<Mini Challenge #14 ~ "Portraits with Soul"

VisualXpressionsVisualXpressions Major grinsPosts: 860Registered Users Major grins
edited November 15, 2008 in The Dgrin Challenges
Mini Challenge #14 Portraits with Soul…


<o:p></o:p>Not just any portrait, I want to see and feel the emotion being expressed in the person’s expression, I want to be able to see their soul, I want to look at the portrait and have it grab me and hold my attention…

The portrait can be a street shot, candid, posed or studio whatever you like…Comments are Welcomed... If you see a shot that says something to you, please tell that person about it. Ask about the processing, whatever you like. Lets get some conversation going. Lets have some fun.
This challenge will run from Wednesday, October 29 (today), through Wednesday, November 12 at 1900 CST.


GENERAL RULES


1. Have fun sharing and seeing what others share!
2. The host supplies a topic and you post 1-3 images. The host judges the winners (1st, 2nd and 3rd) and is not eligible to enter.
The 1st place winner then chooses the next topic, judges the winner and passes on the baton to the new champion.
3. Any photo you’ve taken is eligible, regardless of when taken or camera used.
4. Any amount of post-processing is allowed. However, it is helpful if you list your camera and lens along with your photo.
You may comment on other contestant's images. If you want someone to leave you some critique or criticism, put an asterisk (*) next to the title of the image.
5. * The winner has up to three days (72 hours) to begin a new mini-challenge, or the honor goes to the #2 finisher and so forth.


Guidelines:
1. Enter 1-3 photos and put them in a single post.
2. Either embed your image in the thread or, if you must, supply a link to it. Keep in mind, however, most people don't want to click to open photos hosted elsewhere (i.e. on your website).
3. Also try and resize your photos prior to posting so they're sized appropriately for viewing without having to scroll (~800 pixels on the longest side works best.)
4. Give each image you enter a title.
5. Enjoy discussion with members about their images, don't let this just be an entry thread!
6. Don't be hesitant, share'em and enter!

Previous Challenges

#1 BIF's won by Jwear
#2 Birds won by davev
#3 Treasures won by Justiceiro
#4 All That Remains won by JAG
#5 Playing With Light won by davev
#6 Black and White won by Rhommel
#7 Self Portrait won by shatch
#8 The Every Day Mundane won by paulthomasmckee
#9 Abstract/Minimalism won by dlibrach
#10 Texture won by AaronNelson
#11 What Time Is It? won by DaddyO
#12 Rusty Old Things won by JeffMeyers
#13 View from above won by visualxpressions
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Comments

  • VisualXpressionsVisualXpressions Major grins Posts: 860Registered Users Major grins
    edited October 29, 2008
    Examples...
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    you can check out more examples in my "faces" gallery http://www.vxphotography.smugmug.com/gallery/2554094_zJicC/1

    have fun! can't wait to see your portraits with soul thumb.gif
  • travelwaystravelways Candid Grinner Ottawa, CanadaPosts: 7,854Registered Users Major grins
    edited October 29, 2008
    Should it be a human portrait only?
    Tatiana - Seeing the world through my camera
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  • achambersachambers mudtographer Posts: 255Registered Users Major grins
    edited October 29, 2008
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    Alexis*
    Alan Chambers

    www.achambersphoto.com

    "The point in life isn't to arrive at our final destination well preserved and in pristine condition, but rather to slide in sideways yelling.....Holy cow, what a ride."
  • VisualXpressionsVisualXpressions Major grins Posts: 860Registered Users Major grins
    edited October 29, 2008
    KiKi wrote:
    Should it be a human portrait only?

    Yes... I'll leave animal portraits for another challenge thumb.gif

    Winston
  • jeffmeyersjeffmeyers Major grins Posts: 1,535Registered Users Major grins
    edited October 29, 2008
    Yes... I'll leave animal portraits for another challenge thumb.gif

    Winston

    What? You don't think animals have souls? ne_nau.gif
    More Photography . . . Less Photoshop [. . . except when I do it]
    Jeff Meyers
  • travelwaystravelways Candid Grinner Ottawa, CanadaPosts: 7,854Registered Users Major grins
    edited October 29, 2008
    Yes... I'll leave animal portraits for another challenge thumb.gif

    Winston


    OK, Thank you - I have some old shots here:

    1. Mexican girl - "Almost happy"*

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    2. Michael - "Let me tell you...!"*

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    3. Helene - "You may not understand, but I forgive you"*

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    BTW: CONGRATULATIONS for the "View from above"! :)
    Tatiana - Seeing the world through my camera
    TravelwaysPhotos.com ...... Facebook
    VegasGreatAttractions.com
    Travelways.com
  • davevdavev Getting older by the day Posts: 3,116Registered Users Major grins
    edited October 29, 2008
    Can it be a portrait when you can't see their faces?
    We'll know at the end of the challenge.

