Smokey, bw

Nikki McDonald level-classic 10/31/2009 8:10:15 AM

color version #1198948

Jeana Clark level-classic 10/31/2009 8:14:33 AM

Howdy Neighbor!!
Both of these images are fantastic Nikki!!!
Love the angle and POV!!
Terrific work!!

~J~ #8090847

Deb Koskovich 10/31/2009 8:19:35 AM

Both versions are OUTSTANDING, Nikki. I love them! #8090856

Tess L. Yee 10/31/2009 8:39:44 AM

The subject is interesting and the comp is wonderful, so both images are awesome, Nikki! #8090904

Mitch Spence level-classic 10/31/2009 10:02:12 AM

Well, darn, I was sure I'd like the black and white the best, you know. Because I really do like it, but now I can't decide. I love them both. The canted background is just great behind him. So is the reflection in his glasses of his far away hand below. And, of course, he's a great character. #8091082

Dominick M. Dimacale level-classic 10/31/2009 10:59:10 AM

Great image and work here, Nikki.

Dominick #8091188

Nancy L. Green level-classic 10/31/2009 12:46:54 PM

GREAT capture Nikki, I actually think I like the B+W best, wonderful character image!!! <>< #8091476

Leslie McLain level-classic 10/31/2009 1:09:46 PM

Terrific capture, Nikki, and a great use of B&W. #8091538

Mike Clime 10/31/2009 1:13:01 PM

Nice capture and I like the b/w version! #8091549

MELODIE C. ROBERTS level-classic 10/31/2009 1:29:50 PM

Because He seemes like a colorful character..I am picking the colored version
Fabulous Capture NiK!! #8091595

Tamara K. Walker level-classic 10/31/2009 4:12:08 PM

Wonderful framing, I bet the music was very good. #8091933

Nikki McDonald level-classic 10/31/2009 4:31:24 PM

Thanks, Jeana, Deb, Tess, Mitch, Dominick, Nancy, Leslie, Mike, Mel, Tammy! It's fun to see you all weighing in with your preference -- I'm like Mitch and Tess and just can't decide. I usually prefer candid people shots in black and white as the colors are often distracting and do not enhance the subject but in this case, I thought the red and blues worked very well. He was indeed colorful -- compelling reason for picking the color version, Mel -- and said he might use this capture on the cover of his next CD if I sent it to him so I did. Let me know if you ever see it out there :) The music was excellent, Mel. I could have stayed quite awhile but when you're doing Boston in two days, you don't have time to linger. #8091974

Kitty R. Rodehorst-Hanna 10/31/2009 6:04:24 PM

Hmmmmmmmmmm... I prefer color so you know which I like best!!! LOL They are both wonderful though, Nikki!!! :-) k #8092143

Brenda Sides level-classic 10/31/2009 8:13:18 PM

Wonderful capture!
*~Happy Halloween~* #8092291

Sherran Andersen level-classic 10/31/2009 8:48:48 PM

I am drawn to the black and white just a tad more... would definitely enter both... love the sax. #8092343

Stefania Barbier level-classic 11/1/2009 12:53:22 AM

fantastic pov, diagonal, and tones, Nikki!!! #8092565

Jayne Martin level-classic 11/1/2009 4:26:21 AM

Great POV and the reflection in the shades; I agree with Melodie...Both are great, but I like the color version a tad bit better. Was the music great??? #8092936

Michelle L. Frick 11/18/2009 9:30:44 AM

I love this Nikki! I prefer the BW - it really lends something to the image - the strong tones, your POV and the overall mood. Incredible shot! I hope to see it again! Good luck with all your favorites! #8142214

Ruth Grimm 11/23/2009 5:32:05 AM

Congratulations ont he finalist Nikki! This is a wonderful B&W image!! #8154723

Les Rhoades level-classic 11/23/2009 6:43:37 AM

Congrats on your Finalist selection!

