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May 12, 2011
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Inked II by simonovikis Inked II by simonovikis
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A powerful portrait done as simply as possible. The detail and clarity of the photo come from a good camera and a skilled eye. The composition here follows all the basic rules, off center, eyes on the 1/3rd line, great use of DOF, balanced colors. Technically it is flawless. Of course the camera and lens only add to the photo. Some photographers use their cameras as crutches, this photographer is not one of those because the technical aspects lie right there.

I did take off of originality because I have seen hundreds of men smoking on this site. No fault there, this has to be one of the better examples of it.

Finally, I come to impact. Always based on two factors. Does it challenge me to attempt better, and does it make me think. Often times a photo only accomplishes one and that alone gives the photo merit. This photo accomplishes both. the mystery behind the eyes, the mystery of the man. He himself seems to be analyzing the viewer intently, perhaps lost in his judgment of the viewer. This is powerful. Referring back to the technical aspect, it is tough to have all those aspects fall into place perfectly. It is easy to let one slide, or to have it just off-perfect. If a photo like this doesn't offer a challenge to other photographers, they are far too full of themselves to ever accomplish a great photo.
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kukinstein Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Professional Photographer
this is powerfull stuff . good job
OLiviaSchiffer Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
dont-u-know Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
very impressive
simonovikis Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012   Photographer
b13visuals Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
evil-angel06 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
stunning expression
laughlady99 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011
Wow, great shot, this is the first image I ran across from you and will definately check out the rest of your gallery! :)
simonovikis Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011   Photographer
Thank you very much Michele, appreciated ;)
etheralinsanity Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011
fantastically intense
simonovikis Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011   Photographer
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