Showing my photos from Jamaica to my daughter, she made me return to that one. "You like that one?" I asked, "Why?". "Well" she said, "it’s just that I don’t know anyone looking like this around here". So I understood that the photo was perhaps so-so to her taste but the subject had some merit! Thanks Mathilde. ;)
In fact, photographing people of colour is a little tricky. "There is probably no question in portraiture that is more confusing to beginners than how to photograph people with black skin" (M. Zucker, NY Institute of Photography). So, if it requires special considerations in a studio, it’s not really easier on a beach in bright sun. I had read somewhere that it helps with extra light from a 90-degree angle. Don’t remember if I thought of it when I shot this photo, but the sun seems to be at 90° or so, although relatively high in the sky. Yes the beach is almost burned; I guess it was that or an underexposed face.
I don’t like too long notes, but I have thought to join the text below that I found on the net. I think it suits well the photo.
Another Red Stripe mon? Ya mon, respect!
I am proud to be Jamaican.
Mi nuh 'fraid fi shout it out.
I don't mind visiting other places,
but a Jamdown run di route.
I love how the sun shines brightly,
an' di breeze blows through the trees.
I love my Jamaican people,
'cause wi move stylish wid ease.
I love my Jamaican food you know,
rice an' peas, chicken an' some good toto.
Bulla an' pear,
mek wi grin ear to ear.
An' it feels like summer time
all throughout the year.
I am proud to see my black people
stepping up in life.
Black teachers, black lawyers, black doctors, black leaders
setting the example for the youths to strive.
I love how Jamaican culture is influenced by others too.
I love all my Indian brothers, and the Chinese and Europeans too.
Out of many we are one people.
God's children all are we.
Yes, I'm proud to be a Jamaican
on this blessed rock in the Caribbean Sea.
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deffra (231) 2011-09-24 15:25
Salut Claude,j'aime bien l'éclairage et le regard sévère de l'homme.As-tu pris la photo par surprise,ou tu lui a demandé de poser pour toi?
stevesaba (8163) 2011-09-24 19:53
A very interesting, compelling and stunning portrait indeed....your daughter was right! Spot on focus and good management of light in what I think was a bright environment. A great and magnetic portrait! Warm regards,
delpeoples (57266) 2011-09-25 1:42
Salut cher Claude
Wow, what an interesting subject you've found...or maybe he found you :) He seems a very proud and dignified man and there is an obvious good rapport between the two of you. The quality of the shot is exquisite, well defined, sharp, beautifully saturated. Nice work, felicitations.
Amities et belle soiree
patdeph (35748) 2011-09-25 2:01
ta fille avait raison,non seulement le visage est très interessant,mais le portrait aussi est excellent.Contrairement à ce que tu dis,il n'y a pas de surexposition visible,certes,le sable est très clair,ce qui ne gêne absolument pas,et au contraire,les couleurs de l'arrière-plan sont très belles,et situent bien le sujet dans son cadre paradisiaque.Et ce qu'il y a d'important ici,c'est que la texture de la peau noire soit bien rendue,et c'est superbement réussi.
limielski (0) 2011-09-26 6:29
Amazing portrait with many details on the man's face. Excellent DoF. Very good light.
I like this picture very much.
mjdundee (4663) 2011-09-26 23:42
Hi Claude - I often think that the people of Jamaica are the only ones that God really wanted to come to the Americas after 1498. They are unique and their minds have always bee free. Respect!
danos (96171) 2011-09-27 10:21
great the portrait of this proud Jamaican.I like his pose,his expression as the close up view of the shot. Excellent the details as the sharpness and the clarity of the image.
ravinmb (1303) 2011-09-28 1:59
This is a splendid shot.. very good potrait.. the back ground also seems to be pleasant..
Have a good day.
Longroute (19396) 2011-09-28 6:11
The portrait is quite fine and interesting and technically perfect, I should say, you could not avoid overexposing the sand.
The difficulty, at least for me lies in the psychological aspect of the shot... was he glad to be photographed? I don't dare photograph people when I'm abroad, unless from afar or when they are not looking. Surely he's proud but maybe even a bit crossed with you?
All the best,
Urs (14082) 2011-09-28 20:41
You are right, darker skinned people are not easy to photograph, I know to good, as I live in South East Asia since almost 30 years. You did well considering the bright BG and the time, when you took it. When taking such pictures there is not a lot of time, to get it 100% but I would recommend bracketing. That it easy to add before shooting.
jhm (150858) 2011-09-29 3:52
This is truly a very extraordinarily portrait of these proud Jamaican man.
Sharpness and clarity are very well taken.
Nice composition, good presentation too.
Very well done, TFS.
yquem46 (38750) 2011-09-30 13:46
C'est un bon portrait très expressif et très fort
Excellente qualité, netteté au top et un bon BG pour l'isoler
Nard (6972) 2011-10-01 8:09
Superbe portrait de ce rasta avec ses freadlocks qui tranchent magnifiquement sur le ciel et le sable. Oui il a l'air fier et pause sans doute un peu pour la photo mais ça ne gène en rien. On ressent dans son regard et sa tenue tout le message qu'il souhaite faire passer.
Ber (8233) 2011-12-14 12:47
Amazing portrait with many details on the man's face. Sharpness and clarity are very well taken.
raphaelhcm (792) 2014-02-08 8:30
Superb portrait in superb place!
fritzi007 (10411) 2014-05-16 16:55
very good portrait of the proud man, very good information, congratulations!
Wish you a nice weekend
- Copyright: Claude Belanger (cebe) (1489)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2011-04-03
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Canon EOS 450D, Sigma EX 10-20 f4.0-5.6 DC HSM, Circular Polarizer
- Exposure: f/8, 1/30 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2011-09-24 14:21
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