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Challenge: Portrait Of The Elderly (Basic Editing)
Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikon AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.8D
Location: Melbourne Australia
Date: Dec 31, 2008
Aperture: F7.1
ISO: 1600
Shutter: 1/200
Galleries: Portraiture, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Dec 30, 2008

The Image: This is my dad who is 81 and a bit. He doesn't look 81 or act 81. He is fit and healthy thank God, and best of all, he likes to have his photo taken. He posed for me for the ribbon winning NUMBERS Challenge.

I shot this at his place in available window light, handheld. I used a Nikkor 85mm 1.8 lens. Kudos to the D300 this was shot at ISO 1600 and has virtually no noise.

I wish there was a catchlight in his eye, but there you go...

The Edit: Levels, curves, USM, B and W with a slight tint. That's about it.

The Prediction: 6.1XXX

[Dec. 31st, 2008 10:28:23 PM]

My dad will get a kick out of the fact that this is doing well...of course I lament the fact that this was a Basic Editing ruleset...wish we had Advanced Rules, but I feel that about every challenge. Currently running at 6.7749 a day in...started at 4's, kicked up to 7.1...settling at high 6.7's

Post: Wow, I am so chuffed and my dad will be as well. I need to use him more often! I have entered him three times for a red and yellow ribbon! I love his relaxed pose and I also love the crop (sorry to the people that didn't like it). This is a picture of Dad I will print and frame.

Statistics
Place: 3 out of 79
Avg (all users): 6.9881
Avg (commenters): 8.1333
Avg (participants): 7.0000
Avg (non-participants): 6.9864
Views since voting: 4298
Views during voting: 406
Votes: 252
Comments: 50
Favorites: 3 (view)


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03/21/2009 11:54:39 PM
This is a wonderful shot. I'd love to organize a collection of B&W father shots. See comments in this image...
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01/13/2009 11:07:14 AM
CRITIQUE CLUB CRITIQUE
by karmat

81??? No freakin' way? When I voted on this, I even almost made the comment that he didn't look elderly enough to be in this challenge!! Maybe you should've emphasized his few wrinkles or something. hahah. oh wait, this was basic. no, maybe you shouldn't have. :P

Compositionally, I like this crop. It shows enough of his face to really show the subject, but only show part of it seems to say that while we can see part of him, the photograph can't tell EVERYTHING about him.

Technically, you have nailed everything -- from focus and exposure to the bw conversion.

Also, while I don't know your father, it almost looks like his face and mouth are "stern" but his eyes are "smiling."

Great shot, and deserving of a ribbon.

Karma
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01/09/2009 08:02:06 AM
Originally posted by Jdroullard:

This was my fav, I gave you a 10, so in return I'd like you to tell this yankee what "chuffed" means... Sounds like something you need ointment for!


LOL Josh!

Chuffed means something like happy, proud, with a big smirk on your face. We also say 'tickled pink'.

Not sure that translates, but you get the picture,

Enzo
01/09/2009 01:38:16 AM
This was my fav, I gave you a 10, so in return I'd like you to tell this yankee what "chuffed" means... Sounds like something you need ointment for!
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01/08/2009 09:06:34 PM
Kudos to your dad for sitting for you, again! :) Congrats on another fine capture--must mean that much more when it is your dad.
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01/08/2009 07:36:55 AM
Congrats on the ribbon Enzo! This is a great portrait of your father.
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01/07/2009 06:49:03 PM
And even a wonderful title! Congrats, Enzo!
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01/07/2009 04:28:01 PM
Congratulations Enzo! I think this is an outstanding image in all ways and it warms the heart to read your comments about the relationship you have with your dad. You're a very classy man.
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01/07/2009 11:48:08 AM
i think this one should have won, it captures the spirit of this challenge best of all! wonderful portrait!
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01/07/2009 11:16:54 AM
Enzo this was amongst my favorites in the challenge. Congratulations with your ribbon compaesano!
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01/07/2009 10:51:20 AM
Spectacular and quite emotive portrait you've captured here, well done on the ribbon!
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01/07/2009 10:46:01 AM
Wow, he doesnt look a day over 60! Awesome shot :)
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01/07/2009 10:28:22 AM
Congratulations. Beautiful shot. Your dad will be thrilled! :)
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01/07/2009 10:19:08 AM
Congratulation on your ribbon, great image of your Dad might need to see his id though. :P
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01/07/2009 09:53:57 AM
Congratulations, great image. He must be another hotpasta.
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01/07/2009 09:13:41 AM
Nice to see you and Sandy on the front page together. Congrats, Enzo. This is terrific.
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01/07/2009 08:50:33 AM
I love it - a very nice capture.
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01/07/2009 08:04:56 AM
Enzo (I find your name very fascinating and unique), apart from the fact that it is very creatively composed, your picture is a in a very personal space and that is what makes it so special and wonderful. Now that I have taken to photography, in some way, I too wish (and plan) to sit with my dad some day and take a lot of his pictures (he used to take a lot of ours when we were kids). He lives some 3000km away, and we get to meet only twice a year, nowadays. On technical front, I am amazed that you managed it so well at ISO 1600.

