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Challenge: Polka Dots (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8G IF-ED
Location: Calico Ghost Town, CA
Date: Nov 28, 2009
Aperture: f/3.2
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/320
Galleries: Portraiture, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Nov 29, 2009

Special thanks to Ron for being so kind and posing for me.

Last minute entry, sitting in the coffee shop of a small town in the middle of nowhere, trying to submit in time. I donít really like the name of the picture.

Edited on my uncalibrated laptop in Photoshop Elements.

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Thank you all for the great comments and votes.
Here is an unedited version of this image. One of the reasons i went B&W was that flower in front of the man's hand. In B&W it is not that distracting.
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Statistics
Place: 2 out of 78
Avg (all users): 7.0588
Avg (commenters): 8.1429
Avg (participants): 7.0256
Avg (non-participants): 7.0702
Views since voting: 3928
Views during voting: 338
Votes: 153
Comments: 31
Favorites: 5 (view)


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01/07/2010 11:33:53 AM
The polka dot wild rag, the stripped shirt, the patchwork vest and the old hat....all perfect! I just know his horse is waiting for him outta the shot somewhere. Great portrait!
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12/13/2009 11:09:42 AM
What tonal range! I love it. This photo is a education in BW photography. Very deserving of the ribbon.
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12/08/2009 09:45:07 PM
Now, that face has character. Excellent portrait, congratulations.
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12/08/2009 12:52:33 AM
Hey! It's RON! He's so very sweet, fun to talk with, and an all around great guy. Love the treatment of this shot. Well done! Congratulations :)
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12/07/2009 10:29:36 PM
Holy cow! I recognized Ron immediately. I spent a good long while chatting with him when we stopped in Calico during our Route 66 vacation back in October. Wonderful :)

Congrats on the ribbon!
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12/07/2009 08:11:33 PM
Congrads on the ribbon! This was one of my two tens I handed out. Again, excellent work!
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12/07/2009 05:37:49 PM
Really well done. Congrats.
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12/07/2009 02:31:30 PM
Nice portrait but the flower is distracting.
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12/07/2009 10:51:55 AM
Ohhh such nice work!!! Congratulations!!

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12/07/2009 10:48:25 AM
Lovely portrait. Congrats on your ribbon, Valeriy.
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12/07/2009 10:19:27 AM
Very nice portrait. Congrats on Your ribbon, Valerich.
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12/07/2009 08:07:21 AM
Great portrait. Congrats.
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12/07/2009 05:53:26 AM
Congrats on the red! Very nice portrait.
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12/07/2009 03:42:24 AM
great use of natural light and terrific processing, uncalibrated laptop notwithstanding :). congrats on your ribbon, Valeriy!
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12/07/2009 12:04:06 AM
Very good portrait, wd!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/06/2009 05:26:54 PM
outstanding shot that draws you in. great work
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12/04/2009 11:17:17 AM
It's an excellent photo. I wonder what's up with the little plant in front of his hands.
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12/04/2009 10:36:47 AM
This is a great portrait - I love the tones in this.
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12/03/2009 01:20:37 AM
I like this but it seems like the depth is odd. I love the age in the hands but with them in the foreground the face seems out of proportion. interesting
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12/01/2009 12:49:21 PM
Great shot. I love the detail.
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12/01/2009 10:54:27 AM
Excellent portrait. Light and detail are wonderful.
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12/01/2009 10:43:50 AM
great shot- my #1
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12/01/2009 09:03:29 AM
if this doesn't ribbon, there is seriously something wrong with this website
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11/30/2009 08:12:02 PM
this is such an excellent shot...it speaks volume's...very well done
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11/30/2009 03:26:49 PM
Nice lighting and focus!
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11/30/2009 02:03:09 PM
Wonderful portrait. Maybe a bit more light on the face but this is a winner. Conrgats.
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11/30/2009 01:13:04 PM
I'll go along with the cowboy and polka dots, but if I ever find one wearing pink flip-flops, I'm moving to another state. First rate portrait, BTW.
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11/30/2009 12:18:08 PM
Fabulous portrait. But I feel the dots are incidental to the shot, and not the theme of the shot. Great face!!
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11/30/2009 11:20:15 AM
Tough and polka dots, I didnt think it was possible. Good capture
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11/30/2009 08:13:15 AM
Wow, great dynamic tones in this photo and what a great character portrait of this cowboy gent! Love all the sharp detail and the textures one sees here. Not the 'typical' dressage a cowboy would wear in a bandana but most definately adds interest and character to this unique man. Love the sepia/B&W for it calls attention to all the details that would most probably compete/clash for the eyes attention had it been in color: the stripes of the shirt along with the polka dot bandana. The other thing that grabs me is his pose - this is a showdown. His arms crossed across his chest, one in a fist and his straight on stare that bores into you - I get the impression that this is a staredown shootout:-) Great portrait work - I can see this making it's way into the top 5.
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11/30/2009 01:03:57 AM
impeccable detail
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