Those of you who are familiar with Steve McCurry's work will find a similarity with one of his iconic shot.
As soon as I saw this little novice walking towards me, I couldn't help but to approach this boy with the intention to pay a tribute to Mr. McCurry, the photographer from National Geographic and Magnum who inspired me the most to shoot people, after receiving his book called "Portraits", 6 years ago.
*To see the photo from Steve McCurry I am referring to, please have a look at the workshop.
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daddo (26754) 2014-06-27 19:12
Hi Andre. I must plead ignorance about McCurry although I most probably have admired his work. I tend to be terrible with names. McCurry or not, this is a fantastic portrait in its POV that emphasizes the size and age of the little novice and his bowl. Such a serious chap. Admirable result Andre. Regards. Klaudio.
kabel (1926) 2014-06-27 20:10
Hello, superb portrait of the young monk with the bowl. Excellent from a technical standpoint. From an artistic viewpoint it is on the same level as the great Steve McCurry. Congratulations on a fine image worthy of a gallery.
For those of you who wonder, who is Steve McCurry?, just think of the Afghan girl who was on the cover of National Geographic and is the single most well known photo in the world at this time.
jjcordier (79297) 2014-06-27 22:47
L'élève égale le maître! Remarquable portrait, d'une époustouflante qualité, de ce petit moine.
jemaflor (96849) 2014-06-27 23:37
Superbe cadrage avec cet angle et ce premier plan valorisé, le regard est expressif sérieux et intimidé, la netteté est excellente, bravo !
CLODO (34096) 2014-06-27 23:49
Tu as un bon guide photo! Tu as bien utilisé ton grand angle pour faire disparaitre ses pieds et obtenir 2 ronds (la tête et le faitout)côte à côte.
Il semble éberlué!
Du côté technique, une netteté parfaite et un fond uniforme qui valorise les formes et les couleurs sourdes.
Merci mr le professeur!
Giustiniani (3632) 2014-06-28 2:40
le portrait de ce jeune moine est d'une remarquable beauté.
Un bel hommage rendu au célèbre photographe.
Bartleby (13552) 2014-06-28 5:50
pfiou ça envoie! Super cadrage qui fait des échos entre les formes de la tête et celle du bol. Un fond uniforme, une expo impeccable...superbe!
holmertz (52096) 2014-06-28 5:59
A very elegant portrait from an inventive POV where you could use the ground as a perfect neutral background. The little novice's penetrating eyes may not be quite like that Afghan girl's but could nevertheless be haunting me for a while. The title is amusing though.
emka (96603) 2014-06-28 6:07
Hello Andre, I find the similarity with the famous photo by Steve McCurry, (I knew it :))and I like the clever title. But I am not convinced with the perspective from above. Strange perspective, with the feet so tiny. But colours and sharpness are perfect. And amazing look.
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siudzi (34141) 2014-06-28 7:25
Extremely eye-catching portrait pic. The pose and the expression of this young boy are unique and so touching. Really fantastic image. TFS!
SnapRJW (31629) 2014-06-28 10:52
Hello Andre - A fine tribute to a great photographer. Beautifully managed ... those eyes are solemn and serious but wonderful. I prefer the stance of your little novice to the of McCurry's as his hand holding the bowl is much more of a feature and I think his head and eyes are at a better angle. I note the last comment about the light. It is soft and to my eyes the shot is nicely exposed with the full width of the histogram utilised, whites and blacks included.
The only think I don't like is the title... sorry ;)
BennyV (16889) 2014-06-28 12:50
Great picture, Andre. The interaction with the original Steve McCurry is fascinating. The McCurry picture has an alien kind of feel to it, yours is more humane. Dare I say I prefer yours? Yes, I do.
chawax (20756) 2014-06-29 3:42
Wonderful shot ! Composition, exposure and sharpness are perfect. And you caught the incredible look of this young boy. I could see a few of Steve McCurry's pictures on a photo festival by my home (La Gacilly festival), his picture that inspired you was not part of the exposure but I was really impressed by how beautiful his work is !
chrislo (4155) 2014-06-29 3:53
Tu nous présentes un beau portrait plein de naturel et d'une grande qualité. Tout y est, le regard direct et intense, la lumière douce et un fond neutre qui fait ressortir le sujet. J'aime bien le point de vue en plongée qui garde les proportions de l'enfant sans l'écraser. J'aime aussi comment la couleur de sa peau et des vêtements tranche sur la tonalité du bokeh. Le cadrage est impeccable et l'expression du visage est bien saisie. Les couleurs et la netteté sont très belles, mais ça, ce n'est pas une surprise...
geneward2 (696) 2014-06-29 7:02
Even though some say you shouldn't shoot down on children, I think this perspective works effectively here, perhaps because the novice wants food and the hands, being closer, seem larger.
ourania (45088) 2014-06-29 8:32
amazing how quickly and successfully you worked for this portrait. There's very obvious reference to Steve McCurry's photo (which I saw for the first time in your workshop) but there's a clear distinction and originality as well. You adjusted your composition to the little novice's height and expression and given great significance to his hand too. The tonalities and the shadows are as discreet and effective as they should in order to allow the personality come forth. Kevin's workshop is interesting but it's striking to see how the lack of shadows changes the expression and the atmosphere. I'm sure your picture is considered inspirational too. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely evening,
abmdsudi (53703) 2014-06-30 11:08
This is superb.. the sharpness of those magnetic eyes pierce straight through you and your spot catches the subject's red robes in conjunction with the black bowl beautifully. That's the powerful effect of wide lens taken from superb view point playing around a little with angle distortion- the perspective beauty seen only thru this lens that you have fully exploited to max. Regardless however, the strong focus on his facial expression strengthens the centre of attention of the shot. Hat off to inspiration and creativity! Something different to open our eyes. Bravo, great subject....
kasianowak (8909) 2014-07-06 12:10
Amazing and eye-catching portrait. The look in the little monk's eyes' is priceless and the colour of his robe stands out so well from its surroundings.
You've chosen a perfect POV and the similarity to Steve McCurry's image is very pronounced indeed! :)
everlasting (15224) 2014-07-13 4:40
As a Steve McCurry I recognized his style immediately, a good dedication to the great master.
- Copyright: Andre Roberge (InasiaJones) (31566)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-11-20
- Categories: Daily Life, Food
- Camera: Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III, Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 USM
- Exposure: f/5.0, 1/100 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): Kasia's Favourites 5 [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2014-06-27 17:29
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