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Happy Trails Cowboy ( Tribute to Sean Matos, AKA JawnyRico)
3rd PlaceHappy Trails Cowboy ( Tribute to Sean Matos, AKA JawnyRico)
kleski


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: The Cowboy (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Pentax K100D
Lens: Pentax DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AF
Date: Jun 5, 2008
Aperture: f4.0
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/1500th sec
Galleries: Sky, Rural
Date Uploaded: Jun 8, 2008

First of all, my condolences to Sean's family and friends. I didn't know Sean or his photography until this tragedy but from what I have seen he was a very good photographer and friend to many. He will be missed.

I took this photo in the spirit of his best DPC challenge entry. I liked my first attempt with silhouette photography and so did Sean from what I read. This shot was taken with me as the cowboy carrying my saddle into the sunset (yes, I have a love for riding and horses). I took several shots in different poses with two of them making the cut but I thought this one to be the best. Additionally I was lucky enough to include a jet streak just as Sean did in his. Anyway, I hope this is a fitting tribute.

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Post Challenge

My first ribbon, two faves and PB!! I am so honored to make the "frontpage" in this challenge. So many good entries. I was so suprised to see the score on this the first day(7.8) and now even more suprised to see it here. Thanks to all the voters and commenters!!!

The jet (star) trail was intentional, I thought it added something that would be reminiscent of Sean's shot "The Cowboy".

Oddly enough, when I checked my statistical favorites, Sean was top on my list. He will be missed by all......Happy Trails Cowboy


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Statistics
Place: 3 out of 91
Avg (all users): 7.4973
Avg (commenters): 8.6452
Avg (participants): 7.6429
Avg (non-participants): 7.4552
Views since voting: 7846
Views during voting: 532
Votes: 187
Comments: 51
Favorites: 11 (view)


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06/29/2008 11:57:49 AM
Beautiful. I love the colours. Congratulations!
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06/23/2008 08:37:51 AM
Congrats on your first ribbon! A beautiful tribute.
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06/22/2008 07:33:37 AM
So beautiful! Congrats on the ribbon and a great photo!
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06/21/2008 05:57:25 AM
Congrats on the third place!
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06/17/2008 01:41:45 AM
Congratulations on your ribbon. This is a beautiful image and tribute...very real and emotive.
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06/16/2008 09:49:45 PM
a wonderful photograph and tribute to sean ..
congratulations on a brilliant score, a pb, your ribbon and an excellent process . :)
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06/16/2008 08:19:02 PM
Fabulous! AND your original is fabulous too! I think this is the only example in the June Before and After Challenge where I like both the before and after the same. : )
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06/16/2008 08:03:46 PM
An outstanding image. Congrats on the ribbon. Well deserved.
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06/16/2008 07:17:48 PM
Awesome edit & sweet tribute to Sean...
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06/16/2008 10:13:08 AM
Congratulations dad!! :)
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06/16/2008 09:31:41 AM
Great tribute Kevin....congratulations on your PB and ribbon!!
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06/16/2008 09:01:50 AM
This is Melissa: Thank you so much for participating in this challenge. It really means a lot that you would take the time to enter and capture what Sean loved. I love this picture too, the coloring and the (jet/star). It does remind me of his. Again, thank you so much!!
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06/16/2008 04:45:46 AM
Way to go, Kevin! You done good. :) Congratulations on your first (of many to come) ribbon!
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06/16/2008 02:35:57 AM
Great shot - wonderful rich colours to offset the silhouette.

