on your blue! this photo ROCKS!
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06/05/2008 12:29:03 PM
Dude!!! Awesome image, job well done! Congrats!!!!
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06/04/2008 06:50:12 PM
how on earth is this your first blue?

you are the king, yes king of self portraits!
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06/04/2008 05:37:02 PM
It's hard enough shooting a model but it takes real skill to shoot a sp and achieve this type of result. The lighting is spot on. Amazing!
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06/04/2008 03:34:42 PM
you seem to understand the relationship between light and mood as well as anyone on this site...bravo amigo...
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06/04/2008 03:23:36 PM
You are a masterfulll portrait photographer and an inspiration.
The blue is only a small reminder of your achievments. One needs to look in you portfolio to understand the depth of your vision.
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06/04/2008 02:59:23 PM
Louis! Way to go with the shirted SP!!! Congrats all the way around for a blue with a phenom-o-photo!
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06/04/2008 01:23:26 PM
Congrats Louis! This one stood out in the challenge.
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06/04/2008 11:12:42 AM
Louis, Wow! Way to jump back in the challenge game! You HAD to enter this one with your talent in lighting and portraits. CONGRATULATIONS, you ruggedly handsome devil, you! :)

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06/04/2008 11:06:03 AM
Excellent portrait, congrats on the blue ribbon!
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06/04/2008 10:34:56 AM
CONGRATULATIONS!!!! Wow! What a portrait! :)
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06/04/2008 09:56:41 AM
DUDE! You've gone woolly on us! ;-) I almost didn't recognize you. Congrats on the well-deserved blue. Great shot!
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06/04/2008 09:50:25 AM
A splendid portrait! Now we'll be seeing your mug on the front page all week, and it looks like you've got some hot stock market tip for me. :-D

Congrats!
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06/04/2008 09:41:43 AM
Well, look at you!! NO, really...look at you! :P Congrats on the blue for this amazing portrait! Very well deserved!
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06/04/2008 08:51:53 AM
Absolutely stunning and one of my favorite in the challenges; I was so glad to see it on the front page, exactly where it belonged. The lighting is great, the composition works very well, and he has a natural expression that does not look forced at all. Very nicely done!
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06/04/2008 08:46:04 AM
Congrats on your first blue!! Love the beard! You truly are the master of SP's and lighting.
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06/04/2008 08:43:26 AM
How fitting that the great portraitist wins the male portrait challenge. I am heartened by this result!
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06/04/2008 08:31:16 AM
This had a movie star appeal to it. One of my top picks. Congrats on the blue!
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06/04/2008 08:30:09 AM
Congrats, my friend. Well deserved.
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06/04/2008 07:22:33 AM
Great Job, Louis! This is a great image! No matter where we may stand about the rest of life, we agree on the elements of excellent photography. Yours is consistently above average, and usually superlative! More power to ya! :)
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06/04/2008 06:09:55 AM
Congrats, I gave this a 9, my highest scoring in this competition.

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06/04/2008 05:14:40 AM
Well deserved, congrats!
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06/04/2008 04:32:28 AM
Congrats on the blue!!!
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06/04/2008 03:13:12 AM
I didn't look through this challenge while it was open, but I'd have scored you a 10, if not for the shot, then for growing that beard! Nice work, Louis!
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06/04/2008 02:36:18 AM
The sharpness in this shot is amazing. Awesome job!!!
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06/04/2008 02:18:13 AM
This was the shot of the challenge Louis. Congrats on the blue. Had hoped to see a higher score on this though. Well done.
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06/04/2008 01:35:18 AM
Oh, this so makes my day! I'm so pleased for you! It's a very fitting recognition for the King of Light. Congratulations!
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06/04/2008 01:33:12 AM
Well will you look at that! Congrats, Louis, absolutely well done and well deserved!
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06/04/2008 01:28:21 AM
Huge congrats on the blue, Louis!! So glad to see you on the front page. You've had so much practice at these, how could you not be on the front page!!! : )
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06/04/2008 01:22:33 AM
Congratulations on the Blue Louis. I'd recommend everyone check out your portfolio - you have a wonderful collection of art and emotion in there.
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06/04/2008 12:58:17 AM
Congratulations on the ribbon! Btw, you shoulda been a movie star!
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06/04/2008 12:49:17 AM
Congrats on the Blue, Louis! Great image - all of those 30-day SP's really paid off here! Great lighting. :O)
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06/04/2008 12:47:58 AM
Cool shot Louis, congrats on your blue. Very good pose. Who says great portraits can't be done with one light setups? ;\
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06/04/2008 12:47:44 AM
I love the lighting and it certainly doesn't hurt that you're handsome ;-) Excellent portrait, Louis and congrats on your blue ribbon.
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06/04/2008 12:46:55 AM
Congrats Louis. Sorry but when I see beards on Canadiens all I can think of is playoff hockey. :P
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06/04/2008 12:31:44 AM
So good. Congrats on the blue.
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06/04/2008 12:26:53 AM
Congrats on the first blue there Louis! Way to go.
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06/04/2008 12:26:49 AM
I thought it was you. You look great! :) Wonderful lighting as usual. Congrats on the blue!
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06/04/2008 12:19:42 AM
Congratulations on top finish! Very well executed image.
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06/04/2008 12:18:23 AM
See , I told you it suited you!!! lol, well done on being very handsome and 1st place!!
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06/04/2008 12:15:32 AM
Woohoo, Louis! Glad to see all those wonderful self-portraits paid off. First blue, first 7+, and new personal best. Congrats!

