Pizza Chef

Jyri Vissak 3/24/2011 2:34:15 AM

Very creative! Well done. #1363603

Gregory R. Gaskin 3/24/2011 2:44:47 AM

The first thing I thought of when I saw this picture was Norman Rockwell. This belongs on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post. #9313858

Douglas Pignet 3/24/2011 2:46:31 AM

very nice capture of a man and his work...very nicely done #9313859

Marilyn Cornwell 3/24/2011 3:11:27 AM

Great story, Michelle, in the portrait just says so much! #9313882

Jack Gaskin 3/24/2011 3:16:59 AM


Happy Shooting
Jack #9313899

Carolyn M. Fletcher 3/24/2011 3:19:53 AM

Definitely Rockwellish..He probably CAN'T stand up straight after all those years of bending. #9313905

Jeff Robinson 3/24/2011 3:41:51 AM

Great job with this Michelle!! Norman would be proud:-) #9313936

Danny B. Head 3/24/2011 3:51:20 AM

That market was one of my favorite things in your city. Love the vintage look of the image. #9313952

Ken Smith 3/24/2011 3:55:22 AM

Kinda like a street scene, but indoors...very nice, Michelle! #9313958

Ray Thoms 3/24/2011 4:15:27 AM

Great image Michelle...these are amoung may favourite type of image that show the character and culture of a place...well taken! #9314002

Gail Sullivan 3/24/2011 5:06:01 AM

Michelle...I like your capture of him bent over his work and the treatment brings out the details and color of the kitchen! #9314099

Courtenay Vanderbilt 3/24/2011 5:09:32 AM

A wonderful place to shoot! Wish I had had more time! This is soooo Norman Rockwell, Michelle! Great job on this image! #9314108

John Rivera 3/24/2011 5:12:58 AM

Wow Michelle! Like Greg said this had a Rockwell theme and feel to it!
Really well captured, and your treatment was perfect!
I love the Reading Terminal Market!
This is a fav for me! #9314120

Brett Dolsen 3/24/2011 5:32:02 AM

Great low light interior capture and storytelling image Michelle!! #9314159

Aimee S. McMaster 3/24/2011 5:42:01 AM

...wonderful potraiture Michelle...I feel so sad for him , I hope he loves what he does!Beautiful work! #9314186

Agnes Fegan 3/24/2011 5:42:40 AM

I think the Rockwells have it!!! Love how you treated this image Michelle...looks like he's been at this for years! #9314188

Monnie Ryan 3/24/2011 5:53:52 AM

Must be a great place, Michelle - just love this portrait! #9314234

Linda D. Lester 3/24/2011 6:47:41 AM

Looks like a great poster to it! #9314338

David Phalen 3/24/2011 7:49:55 AM

A fabulous portrait!! Yes, my first thought was Norman Rockwell!! #9314451

Liz blahh 3/24/2011 7:50:54 AM

Wonderful image, indeed Norman Rockwell! #9314453

Mitch Spence 3/24/2011 8:46:28 AM

Yep, everyone's right of course. And I love this. #9314555

Tiia Vissak 3/24/2011 10:06:22 AM

a great scene! #9314661

Marty Straub 3/24/2011 10:18:49 AM

A wonderful story-telling photo, Michelle. #9314675

Stan Kwasniowski 3/24/2011 10:51:52 AM

Michelle, I like this image #9314714

Jorgen Jensen 3/24/2011 10:56:42 AM

Storytelling image with a lot of atmosphere Michelle. Great capture. #9314716

R. J. Laudenbacher 3/24/2011 11:42:13 AM

I agree...Norman Rockwell quality here Michelle. I really like this capture and your treatment you applied really tops it off. Great job. #9314776

Mike Clime 3/24/2011 12:24:22 PM

Fantastic capture, comp and treatment, Michelle! Put it on the cover! #9314813

Gina M. Savage 3/24/2011 12:48:49 PM

Oh Michelle, you nailed it here! This has to be one of my favorites of yours so far. Great effects and subject. Winner here.:) #9314835