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    dave.

    Basking in the shadows of yesterday's triumphs'.
  • richterslrichtersl Major grins Posts: 3,322Registered Users Major grins
    edited October 29, 2008
    #1 - Confederate Soldier
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    #2 - British Officer
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    #3 - Anna
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  • travelwaystravelways Candid Grinner Ottawa, CanadaPosts: 7,854Registered Users Major grins
    edited October 29, 2008
    jeffmeyers wrote:
    What? You don't think animals have souls? ne_nau.gif

    Well, that's why I asked... but apparently, they belong to another category thumb.gif
    Tatiana - Seeing the world through my camera
    TravelwaysPhotos.com ...... Facebook
    VegasGreatAttractions.com
    Travelways.com
  • VisualXpressionsVisualXpressions Major grins Posts: 860Registered Users Major grins
    edited October 29, 2008
    I've shot (with a camera) some pretty soulful animals...

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    just thought I would leave animal portraits for another challenge... :D

    nice shots so far... looks like Linda went back in time... headscratch.gif

    Faces are good but not necessarily required for the image to be considered a portrait... Dave's shot of the wall is a great example...

    Winston
  • richterslrichtersl Major grins Posts: 3,322Registered Users Major grins
    edited October 29, 2008
    ... looks like Linda went back in time... headscratch.gif
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  • ic4uic4u Major grins Lago Vista, TXPosts: 1,455Registered Users Major grins
    edited October 29, 2008
    1. Soul Mates
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    2. No Where Else to Go
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    3. Life Ain't Always Easy
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    Canon 40D/ Nikon D70
    Karin


    "Dance like no one is watching. Sing like no one is listening. Love like you've never been hurt and live like it's heaven on Earth." — Mark Twain
  • pyrypyry Way up north Posts: 1,733Registered Users Major grins
    edited October 30, 2008
    Fun topic!

    First I thought it would be hard to find much to show, but then I remembered this little girl I met on the bus, her name is Sanna and she was heading to the swimming hall with her mom and sister.

    Girl on the bus *
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    Which sort of reminded me of my favourite street shot. It's from a vacation to Prague, shot on the tram number 17 while riding back to town. We'd got on it simply because the line went off our map - just to see what's out there you know.

    On the tram *
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    One more from the road.

    Soul Struttin' *
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    Creativity's hard.

    http://pyryekholm.kuvat.fi/
  • pyrypyry Way up north Posts: 1,733Registered Users Major grins
    edited October 30, 2008
    richtersl wrote:
    looks like Linda went back in time... headscratch.gif

    rolleyes1.gif

    And you used a slightly leaky time capsule for post processing? :D
    Nice!
    Creativity's hard.

    http://pyryekholm.kuvat.fi/
  • dlibrachdlibrach Abstractus grins Posts: 232Registered Users Major grins
    edited October 30, 2008
    Cool challenge! Looking forward to the entries and the discussions. Here are mine:

    1. *Weight-ing - A Nicaraguan coffee worker waits for her daily harvest to be weighed. They are paid by the weight of their haul.
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    2. *Reflecting
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    3. *End of the Road
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    Cheers,
    Dave
  • JAGJAG Photomaniac Wasilla, AKPosts: 7,009Super Moderators moderator
    edited October 30, 2008
    *C and C welcome for all pics*
    daddy's lil girl...
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    "I won't budge"...
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    Innocence...
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  • mycapturesmycaptures Big grins Posts: 71Registered Users Big grins
    edited October 30, 2008
    My Wild Child
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    My Happy Boy
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    Adventurous Little Girl
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    Shilowe, getting my masters in psychology,
    photographing mommy to Rayne (5) and Quinlan (baby boy) and wife to Dave.:photo
  • GastrocnemiusGastrocnemius Stephen Posts: 41Registered Users Big grins
    edited October 30, 2008
    Three shots with soul. I hope you agree. Comments and Criticism always welcome.