Oh, and I like the beard. :)

Message edited by author 2008-06-04 00:15:50.
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06/04/2008 12:15:02 AM
Yeah man! I would have been disappointed in anything but the Blue for this bad boy! Congrats!
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06/04/2008 12:06:47 AM
Alright man!!! I am glad to see you on the front page. I knew this was yours, couldn't be happier for you. Enjoy the blue.
joe
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06/04/2008 12:03:29 AM
Congrats, you handsome dog! The only 7+ in the challenge, too. Well done.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/03/2008 10:53:09 PM
Great lighting! Nicely done with the all the technicals for sure. The comp works well also.
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06/03/2008 08:26:40 PM
the overall sharpness of your image makes it stand out.
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06/03/2008 11:00:00 AM
excellent..
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06/03/2008 12:55:38 AM
Beautiful portrait! Nice lighting, wonderful conversion, great angle. Looks like a ribbon winner to me!
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06/02/2008 02:40:21 PM
i liek the range of values you have.
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06/01/2008 06:56:33 PM
Nice... love the tones, textures and expression - 9
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06/01/2008 11:20:47 AM
Nice value and contrast, good lighting.
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05/31/2008 11:06:30 AM
hey you have a beard! looks good ;)

I like the portrait, but the only thing that bugs me is the part of the chair at the bottom.
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05/31/2008 03:41:36 AM
I really like this, and it is certainly one of the stronger entries, but I do wish it wasn't sharpened to the point where every pore is visible.
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05/30/2008 12:35:31 AM
Superior lighing and comp! Great use of negative space.
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05/29/2008 02:21:29 PM
Great shot. Your lighting is spot on and and your B&W conversion is perfect.
Edit: back to bump you to a 9. One of my top 3 picks.
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05/29/2008 02:07:42 PM
DUDE- you grew a beard!!!!!
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05/29/2008 12:59:32 PM
I like the way the composition is cut up into areas of light and dark. It's jagged. Attention grabbing. 8.
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05/29/2008 08:14:58 AM
Well lit but watch out for the burnt shadows - it's just a bit too much here. Dead sharp, though.
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05/28/2008 08:10:07 PM
The shadows are good. Makes it a very 'weighty' image.
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05/28/2008 01:18:19 PM
You grew a beard! it looks good on you!
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05/28/2008 12:38:49 PM
Unusual angle indeed,
the chair's back balances superbly this elegant composition;
your exposure is flawless
Congrats
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05/28/2008 12:04:37 PM
Great tones, incredible composition, very nice job with this one, 9
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05/28/2008 09:35:56 AM
Great sharpness, and i like the soft graytone.
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05/28/2008 07:48:08 AM
nice tones/tint...great lighting...good luck 8
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05/28/2008 06:48:24 AM
Great to see you back in the challenges again.
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05/28/2008 03:08:34 AM
MASTERFUL lighting and exposure - a true BW portrait in the best and most classic sense. Kinda looks like the "Jack character from "Lost" - dang - that's the second time I've compared a portrait to a Lost character - I have to quit watching that show. Well, best of luck - this is the best I've seen so far - seems like an easy top 10 if not a ribbon.
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05/28/2008 01:35:28 AM
i think we have winner here.....this stands out among the bunch of snapshots and poor images in the show
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05/28/2008 12:05:14 AM
Love the Light!! 10
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