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2nd PlaceARABIA
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Challenge: The Spirit Of A Country (Basic Editing)
Camera: Nikon D700
Lens: Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
Date: Nov 17, 2009
Date Uploaded: Nov 17, 2009

Thanks for the nice comments and the ribbon.

It is not Dubai :-) but I am glad it looks like it. It was shot in the desert of Ica, 200 miles south from Lima, a few minutes after sunset. We arrived too late (5 minutes before sunset) so there was not enough time to make the correct lighting setup and only a softbox from the right was used.

The post processing could have been better to see more detail on the sand, and to increase the depth of color, but I had problems with the lap top, the card reader, etc.. so I had to submit the image almost as it looks straight off the camera.

Super special thanks to:
1. My brother Andy (' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' senor_kasper) for joining in this one day adventure to the desert of Ica,
2. The model, my friend Fernando and his wonderful falcon.
3. Mr Damin Awad, President of the local Islamic Association, who provided the authentic clothes (except my beach sandals that are not Fernando's size :-) )





Statistics
Place: 2 out of 63
Avg (all users): 6.8402
Avg (commenters): 8.2667
Avg (participants): 6.6765
Avg (non-participants): 6.8667
Views since voting: 4772
Views during voting: 464
Votes: 244
Comments: 41
Favorites: 3 (view)


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11/27/2009 11:32:26 PM
SUCH a 'spirit of a country' image. Congrats!
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11/26/2009 10:38:05 AM
FABULOUS!! Well deserved...
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11/26/2009 12:07:39 AM
This is so good! Congratulations on winning 2nd place with this. Never a more deserving award winner!

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11/25/2009 08:49:13 PM
Congratulations on your Red Ribbon wonderful image. :)
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11/25/2009 04:25:00 PM
that man not arabic
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11/25/2009 01:45:41 PM
congrats on this fantastic shot and your well deserved ribbon!
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11/25/2009 01:36:09 PM

One note:

The Eqall (the round black thing on his head) the loops should not be separated at all. its like when some has his shirt untucked on one side and not on the other. or something like that.

The beard style and the model catches the Arab form. Well Done!!
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11/25/2009 01:33:37 PM
Very nice shot
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11/25/2009 11:57:20 AM
Hi Alfredo, congratulation on the very well deserved ribbon,
I could tell he is not Arab by the way he is adjusting the head ware, do you know there are many ways to adjust it?!!
The color of the '' Ghotra '' changes from a country to another, the way and dare I say style varies from a generation to another. You can even in some countries differentiate between different families from the way they do it :)

I like the strobing in here, I am not sure if you saw David Hobby's shooting in Dubai, it is very similar.
Very well done and congratulation my friend.

P.S, Please ask Mr. Damin where is the white trousers that usually goes under? º
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11/25/2009 10:19:12 AM
Nice! Congrats!
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11/25/2009 10:14:57 AM
Congrats on the red! Great job!
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11/25/2009 09:24:31 AM
Well done, I like this even better after reading your details of how this was shot and what preparation went into it. Congratulations on the shiny new red ribbon.
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11/25/2009 09:10:23 AM
Well done , simply a stunning shot
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11/25/2009 08:41:59 AM
Congrats, great shot.
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11/25/2009 08:22:09 AM
WOW - great shot. Congrats.
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11/25/2009 03:50:58 AM
GREAT!
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11/25/2009 02:54:34 AM
HUGE COngrats for such a wonderful shot. Into my favs
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11/25/2009 02:00:30 AM
Very nice lighting. I prefer the manner in which Strobist used a strong keylight to add to the dynamism, but this is very good. Great job.
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11/25/2009 01:42:04 AM
I also thought T E Lawrence when I saw this.
Great shot, congrats on the ribbon
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11/25/2009 01:09:18 AM
Not to take away from Melethia's accomplishment, but I was really hoping this would garner the Blue. 6.84 isn't even close to a respectful score - this should have been in the mid-7's at least. I hope there were no low anti-middle eastern votes thrown your way.
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11/25/2009 12:59:22 AM
Well, Fernando certainly looks the part (good looking guy). Stunning shot, Alfreda. Congrats on the ribbon.
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11/25/2009 12:25:18 AM
Hehe, I was pretty sure that he was not really an Arab so I did supsect this was not in any Arabian country, but I know that falconry is a very important part of that culture. Congratulations on your ribbon.
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11/25/2009 12:17:37 AM
Hopefully a lot of folks will have gained something from this, as I'm betting most aren't aware of the importance of falconry in some of the Arabic countries. Beautifully photographed!
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11/25/2009 12:17:02 AM
Congratulations! ALf hanna ia zalame! Enshala bi kheir. Well done with this too, and beautiful hawk ( humm... it's your brother's hawk?)
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11/25/2009 12:05:42 AM
Most deserved ribbon for this great shot brother. If people only knew all it took to produce and even enter this image, LOL; it will be an everlasting memory.

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11/25/2009 12:04:36 AM
Lawrence of Arabia was the first thing that came to my mind too. I loved the lighting on the man and the sky is magnificent. Congrats on the red ribbon!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/24/2009 02:02:34 AM
Wow, this is perfect! What a cool picture! 10
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11/23/2009 09:33:09 PM
Magnificent portrait -- I like all the diagonal lines and the balance with the sunset (or sunrise?).
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11/23/2009 05:00:09 PM
This is my pick for blue.. beautifully captured! 10
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11/21/2009 05:33:17 PM
The man in classic Arabian garb complete with a hunting hawk and desert sands so invokes the romantic imagery of "Lawrence of Arabia". Lighting is wonderful on your subject but I daresay you could move in a little closer such that he dominates the left 1/4 portion of the frame - show us more of this character not less! As it is having him stand just a few feet away from the left edge and the great expanse of desert & sky makes it look like the character is just lost in that great expanse of space rather than him being a vital part of it. A high above average shot but bringing us closer to and making the main subject a vital part of the environment would greatly increase the visual appeal of this composition and move it into the exceptional category.
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11/21/2009 04:03:50 PM
IMO I would have preferred this without the flash...personally I don't like flash flairs in pictures...but overall a good capture
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11/18/2009 08:39:59 PM
Now this is a very cool photo - I love that the bird is looking at the man as he looks away. Great scene with the sand dune and setting sun. The only thing that seems off is the lighting from the front - somehow it makes the photo surreal in a not so good way like a movie set or something. But thanks for a different scene!
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11/18/2009 03:56:46 PM
great shot
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11/18/2009 01:01:41 PM
Excellent 10
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11/18/2009 12:07:24 PM
Beautiful image
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11/18/2009 09:55:23 AM
not bad, but I expect to see more details of the desert
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11/18/2009 08:42:27 AM
My geography isnt what it used to be, but this screams Dubai to me
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11/18/2009 05:31:40 AM
Intriguing. I can't figure out what he's holding (aside from the bird). Love the simplicity of it. 8
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11/18/2009 02:59:09 AM
I want to love this shot but I can only get to liking it. I so want to see the bird better and the horizon is all wonky - can't do much about that in the desert can you? Good work.
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11/18/2009 02:07:50 AM
NICE. Simple composition, very symbolic of the country. Great lighting!
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11/18/2009 12:26:39 AM
Nice lighting, 9
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