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Portrait of a man
Iraklis


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Best of 2009 (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Nikon D90
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II
Location: Athens, Greece
Date: Dec 1, 2009
Aperture: 9
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/80
Date Uploaded: Jan 21, 2010

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Statistics
Place: 259 out of 445
Avg (all users): 5.6920
Avg (commenters): 6.9111
Avg (participants): 5.7000
Avg (non-participants): 5.6600
Views since voting: 879
Views during voting: 450
Votes: 250
Comments: 55
Favorites: 8 (view)


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03/31/2010 03:50:30 AM
I'm returning to this image now a couple months after the vote, and it still has all the appeal it did to me in the challenge. I figured it would be a polarizing photo for many voters, and the score reflects that, but to me the blur still emphasizes that man's haunted expression perfectly. What is he thinking? Who is he? What has he seen, what has he done? If an image gives the viewer pause and causes him to ponder such questions, it has succeeded expertly as a portrait. It certainly did for me, and it would appear by the comments below it did for many others as well. Great job.
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01/29/2010 03:16:38 PM
lovely work!
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01/29/2010 02:06:44 PM
what a tragic portrait... great work Iraklis, liked it very much in voting, should've guessed it was yours.
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01/29/2010 01:10:24 PM
I think this one is beautiful. I gave it an 8. I was actually surprised it scored as well as it did overall. Well done!
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01/29/2010 09:55:49 AM
Love the tone and blur, really supports his apparent mood and thought.
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01/29/2010 08:10:33 AM
This was my favourite of the challenge and my pick for the blue. Utterly wonderful.
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01/29/2010 06:27:27 AM
5.69? But certainly getting some accolades in the posthumous thread :) I love it.
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01/29/2010 02:38:31 AM
Just wonderful, easily in the top two of this challenge :)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/28/2010 11:59:18 PM
interesting that you decided to go with some blur in the shot. i like the colortone.
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01/28/2010 10:51:43 PM
Wonderful photo. Love the processing and the composition. I love photos with a touch of mystery... wonder who this man is, what is he looking at and thinking... looks like a French grandfather waiting in an alley to score some crack ;) Only joking... but there's a story, intigue in the image... it's not just a captured moment... there's thought and emotion within THIS rectangle. Bravo.
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01/28/2010 09:24:49 PM
The soft focus adds a nice look to this.
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01/28/2010 09:17:22 PM
I like it. It's from a different dimension. Or as if I'm dead and seeing through a veil to the living. Great use of diagonal and blur.
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01/28/2010 09:04:23 PM
One of the more perplexing images in the challenge. Of all the shots, this one brings up the most questions... what is he looking at? who is he? etc. etc. Incredible shot.
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01/28/2010 08:39:50 PM
very nice!
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01/28/2010 07:45:59 PM
Oh, dear. It's out of focus. And crooked. The crop detracts. Bla, bla, bla. I can only imagine the comments you're getting.

