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U. S. Marine
U. S. Marine
sempermarine


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Your Occupation III (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-40D
Lens: Canon EF 28-135mm F/3.5-5.6 IS USM
Location: Virginia
Date: Aug 10, 2008
Aperture: F/4
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/40
Galleries: Portraiture, Military
Date Uploaded: Aug 10, 2008

This is a self-portrait that I hesitantly entered. I'm thinking this shot will get between a 5.0 and 5.5 I actually enjoyed this challenge. I originally had some grand plans to incorporate a tank or some piece of weaponary, but in the end I decided against it. Besides I was still on holiday and I think my wife would have killed me.

Post Challenge Comments:

Very satisfied with the top ten finish. Thanks to all those who left comments and took the time to vote.



Statistics
Place: 8 out of 98
Avg (all users): 6.6891
Avg (commenters): 7.5652
Avg (participants): 6.6604
Avg (non-participants): 6.7000
Views since voting: 3528
Views during voting: 478
Votes: 193
Comments: 39
Favorites: 7 (view)


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02/17/2012 02:47:52 AM
Originally posted by JulietNN:

SO not fair, every time i see this shot, I go weak at the knees!!!


Me too... followed by a sudden urge to vomit..
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04/22/2009 10:18:32 AM
Beautiful self portrait, congratulations, thanks for serving our country.
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02/05/2009 10:42:32 AM
awesome shot!!!!!!!!!
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01/31/2009 11:56:57 PM
I love this shot. Makes me wanna salute or join the Marines (like THAT is gonna happen, now)!
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12/05/2008 11:36:33 AM
SO not fair, every time i see this shot, I go weak at the knees!!!
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12/05/2008 02:03:38 AM
Wow, fantastic image! Love the lighting, your expression, vivid color and detail, everything is perfect!
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08/28/2008 06:20:30 AM
Very glad to see this make top 10. I thought it was an exccellent image. Congrats!
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08/24/2008 09:26:24 AM
Congratulations on your top 10 finish. Beautiful shot!
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08/20/2008 08:25:38 AM
Congrats on a top ten. Powerful SP! .....glad the tip of the sword is OOF! Nice lighting and composition. Well done!
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08/18/2008 01:17:47 PM
love this....
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08/18/2008 10:24:58 AM
I gave this a 6. It's an excellent portrait. I would have scored it higher except I didn't like the composition. Some of the things that one learns at DPC are wrong! ;) When deciding on your crop/composition, look not at the subject but at the shapes and lines. Composition is about form, not content. (it is possible to use composition to convey themes, like isolation, community, dominance, etc., but even so you do it with forms.)
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08/18/2008 09:11:11 AM
Thank you for protecting me.

Congrats on your top ten finish!
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08/18/2008 08:21:54 AM
Great shot, well deserved top 10, BZ
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08/18/2008 04:14:48 AM
Congrats on top ten! Outstanding portrait - a 10 from me!
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08/18/2008 12:08:17 AM
Good job. So have you now rethought that idea of selling the camera?
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/17/2008 11:13:14 PM
Fantastic composition. The sabre this way is a nice touch.
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08/17/2008 09:31:27 AM
A killing machine.
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08/15/2008 11:29:03 PM
this is a very powerful shot. great composition. well done!
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08/15/2008 08:11:09 PM
excellent lighting on the face - those are some steely eyes dude!
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08/14/2008 09:03:15 PM
so i was totally going to do this with my staff sgt because i dont have my blues yet, but he busted his lip at the pool the day before we were supposed to shoot. oh well, maybe for the free study
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08/13/2008 06:48:09 PM
great pose!
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08/13/2008 01:57:17 PM
Great shot.
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08/12/2008 09:41:20 PM
excellent idea, crop too tight on head though. Please don't tell him I said so!!!
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08/12/2008 04:08:25 PM
I really like most of this shot. the hand and sword being up around your face makes it a bit too "busy" for my taste. Thank you for your service, and stay safe!
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08/12/2008 03:23:26 PM
OUCH! You poked me! :) Semper Fi and God bless you for your sevice! Awesome shot.
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08/12/2008 01:51:55 PM
Looks like a recruiting poster. Nice work on this. Only minor nitpick is the very tip of his hat being cut off at the top of the frame.
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08/12/2008 12:37:36 AM
Perfect Marine photo!
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08/11/2008 09:44:51 PM
9+
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08/11/2008 07:48:24 PM
kinda tight crop at the top, but overall good photo
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08/11/2008 07:44:35 PM
Master Sergeant, is it? That is the sharpest uniform in all of the US military services aside from my choker whites. :)

I like the way that you made the black of the uniform stand out from the background using the lighting. My only nitpicks would be that I would have liked the sword in better focus and the top of his hat not cut off. Overall, a very sharp image that exemplifies what we all stand for.
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08/11/2008 07:37:28 PM
Semper Fi ! Thanks for serving.
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08/11/2008 01:14:29 PM
The tight crop pulls me right into the sword, ouch. Great composition and thanks for being there.
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08/11/2008 08:24:32 AM
Good composition and good DOF.
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08/11/2008 08:03:25 AM
I don't care how much photoshop you do on this fella... he still looks like a dork. Are you sure he's a Marine? He looks more like a sailor or coastie to me. Where did you buy those medals? I didn't think computer geeks were allowed to wear fancy medals.
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08/11/2008 07:11:34 AM
Yeah! One of my top picks for the challenge. Very well done. Bumping up.
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08/11/2008 02:10:16 AM
An excellent self portrait....... 7
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08/11/2008 01:09:36 AM
A nice effort on the classic ad for the Marines. The sword gets lost, though, and makes me want to move it out of the way so I can see you. I like the side lighting, but it'd be good to bring some detail back into the blown highlights in processing. Same goes for lost detail in the black cloth (I'm looking at this on a calibrated CRT screen, so it may be brighter on an LCD).

At any rate, thanks for serving!
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08/11/2008 12:57:45 AM
Thanks!!!!!
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08/11/2008 12:13:13 AM
excellent
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