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Challenge: Free Study 2009-04 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D700
Lens: Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
Location: Coffs Harbour, Australia
Date: Apr 26, 2009
Aperture: f8
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/200
Galleries: Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Apr 26, 2009

This is one of a set of unusual portraits I've been putting together for an exhibition, thought I'd test it out on DPC. If it doesn't go well I know not to hang it, lol. The man's name is Arm, he runs a tattoo shop called Coat of Arms. He'd always captured my imagination, looks scary but he's a really nice funny guy. I thought finding the baby for my vision was going to be tough, but two days before the shoot I shot a house in which two very young parents were really keen to put their 3 week old baby in Arm's arms (pardon the pun) in exchange for a family shoot. It took all of 30 seconds before the baby realised it was cold outside and muslin certainly doesn't keep such a fragile little body warm, so it was my shortest shoot ever!

After the challenge - thank you SO much everyone for the brilliant comments and votes. It may not have made top 10, but I have a lot of respect for the people who commented and gave me their opinions, and now feel much better about hanging it. The exhibition goes up this week, and this shot has been printed on a huge 1m square(ish) canvas. I'm really excited about it now! Thanks again everyone :-)

Statistics
Place: 22 out of 435
Avg (all users): 6.5909
Avg (commenters): 8.4000
Avg (participants): 6.6364
Avg (non-participants): 6.4545
Views since voting: 1475
Views during voting: 274
Votes: 132
Comments: 18
Favorites: 2 (view)


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05/13/2009 12:22:40 PM
Very interesting shot, although to my taste Arm is ever so slightly soft (focus). Too, the saturation of his tattoos could be boosted a bit. Maybe even soften the background somewhat. It would be an even more striking image . . . or so I think.
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05/08/2009 11:23:27 PM
Oh man! This is VERY cool! I hope you will show us the rest of the photos in your exhibit! I would LOVE to see them!

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05/08/2009 07:19:42 PM
Now this is the stuff I would pay to go & see! Well done.
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05/08/2009 11:53:04 AM
Brilliant. Definitely hang it!
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05/08/2009 11:48:29 AM
Fascinating image. Thanks for the story.

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05/08/2009 09:20:32 AM
This deserved front page for sure.
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05/08/2009 08:47:28 AM
This is great... I like the spot effect of the vin. The hard vs. soft (flowing white rug) is a good opposite effect. Well done.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/06/2009 06:14:40 AM
Very stricking photo. I like the idea of the innocent and fragile look of the baby contrapposed to the hard and somewhat dangerous look of the man
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05/05/2009 07:50:27 PM
Great Pic, I love the colour of the tatoos in contrast to the flowing white blanket.
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05/05/2009 07:25:56 PM
incredible image .. so many contrasts and so powerful .. WOW . !!..:)
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05/04/2009 11:18:32 PM
great portrait. this would look even better zoomed in tighter, cropping at his waist so you can see more of his expression and the baby and his inkwork.
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05/04/2009 10:09:23 PM
Intriguing shot. Makes you stop and think about it. Nice work.
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05/04/2009 07:57:22 PM
awesome!
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05/03/2009 09:26:50 PM
An excellant portrait that is crisp, sharp and properly framed and composed - a technical success in every way. From an artistic standpoint, it has significant impact being richly colored with excellant detail. This image would have worked as a black and white as well. A demonstration of the power of properly controlled light and focus. Well done.
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05/02/2009 06:58:27 AM
Great shot! Interesting to see someone who looks so "tough" holding something so tender. Center composition and 3/4 lenght work well. This would make a great series if you added some close ups of the baby's face with tattoos visible and maybe the two faces close to each other. Of course I know this contest isn't about a series of photos... just offering suggestions.
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05/02/2009 01:08:47 AM
oh wow. awesome shot. 10
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05/01/2009 04:34:40 PM
Fabulous! I like how the trailing christening gown (or blanket) mimics his beard. Great juxtaposition of the babe and the guy.
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05/01/2009 12:34:53 PM
Nice
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