Congrats on the ribbon.
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06/16/2008 12:51:37 AM
Another beautiful and very fitting photo. Excellent work and congrats on your ribbon, Kevin.
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06/16/2008 12:07:11 AM
Congratulations on a well-earned ribbon!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/15/2008 11:57:09 PM
beautiful sunset and great silhouette.
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06/15/2008 11:58:33 AM
I like the image but find it a bit oversharpened, and the colors are too intense for my taste. You must have waited a long time for the jet plane to show up !!!
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06/15/2008 12:37:12 AM
This is very nice and tasteful. I came back to leave a comment and decided to upgrade your score while I was at it.
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06/14/2008 11:35:49 PM
A ribbon winner in my book.......... 10
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06/14/2008 12:20:14 AM
Love the bold and vibrant hues in this capture. The silhouette of the cowboy holding the saddle contrasts quite nicely against the vibrant sunset colors of reds, purples and blues. You even managed to capture a streak in the sky that invokes us to think back upon Jawnyrico's blue ribbon winner "The Cowboy". Composition and mood is wonderful too. Nice symbolic touch with the silhouetted cowboy carrying a saddle as he goes off into the sunset. The message to me is that the 'ride' is done. This cowboy now ventures off into the sunset (symbolic of life's journey ending) to hang up his saddle.
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06/13/2008 04:16:16 PM
Great colors! Solid composition. Very fitting for the challenge. A well done silhouette shot. Nice job.
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06/13/2008 03:53:15 PM
Lovely colors, silhoutte; all around great job.
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06/12/2008 11:50:34 AM
Very well done.
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06/11/2008 02:28:17 PM
Lovely shot - the perfect sentiment for this challenge.
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06/11/2008 10:10:30 AM
Great silhouette. Not a big fan of too much photoshop in the scenery.
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06/11/2008 06:57:18 AM
What a beautiful tribute, especially the little star trail, reminicient of his image "The Cowboy".
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06/11/2008 01:46:37 AM
Colors are oversaturated for my taste, but the idea I like very much
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06/10/2008 09:11:35 PM
LET ME BE THE FIRST TO CONGRATULATE YOU ON THE FIRST PLACE RIBBON! I feel your entry was the only one in the spirit of the challenge - 10
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06/10/2008 08:31:32 PM
It doesn't get much better than this... Great use of ROTs and the colors are spectacular. 10 & Fave from me! Good luck! (I have a feeling we'll be seeing this on the front page...)
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06/10/2008 07:34:32 PM
Beautiful. The background colors are a tad bit too much for my taste, but it's very appealing as 'art'. Well done.

The composition is wonderful and the shooting star so reminiscent of Sean Matos' work. A beautiful tribute.
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06/10/2008 05:03:52 PM
This is a lovely and touching tribute. You have done well.
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06/10/2008 09:47:26 AM
a tad oversaturated (banding in sky) and oversharpened (halos around the cowboy). great silhouetting, classic motif well recreated. not sure about the motion trail.
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06/10/2008 09:46:39 AM
Beautiful colors, wonderful silhouette! 9
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06/10/2008 07:57:44 AM
Beautiful silhouette and nice layered look with the colors.
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06/10/2008 06:18:45 AM
Great colours, and the shooting star is very cool. Sharpening lines are a bit too strong.
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06/09/2008 11:21:35 PM
10
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06/09/2008 11:20:45 PM
nice colors
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06/09/2008 09:14:26 PM
One of my ribbon picks. I think silos are very difficult to pull off, but you've done it here. Background colors are simply gorgeous, and I find myself wondering if they are the real thing ...
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06/09/2008 08:45:00 PM
A fitting tribute. 9
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06/09/2008 08:36:07 PM
Brilliant tones 8
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06/09/2008 08:01:26 PM
I don't rate challenges I've entered, but I'll do the 20% to give this a 10. Excellent!!!
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06/09/2008 07:51:30 PM
top 10. 9
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06/09/2008 06:07:47 PM
Great retake on Sean's shot.
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06/09/2008 11:07:11 AM
Wonderful colors and a nice silhouette. The star "trail" (plane?) is a great touch.
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06/09/2008 04:02:46 AM
this should do really well, great colours and silhouette...good luck with this 8
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06/09/2008 01:00:12 AM
8 - Beautiful. Love the trail touch.
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06/09/2008 12:32:23 AM
Top three easily! Unbelievable shot!!
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06/09/2008 12:20:49 AM
Love the silhouette but the colors seem a tad forced. :~)
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06/09/2008 12:12:12 AM
Wild colors and great silhouette. The little shooting star (or what appears to be that) is a great touch.
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06/09/2008 12:07:49 AM
Very nice colors and silo.. This should do very well!
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