I know the background is totally blown to crap and the intense light has caused some chromatic aberration, but I like the effects on this shot actually. Previously, I posted a photo of My Guide at the Chinese Cemetary. This was another guide there and my guide's buddy. He was just hanging around at the entrance, waiting for his next customer. Although this is perhaps technically odd, I like this shot, despite the CA, the blown out background, the too shallow DOF, harsh light, etc. For some reason, I think the faults here help the photo a little. Am I odd to think so?
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joso (2417) 2004-03-06 11:47
It's a very expressive, telling-a-lot-portrait, and that is what counts for me. Full of contrasting, strong elements, but his smile, his eyes soften it.
If you are, I'm odd too...
eleparc (24063) 2004-03-06 12:30
Hi Darren! first of all, it attracted my eyes in the photo gallery to urge me to click on it. second impression was that the chromatic disorder on his face annoyed me a bit as well as the DOF. Nothing to say about the background. third and final impression, it all fits very well in here and I do like the overall photo. the focus is on the near part of his face , blurring a bit the further part of it, but I have come to like it too. nice shot afterall and not so odd! ;-)
eelliott305 (776) 2004-03-06 13:21
It is quite blown out Darren, a problem I am familiar with. But I think it is still an interesting shot and worth showing. You have managed to capture plenty of detail in the man`s features. I like the off centre horizontal format. I used to think portraits had to be vertical but I have seen so many great horizontal ones on TE.
BobTrips (1857) 2004-03-06 22:28
I have no problem at all with the background. It gives a real 'summer' feeling.
I think the framing is quite good, set to one side and close enough to fill the frame with some impact. The DOF is also quite good, his face is in focus, only his right shoulder fading out. Good effect.
I do think there's a green cast to his skin. Natural? For you to answer.
(And 'oldguy'? Come on!)
maciekda (19895) 2004-03-07 1:15
it is a nice portrait, the composition is absolutely great, and his expression is so warm. i don't mind the burned background, i even like it. the only problem i see is that his face is grayish - the color is not natural, not like a skin color - probably it is a problem of scanning. anyway, it is a very nice portrait
clodreno (0) 2004-03-07 9:08
This portrait is really good Darren. The background doesn't bother me at all. On the contrary. The most important thing, the eyes are shrp.. that's great. Nice smile too.
By the way do you use a tripod all the time?
carolynanna (1324) 2004-03-08 16:30
THere is such honesty in this shot. You have captured so much here Darren.
gringofil (0) 2004-03-16 23:31
Since I posted a very high-key shot a few days ago, I really like the blown out areas here as they add to the shot, I think. In more ways than one they make the shot lighter and more interesting. Makes me concentrate on the subject a bit more. Composition wise you did the standard thing here and it works well. Really nice to see the man wear a white hat to compliment the white areas in the image.