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  • #16
    This is an amazing shot! I'm so impressed - I would have hurriedly taken the first shot and that would have been it. I get so flustered when taking people. I think the best shots are when people completely ignore the camera, although I've seen some pretty good posed pictures too.
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    • #17
      Fantastic shot. You should be proud.

      Only thing I wish....is that I'd taken it.

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      • #18
        You guys are amazing; thank you for all the wonderful comments! This truly is my best and favorite shot and I am so proud of it. I am fixing up the original one (it's a huge size; something to the tune of 24 inches tall) so I can get this printed out and put in a frame. Aside from the photos I took in Brazil in March, I rarely print out my pictures because I don't feel they're ever any good. This one though - is my pride and joy. I wish I knew the guy's name or how to find him - I'd positively give him a framed print of it. But I think he was a drifter. He didn't really say anything to me except 'yes' and 'you're welcome'. My mom commented on his beard and asked how long it took to grow but I didn't hear the answer.

        I think, not knowing anything about him makes this portrait all the more interesting - there's so many possibilities as to who he is and what makes him the way he is. I've titled the picture on deviantart as "Story Unknown" which I think is very fitting.

        Again, thank you for the wonderful comments.
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        • #19
          One advice that is commonly given by people who do lots of strangers/homeless photography: Show them that you are interrested in their story, their lives etc. Ask them how they're going through their lives, their difficulties, etc. (it can be homeless, or seniors in hospitals, I even talked to dying people when I was at the hospital..)

          Lots of homeless just want to tell their personnal experience, they want to be heard, to feel that someone is actually interrested in listening to them... That anyone actually cares. That someone actually respects them.

          Sometimes you will feel that they will accept to be photographed, other times they wont... (you can actually feel that by trying to know them). And if you want a shot when he dosent notice the camera... just come back a couple of minutes later, and take your picture (this way, they will remember you and wont get mad at you, and you will still have an improvised shot).

          Spare some change with them, since you are taking they time (which they could have used in trying to make a living instead)... they will appreciate it! What's 10$ for you, but imagine if this 10$ is how they started that day!

          This way you will take better pictures, by knowing why they became what they are, why are they so harsh sometimes... why do they have so many wrinkles, why do they seem older than they actually are...

          I've spoken to a dying man (lung cancer, terminal).. and from that day on I feel I shouldnt be scared of death, I should be like him... in peace with myself... and I knew what I wanted to do in life... photographing people... making the ordinary feel and look like the extraordinary.
          Last edited by chireau; 03-20-2008, 02:44 AM.
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          • #20
            I LOVE the Sepia one!!!!! Great shot!
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            • #21


              I don't usually dig sepia, but I love it with your shot.....this needs to be printed and added to your portfolio and/or framed and hung in your home. This is a really good "classic" shot. Well done, I am envious.
              Ryan
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              • #22
                I love it!
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                • #23
                  I love the version in Sepia, gives it a really good feeling. Great Picture!
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                  • #24
                    Amazing! Very nice shot. You should be proud.
                    All 'versions' of it look great, but I like the first one the most. The brown tone on the leather jacket makes it look a little bit more alive.

                    Cheers!

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                    • #25
                      Fantastic shot! He almost looks like he's been painted onto a concrete wall behind him. I love all the detail. Very nice.
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                      • #26
                        It's a great capture, you should be very proud of it. You obviously have a great eye for shot!
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                        • #27
                          Originally posted by Peach View Post
                          Ok. I've taken all the advise here and these are the results.

                          Photo in Sepia

                          Photo in B&W

                          Photo with touch of blue

                          Personally, I'm partial to the strict black and white after playing with the curves, adding more sharpening to it, and adjusting the brightness and contrast.
                          My preference is the sepia toned version. It really matches the mood of the composition.
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                          • #28
                            Originally posted by Peach View Post
                            Ok. I've taken all the advise here and these are the results.

                            Photo in Sepia

                            Photo in B&W

                            Photo with touch of blue

                            Personally, I'm partial to the strict black and white after playing with the curves, adding more sharpening to it, and adjusting the brightness and contrast.
                            i'm partial to B&W too, but I like the b&w with the touch of blue. Most likely because the B&W you have up feels a bit flat. I like your portrait, very well done. If I had anything to say I would say get rid of the first process you did and stick with the ones I just mentioned. Also, it is a shame you had to capture him in front of that wall. The wall makes the background extremely bland. I might have tried a dead on picture from the front and a complete side profile before I left him alone. But nonetheless, it is a great capture.
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                            • #29
                              Excellent street shot

                              Well done peach, love all 3 shots but especially black and white it states a stronger image and story. I too love street candid photography and would love to do more of it in the near future. Im travelling to Bali in October and Im planning to do a shoot over there of candid people shots with their permission of course, I cant wait. Im new here and im from Oz but Im enjoying all the of the forum. I have posted a few pics that i have taken for comments so hopefully ill get sdome feedback to. Cheers
                              Jewelz

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                              • #30
                                Oh this is an amazing shot!! I love the b&w also. Just amazing! Great job!!

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