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Heir Of The Fog That Bit Me
2nd PlaceHeir Of The Fog That Bit Me
Ivo


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Personality (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D
Date: Jan 17, 2009
Aperture: f2.8
ISO: 180
Shutter: 1/60
Galleries: Emotive, Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Jan 17, 2009

This is Brent. He asked me to call him "Boat Brent" as he lives on a small vessel within the harbor close to my home. I encountered him while I was searching a shot for the Ansel Adams challenge along the shore of a local beach. While parked, I noticed a skiff approaching through the fog appearing as if returning from Valhalla. Uncertain of the rower's purpose, we exchanged obligatory nods, I watched him beach then embark on some sort of scavenging recon up, down, and across the shoreline.

Alone and not certain of his ambitions, I continued with my original plan to find a shot. The fog was thick and I thought it wise to retain awareness of all entities slipping in and out of the mist. After a while, he reappeared and I figured it a reasonable opportunity to engage him and see what the heck he is about.

Nice man, simply stating he has been stranded on his boat for the past 4 years as poverty does not afford him many options. He jokingly boasts of the great tax advantages of boat life which are regrettably offset by high winds, damp and isolation. He rows ashore each morning cleaning the beach of garbage acting as some de facto caretaker. He seemed like a guy who's earned a wisdom many of us will fortunately never share. We chatted for a good twenty minutes when I sucked up enough "Joey Lawrence" guts to dare ask him if I could get a few photos. He agreed and I was able to snap off a dozen difficult frames of someone who would not stand still as if pained by having a lens pointed at him. We chatted a bit more and respectfully parted ways.

I'm happy with the image and the sincerity it embodies. Encouraged with the experience of stepping out of my comfort zone to ask for a photo. Amused with the title as it was really a task to put it together.

I'm happy I got to meet "Boat Brent".

Enjoy.

POST CHALLENGE: Wow, haven't seen a ribbon for a while. Been about a year since that last happened. Thanks for the comments.

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 112
Avg (all users): 6.8101
Avg (commenters): 7.4545
Avg (participants): 6.4898
Avg (non-participants): 6.9541
Views since voting: 17013
Views during voting: 360
Votes: 158
Comments: 47
Favorites: 16 (view)


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02/01/2009 11:10:52 AM
Wonderful expression captured here.
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01/31/2009 09:46:55 AM
congrats (but a bit oversharpened)have you heard that before?/
great compositional portrait.
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01/31/2009 07:57:07 AM
Great!!!
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01/29/2009 02:40:46 AM
Wonderful image, Ivo. This really tells a story (even without reading yours). Thanks for sharing :O)
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01/28/2009 03:05:12 PM
Great title.
Great shot.
Interesting observation -- " He seemed like a guy who's earned a wisdom many of us will fortunately never share." Hmmmmm.

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01/28/2009 11:23:21 AM
Stellar! Nicely done & congrats on a well-deserved ribbon....
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01/28/2009 05:23:03 AM
Along with your photo, I truley enjoyed reading your comments. Not only did you find a unique character walking along the beach, but you were able to let the reader (myself) walk along with you as you told your story. Amazing and unique composition, well done!!!! :O)
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01/27/2009 11:36:50 PM
Originally posted by LydiaToo:

Definitely personality... Seems a bit oversharpened... but a lot of the ribbon winning images seem to be leaning that way these days, so you're in style.

I like story that you've included, too.


Ummmm ....thanks .... I think ..... ummmmm?? Hmmmm lol
01/27/2009 10:53:39 PM
Definitely personality... Seems a bit oversharpened... but a lot of the ribbon winning images seem to be leaning that way these days, so you're in style.

I like story that you've included, too.
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01/27/2009 08:56:39 PM
This is a wonderful image, and it's an even more wonderful title. For those who question whether titles have anything to contribute in DPC, I offer this example :-)

Personally, I'm a little bothered by the haloing around his head (it's especially noticeable int he thumb, so you can see what I'm talking about) But not enough to take away my sincere\ enjoyment of this marvelous image.
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01/27/2009 05:48:02 PM
Tremendous shot - really impressive capture and processing.

