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Smoking is bad for you, look what it did to my nose
Smoking is bad for you, look what it did to my nose

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Portraits Without Children (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D80
Lens: Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM for Nikon
Location: Sydney
Date: Jul 18, 2009
Aperture: 45/10
ISO: 200
Shutter: 10/4000
Galleries: Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Jul 19, 2009

window light from right, tripod standing on 3 chairs, white cardboard and remote in left hand.

Place: 70 out of 159
Avg (all users): 5.6299
Avg (commenters): 7.0000
Avg (participants): 5.4364
Avg (non-participants): 5.7374
Views since voting: 809
Views during voting: 355
Votes: 154
Comments: 11
Favorites: 0

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07/28/2009 07:21:14 PM
Greetings from Andi via the Critique Club

First Impression: (without knowing photographer or seeing comments) This is a shot from somebody who understands light and mood and makes the viewer sit and think a while.

Composition: Composition is ok but for more impact I think losing the top third of the image (almost to a square crop) would help.

Subject: Yes, its a strong portrait that meets the challenge well but am thinking the whole smoking idea would have put off a few voters (am a smoker myself).

Technical: The lighting/exposure is spot on with good detail in the smoke and subject, I think it might be better in B&W?

Final thoughts: A strong image but am still not sure if the smoke around the eyes is a good or bad element and the cigarette looks a little odd. I'm still seeing this as a B&W image cropped to a half inch above the right eyebrow.
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07/27/2009 11:25:00 PM

Thanks for all the comments, appreciated.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/24/2009 08:46:41 PM
Say whaaat? A little less smoke around the eyes and this would have been on the front page. Still in my top 10
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07/24/2009 12:17:46 AM
Very dramatic perspective & expression. Some more control over exposure & noise may have turned into better results.
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07/23/2009 12:41:56 AM
Deep, contrasty image....nice.
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07/20/2009 10:49:23 PM
This is the first of the photos that I've looked at so far in this challenge that I actually like. I love the lighting and the angle of the shot. My only criticism would be the blue blob in the top left corner -- I don't think it adds anything to the effect of this photo and it is a bit distracting.
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07/20/2009 10:49:09 PM
offbeeat, fun, I like it
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07/20/2009 04:01:29 PM
:) But it is soooooo good for photography, don't you think? I love it.
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07/20/2009 03:22:41 PM
Good idea, the smoke is dynamic and harsh lighting fits very well. Personally, I would have been tempted to neat image the smoke to make it more ethereal, but the current grain is good for the harsh message.
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07/20/2009 04:03:34 AM
I like the distortion in this shot, or is that really your head shape lol
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07/20/2009 03:33:06 AM
OMG .. so thats why i have a large nose .. wish i'd been told when i started smoking .. this is great by the way .. i'm not voting yet but just wanted to make a comment on this great image .. :)
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