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Challenge: Free Study 2010-01 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-40D
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
Location: Queensbury, NY
Date: Jan 21, 2010
Aperture: 7.1
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/200
Galleries: Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Jan 21, 2010

this is from a photoshoot for my best friend Jon before he moves to arizona. he wanted photos so that he could later look back on this time in his life. i loved the textures in this photo and thought itd be a good entry for my very first freestudy. i hope i dont do horribly.

speedlite @ 1/2 just camera left at chest level
speedlite @ 1/1 camera right @ 7' angled down 45 deg

color correction
topaz adjust
neutral grey softlight layer to create shadows/highlights
contrast on eyes
topaz detail for tones
minor cloning on face and under eyes
dodge and burn on tattoos
USM @ 200/.3/0
USM @ 10/250/0
gaussian blur on background
nik effects selective contrast

Place: 152 out of 388
Avg (all users): 5.8516
Avg (commenters): 6.5000
Avg (participants): 5.9912
Avg (non-participants): 5.4762
Views since voting: 938
Views during voting: 327
Votes: 155
Comments: 10
Favorites: 0

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02/08/2010 09:59:26 PM
Thanks so much Melethia. its really encouraging to hear support from talented photographers like Love and yourself. i was hoping to do a little better ( break 6 possibly) but i like how the photo came out and im glad to hear that other people like it too :)

ps: jon loved them. i have several more in my portfolio on here. even ones without his hat.

02/08/2010 09:46:45 PM
Woefully underrated. I suspect it may be in part those who simply don't like tattoos because the photography is really quite good here. Nice work with the strobist setup and very good fine-tuning in your processing. I suspect Jon really rather likes it, yes? That's way better than a score here.
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02/08/2010 09:03:58 PM
Thanks so much for the kind votes on my first free study! :) i agree about the hat but it really wasnt my choice for the photo. this was a shoot i did for my best friend jon before he moved to arizona. he wanted a way to remember this part of his life.
02/08/2010 08:59:41 PM
I love everything about this except for the hat. Awesome tattoos!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/07/2010 03:23:33 AM
10 nuff sazid
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02/04/2010 10:30:55 AM
ok...I'm an old fart and I don't see the appeal of tattoo's...every monkey to their own limb...but I will say that the tattoo's are very nicely defined, not like most of the others that I see...it's only me...don't take it personal
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02/04/2010 12:50:29 AM
Nice portrait, excellent light, and kudos to the ink artist. Not a fan of the hat but I suspect that's not your call to make anyway.
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02/03/2010 11:25:06 AM
I wonder if this might look good in B&W. Perhaps a touch more contrast would help him to pop out. I would like to see how it looks with the tatooed hand covering the umarked one. Overall nice portrait.7
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02/01/2010 02:59:22 PM
the feather on his right arm? NICE WORK! and the photo is shot well too ;-)
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02/01/2010 03:46:49 AM
I like it oversall, but the bg could have been more interesting...7
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