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Freelance Trombonist
Freelance Trombonist
bassbone


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Your Occupation III (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikon AF Micro-Nikkor 60mm f2.8D
Location: home studio
Date: Aug 10, 2008
Aperture: 9
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/13
Galleries: Black and White, Self Portrait
Date Uploaded: Aug 6, 2008

This is what I love to do....play trombone and other musical instruments. This is my second occupation/ profession, playing in a few big bands and other musical groups on bass trombone. As one can tell by my username, I identify myself by the musicial instrument I play.

I originally had planned to enter a shot of me working as a chemist/ engineer at my day job work site, but due to restrictions in camera use and the inability to show images from the site without prior approval and release, I decided to go another way...

Editing: Levels, hue/saturation, noise ninja, crop, dodge and burn on eyes and instrument, cloned and mopped up my ugly mug, cloned out some minor reflections in the bell and burned the bell to darken, resize, usm post resize for sharpness and usm at large radius for contrast.

I hope I can get my score above 6 on this one....

Post Challenge: Very happy with the score here.

For ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', '/') + 1) . ' dsterner, I used a bounce from an incandescent bump into an umbrella at a low angle from the side. I did have difficulty with the glare on the glasses, so I ended up adjusted the angle of the lit umbrella so that the glare was not visible.

The main problem I had with the shot was the bell of the trombone - it acted as a mirror and picked up all the awful ugly-ness of my basement (especially my unfinished ceiling!)

Statistics
Place: 6 out of 98
Avg (all users): 6.7135
Avg (commenters): 7.5294
Avg (participants): 6.7551
Avg (non-participants): 6.6985
Views since voting: 2181
Views during voting: 333
Votes: 185
Comments: 26
Favorites: 2 (view)


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09/24/2008 11:26:47 PM
Nicely Done! As a trombonist/ photog myself I appreciate this more than most. 1st place in my book...
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08/24/2008 09:28:33 AM
Great shot, congrats on the 6th place!

Message edited by author 2008-08-24 09:29:06.
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08/23/2008 04:10:45 AM
How perfect!!! I love it when things come together - I think I would have been disappointed with a shot from the day job - this just makes so much more sense. Excellent score and finish!
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08/18/2008 02:55:08 PM
Very much like the MANY things that make this an outstanding photo/portrait. Outstanding: immediate, straightforward (literally) and a blast.
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08/18/2008 07:07:11 AM
B/w is perfect for this. Wonderful image, congrats on 6th place, Peter.
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08/18/2008 02:51:55 AM
Congratson your top 10 finish, Peter, very well done!
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08/18/2008 02:15:39 AM
how did you avoid glare on the glasses?
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08/18/2008 01:46:06 AM
Well, I'd say you got score higher than 6! :) Congrats on the top 10! And thanks for the explanation of "bassbone."
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/17/2008 10:25:36 PM
A fave on this one. Wonderful all around. This is the kind of b/w treatment I have been trying to achieve on some of mine (and failing to get).
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08/17/2008 09:30:47 AM
Great image. Love it.
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08/15/2008 07:03:18 PM
Beautiful BW study. Only a little loss of shadow detail keeps it from being perfect.
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08/13/2008 07:13:21 PM
Wonderful clarity! I like the B&W too. This is a great photo.
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08/13/2008 07:32:08 AM
Nice
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08/12/2008 09:17:53 PM
intriguing occupation, and you're not a half bad photog either! careful though, it's close to becoming a nostril shot.7
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08/12/2008 10:00:05 AM
Beautiful. B & W at its finest.
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08/12/2008 08:44:24 AM
Trombones just have to be one of the most beautiful things around. I can just imagine the warm full sound from that big bell.
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08/12/2008 12:58:54 AM
Very nice b&w
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08/11/2008 11:12:19 PM
Man! You've just got the studio thing down! Love the conversion, your best SP yet, imo. I guess the only thing distracting are the smudge marks at the bottom of your trombone. I don't know if there's any way around something like that though. Wonderfully crisp and so nicely lit.
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08/11/2008 07:52:42 PM
cool perspective
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08/11/2008 04:35:03 PM
This blows! Just kidding, it's sharp. C Sharp, I think...
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08/11/2008 10:25:10 AM
Nice. One of my favorites in the challenge.
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08/11/2008 08:07:45 AM
Good lighting and composition
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08/11/2008 08:01:20 AM
Terrific perspective. Nice job on the eyes too. :~)
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08/11/2008 05:13:47 AM
Well-thought composition, nice lightning (8)
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08/11/2008 02:24:10 AM
Strong portrait here....... 7
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08/11/2008 01:12:52 AM
Nice lighting and composition.
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