Congrats on the ribbon!
:-), Vikram

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01/07/2009 07:37:17 AM
Congrats Enzo! Love this!
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01/07/2009 07:15:04 AM
Congrats Enzo! I had no idea this was yours.

I gave you a 10 and a fave - it was either that or a DNMC as your Dad looks far too young for this challenge ;-)

The details are magnificent, particularly around the right eye (his right not ours) I'm amazed you got such a detailed shot with no noise to speak of at ISO 1600. Great sensor you have!

The only thing I'd have suggested is a teeny bit less cropped off our right, just enought for his entire eye to be visible.
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01/07/2009 06:34:30 AM
Hey Enzo, good to meet Dad, congrats
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01/07/2009 05:26:30 AM
Having half his face in the darkness enhances the image for me. I love the sliver of light caused by the tear fluid in his eye. Congrats, Enzo! Great shot and your Dad's very photogenic.
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01/07/2009 02:15:16 AM
I also love the crop and I also love the image..... I am pleased it got a ribbon for you mate, and also pleased for your Dad as well, as it is a wonderful candid emotive portrait to have forever..... love from shez
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01/07/2009 02:05:19 AM
Congrats Enzo
are you sure your not adopted ?.jking mate
wonderful image
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01/07/2009 01:47:54 AM
Great image, hope I age as healthy..Lol...Congrats!!!!
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01/07/2009 01:26:21 AM
Congratulations Enzo - this image is fabulous.
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01/07/2009 01:23:38 AM
Congrats Enzo !! I see you are off to a good start this year.
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01/07/2009 12:43:27 AM
Congratulations Enzo, a work of art.
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01/07/2009 12:19:54 AM
Great stuff Enzo, congratulations!
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01/07/2009 12:17:34 AM
Great job, Enzo! You are BLESSED to have such a handsome, healthy dad at 81! I'd give anything to have been able to shoot my dad. Congratulations on winning a ribbon :)

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01/07/2009 12:16:41 AM
Very nice effect. Congrats on your win!
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01/07/2009 12:16:10 AM
Congrats, Enzo - you beat your prediction by a bit. :-) Tell your Dad he looks great!!
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01/07/2009 12:13:22 AM
CONGRATULATIONS on your ribbon & way better than your prediction enzo ..
its a wonderful portrait .. he looks so wise .. maybe his son has inherited that characteristic ?!!..:)
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01/07/2009 12:08:27 AM
Congratulations
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/05/2009 11:13:00 PM
Beautiful lighting and composition. Good focus to reveal the detail around the eyes. I'd have given you a higher score if the DOF is wider to have the lips in focus too. 8
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01/05/2009 02:10:07 AM
Nice portrait. Like the cropping of this.
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01/04/2009 11:18:17 PM
The lighting and b/w really work to make this "pop". Great work.
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01/02/2009 04:44:19 AM
Extremely powerful detail and lighting. This photo carries a lot of emotion, especially in the eyes.
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01/02/2009 01:18:58 AM
Great focus and detail. Excellent lighting. 9 :)
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01/01/2009 08:38:03 PM
it's all about the eyes, isn't it? for me, a 10!
great job.
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01/01/2009 06:08:21 PM
B&W makes this shot much more striking, however I don't like the way you have cropped it, cutting of part of the left eye. Moving the crop a touch to the right would have helped here.
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01/01/2009 03:18:19 PM
Excellent. A top contender IMO.
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01/01/2009 02:15:56 PM
Nice Title. Nice job with the lighting.
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01/01/2009 11:04:54 AM
emotional...very nice 8
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12/31/2008 07:42:23 PM
I like it great shot
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12/31/2008 07:05:03 PM
ahhh. nice.
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12/31/2008 05:36:46 PM
Really like the crop and lighting. 9
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12/31/2008 02:45:14 PM
i can't think of a negative thing to say about this shot, you did a good job on the b&w conversion, which is difficult in basic editing since you can't spot dodge the eyes. the expression on his face is something between satisfaction and wistfullness. excellent work. /9
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12/31/2008 07:44:02 AM
Wonderful shot! I love the close crop, soft side lighting and detail. The sparkle in his left eye adds an interesting dimension... almost loks like a tear. My favorite so far! 10
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12/31/2008 12:47:50 AM
Fantastic job! In my top three. 9
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