Les #8155136

Rolando Rosito 11/23/2009 7:35:17 AM

Congratulations Nikki, great finalist! #8155556

Christine Czernin level-classic 11/23/2009 8:20:37 AM

Fantastic capture of this guy. I like the bw and what you did with the bg. I would love to know how you did that. #8155883

Christine Czernin level-classic 11/23/2009 8:21:50 AM

Fantastic capture of this guy. I like the bw and what you did with the bg. I would love to know how you did that. #8155893

Christopher Budny level-classic 11/23/2009 10:11:54 AM

What a transformation; congratulations, Nikki! #8156645

Donna La Mattino Pagakis level-classic 11/23/2009 10:21:30 AM

Congratulations on your finalist! Awesome work Nikki! #8156718

Stefania Barbier level-classic 11/23/2009 11:15:13 AM

gorgeous finalist Nikki, congratulations!!!!! #8156991

Courtenay Vanderbilt level-classic 11/23/2009 11:20:39 AM

Both are fantastic, Nikki! CONGRATULATIONS on your Finalist! #8157026

Sharon Day level-classic 11/23/2009 1:55:52 PM


Amy M. Wilson level-classic 11/23/2009 2:18:51 PM

Congratulations on your wonderful Finalist, Nikki!!! #8158016

Judy V. Kennamer level-classic 11/23/2009 3:20:25 PM

Congrats on your beautiful Finalist Nikki!!! #8158546

Amalia Sylvia Arriaga Salinas level-classic 11/23/2009 3:23:39 PM

Congratulations on all your finalists Nikki!,
Amalia #8158563

frank w. degenhardt level-classic 11/23/2009 3:52:27 PM

Love the black and white, the way you captured the soul of the artist. Amazing work my friend. Congratulations on being a Finalist with this Beautiful portrait. #8158714

Valentin M. Armianu 11/23/2009 4:11:51 PM

Congratulations on your gorgeous Finalist,Nikki!!! #8158868

JO ANN CLEVELAND 11/23/2009 4:47:13 PM

Well deserved finalist Nikki, hope to see it again!

jo ann c.


Patrick Rouzes level-classic 11/23/2009 4:56:08 PM

CONGRATULATIONS on this amazing finalist, Nikki! WTG! #8159301

Lisa J. Boulden level-classic 11/23/2009 5:48:10 PM

Big congratulations, Nikki!
A fantastic finalist with lots of personality!
~♥~Lisa #8159725

Jean-Pierre Ducondi level-classic 11/23/2009 6:19:41 PM

Congrats on this terrific street photo. Love it.
JP #8159931

Susan M. Campbell level-classic 11/23/2009 7:15:26 PM

Awesome shot Nikki. Congrats on your finalist. #8160373

Christine Lobsinger level-classic 11/23/2009 9:48:49 PM


Laurie Daily level-classic 11/24/2009 3:51:10 AM

A BIG congrats, Nikki, on the fabulous finalist...I do love the B&W version...hard to decide but looks like BW is the winner today! How did you manage that reflection in his glasses!
Hope all is good...still unable to spend much time in front of PC but you were on the first page of finalists YaY!!!! Happy Thanksgiving to you! #8161816

Susie Peek-Swint level-classic 11/24/2009 3:54:55 AM

Terrific finalist Nikki ~ I love both versions .. many congrats! #8161836

Karen Celella level-classic 11/24/2009 3:57:52 AM

Huge congratulations to the first of your THREE wonderful finalists Nikki. The judges loved this B&W and may also love the color. You must enter both. Exceptionally great work on the BG. Good luck in the next round. #8161848

Jeff Robinson level-classic 11/24/2009 4:06:59 AM

Excellent Congrats Nikki on your Finalist!! Jeff #8161892

Carol Eade level-classic 11/24/2009 6:06:38 AM

Excellent work...congratulations on your Finalist, Nikki! #8162466

Jayne Martin level-classic 11/24/2009 12:27:52 PM

A huge congratulations on all your wonderful finalists, Nikki!!! #8163779

Nancyj E. Hovey level-classic 11/24/2009 1:38:20 PM

on your very deserving FINALIST! 8o) #8163989

Mary Beth Aiello level-classic 11/24/2009 4:43:00 PM

Very cool, Nikki. Huge congrats on this wonderful finalist. #8164354

Tamara K. Walker level-classic 11/24/2009 7:07:43 PM


Katarina Mansson 11/25/2009 5:23:02 AM

What a character; lovely find and capture Nikki! Congratulations! #8166150

Susana Ms Heide 11/25/2009 7:23:37 AM

You spotted a great subject for a photo op and took advantage of it to the max! The diagonal composition gives this that extra flair and the b&w makes it a classic! Many congrats Nikki on your finalist! #8166663

