Why "ray of hope"?
I know I didn't focus on the eyes. I know I shot this picture against the light. I know I didn't go down to the level of my model. I know, I know...
Yes, admittedly, this picture defied a lot of basic things about photography. I photographed this boy from different angles but this one turned out to be the best one because of that single ray of light that came out from nowhere. Taken in Djemma el Fnaa, Morocco under the intense summer heat, this boy was business as usual. A month after the bombing in Casablanca, business was slow for them(entertaining tourists with their wiggling head) but somehow, the light created a vision of a "ray of hope" for them.
Wow...I'm writing too much. Somehow, the memory of that trip is coming back.
(Auto adjustments, blurred the pavement background)
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clodreno (0) 2003-11-18 4:14
Another great picture. You are making me envious....This is all I can say.
smil (566) 2003-11-18 4:20
I think that YOU KNOW how make a good shot, and that is the main.
avigur_11 (22087) 2003-11-18 4:23
Wow. Very special light and contrast, makes it a great portrait. I like your framing, too.
olli (2091) 2003-11-18 4:25
Great portrait. The look on the face, the light, the framing – they all are just great. The blurring in the background works very well. Excellent work, manny.
maciekda (19895) 2003-11-18 5:01
great portrait again, you share so many great pictures with us... the light here is really special, just the face and the light. you know how to make good and interesting portraits.
mtolloczko (201) 2003-11-18 5:53
Ah, but you managed to take a stiking portrait. Perhaps it would have worked better if the whole head was in the picture, it appears to be cropped on the right and the top. Also, I am not fond of signatures at the bottom of images, they tend to detract from the image itself. BTW, the note puts the image in context and the more prolific the writing the deeper my understanding of the surrounding whole environment. Don't feel that you are writing too much. It is very informative and helpful; and as much part of the image experience as the image.
iamxa (3075) 2003-11-18 6:43
Your note is perfect. To me is the perfect title for a great shot. Hope
Edwin (188) 2003-11-18 7:21
Sometimes one does not need to follow the predefined rules in order to get the kind of result as your moving shot. Doesn't it feel great to sometimes just rely upon your own impulses, your experience and your creativeness Manuel?
This posting proves once again that you have the skills to deliver stunning and moving portraits. A 6 out 5 score! (instead of a 5 out of 5 score I think you deserve this "one louder" :-)
zto (292) 2003-11-18 7:30
I love this picture just the ay it is. All the those things you did not do is actually what makes this picture special. I for one is glad you did not follow the rules in this case. Wish i could take potraits like this one.
ReynardTheFox (260) 2003-11-18 8:48
The dramatic lighting works really well and its nicely timed with the expression on the boys face. I didn't notice any problem with the eyes - focussing and DoF seem fine. Its a shame you missed out part of his hat. I'm not sure about the blurred background - it seems to be blurred a bit too much for me and looks unrealistic but that's a question of personal taste I guess. Its really eye-catching though and it really popped out of the gallery page at me mainly 'cos of the light!
sekl (2063) 2003-11-18 9:27
Photography is not only a science but it is art as well. When one knows that he is breaking rules - he knows what he is doing. It was worth breaking rules at this time. Wonderful shot! Thank you.
henrye (3500) 2003-11-18 10:26
Yes, you defy a lot of rules here. But rules are made to be broken. You did great, and I like this photo very much!
quegardens (1469) 2003-11-19 18:31
Your experimenting from many angles paid off with this winner Manny.Your notes also help us to get a better feeling of the idea behind the photo.
jrj (34843) 2003-11-22 5:43
Whatever background, the portrait comes out really well and the total is great. Well done.
greg (2835) 2003-11-22 12:04
yes - this one really came out well, too. I like the plain background. Your blurring worked well.
Clochette (8076) 2003-11-25 17:39
Rules must sometimes be contravened ! You succeeded very well in giving emotion with that pic. Not any unuseful details, just the essential is there. A really wonderful portrait.
eleparc (24063) 2004-03-08 17:11
Manny I missed that one before, and I must say I simply find it a sheer success. great DOF, cropping, light, composition and all. a perfect capture. You deserve thousands applause for it. pity I am out of points today, but my heart is with you!;-)
I just read your comments. : nothing too much. TE is also all about the impression we had or wish to convey, isn't it?
pascalbene (1717) 2004-03-18 16:37
What a wonderful picture ! Everything is perfect here. Congratulation.
Xalkida (11744) 2004-06-06 11:28
Excellent composition and photo! Well done! Great lighting!!!
hajle (1087) 2005-04-27 13:52
what to add more?