Nancy L. Green 3/24/2011 1:24:03 PM

FANTASTIC image Michelle, and what a fascinating place this must be!!! Looks like this gentleman has earned a nice comfortable chair someplace to rest those weary bones!!! <>< #9314886

John Connolly 3/24/2011 1:24:39 PM

What a great capture here Michelle! This one shold be framed and hung, that's for sure! #9314888

Carol L. Fowler 3/24/2011 3:48:26 PM

Great capture! And I had pizza tonight out of the freezer- I bet his pizza would win on taste every time! #9315238

Thomas E. Hinds 3/24/2011 6:54:02 PM

Terrific snapshot of an enduring hard worker! Well done, Michelle. #9315572

Tammy Espino 3/24/2011 7:12:51 PM

What a great capture and story!!! :) #9315623

Barbara Waldoch 3/24/2011 8:57:24 PM

Wonderful story telling shot, Michelle! #9315701

Ann H. Belus 3/24/2011 10:49:10 PM

I agree, great story telling image, Michele, superbly captured! #9315811

Dick W. Wyatt 3/24/2011 11:58:00 PM

THis looks like a Rockwell, Michelle !!

Great work. #9315835

Renee Doyle 3/25/2011 12:44:25 AM

Wonderfully captured candid portrait Michelle!! Excellent work! #9315860

Dave Bell 3/25/2011 2:08:52 AM

A very interesting study of this old man still working great clarity in the image and I like the way the muscles in his left arm show up. Is this an HDR image Michele? #9315893

Kathy Reeves 3/25/2011 5:57:32 AM

I agree with Dick ---Rockwell is the first thing that came to mind. A classic--hope we see it again!!! #9316529

Laura E. Swan 3/25/2011 12:28:37 PM

Yep. Same for me Michelle. Normal Rockwell for sure. It's a really special piece.

"Michelle Rockwell"...Humm...has a nice ring to it! :)))

Terrific job as always!

-Laura #9317139

Denny E. Barnes 3/25/2011 2:06:19 PM

Awesome capture and image, Michelle!! Perfect in every way and so exceptionally well done!!
Kinda looks like I feel today, not quite up to it.. ;>) #9317324

Rona L. Schwarz 3/25/2011 9:19:21 PM

Slice of Americana here, Michelle! Normal Rockwell is perfect! Great story-telling image and love the processing. Bet we see it agein! #9317685

Kaye Burazin 3/26/2011 9:05:09 AM

Norman Rockwell it #9318242

Jill Odice 3/26/2011 9:45:24 AM

It's interesting to read the comments and see that so many folks had the same thought I did. The first thing that went through my mind was the name Norman Rockwell :-) Great one Michelle! #9318286

Mary Beth Aiello 3/26/2011 5:37:51 PM

This IS a Rockwellian style. Beautifully captured and the treatment is perfect on this, Michelle. Wonderful work. #9319017

Avril Young 3/26/2011 6:09:25 PM

beautifull story telling capture, I agree with the above comment, very much Rockwell style...and much like the cards that came out in the 40'2 and 50's..stunning! #9319045

Gord MacEachern 3/27/2011 5:32:49 AM

I missed this incredible image last week Michelle, you have without a doubt a winner here.
And what a story it tells!!
So hope this gets recognized for the treasure it is!!! #9319571

Gerri R. Jones 3/27/2011 6:19:35 PM

I immediatley thought Rockwell...then I scrolled down to see I was not the only one...fantastic candid beautifully presented, Michelle! #9320991

Kathleen K. Parker 3/28/2011 7:11:16 AM

Yep, Rockwell-like and I like this very much, Michelle!
kk #9322101

Emile Abbott 3/28/2011 3:12:05 PM

ditto to all the comments, Classic capture, Michelle #9322768

Marsha S. Smith 3/28/2011 5:51:35 PM

Michelle, I thought I had a brilliant insight and that this shot looked like something Norman Rockwell would do . . . THEN I read the comments and seems like lots of folks had that same insight. Great image! #9322992

