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  Mini#33 Best of 2016, So Far
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Old Man at Quimixto       ©2016 wrosenthal
Panasonic DMC-FZ200       8th place, 90 points
1/500s, f2.8, ISO 100, 204mm, Aperture Priority, Pattern, no flash
 
Post-Processing: Conversion to Black and White. Slightly sharpened. Foreground highlights softened.       Extra Info: Quimixto is a small fishing village near Puerto Vallarta, Mexico that is only accessible by water.
 
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wrosenthal
Jul 13, 2016
    Jade. All good points. I just wish I had you to curate all my stuff. I am pretty poor at selecting what is worthwhile and what is just usual.

Jade O.
Jul 12, 2016
    Bill, I thought quite a bit about this one and it wasn't in my top picks despite its fine qualities. It took me a while to decide just what bothered me since the background is suitably (but not unnaturally) dark and the subject well lit. I wondered if it was the hand interfering with my view of the face and competing as the point of focus, or if it was the bag despite it radiating in lines outward, pushing the viewers eye to a point of focus further in toward the center. In the end, I've decided it is the technically excellent elements, the radiating bag lines (which push the eye to the centre), the capped side portrait (which frames the upper end of the face avoiding the otherwise chopped off top of head), the gritty hand and weathered shoulder of the labourer, all of which should combine to make a wonderous composition and yet for me, appear as four equally prominent competing elements oddly in disharmony. Just my perception, of course....

wrosenthal
Jul 12, 2016
    Thanks everyone for the nice comments and for the critiques that always are worth considering.

ysal
Jul 12, 2016
    This was my #1. I thought it was very effective.

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rd52
Jul 11, 2016
    I really like the texture of your photo and subject. I think the B&W treatment work well. I think I would have liked to see more room on the left, give him somewhere to go. If it was not possible to add more to the left, I think I'd have taken some off the right.

Amberbug
Jul 10, 2016
    Nice composition & detail.

forkcandles
Jul 10, 2016
    England was also accessible by water only till the Wright brothers.
then the government opened terminal one
love the shot with lots of detail
Edited on Jul 10, 2016

RobertLavker
Jul 10, 2016
    Like the main entry, you have captured the workman-like life that this individual has endured. Razor sharp, nicely composed and exposed. Congratulations.

NEAT
Jul 10, 2016
    Not sure about the crop, bit tight, don't like how you cut his head off.

Lovely tones though.

aoc46
Jul 10, 2016
    Well-shot portrait, though I'd like to get more of a sense of what he's doing.

aKilter
Jul 10, 2016
    I prefer your composition in the main category, however the man's face seems to be sharper here. Made my top ten.

johncomyn
Jul 9, 2016
    Great emotion!

dk
Jul 9, 2016
    so expressive. Nice

ysal
Jul 8, 2016
    Gritty and raw. Very effective. One of my top picks.

davemisunas
Jul 8, 2016
    interesting black and white photo.. in focus with a blurred background.. TT

BarbroS
Jul 8, 2016
    Suberb candid close-up, with lots of character. Nice PP treatment. A pity I find that you cropped it so severely though.
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