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  Mini#24 Best of 2012
Entry 2 of 50
   
 
Union Soldier       ©2012 Steven Sobel
NIKON D7000       2nd place, 175 points
1/320s, f5.6, ISO 1600, 127mm, Shutter Priority, Center Weighted Average, no flash
 
Post-Processing: Converted from RAW with Adobe Camera Raw
Cropped
Seperated into two layers (foreground and background)
Foreground processed with Silver Efex (High Structure B&W)
Background processed with Silver Efex (Normal B&W)
Sharpened
      Extra Info: Subject is portraying a young Civil War soldier at a battle reenactment held at the Florida Agricultural Museum. In real life he's in the Air Force JROTC at West Nassau High School.
 
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doto
Jan 16, 2013
    Excellent shot, tasteful PP and a worthy place - well done!

RolandB
Jan 15, 2013
    Congratulations. Well deserved.

ysal
Jan 15, 2013
    Congrats Steven, this is a fabulous shot, well deserved finish. Definitely one of my favs.

elliott
Jan 14, 2013
    steve, well done!! thought i had left a comment but don't see it. showed our challenge to some friends earlier today and this was one of the few that got everybody's attention.
cheers.
el

littlemav
Jan 14, 2013
    Woo Hoo.... Welll congratulations! Since I adored this I feel totaly honored to be standing right by you! Great Great Job!!

Steven Sobel
Jan 14, 2013
    Thanks guys (and gals!) And thanks to everyone for voting and commenting on all the photos in the challenge, I know how hard it was to pick a TT (it took me hours to vote this time), great to see so much participation and thought going into helping each other grow as photographers!

mrsawyer
Jan 14, 2013
    Congratulations Steven!

Lo
Jan 14, 2013
    Great shot - well deserving of a high placement

Mepo
Jan 14, 2013
    Congrats - this is one image that will last.

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Adirondack Gal
Jan 14, 2013
    Perfect image for a beautifully processed black and white. The seperation of the foreground and background via DOF and your processing is very nice. I like the expression of the young lad looking towards your subject. One of my top picks in a very challenging field of images! Good Luck!

Ronoz
Jan 14, 2013
    an excellent portrait shot, enhanced by the distracted expressions of the other subjects to his right, b&w is also well suited, great one and in my tt.

hifi
Jan 14, 2013
    Scores very high in my voting. The expressions on the soldiers are great - especially the one on the far left. The b&w conversion was a a great idea.

Joanna
Jan 13, 2013
    An interesting study in facial expressions.

ambaker
Jan 13, 2013
    Timeless!

littlemav
Jan 13, 2013
    This is my favorite photo of this challenge, er ahh (ooo this hurts) includeing my entry! Your crop, and processing are perfect! I love the guy in the back ground looking at your subject. I have a feeling your gonna get comments about the subject being over sharp... (maybe the tinyest of bit) ie his chin whiskers I might not see with my naked eye, but for me, I see the sweat and he's kinda (grungy) not really the word I was looking for but looks sweaty, tish dirty n like a solider should...

Lo
Jan 13, 2013
    Nicely processed to focus attention on the young soldier. B&W is a great choice here

dogma02
Jan 13, 2013
    B&w was a great choice, and I love the gritty processing. I wish the third fellow down wasn't looking at the camera, I think I would have cropped the other two out or photoshopped a different person in there. I think it would work beautifully with just the subject.

sammybeckham
Jan 13, 2013
    A good mono head shot

forkcandles
Jan 13, 2013
    hope he goes a long way .. the guy on the left is jealous of the attn but make the picture come alive

JaneyKay
Jan 13, 2013
    Interesting scene ... especially the different facial expressions. You wouldn't think it was a reinactment. Good choice of black and white (I like Silver Efex too). Yep, the right moment ... especially with the guy to left looking to see what's happening ..

rafinmelb
Jan 13, 2013
    Beautifully done. Terrific expressions and faces on both the subject and the background folk. Lovely tonality which is important in b&w. Would I have cropped a little tighter on the right? Maybe, but not an issue.

evaan
Jan 12, 2013
    The look in the black soldier's eyes made it for me. Also, good highlights and contrast.

wrosenthal
Jan 12, 2013
    Great expression in the primary and secondary faces makes this compelling.

Jade O.
Jan 12, 2013
    I immediately loved your subject, the lighting, your composition, and your tonality, but I felt the background was a little off somehow. I'm unsure whether the separate foreground and background processing is a factor but either way I would have darkened the background - so fine an image of your subject I want the two in the background to be pushed far into the background.

RolandB
Jan 11, 2013
    Super capture. The expression on the young soldier is great. He appears totally into the role with that 1000 yard stare. And the glance by the other young soldier in the b/g adds to the story.

Works well in B&W.

Mepo
Jan 11, 2013
    Just an excellent portrait. Good composition and dof. Excellent capture of the expression(s). The lighting helps put this high in my favourites.
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By Steven Sobel


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