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  "THE EXECUTIONER" (continued)
"THE EXECUTIONER" (continued)

BERNARD HOPKINS,three-time and two-Division World Champion & oldest (48 yrs) fighter in history to win a World Championship, held a Media Workout earlier this week in Philadelphia in advance of his March 9 world championship bout against undefeated IBF Light Heavyweight WC Tavoris "Thunder" Cloud.
In this shot, Bernard's trainer is wrapping his hands in preparation for his workout. About twenty reporters and photographers are surrounding him, thrusting voice recorders and cameras in his face. All were taller than I (or closer), and to get this shot, I was invited to CRAWL under a TV videographer's tripod.
Am I anyone's intrepid photographer of the week?

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Cranbury Punch!

Bernard "shadow boxing" for the photographers.

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Michelle Alton
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    This was an experiment using one of presets of TOPAZ Black & White (2), newly released.

I'd like to know if anyone installed it and then had to uninstall and re-install the PhotoFXLab plug-in. I did and had a bad experience which TOPAZ has not sorted out yet. DARN! I can't use PhotoFXLab now, and I REALLY liked it!

2/23/2013 4:37:38 AM

Bojan Bencic
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Great treatment on both photos, Michelle. Love the tone on first one.

2/23/2013 5:12:15 AM

Mary K. Robison
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Interesting name for such a fierce(but-also-noble)-looking man, Michelle. Both photos are well-shot, especially after that nice man let you get on your hands and knees to move in closer...Intrepid is an excellent adjective in this instance.

2/23/2013 5:47:23 AM

Monnie Ryan
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I'll sure give you a high score for your ducking ability! :-D Well done!

2/23/2013 5:47:40 AM

Gord MacEachern
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Wonderful photography Michelle, both could easily grace the front cover of a sports mag!!

2/23/2013 5:49:33 AM

Tiia Vissak
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a great b&w portrait!

2/23/2013 6:54:57 AM

Connie J. Bagot
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Really wonderful b/w portrait! Love the pose and the expression that you caught!

2/23/2013 7:09:23 AM

Jack Ryan
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Worth the effort...a great portrait of this super athlete. Very well done.

2/23/2013 7:59:35 AM

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He will win this fight. I love reading about all you had to do to get this shot as usual, persistence is rewarded with a gold winning picture. I love the intensity of his face as he gets ready to do some more work out. Love your people photography Michelle. Have a wonderful weekend my friend.

2/23/2013 8:10:16 AM

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You did what you had to do to get this wonderful closeup! Well worth probably getting stepped on :-)

2/23/2013 8:32:15 AM

Martha R. Mazon
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You are indeed, Michelle! Great job on this evocative and revealing portrait, expertly presenting in rich B&W tones.

2/23/2013 8:45:33 AM

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Michelle, Great capture and presentation in BW. Even better work now that we know the "whole story."

2/23/2013 10:00:32 AM

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Nice portrait, great tones! PS - the bridge was originally a railroad bridge used to haul copper ore from the Kennecott mine. It is vehicular now but only one lane. I walked it a couple of times. There is a catwalk below the deck that you can also walk on.

2/23/2013 12:57:47 PM

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Good for you, Michelle. You do what you have to for those "winning" shots!! Fantastic!

2/23/2013 6:20:20 PM

Carol L. Fowler
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Wow- 48 and still the champ! I always root for the Mature guy!

2/23/2013 6:45:38 PM

Barbara Waldoch
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You did a great job, Michelle!

2/23/2013 9:28:23 PM

Rona L. Schwarz
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Another terrific B&W portrait of this star athlete,Michelle - it was well worth the effort to capture him! I recently installed Topaz's B&W_2 (which is a big improvement, I think), but I don't have PhotoFXLab. They seem to have a lot of problems with it, however.

2/23/2013 9:59:08 PM

Robert K. Bemus
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That guy is gnarly. Great portrait and editing, Michelle!! You definitely get the Most Intrepid award for this!!

2/23/2013 11:23:09 PM

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The things we need to do to get the job!!!! Worth the effort Michelle - fantastic portrait!

2/24/2013 12:29:20 AM

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2/24/2013 3:54:23 AM

Ann H. Belus
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Most intrepid? Definitely! Awesome portrait, Michelle!

2/24/2013 6:41:06 AM

Emile Abbott
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Fabulous in B&W but I would not get in the ring with him.

3/5/2013 12:48:32 PM

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Great capture of this man Michelle!

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3/8/2013 6:59:41 AM

Stephen Zacker
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Powerful portrait

3/12/2013 1:20:49 PM

Thomas E. Hinds
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Great image of this storied fighter! I am in awe of your tenacity and skills! Great work, Michelle! Wow!

3/31/2013 2:51:33 PM

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