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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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:iconkukinstein:
kukinstein Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Professional Photographer
this is powerfull stuff . good job
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:iconoliviaschiffer:
OLiviaSchiffer Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Adoree
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:icondont-u-know:
dont-u-know Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
very impressive
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:iconsimonovikis:
simonovikis Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012   Photographer
:thanks:
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:iconb13visuals:
b13visuals Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Nice!
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:iconevil-angel06:
evil-angel06 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
stunning expression
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:iconlaughlady99:
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! :)
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:iconsimonovikis:
simonovikis Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011   Photographer
Thank you very much Michele, appreciated ;)
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:iconbridgetfalls:
BridgetFalls Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011
fantastically intense
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:iconsimonovikis:
simonovikis Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011   Photographer
:thanks:
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:iconpoelee:
Poelee Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011
I agree with =SeanJPhoto's critique.
Such an intense gaze, such a perfect portrait...
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:iconsimonovikis:
simonovikis Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011   Photographer
thanks for that :)
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:iconpoelee:
Poelee Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011
:D
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:iconteddiefrosch:
TeddieFrosch Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Really gorgeous eyes.. and the tattoe with the knife is pretty original
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:iconsimonovikis:
simonovikis Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011   Photographer
thanks for that :)
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:iconmello-brain:
mello-brain Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011
+feature here [link] :D.
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:icontiffanydearborn:
TiffanyDearborn Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011
i love this...what did you shoot this with?
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:iconsimonovikis:
simonovikis Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011   Photographer
a 5dmk2
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:icontiffanydearborn:
TiffanyDearborn Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011
wow I need to save up for one of those!
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:iconperforatedphoto:
PerforatedPhoto Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011
This image keeps catching my eye on my random trips around DA, but I just
realised I never put it into my favourites... Dumb...

Amazing portrait, with a level of grit and realism that is so beautiful... You
managed to capture such intensity here... :)
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:iconsimonovikis:
simonovikis Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011   Photographer
thank you very much :)
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:iconvitorizza:
vitorizza Featured By Owner May 20, 2011
he is identical to Kiefer Sutherland!!! fantastic shot!!!
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:iconsimonovikis:
simonovikis Featured By Owner May 20, 2011   Photographer
Now that you said this, I can see plenty of similarities :nod:
:thanks: :hug:
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:iconanishelach:
anishelach Featured By Owner May 19, 2011
Now this is amazing. I keep coming back here just to look at this photo. : )
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:iconsimonovikis:
simonovikis Featured By Owner May 19, 2011   Photographer
thank you very much :hug:
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:icondarkmarien:
DarkMarien Featured By Owner May 18, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
He's my favourite
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:iconsimonovikis:
simonovikis Featured By Owner May 19, 2011   Photographer
mine too actually, he has a very 70's look
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:icondarkmarien:
DarkMarien Featured By Owner May 20, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I agree <3
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:iconb13visuals:
b13visuals Featured By Owner May 18, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Cool toning! Great use of DOF!
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:iconsimonovikis:
simonovikis Featured By Owner May 18, 2011   Photographer
Thank you very much :)
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:iconmrqui:
Mrqui Featured By Owner May 17, 2011
Very Good, congratulations !
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:iconsimonovikis:
simonovikis Featured By Owner May 18, 2011   Photographer
:thanks:
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:icongeegcow:
GeegCow Featured By Owner May 17, 2011
<3
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:iconrakelrakelita:
Rakelrakelita Featured By Owner May 17, 2011
I simply love everything about all these pics...amazing...
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:iconsimonovikis:
simonovikis Featured By Owner May 18, 2011   Photographer
thanks very much :)
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:iconyinetyang:
yinetyang Featured By Owner May 16, 2011
Freaking intensity here. I'm curious. Does the knife on his finger has a meaning?
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:iconsimonovikis:
simonovikis Featured By Owner May 17, 2011   Photographer
:) No idea about that!
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:iconyinetyang:
yinetyang Featured By Owner May 17, 2011
I heard a story in France saying that when you wear such tattoo reversed it means you killed someone. Just a story I guess (hope).
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:iconsimonovikis:
simonovikis Featured By Owner May 17, 2011   Photographer
hope it's not true :)
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:iconyinetyang:
yinetyang Featured By Owner May 17, 2011
Lol! So am I!
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:icontrystortreat:
TrystOrTreat Featured By Owner May 16, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Marvelous.
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:iconsimonovikis:
simonovikis Featured By Owner May 16, 2011   Photographer
:thanks:
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:iconb0rrach0:
B0rrach0 Featured By Owner May 14, 2011
Very cool portrait. Nice shallow dof :)
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:iconsimonovikis:
simonovikis Featured By Owner May 14, 2011   Photographer
thank you very much :)
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:iconfellawake:
Fellawake Featured By Owner May 13, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's like he can see into your soul. That's kinda corny, but his eyes are so piercing. The shot is gentle somehow, but still keeps a certain roughness about it... Either way, it's an amazing photograph. L-o-v-e it. :)
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:iconsimonovikis:
simonovikis Featured By Owner May 18, 2011   Photographer
Thank you very much, appreciated :hug:
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:iconfellawake:
Fellawake Featured By Owner May 18, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
it's my pleasure! :)
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:iconyaz212:
yaz212 Featured By Owner May 12, 2011
amazing portrait!
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:iconsimonovikis:
simonovikis Featured By Owner May 13, 2011   Photographer
thanks very much :)
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:iconinele-ra:
inele-ra Featured By Owner May 12, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
fakides, fakides, fakides <3
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