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Conveying Human Emotion
3rd PlaceConveying Human Emotion
AllenP


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: What DPC Loves the Most (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
Date: Mar 16, 2011
Aperture: f/2.8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/1000
Date Uploaded: Mar 19, 2011

I put a lot of thought into this challenge before entering it.  I looked at many things before deciding what type of shot I wanted to enter.  I was aware that landscape shots usually dominate the free studies, but to me on the contrary to what a lot of people thought, THIS challenge was not a free study.  I could have posted a great shot of a landscape and titled it "Landscape", but this challenge was about what DPC loves the MOST.  A lot of people would have scored it low because they don't think it is the landscapes that they love the most.  I know there are a lot of people that love portraits,  but not just any portrait would have placed high in this challenge.  It had to be something different ... both pose-wise and post-processing-wise.  I wanted to come up with an entry that would reach as wide an audience as it possibly could, something that we all share, something that moves us all.  In the meantime when I look at the photographers that leave the strongest impact, they are the ones that capture human emotions in a unique way.  That is want I decided to do.  I wanted to come up with a shot that when most people looked at it, they would say "That is how I want to capture a moment in a person".  I put my style of post-processing into it which comes off as dramatic and moody and people usually respond well to it.  I had done this style on one of my previous entries and I am proud that it finished high in a free study which is extremely difficult. Here is that image:

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I am glad that I succeeded with this image.  Thank you!

p.s. This is a candid shot of somebody I do not know. Lighting is all natural, so was it in my "Old Soul" shot.

Statistics
Place: 3 out of 95
Avg (all users): 6.9795
Avg (commenters): 8.6000
Avg (participants): 6.7391
Avg (non-participants): 7.0900
Views since voting: 5719
Views during voting: 356
Votes: 146
Comments: 35
Favorites: 9 (view)


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04/01/2011 03:23:55 PM
Congrats, I really like the beautiful color palette.
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03/31/2011 02:15:19 PM
good work
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03/29/2011 08:21:19 PM
very nice image !

congrats.

i think i would have titled it differently.

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03/28/2011 10:52:33 PM
I love the story behind all that went into making this the award winning photo that it turned out to be. I love it, and you're so right: Who isn't drawn to the celebration of a pure moment. Congratulations!

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03/28/2011 02:29:33 PM
Very well done. Congrats on the ribbon!
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03/28/2011 12:04:33 PM
Beautiful shot!! Congratulations.
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03/28/2011 11:21:06 AM
Great Job, CONGRATS!
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03/28/2011 09:24:19 AM
You are on a roll! Congrats again.
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03/28/2011 08:56:42 AM
Wondefully thought out... and technically ... wow! Congratulations!!!
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03/28/2011 03:41:47 AM
Congrats on another well deserved ribbon, you're on a roll lately!
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03/28/2011 01:40:10 AM
Congrats on an inspired image and the ribbon!
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03/28/2011 01:10:00 AM
Congratulations it is FABULOUS...
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03/28/2011 12:48:56 AM
yes me too! i get upset when i have a beard.
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03/28/2011 12:47:50 AM
FA BU LOUS!!!!!!!!! Congrats on your ribbon.
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03/28/2011 12:44:59 AM
I am amazed with your varied styles of photography... you are an inspiration!
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03/28/2011 12:29:06 AM
I really love the post processing on this.....amazing image and congrats on your second ribbon this week. You are on a roll!!!!
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03/28/2011 12:28:05 AM
Allen quit hogging all the ribbons, lol Well done
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03/28/2011 12:19:23 AM
Ambient is the best kind of lighting. Excellent shot. By far my fav in the challenge, for you did indeed give us what we love the most, whether most will see it or not. And apparently they did see it. Great work all around.

Congrats on the double ribbon rollover as well - on the heels of a ribbon that was just on the front page, too. A perfect trifecta in the span of two weeks. Impressive!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/27/2011 09:27:25 PM
I'm hoping this is one of the ribbon winners. This is a beautiful shot and soooooooo DPC (take that as a compliment).
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03/27/2011 10:04:35 AM
Top 10 in my book. Very unique. - bumped to 10 - I like this more everytime I look at it.
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03/26/2011 10:26:43 PM
This is so awesome - I love the strangeness and mystery here. 10.
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03/26/2011 12:14:28 AM
This is an excellent image. I love it.
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03/25/2011 10:52:01 PM
Outfreakingstanding.
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03/24/2011 05:37:52 PM
Disturbing but brilliant!
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03/23/2011 03:19:01 PM
This is amazing. Brilliantly photographed and a wonderful capture of emotion. The composition is dynamic, and everything just works. A fav and a 10 from me
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03/23/2011 07:37:18 AM
Good idea & very well executed photo, you immediately feel the emotion.
If i posed like that there would be to much lens flare from all the fillings, she has seriously well preserved teeth.
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03/22/2011 10:22:16 PM
Wonderful capture. The emotion shown here works so well with the color/processing.
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03/22/2011 05:10:29 PM
You certainly captured it.
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03/21/2011 11:39:08 PM
This is flippin' BRILLIANT!!!! Everything about this image is perfection. Such a profound expression, rich tones and colors, and that lighting. The sort of image that makes me question my own worth as a photographer. Daring and tender. Bravo. (not voting)
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03/21/2011 03:31:26 PM
Great shot. 9
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03/21/2011 08:50:06 AM
Technically, this is perfect.
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03/21/2011 08:38:10 AM
' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' LVicari image? Really love the texture of the coat and the models throat. Superb capture! Top 10 for me.
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03/21/2011 02:33:22 AM
I love everything about this photo!! the lights, the colors... the crisp.. one of my favorites!! 10
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03/21/2011 12:58:41 AM
LOVE IT my first 10... I'm thinking LVicari ?????
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03/21/2011 12:53:21 AM
Great effect... love the composition...
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