Phyllis A. Houghton 4/20/2011 8:15:20 PM

The is classic, from the 50's. I feel his pain. An amazing image. It will go far. #9360994

Kathy Salerni 4/26/2011 7:21:10 PM

Huge congrats on this beautiful well-deserved Finalist, Michelle! #9371061

Tammy Espino 4/26/2011 7:26:45 PM

Congrats on your awesome finalist :) #9371102

Jeffrey R. Bange 4/26/2011 7:28:24 PM

Congratulations Michelle on your photo being selected as a finalist and best of luck in the next round. #9371110

Patti Coblentz 4/26/2011 7:33:14 PM

Congratulations on this fantastic finalist, Michelle! #9371138

Nancy Bergeson 4/26/2011 7:37:17 PM

Congrats on your finalist, I love this photo. Nancy #9371153

Thomas E. Hinds 4/26/2011 7:50:14 PM

Terrific Finalist, Michelle! Congratulations! #9371227

Amy M. Wilson 4/26/2011 7:52:05 PM

Congratulations on your wonderful Finalist, Michelle! #9371246

Ken Smith 4/26/2011 8:16:20 PM

Excellent, Michelle...congrats to you! #9371370

Rona L. Schwarz 4/26/2011 8:23:55 PM

Ahhh...the Norman Rockwell image...I remember this, Michelle! A terrific slice of Americana...just perfect.
CONGRATULATIONS on outstanding Finalist, and good luck in the next round! #9371408

Ellen Hodges 4/26/2011 8:40:11 PM

Huge congrats and very best luck, Michelle!! #9371482

Nikki McDonald 4/26/2011 8:42:33 PM

Terrific human interest capture, Michelle, and I love the framing. Congratulations on the finalist. #9371493

Phyllis A. Houghton 4/26/2011 8:44:10 PM

Congratulations on being a finalist for an epic photo. It is well deserved and a favorite of mine. #9371501

Tamara K. Walker 4/26/2011 9:14:01 PM

Lets celebrate over pizza. Congratulations! #9371613

Ann Coates 4/26/2011 9:15:47 PM

Congratulations on your fantastic finalist Michelle. #9371621

Graeme yew Chow 4/26/2011 11:27:06 PM

Congratulations Michelle! . Oustanding detail. #9371873

Bojan Bencic 4/26/2011 11:33:06 PM

Great image, Michelle. Congratulations on your finalist! #9371882

Cecil P. Whitt 4/26/2011 11:59:09 PM

Congrats, marvelous. C #9371930

Renee Doyle 4/27/2011 12:56:45 AM

WTG Michelle!! Congratulations! #9372035

Mary Dimitriw 4/27/2011 3:32:00 AM

Excellent Michelle, congratulations on your Finalist! #9372233

Nadia Paul 4/27/2011 4:24:02 AM

Congrats on this wonderful finalist Michelle! #9372374

Courtenay Vanderbilt 4/27/2011 5:16:50 AM

Congratulations, Michelle! #9372521

Jill Saurbaugh 4/27/2011 5:49:47 AM

Great storytelling photo!! Congratulation on your finalist, Michelle #9372648

Terry Cervi 4/27/2011 6:28:15 AM

Congrats on your wonderful Finalist, Michelle! #9372829

Karen Celella 4/27/2011 6:39:52 AM

Congratulations on your wonderful finalist, Michelle! #9372880

R. J. Laudenbacher 4/27/2011 6:41:58 AM

Wonderful work...congrats on your finalist, Michelle. #9372886

Emile Abbott 4/27/2011 6:58:00 AM

Congratulations on wonderful finalist, Michelle #9372962

Robert R. Goodman 4/27/2011 6:58:34 AM

A big Congratulations,Michelle.WTG MY friend!!! #9372965

Nancyj E. Hovey 4/27/2011 7:17:49 AM

on your very deserving FINALIST! 8o) #9373039

Ann H. Belus 4/27/2011 8:33:12 AM

Congratulations, Michelle! #9373370

Brad Harding 4/27/2011 8:45:22 AM

Congrats Michelle, love this pic, colors and comp are great. Good luck for the next round. #9373435

