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Grumpy Old Man

Grumpy Old Man
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Copyright: Horia Bogdan (horia) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-08-28
Categories: Mountain
Camera: Canon 400D Digital Rebel XTi, Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4.5 DC, Hoya 72mm HMC Circ. Polarizer
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/80 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: 2007 USA summer
Theme(s): Tree faces and scuptures [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-01-07 0:16
Viewed: 4523
Points: 48
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi everyone

Nice to see you all again in 2008 and i would like to wish you all a splendid year, full of successes and joys.

I would also like to apologize for my absence - both past and future; i was away for the New Year's Eve and i'm probably going to take some time off from TN for a short while because of 2 main reasons:
1. i really don't feel great about the photos i have left in my archives...i would really like to take some new ones and be glad when posting those here.
2. i have some exams coming up soon and therefore i must go back to studying :(

That having been said, i should tell you that this photo hear was taken on a very nice hike my friend, Rick, and i took on the shores of Lake Tahoe, back in the summer.
As we were walking, i saw this very interesting stone (to me at least) that looks like a grumpy old man - with the frowning eyes, the pointy nose and the mouth and chin in the lower right corner.
All this stroke me instantly and i simply had to take a picture of it...hope you can see it, too :)
For those who know or have heard of Jeff Dunham, this stone reminds me of "Walter" :))

PP: I played a little with the dodge/burn tool as well as the sharpen/blur one here in order to make the stone stand out a bit better.

Hope you'll like it :)
Until next time, take care.

EXIF data :
Camera: Canon 400D
Lens: Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4.5 DC Macro
Filter: Hoya 72mm HMC Circ. Pol.
Focal Length: 17mm
Shutter Speed: 1/80 sec.
Metering Mode: Pattern
Exposure Bias: 0
F-Stop: f/4.5
ISO: 200
Flash: No
Support: handheld
TOD: about 4 PM
Weather conditions: cloudy

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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2008-01-07 1:04]

I like composition and color of your picture. Well done!

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2008-01-07 1:10]
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Hi Horia

You take your time and give priority to your studies– there will always be time afterwards to allocate to TN and photography. Just don't let the fire in your heart dwindle. You are too good a photographer to go wasted.

I think I know why this old man looks so grumpy – it is because of that massive jaw. Lovely details and rich colours. Good exposure levels to compensate for the lack of light. Well seen and captured.

Good work and TFS.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-01-07 1:18]

Hello Horia, yes, I can see your Grumpy Old Man.
Well seen and captured. And even the pine tree in the BG looks like it is sprouting out of his head - maybe that is what is giving him a headache!!
Good one, it makes me smile

Hi my Friend,
Now I am just showing that I do not overlooked, but a detailed critique will be after work ;)
Greetings and all the best in 2008 dear Horia!

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-01-07 1:37]

Ha ha! What an eye you have to spot this!
This looks just like a grumpy old man!
It also looks very similar to those Easter Island statues!
Great contrast giving the photo a gritty feel.
Sharp with superb detail and clarity.
Brilliant composition.
Well done Horia.

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-01-07 3:06]

Hi Horia
I like composition, very natural color and sharp details.
have a nice day.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2008-01-07 3:59]

Hello Horia,
The composition of this photo is very nice. The light is goodand the colors are beautiful.Regards.

Hi Horia,
A beautiful capture of this natural stone sculpture which looks like a grumpy old man. Very good composition and well seen. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-01-07 6:50]

Hello Horia,
Very beautiful clear colours. Great DOF, composition and BG.

YES! Horia I saw it right off..What a face...there is a rough semblence of this vs the Easter Island doings which were created by man and not natural as yours is..Good eye as our baseball team used to yell to its pitcher...good eye!

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-01-07 9:48]

Hi Horia.
Your reasons are so weighty. I wish you realization of all your plans. Shot is very nice. You managed to select a very impressive POV. Despite the cloudy weather picture is so colorful and pictorial. Excellent DOF (it is feature of wide angle) and details of the beautiful landscape. We are waiting for you here. Kind regards and TFS.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-01-07 11:48]

Hi Horia,
Just acknowledging this wonderful shot from you. Sorry for the short job my friend, absolutely stretched.

Hello Horia,
what a wonderfull composition, all is perfect, great focus, wonderfull colors and splendid point of view, a great work,

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-01-07 14:56]

Hola Horia,
precioso lugar,
bella composición, y pov.
colores y presentación hermosos...

Hi Horia,
It's very good the composition made with that rock formation.
The form of it certainly resembles a human profile, very appropriate your POV to display it.
I like the PP done on it, it really works pretty well and looks great.
Hope your exams don't keep you away too long from posting again.
I'm too not very happy at all with me recent pictures, but the only way to go is keeping working on it.
My compliments and thanks to post it.
Warm regards,

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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2008-01-08 7:08]
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Hello Horia, dear friend
the feeling is familiar. And just as loot said there will always be a moment to bump back in again. I guess, for myself, it has also to do with the limited time available to go out and try new thing and the huge amount of high quality pictures here on TN and also on other sides. Scrolling through the gallerries I sometime think what I can add to that in terms of fresh views and images. Just another bird or damsel doesn't give all the satisfaction. I guess it is just a lot of trying and experimenting. I think you did a good attemps in your latest series of pictures and also here. Keep capturing those scenes and show us the result.

good luck with the exams

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-01-08 9:01]
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Ho Horia, i don't know how i missed this one! So very well seen my friend, you keen eye for an opportunity never seems to let you down...Very Easter Island ;o)The tree looks like a little bit of hair sticking up too, very well composed.

good luck with all your studying, don't work too hard though, remember to have some fun :o)


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-01-16 3:43]

Hello Horia,
This capture is very beautiful, interesting and amusing!! I like the view and the colours and the rock is interesting covered in lichens. We have a nutcracker that looks like this, with a jaw that goes up and down! :-)
Very well observed!
Hope you'll soon be back again!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

hello Horia
this is great landscape image. You present it with very nice POV, composition, frame and focus. interesting and very beautiful place. good work. TFS, well done

Hi Horia,
Yes, it looks like a man's face!!! This is an original picture with excellent exposure, DOF and composition. Contrast and tones of colors are very nice too. TFS and a very Happy New Year to you too :)

Magnífica nitidez y contrastes.
Buen encuadre y nota.
Un saludo, Jl.

Hello Horia,
An interesting rock formation adds to this fine composition!
Good texture in the stone and it is fun to see how the tree is placed right behind "his head"...
Otherwise it is a fine landscape with muted colours!
Pablo -

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-01-20 18:03]

Hello Horia

A beautiful rock face you have captured.It reminds me a bit of the huge Easter Island stone faces.
The setting this rock is in is beautiful.The surrounding area is lovely,and you have captured it well.
The lighting and colours are super.


Ah yes..I do see myself in there Horia!!
Great work, great eye for the shot. It comes with the "territory" :)
Well done,

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