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  Mini#24 Best of 2012
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A gesture of love and care       ©2012 doto
Panasonic DMC-FZ8       1st place, 240 points
1/500s, f5, ISO 100, 171mm, Aperture Priority, Pattern, no flash
 
Post-Processing: conversion to b&w, contrast, sharpening and vignette       Extra Info: None
 
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doto
Jan 16, 2013
    This is a true honour, and your kind and warm words of praise and enthusiasm warm my heart, and I thank you all deeply for them. The shots is the result of a lot of walking in the streets, and learning to anticipate what is about to go on, and, of course, the luck of catching that moment.
Edited on Jan 16, 2013

ysal
Jan 15, 2013
    Congratulations Dov, a fantastic image, well deserved win.

dogma02
Jan 15, 2013
    Congratulations, a well deserved win!

leighton w
Jan 15, 2013
    A well deserved win, congrats!

littlemav
Jan 14, 2013
    CONGRATULATIONS!!! Well Deserved Finish!

elliott
Jan 14, 2013
    i imagine its still the middle of the night over there but you will be well congratulated over your morning coffee i'm sure.
i made a number of friends sit down and look through our challenge earlier today and without an exception they all immediately gravitated to your photo. this will certainly have a life beyond our challenge here.
well done!!!
cheers.
el

mrsawyer
Jan 14, 2013
    Congrats Doto! Good to know we have good taste just like National Geographic did!!
Edited on Jan 14, 2013

Steven Sobel
Jan 14, 2013
    Grats, Doto! Reading the comments, I like the vignette, but agree it would be interesting to see a version with the man's face lightened up just a little (maybe 10% exposure increase) and maybe darken the top of the wall in front of the woman's face by the same amount. That said, my eye already goes to the right places in the photo without any changes, it's really a terrific shot!

Lo
Jan 14, 2013
    So glad to see this wonderful shot win. Congratulations!

Mepo
Jan 14, 2013
    Congratulations - Very well deserved win. Love your work.

Jade O.
Jan 14, 2013
    Ditto, Doto. Very nice timing and capture, and Congratulations!
As to the gradient I mean the feathering; I'd stretch it right up to the subjects; we don't care if their backs are well defined or well lit, and as raf noted, the center of attention should be the face and hands; the lighting is pulling me to the lady's left ankle and the bench behind her. Now promise you'll try to enter more often! Please!

rafinmelb
Jan 14, 2013
    Doto. Congratulations, a very nice moment captured well.

My recommendation was to just lighten up the face of the man a little. Not too much as it will look false but enough to ensure the viewer spends time looking at the expression on his face.

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Old Finn
Jan 14, 2013
    A beautiful picture. Good work, the composition too. In my favs.

Steven T
Jan 14, 2013
    Very nice. One of my top two favorites. The man's expression is what really makes the photo special. Good work to capture that at the perfect moment.

hifi
Jan 14, 2013
    Very nice capture - the b&w conversion for this was a great idea.

ysal
Jan 14, 2013
    A very precious moment, skillfully captured.

doto
Jan 14, 2013
    Thank you all very much. The shot is not posed, I never pose a candid street shot, I saw them walking to the stone bench and tried getting nearer (a pity I could not get closer) and waited for the shot, I took two or three but this was the best one.
forkcandles: I'm not sure they are a couple, could definitely be mother and son, it's one of the intriguing questions the shot creates.

LaRee
Jan 13, 2013
    I love a photo with a story and this has a strong story with it. Well seen and captured.

Joanna
Jan 13, 2013
    A very interesting photograph; the lighting could make or break this but to me it seems that he is bringing her in to the " light" as well as offering water and care; Definitely a favoutite.

wrosenthal
Jan 13, 2013
    A combination of a great subject and excellent technique. IMHO should be the winner.

mrsawyer
Jan 13, 2013
    Fantastic capture. My only criticism is the vignette in the upper right corner seems a bit much. Perfect otherwise!

littlemav
Jan 13, 2013
    If this wasn't posed then OMG ... If it was posed then still WOW. I love the feeling in this and your processing works perfect with it! My top 3

sammybeckham
Jan 13, 2013
    It is good to see mono still used in competitions
well caught shot

Lo
Jan 13, 2013
    Absolutely love it! Beautiful use of B&W, wonderful interaction, incredible detail. My #1

Steven Sobel
Jan 13, 2013
    My #1, This is the best shot of 2012 on Panachallenge, if it doesn't win there's something seriously wrong with us!

forkcandles
Jan 13, 2013
    you can feel the love and concern between the coupthe vingette is not overly used and emphasis the couple.

doto
Jan 13, 2013
    Thank you elliot, leighton, mepo, mary and dogma for your kind warm words and encouragement.

Jade, I really appreciate your wonderful words, and also the advice given about the use of vignette. I have to learn a lot more about PP. Most of what I do is done from self study and is intuitive, and therefore has much to improve. Do you mean the feathering should be larger, or that the opacity of the vignette should be smaller, or something else?

Raf, thanks for the advice, it's true that while the hands are a significant part of the shot, the few pixels of the eye tell the real story. Do you suggest working only on the face, or on the face and the area between it and the eye?

rafinmelb
Jan 12, 2013
    This is so good I will be harsh. The lighting forces us to focus on the hands, but there is a supporting story in the face. To raise this shot up a level, I would work the exposure on the face to bring the whole story into play. Of course in reality I wish I could get a shot as good
Edited on Jan 12, 2013

dogma02
Jan 12, 2013
    Great subjects, b&w was an excellent choice. A real story in a photo.

Jade O.
Jan 12, 2013
    Doto I presume. The style appears unmistakeable and I have to say, this is one of the few times I see a vignette, recognize the little too obvious vignette, realize I'm manipulated by the vignette into thinking the lighting is more special than it is, and I don't care! I'm seeing the transition out of the candid street portrait and into the realm of fine photography. Wonderful! We deserve less but I do wish you'd make it a point to be back on a regular basis. Maybe you've inspired me to try for something like this in the coming Challenge just to prove to myself how far I have to yet reach to achieve what you have here and how much more effort I need to make this year. Really, this could be one of your best yet - but maybe stretch the gradient (transition zone) a little more on those vignettes!

mbbin2
Jan 12, 2013
    I have seen this several times and still love it, Doto.

Mepo
Jan 11, 2013
    The whole thing comes down to the eyes and they tell the whole story. Fantastic! I can't get enough of this picture.

leighton w
Jan 11, 2013
    I just love this shot! Your choice to do it B&W made it.

elliott
Jan 10, 2013
    wonderful shot. in my top two for sure. i'm not fan of pp vignetting but it doesn't distract here.
well done.
el
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