Congrats on a well deserved ribbon.
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01/27/2009 05:26:49 PM
Brilliant shot, congrats on your ribbon!
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01/27/2009 03:21:01 AM
good photo, congratz on ribbon ... post processing spot on, not happy really about the framing. great story too ...

peace
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01/26/2009 09:03:28 PM
This is SO GREAT! Congratulations!!!! The personality radiates from this amazing photo.

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01/26/2009 08:04:33 PM
This is really nice, that's a face with character. Congrats on the ribbon, and thanks for the entertaining story.

Mac,
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01/26/2009 06:17:52 PM
Wonderful portrait Ivo. Good story to accompany it as well. Congrats on the Ribbon.
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01/26/2009 05:13:46 PM
Well deserved... one day I will gain the courage to ask a stranger the same questions... if I get a shot half as good I'll be very pleased
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01/26/2009 04:50:58 PM
Well, look at you! What an excellent portrait of Boat Brent. Beautifully done and the story adds even more appeal! Congrats on your ribbon!!!
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01/26/2009 04:47:31 PM
Congratulations on your portrait in "landscape" format. You can do well with portraits, too. After all, much of the landscape is littered with all kinds of people.
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01/26/2009 03:46:22 PM
Outstanding work. Such emotion and texture.
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01/26/2009 02:45:49 PM
great shot, Johnny...congrats on the ribbon!
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01/26/2009 01:08:19 PM
Congratulations on the ribbon. I knew this would be in top 3. great job.
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01/26/2009 12:22:41 PM
Love the story. love the photo. Congrats!
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01/26/2009 11:14:15 AM
Hey that's a really cool story. And it's a really cool shot. Guys got piercing eyes. Proficiat on the red ribbon.

Message edited by author 2009-01-26 11:14:54.
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01/26/2009 11:11:25 AM
Interesting capture and story. Congratulations on your second place win!
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01/26/2009 09:57:25 AM
Great shot, love the expression, congratulations on your red.
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01/26/2009 08:58:46 AM
The story is as interesting as the photo - and that's saying something. Congrats.
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01/26/2009 08:42:48 AM
Got an 8 from me. Congrats. What an interesting fellow. Love the DOF and perfect focus. Nice going.
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01/26/2009 03:22:25 AM
interesting face, i like your shot and the story... i'd like to see other shots of this guy in its boat that explain to me its life style... congratulations.
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01/26/2009 02:15:57 AM
Excellent! A wonderful portrait and a very interesting story. Congratulations on a well deserved ribbon and a great photo!
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01/26/2009 12:53:05 AM
Love the story and love this image. He has a fantastic face. Huge congrats on your ribbon, Ivo.
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01/26/2009 12:50:13 AM
What an interesting character! I love the story behind this. Congrats!
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01/26/2009 12:35:36 AM
I really dig this image. I didn't have time to vote in this challenge, but I would have scored this image high. Love the story of it as well. Bravo!
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01/26/2009 12:32:34 AM
Congratulations -- my choice for "best in show" -- thanks so much for sharing the story of your encounter with Brent, too.
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01/26/2009 12:17:02 AM
Congratulations! I knew this one was going be up there. Nicely done.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/25/2009 10:57:16 PM
One of the better entries... nice work - 6 Border offputting
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01/25/2009 08:51:42 PM
way over sharpened
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01/25/2009 07:32:40 PM
Very nice. Like the lighting. Like the processing. Good luck.
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01/25/2009 05:04:43 PM
Absolutely love this one...the composition and the textures say it all! Well done.
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01/24/2009 07:06:58 PM
Love the concept and lighting - but it looks like you have over sharpened the face region. I think this shot is worth further playing with.
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01/24/2009 10:36:57 AM
Beyond cool: 10
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01/22/2009 12:17:30 AM
I like the processing here. Very good expression and eye contact. Good luck.
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01/20/2009 11:22:22 AM
Haha love it. Tons of personality. top 3 defintaly.
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01/20/2009 10:39:00 AM
I'm sure that this is doing well. It has "The DPC Look". :)
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01/20/2009 05:24:43 AM
lol great shot
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01/20/2009 12:19:15 AM
Wonderful portrait, love the dof and the sharpness. 8
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01/19/2009 11:43:38 PM
Alot of people took straight portrait shots with very little facial expression. You took a portrait shot with a slight expression that speaks volumes. I love the shot. I like the lighting and the details present. The DOF pulls you right to his face and eyes.
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