Stan Kwasniowski 4/27/2011 8:56:12 AM

Michelle, congratulations #9373470

Carol Eade 4/27/2011 9:32:39 AM

Congratulations on your terrific finalist, Michelle! #9373581

Mary Timman 4/27/2011 10:04:33 AM

I love the capture and your work with this! Congratulations on your beautiful finalist! #9373652

Mitch Spence 4/27/2011 11:58:41 AM

I do so love this image, Michelle. Congratulations on your super finalist. #9373926

Monnie Ryan 4/27/2011 1:01:09 PM

Congratulations on a well-deserved Finalist award, Michelle - hope this one is a winner! #9374036

Phyllis H. Burchett 4/27/2011 1:17:13 PM

Fabulous Michelle...big congrats on your finalist! #9374083

Lydia Williams 4/27/2011 2:34:04 PM

Definitely Norman Rockwell type...hard working gentleman. You caught this one
beautifully. Congratulations and good luck in the next round! #9374322

Laura E. Swan 4/27/2011 2:53:29 PM


On This Wonderful Finalist, Michelle! So glad this one made the pick!!! :)

-Laura #9374406

Merna L. Nobile 4/27/2011 3:10:31 PM

Take photo, Sleep
Edit photo, Sleep
Received award, stop sleeping

Lester A. Garcia 4/27/2011 3:34:17 PM

Good Luck on this one, Michelle #9374568

Jeana Clark 4/27/2011 3:38:16 PM

Love this Michelle!!!
Congrats for this awesome Finalist!!!
Good luck in the next round!!!!

~J~ #9374574

John Connolly 4/27/2011 3:40:56 PM

Congratulations on your Finalist Award Michelle! Great work! #9374580

Jeff Robinson 4/27/2011 4:20:53 PM

Congrats Michelle on your Outstanding Finalist!! Jeff #9374733

Orsi 4/27/2011 4:28:46 PM

Congratulations on your wonderful Finalist!!!! #9374770

Charles C. Berkeley 4/27/2011 6:23:02 PM

Great environmental portrait. Congratulations on your Finalist! Charles #9375087

Raymond Pauly 4/27/2011 7:27:24 PM

It does'nt look like you are going to see him straighten up, Michelle... Congratulations on this unique finalist! #9375208

Linda L. Ruiz 4/28/2011 4:26:47 PM

Fantastic. congrats on an amazing finalist #9378161

Kathy Radford 5/2/2011 6:25:43 AM

Awesome!!! Well deserving of your Finalist Award, keep up the great work. #9384370

Kathy Radford 5/2/2011 6:26:10 AM

Awesome!!! Well deserving of your Finalist Award, keep up the great work. #9384371

Mary K. Robison 5/16/2011 4:56:04 AM

Belated Congratulations! on this Rockwell-esque image making finalist, Michelle! So well earned!
Your comment about his never straightening up was a touching revelation. So many everyday heros in the world... #9406820

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This man owns and operates a popular Pizza concession at Philadelphia's historic and famous Reading Terminal Market. I watched him for a while, and never saw him straighten up.
Reading Terminal Market is an enclosed public market at 12th and Arch Streets in downtown Philadelphia. Over 100 merchants offer fresh produce, meats, fish, groceries, ice cream, flowers, baked goods, crafts, books, clothing, and specialty and ethnic foods. The market is directly across Arch Street from the Convention Center and is open every day of the week.
Raw, Manual settings: ISO:800, F7.1, 1/13s.

Exif: F Number: 7.1, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 1/13 seconds, Flash: did not fire, compulsory flash mode, ISO: 800, White balance: Auto white balance, FocalLength: 50.00 mm, Model: Canon EOS 7D

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