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He was about to jump into the ring to spar with Bernard Hopkins, the "Executioner." Taken at the two-time World Champion boxer's Media Workout in Phildelphia recently.
Actually, it wasn't true sparring, Hopkins, with boxing gloves on, was in the ring punching AIR and this man was hitting him with almost weightless foam "sticks!"
By the way, the white towel was blown out so I used a Photoshop texture, Craquelure, to create the terry cloth look.


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Michelle Alton
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    The color version. His sneakers were bright red too.

2/24/2013 4:14:13 AM

Anita N. Hogue
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I like the both. A fantastic capture of emotion! You can see the intensity on this face.

2/24/2013 4:19:06 AM

Bojan Bencic
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Fantastic photo and treatment, Michelle. Great tone on first one.

2/24/2013 4:39:20 AM

Antonio Amen
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Good shot, Michelle.

2/24/2013 5:54:35 AM

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The snood makes him look a little less menacing

Love the intensity here Mickey!

2/24/2013 5:54:45 AM

Jeff W. Robinson
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Perfect in B&W - Outstanding expression and capture!

2/24/2013 6:04:25 AM

Agnes Fegan
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You do these candid shots so well Michelle ... Love the B&W version!

2/24/2013 6:42:49 AM

Jack Ryan
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Super shot...very impressive series of images from this event. Great work, Michelle.

2/24/2013 6:44:40 AM

Monnie Ryan
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Concentration is key! Well done, Michelle!

2/24/2013 6:54:28 AM

Susan D. Royce
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Very intense! Nice shot, Michelle :-)

2/24/2013 7:29:23 AM

William C. Raco
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I really like the black and white version, Michelle
Love the gritty, serious and intense mood.

2/24/2013 8:07:30 AM

J Vissak
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Well seen and presented!

2/24/2013 8:25:41 AM

Ann Coates
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Fantastic Michelle, I love the look of intense anticipation and concentration. You can really feel the moment.

2/24/2013 9:19:29 AM

Mike Clime
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Nice portrait and tones! He looks serious!

2/24/2013 10:12:00 AM

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Love the b/w really well with the intensity of his expression, Michelle!

2/24/2013 10:44:35 AM

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I also like both versions and your telling up changing the towel. I will have to explore that. Thank you for sharing!

2/24/2013 1:19:13 PM

Terry Cervi
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Your photoshop trick worked well, Michelle. This turned out great!

2/24/2013 1:35:24 PM

Connie J. Bagot
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Great capture---love his expression and the b/w tones!

2/24/2013 3:42:42 PM

Jeffrey R. Bange
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Outstanding B&W presentation Heather, love the intense look on his face, great series on the boxing.

2/24/2013 9:08:36 PM

Barbara Waldoch
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Excellent, Michelle!

2/24/2013 11:32:12 PM

Stefania Barbier
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fantastic expression and capture!

2/25/2013 6:36:44 AM

Michael Frazier
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Great capture, and PS work Michelle.

2/25/2013 9:22:13 AM

Laura E. Swan
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Amazing work, Michelle. You have a gift with photographing emotion.

This one is intense!

-Laura :)

P.S. I look youthful in my images because of Portrait Professional!! :D I'd love to really be wrinkle free! xo

2/25/2013 3:00:04 PM

Emile Abbott
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Excellent conversion Michelle.

3/5/2013 12:49:22 PM

Charm Robb

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I really like the conversion to black and white, and the tones you chose, really compliment the emotion. What a creative idea to use texture on the towel! I'll always remember that now. Thank you for sharing it!

3/7/2013 11:54:31 AM

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Great capture of his expression, and I love the b&w presentation.

3/11/2013 7:17:06 PM

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