I'm quite taken by this photo, not so much as an example of extreme shallow depth of field, but because of the dramatic side lighting and the swirling cigarette smoke wreathing a face filled with character and intrigue. I even like the lines of the slightly out-of-focus hand holding the cigarette, and the subtly more intense, bluish puff of smoke at the extreme left of the image.
A very successful character study, IMO. Probably would place higher if entered under a different category.
MichaelIsGreat4: Another black and white stupid contest!! Wake up, we live in a colorful world, not in a black and white color!!! Therefore, these back and white contests should ALWAYS ask to provide the color version of the black and white pictures provided.
It is like asking us to go back to the black and white TVs when we are not in the era of 1080p color TVs and entering the new era of 4K color TVs!!!
Troll. If those are serious comments, I feel sorry for you.
This is a gorgeous image. I can't imagine the color "original" (if indeed there ever was one) being any more striking or impactful.
Didja notice in frame #9 how beat up the ZS100 sample looks? Somebody must have tried to pound nails with the lens barrel.
Very nice hair and expression. Would have liked at least a bit more inclusion of her blue outfit and better cropping of her left arm, i.e., more flesh. Also, distracting inclusion of that black mass at left rear is unfortunate.
Isn't Brandon the lovely baby whom we saw in a black and white shot, "Brandon at 10 minutes?" It was easily the best shot (I thought) in the "Portrait With Eyes Closed" Challenge, which I saw for the first time some months ago.
I absolutely adore this image. It's easily one of the most memorable people photos I've seen in a long time, and I find it hard to believe it placed only fourth. Was it perhaps that voters thought such a sublime expression could not possibly cross the face of a baby only minutes ago removed from the womb, unless he REALLY was sleeping? And therefore the image didn't strictly accord with the stated requirements of this Challenge?
I love the printing also. Everything but the face, fingertips and edge of the blanket has been taken down slightly, giving the image that documentary look of a low-light shot that originated on 35mm film. Makes me long to see a portrait of Brandon as he appears today.
For my money, easily the best image to emerge from this entire Challenge.
I love it!! Look at those bared fangs. When it comes to these Challenges, I never fail to be amazed how often the really good shots get buried way down in the ratings. Perhaps if entered in a somewhat different category than SPOOKY this entry would have placed much higher. Admittedly no great technical achievement here, just a great moment, beautifully composed--notice how this animal is literally CORNERED!--and the expression on its face is the essence of enraged felininity. (Is there such a word?)
I think the idea of an oversized Eisenstadt is a total gas!! I was unaware of the existence of this sculpture. From the brief caption, I know this is somewhere in San Francisco, but can someone tell us more about the artist and the location? I'd love to visit the site someday.
This one really caught my eye. I love how the couple are integrated into the 16:9 (?) horizontal format, how the graceful curve of the border between light and shadow, formed by an unseen arch above the couple, bathes the sidewalk and three humans in contrasty, slanted light, yet leaves the storefronts at left in semi-darkness. Have you noticed how the image is bisected by that lovely curve of light and dark, almost like two halves of a jigsaw puzzle? And the slight curve formed by the woman's back and legs, as she presses her lover against the pillar, leads the eye into the composition and imparts a gentle feeling of repose and contentment. Black and white is exactly right for this composition.