Very nice! I love my Pardini K58, also a single-stroke pneumatic, modified by former (now deceased) importer Don Nygord to include a dry fire mechanism.
Of course, I really know nothing of the person in this picture or her circumstances, but upon seeing it I was reminded of the description of the capable wife in Proverbs chapter 31; even the title, "One and Only," seems to parallel verse 29, ". . . Many women are good wives, but you are the best of them all." Whatever the reality of the situation is, it's a beautiful portrait.
Just wanted to say that I seem to like your pictures. I enjoyed "Quiet Morning" from an earlier challenge, and "Racing the Rain" is a 5-star effort in my opinion.
maxola67: Rather boring pics.
Any picture featuring ice cream has an exciting appeal to it! I particularly enjoyed those entries that finished in 12th, 19th, 20th, 25th, 26th, and 29th place.
Nice photo and one of my favorites from the Pentax SLR challenge. It's a shame you decided to withdraw it.
I liked this shot, too. I hadn't heard of plagiocephaly before, and was happy to read that it's a common, treatable disorder with no known medical repercussions.
ws1967: there are quite a lot of pictures without any roof visible in the picture.So it is quite impossible to vote in a correct way for the pics in this challenge.
DPReview's voting tips say:
"Rate each image according to your own interpretation of:◦how aesthetically pleasing is the image? AND◦how well does the image meet (your interpretation of) the challenge's criteria (name, description & rules)"
In this challenge, if it's not evident that the garden is on a roof, then it gets a lower vote from me. Most challenges are like this--some entries fit the theme better than others, so we vote accordingly.
Sorry to have seen this entry removed from the challenge it was entered into; it was the only one I gave 5 stars to.
I thought this was a great picture, and the only one I rated at 5 stars. Guess I was a bit out of step with other voters since there were only two other pictures I really liked, and they finished 58th and 59th.
Yours was the image that I felt best exemplified the theme. Nicely done.
gfa5775: The concept should be what you can do with the cheap F/1.8 50mm lens, not the body it is on or relative mathamatical focal lengths.
I disagree. I've heard the term "nifty fifty" used at least since the 1970's and was typically used to acknowledge how useful the sometimes-derided 50mm kit lens could be. Not only was it reasonably fast (even low-cost models were about f/1.7 to f//2), it was usually optically among the best lenses in most manufacturers' lineups, was reasonably-priced, and provided a very useful, normal field of view. As Streetphoto pointed out below, the range of 40-60mm equivalent is also "normal" (Tamron's website says the same), and standard kit lenses I've seen ranged from 45mm to 58mm. A 50mm lens on an APS-C body is no longer a "nifty fifty" in the sense it was meant years ago because it no longer has the extremely versatile normal field of view.
Miwok: Wrong title for this challenge. If it's a 25 or 35mm, is not anymore a Nifty FIFTY!
Part of what makes a "nifty fifty" nifty is its field of view, so the focal length needs to be adjusted to match different sensor sizes.
People are free to do what they want with their own pictures, I suppose, but I find the continuing trend of withdrawing entries after the voting has ended to be disappointing. I often go back to older challenges to enjoy some favorite photos again, but in this challenge, two of the three images I liked best have been withdrawn (those finishing in 35th and 44th place). Oh well, at least I still have "Morning frost & mist" to enjoy (which finished 10th, jointly).
himotep: Dear ConanFuji, Idon't undertand why i've been dql. Rules said no bw nor sepia foto, my entry is partially desaturated. Can you explain, please?
Thanks for that explanation; I was a bit concerned that my voting was out of keeping with the challenge's intent when I rated pictures with reduced saturation a bit higher, viewing them as having a more retro look.
I should have picked up on the selective desaturation idea when you wrote that himotep "rubbed out" some colors that were there.
Just curious, ConanFuji--in a post below you wrote, "I would prefer a shot old car post processed to have that retro look." As I look at pictures using older color processes (such as Autochrome), they appear to have much less intense color than what pops out of a modern digital camera. Of course, I haven't seen the image in question, but wouldn't some de-saturation be appropriate to attaining that retro look?
Outstanding picture! But I guess I was the only one who saw it that way.
Arnie C Rose: As I scrolled through and voted, I noticed that many of these images are not really portraits, but candid images and "street" shooting on the beach. I submitted a "more formal" portrait-style image.
Not sure what the challenge host had in mind.
There are definitely different ideas about what a portrait is. I like this definition from Wikipedia:
"A portrait is a painting, photograph, sculpture, or other artistic representation of a person, in which the face and its expression is predominant. The intent is to display the likeness, personality, and even the mood of the person. For this reason, in photography a portrait is generally not a snapshot, but a composed image of a person in a still position. A portrait often shows a person looking directly at the painter or photographer, in order to most successfully engage the subject with the viewer."
In any portrait challenge, the closer an image gets to meeting the criteria in that definition, the higher I rate it.
The host said, "Show us the food that makes your mouth water." I guess my idea of mouthwatering food is different than the norm as most of my favorites finished below 100th place. Lots of nice pictures, though.
The most tantalizingly delicious-looking entry in the challenge! I can practically smell and taste them just looking at that picture.
Nice picture and great title. One of my favorites in this challenge.