    1. Nan Lucy. (Opinion and Passion)

    Lucy has eighty-seven years of life experience and is always happy to share it with anyone.

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    2. Namibian Boys. (Cheeky, Defiant, Preoccupied)

    Three brothers in rural Northern Namibia. For me, the shot captures an essence of boyhood at each of these three ages.

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    3. No Lower Gears Left. - (Pain and Determination)

    Two cyclists approach the summit of Chapman's Peak Drive, Cape Town.

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    Steve

    http://thinkingspace.smugmug.com/
  • VelvtRideVelvtRide Clickerette Doofus Lovely CaliforniaPosts: 364Registered Users Major grins
    edited October 30, 2008
    Pondering
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    In Love
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    Evilness
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  • richterslrichtersl Major grins Posts: 3,322Registered Users Major grins
    edited October 30, 2008
    pyry wrote:
    And you used a slightly leaky time capsule for post processing? :D
    Nice!

    Yeah -- and I was almost burned at the stake for being a witch. rolleyes1.gif
  • idiomidiom Major grins Posts: 132Registered Users Major grins
    edited October 30, 2008
    "Young Musician"
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  • Hot_ShotHot_Shot Beginner grinner Posts: 6Registered Users Beginner grinner
    edited October 30, 2008
    Some amazing shots on here....
    Hey guys/girls, I am sorry...I really don't get out much. Most of my shots (pretty much all) are around the firehouse...I hope you don't mind.

    This guy is really quiet. Great guy and works really hard as you can see. I did a little HDR type thing with this shot.

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    This guy asked for a portrait, so this is what we came up with. Lighting was a nightmare.

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    This guy is really sweet, always making people laugh.

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    Good luck everyone!
  • achambersachambers mudtographer Posts: 255Registered Users Major grins
    edited October 30, 2008
    richtersl wrote:
    Yeah -- and I was almost burned at the stake for being a witch. rolleyes1.gif

    She turned me into a newt!




    (I got better)clap.gif
    Alan Chambers

    www.achambersphoto.com

    "The point in life isn't to arrive at our final destination well preserved and in pristine condition, but rather to slide in sideways yelling.....Holy cow, what a ride."
  • GastrocnemiusGastrocnemius Stephen Posts: 41Registered Users Big grins
    edited October 30, 2008
    What a range of images...

    Personally I find the most powerful to be "Michael" by Kiki, and The Coffee Worker, photographed by David Librach.

    Inspiring stuff...

    Steve
  • KevXmanKevXman Always grinning! Posts: 945Registered Users Major grins
    edited October 30, 2008
    Gypsy Beggar on the Spanish Steps in Rome

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    Fellow traveler on the train to Rome

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    — Kevin
    Enjoy today, tomorrow is not guaranteed.

    My Site, My Book
  • Hot_ShotHot_Shot Beginner grinner Posts: 6Registered Users Beginner grinner
    edited October 30, 2008
    I agree
    What a range of images...

    Personally I find the most powerful to be "Michael" by Kiki, and The Coffee Worker, photographed by David Librach.

    Inspiring stuff...

    Steve

    I really like the coffee worker too! what a shot!
  • onebaduceonebaduce Capture the Planet Posts: 33Registered Users Big grins
    edited October 30, 2008
    A new Mother's Love *

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  • jeffreaux2jeffreaux2 Grinning...and bearing it Posts: 4,762Registered Users Major grins
    edited October 30, 2008
    Three for me
    From "Funeral for a Cowboy"

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    2- "Backstage" with Divine Intervention
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    3-"Camera Shy"
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  • dlibrachdlibrach Abstractus grins Posts: 232Registered Users Major grins
    edited October 30, 2008
    Hot_Shot wrote:
    I really like the coffee worker too! what a shot!

    Thanks Hot Shot and Steve! :) I spent a bit of time documenting the harvesting last year in Nicaragua and this was one of my favorite photos. They are a beautiful people with an equally gorgeous culture.


    Cheers,
    Dave
  • travelwaystravelways Candid Grinner Ottawa, CanadaPosts: 7,854Registered Users Major grins
    edited October 30, 2008
    I find the "Young Musician" posted by Gage a great, cute shot... fantastic! :)

    It is probably older that few days so unfortunately it couldn't go to the "Loud & Silence" contest ...
    too bad - it could be a winner!

    Love it iloveyou.gif

    ... and thank you Steve :)
    Tatiana - Seeing the world through my camera
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