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Angels Fall by borda
by borda

As I have often said. Any day on dA will have images better than the year's best from National Geographic, and here is another one. Muc...

Portrait de rue by hubert61

This is so good, I immediately assumed in came from a Hollywood make up for a documentary style film. This kind of close up requires co...

2014-195 Lower Falls Footbridge by pearwood

This is a fine black and white photo, but better yet what the Argus C3 was designed for, a great photo on a budget with full control an...

2014-052 Walking the pier by pearwood

Possible the best snow photo taken as an art image with an Argus C3. The composition is correct, the framing pleasing and the image sha...

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Eugene Fodor.img401, with story by harrietsfriend
Eugene Fodor.img401, with story
He began his rise to fame at the age of 10, preforming with the Denver symphony.  At the age of 24 he won the highest prize in the prestigious Tchaikovsky Competition held in Moscow, a first for an American.  His fame was world wide, a master of a difficult instrument at an early age.

I covered this concert in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA in the spring of 1976, while he was just 25.  

Taken with my Hasselblad 500C with a 150mm F4.0 Zeiss Sonnar on Kodak Tri-X panchromatic black and white film, exposed at 800 ASA, and pushed developed.

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eugene spiegel
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Elements of a news story.800 0097 by harrietsfriend
Elements of a news story.800 0097
On my way to town, some nearby construction was getting interesting.  A ditch digging machine was just finishing up making a trench for the house's electric power line.  By the time I parked nearby, and found out who was the foreman, the image I stopped for was over, and yet another man operating the backhoe was filling in the trench, equally interesting, all in the snow.

My purpose stopping was to give this image to the town's local weekly newspaper, showing with my image, how our town of 1000 was building another home, increasing our local economy.

Normally, in the past, I would be paid by the newspapers but here they do not believe in this, but would just run the image with a photo credit line, as if that would be enough.

In the larger scheme, the money is not the reason I shoot these photos anyway, as I do it for the good of the locals.  I feel it is a positive image and I will get my rewards in other ways.  Just as on dA, I offer free downloads, not asking for points or money.  

Let me get back to the title.  In this image you have the workman, Jarrod, watching his work, while his assistants ready at the shovels, finish the task, all in front of the new construction.  I couldn't place in the image the company's name, doing the backhoe, Prince Excavating, or the builder, Hallmark Homes, yet most of the elements of the story are present in an interesting image, and the details were passed on to the paper, B.C. Democrat.

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eugene spiegel

An interesting side note. The temperature was up to 20 degrees Fahrenheit, and my gloves were getting in the way of the camera controls, so off they came.  At the moment of exposure the back hoe was lifting off the support pads a bit from the pressure of the shovel head on the ground.  The front window was down so the operator could get a better view, or maybe it was to grab the soft drink.
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Sharon.img394, with story by harrietsfriend
Sharon.img394, with story
I like to make my portraits in the suroundings that makes my subjects comfortable, or shows them in character of what they do.

This image of Sharon, taken in her living room surrounded by her personal objects and furniture, made her relaxed and open to an intimate portrait.  It was done with available light, to keep from placing a strain on her posing.  I undertook a series of about nine images, to allow for a change in angle and a chance for her to become relaxed under the scrutiny of my camera, this was the eighth. 

Taken with my Hasselblad 500C with an 80mm F2.8 Zeiss Planar using Kodak Tri-X panchromatic black and white film, in the mid 1970s.  While normally I would have used a 150mm lens, room size constraints made this impossible, yet I still needed to be 5 or 6 feet away for the proper perspective.

eugene spiegel

An interesting point about portraits.  It takes a number of images for your amateur subject to get used to being photographed, so often my first image of any consequence is usually a half hour into the shoot.
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Nature's food spread.800 0086, with story by harrietsfriend
Nature's food spread.800 0086, with story
I now know why it seems the Indiana robins do not migrate in the winter.  They are all feeding from this tree, and from the looks of them, I would say they are well fed.

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eugene spiegel

There were some obstacles to overcome taking this image...

Birds are flyty by nature, in fact they made the definition of the word.  Getting too close means they all leave.  As this was in town, I had to select a background which would isolate the birds, yet still allow me to gather as many in the image as possible.  Ultimately cropping was key as well. The group was constantly changing numbers and I waited until a bird (the center bird) would be picking up food, which could be seen, as the story was about feeding.  And of course finding a place to park allowing me the time to get the image.  This is one of those shoots, where you keep at it until you think one would work (took 10).  My first parking spot blocked someone, so I had to move again.

Looks easy doesn't it?
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Fetch.img396, with story by harrietsfriend
Fetch.img396, with story
The game of fetch never really ends, and basically it's always the same.  Throw, get, and return.  A little slobber is just a bonus.

I took this photo in the 1970s, and yet it might have been today, or even a hundred years ago.   Taken with my Hasselblad 500C with a 150mm F4.0 Zeiss Sonnar, on Kodak Tri-X panchromatic black and white film.

Feel free to download, just give me photo credit.

eugene spiegel

Contest note...
This is the kind of image which wins.  Not because its such a great photo, (it's good but not extraordinary) but the fact many judges are emotionally affected by memories of their own pets, which will have an unfair influence on their decisions.
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For the first time in my life, I have finally memorized Pi to 10 places, and its all because of Pi day.  

Pi is the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter, and the ratio is never finalized, hence it goes on forever as a mathematical equation.

Once a century Pi has its day, and this year it will be March 14th, or more exactly to the 10th decimal, March 14, of the year '15, at 9:26 AM, and 53 seconds.  or 3.141592653.

Anyone with some special plans to celebrate?

eugene 

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eugene spiegel
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Current Residence: Bean Blossom, Indiana, USA
Favourite genre of music: blues, jazz, great
Favourite style of art: original
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JACAC Featured By Owner 2 days ago
t h a n k . y o u . Eugene . =)
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cokehead666 Featured By Owner 2 days ago
Thank you for including my work in your favorites.
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hija-de-la-luna Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks so much for the favs and the watch :)
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hubert61 Featured By Owner 3 days ago
merci pour les favs :)
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suddenbanana Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Professional Photographer
Thanks for the fav! ^_^
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