Mitch Spence level-classic 11/26/2009 9:14:48 AM

I had high, high hopes for this great portrait, and they came true. Hooray. #8170498

Maria Coulson 11/29/2009 4:23:00 PM

Nikki, this is very well done. Congratulations! #8177789

Dianna Murphy 11/30/2009 5:31:29 PM

Awesome Nikki, Congratulations!!! #8180380

Jane Holestine 4/9/2010 4:38:10 AM

Nikki, I like both versions of this great capture. The perspective is great. Hope he does use it on a CD! #8521699

Joy Rector 4/9/2010 8:14:17 AM

love this shot #8522201

Datha Y. Thompson 4/9/2010 8:51:11 AM

AWESOME Nikki!! I love the comp and that reflection :0) a belated congrats and Good luck with this one!! #8522266

Tiia Vissak 4/9/2010 9:15:00 AM

a cool portrait! #8522311

Jeana Clark level-classic 5/24/2010 2:30:12 PM

Way To Go Nikki!!!!!
Congrats on this fabulous Finalist!!!

~J~ #8633647

Christine Lobsinger level-classic 5/24/2010 2:42:55 PM

Congrats to you Nikki... well done! A beautiful Finalist shot!~!!

SMILING #8633773

Danny B. Head level-classic 5/24/2010 5:10:24 PM

Congrats, Nikki! #8635232

Patti Coblentz level-classic 5/24/2010 7:30:54 PM

Cool image, Nikki..congratulations..WTG!

Patti #8636567

Christopher Budny level-classic 5/24/2010 7:59:49 PM

Terrific work as usual, Nikki; congratulations! #8636814

Graham Robards level-classic 5/24/2010 10:13:07 PM

Wonderful Nikki congratulations again are in order, hope to see this one again.~Pat #8637640

Stefania Barbier level-classic 5/25/2010 12:29:22 AM

fantastic finalist Nikki... congratulations!!! #8638382

Courtenay Vanderbilt level-classic 5/25/2010 5:45:25 AM

Super Finalists, Nikki! Congratulations! #8639584

Usman M. Bajwa level-classic 5/25/2010 7:10:53 AM

Both are fantastic, Nikki. This should go on. Good Luck!

UB. #8640062

Amy M. Wilson level-classic 5/25/2010 7:39:15 AM

Congrats again, Nikki!! #8640190

Amanda D. Austwick level-classic 5/25/2010 7:42:39 AM

COngratulations on this wonderful image Nikki!! I hope that this one goes higher! #8640215

The Judges at 5/25/2010 11:05:49 AM

Great! #8640826

JO ANN CLEVELAND 5/25/2010 12:32:11 PM

Congratulations on your beautiful finalist, Nikki, both are great!

jo ann c. #8641173

Daniella Puente 5/25/2010 12:32:11 PM

Congrats on this Nikki I just saw this and is really cool! #8641174

Renee Doyle level-classic 5/25/2010 3:22:23 PM

Great low pov and capture Nikki!! Congratulations!! #8641724

Sherran Andersen level-classic 5/25/2010 5:56:26 PM

Well done Nikki. #8642233

Deborah C. Lewinson level-classic 5/25/2010 6:06:01 PM

Congratulations, Nikki, on your 5 excellent finalists!

Best wishes for the next round!
Debby #8642264

Lisa J. Boulden level-classic 5/26/2010 6:22:17 PM

A delightful finalist, Nikki!
Well-composed with great personality shining right through!
FIVE finalists!!!
What a gret month!
~♥~Lisa #8646405

Rona L. Schwarz 5/26/2010 9:34:44 PM

Congratulations on another outstanding Finalist, Nikki! Great month for a great photographer! Love both, but of course, I prefer the color version. Outstanding work! #8646742

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This sax player was playing for the enjoyment of passers-by (and for tips :) ) near Faneuil Hall in Boston on a gorgeous October day. I rebuilt the background to remove distractions. I like the color version (in discussion) a lot and will post it sometime, but today I needed a black and white :)
Category: People

Exif: F Number: 5.6, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 12500/1000000 seconds, Flash: did not fire, compulsory flash mode, ISO: 400,400, FocalLength: 40.00 mm, Model: DSLR-A350

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