I'm guessing this is Iraklis. If it's not, take it as a compliment. This is very good. The framing and the textures in the wall add tension. The softness makes it feel ephemeral. Wonderful.
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01/28/2010 06:36:44 PM
I'm hanging this in the Posthumous Fantasy Art Show.
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01/28/2010 03:59:56 PM
Just goes to show that crystal clarity is not always needed to produce a great portrait. Love the tilt, shadows, softness, and subject.
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01/28/2010 01:24:34 PM
I would have preferred to see the man more in focus.
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01/27/2010 10:13:49 PM
This is a nice image even with the subject out of focus.
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01/27/2010 07:53:06 PM
Love it. Such a distinctive, rather plaintive actually, expression. The tilt and the blur just add to the beauty of it.
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01/27/2010 09:38:18 AM
with a sideways glance, the gentleman is concerned, not as if being followed, but as if remembering what has past him by
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01/27/2010 09:33:09 AM
Why not sharp? You will score good, but im sure you would do even better without the blur...
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01/27/2010 03:46:08 AM
a tad sharper would have bumped my score up
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01/26/2010 10:08:20 PM
very artistic & it works for me , 7
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01/26/2010 02:34:28 PM
too much motion blur on this one.
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01/25/2010 11:46:08 PM
Truly one of the best "moment in time" shots for the year.
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01/25/2010 10:47:03 PM
The angled composition works well. The burned in edges, the over all "mood" of the coloring make it work great as a not so sharpened image. I like it a lot.
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01/25/2010 10:31:15 PM
I find this strangely fascinating and intriguing...the photo begs the question "What is your story?"
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01/25/2010 10:18:40 PM
the blur works well here. very mysterious feel to it.
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01/25/2010 08:41:22 AM
I like it as an arty imag, but it is quite blurry
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01/25/2010 03:38:02 AM
His being more in focus would have raised my vote! :/
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01/24/2010 08:39:12 PM
The gentle blur is great...there is just so much charisma to this photo. Excellent!
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01/24/2010 08:23:53 PM
this shows such character and strength...well done...really like the lighting and texture in the picture
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01/24/2010 07:37:21 PM
One of my favorite portraits of the challenge!
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01/24/2010 03:48:41 PM
My initial reaction was too soft, but it made me look again, the mixture of the subject and colour treatment gives it an ethereal and almost ghostlike feel, went from a 4 to an 8. Nice job.
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01/24/2010 03:07:55 PM
While the focus is not super sharp this is one of those times where softness in a scene is called for in projecting a mood/feel/emotion. The slant to the portrait and the almost haunted/tired look in his eyes gives the impression that the (his) world is off kilter; things are no longer in sharp focus as time goes on - perhaps he has lost his way. Perhaps there are regrets he has about he has about things done or not done in the past as he looks towards an uncertain future. I could very well see this as a scene from a movie - and wonder just what story will unfold as the movie plays.
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01/24/2010 02:02:26 PM
This is so close to being a terrific image IMO, but it fell short on a couple of points for me. I don't know if the lack of focus was intentional, but that was the biggest issue for me.....4
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01/24/2010 03:10:07 AM
Nice candid. Very interesting face and pose capture and I like the setting too. The angle and blur really work well here. Wouldn't be surprised if this got a Posthumous award.
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01/23/2010 09:59:53 PM
This is interesting, I sense there's something going on here. It feels like the man is hiding from something or waiting for something bad to happen. The angle and the blur add to that sense of anticipation and leave me wondering what's happening and feeling apprehensive for the man!
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01/23/2010 09:01:15 PM
I like the off-angle framing, the light, and the gaze of the man. But the man seems to have soft focus, and the wall seems sharper, which is reversed to me. 6
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01/23/2010 07:48:49 PM
the nervous focus/blur and angle of the photo seems to enhance the story on the man's face. a 7 from me.
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01/23/2010 04:14:53 PM
Great work! One of my favourites in this challenge :)
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01/23/2010 04:01:43 PM
Very old world, European look. Love it a man of mystery.
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01/23/2010 12:59:08 PM
10, :)
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01/23/2010 11:33:47 AM
I love the artsty approach that you've taken with this shot...the angle...the slightly out of focus...really nicely done! 8
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01/23/2010 12:19:47 AM
Interesting work here.
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01/22/2010 09:02:26 PM
This is art
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01/22/2010 07:02:28 PM
Very nice portrait, i love the softness and perspective.
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01/22/2010 04:34:18 PM
Im not really keen on this guys being not in focus or having movement in this pic. Like the angle though
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01/22/2010 12:06:10 PM
I like the composition and light, really wish the blur wasn't there
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01/22/2010 10:46:47 AM
Looks like something that could have been taken 50 years ago. Not fond of the blur but that's a personal preference, I am sure others like it.
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01/22/2010 09:39:07 AM
I'm not sure about the soft focus here. I would have preferred him to be tack sharp, personally. Interesting character study, though.
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01/22/2010 04:25:34 AM
Technically imperfect and yet I would love to have taken it myself for the atmosphere it induces through the man expression, posture and color tones. (not voting)
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01/22/2010 02:47:35 AM
Absolutely. Sort of portrait I'd love to do.
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01/22/2010 02:26:14 AM
If only it was sharp.
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