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This picture take place in Botswana, in a Sanīs community.

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D3s Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:75.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:5 Mar 2012 - 4:26 PM
Focal Length:220mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.5
Aperture:f/8.0
Shutter Speed:1/500sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:250
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:No Flash
Title:Africa mia
Username:Bernabedellamattia Bernabedellamattia
Uploaded:12 Apr 2012 - 1:58 AM
Tags:Africa, Photo journalism, Portraits / people, San
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gallero
gallero e2 Member 3gallero vcard Venezuela
12 Apr 2012 - 2:58 AM

impresionante retrato.

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10777 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2782 Constructive Critique Points
12 Apr 2012 - 4:32 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

This is a great shot. I so much want to see his eyes, but the life lines in his face almost make that redundant.

He has character and experience written everywhere.

I can suggest only to enhace the existing catchlights in his eyes, ans crop a little narrower.

I noticed his beard and hair have green colours in them, - I dont know of they were as a results of paint, and the rest of the shot looks fine. I did tone them down in the mods, and absolutely had to try a mono.


Lovely work,



Regards


Willie

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LynneJoyce
LynneJoyce e2 Member 6LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom97 Constructive Critique Points
12 Apr 2012 - 6:51 AM

A fine character portrait.

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paulbroad
paulbroad  681 forum posts United Kingdom840 Constructive Critique Points
12 Apr 2012 - 8:59 AM

Could have been superb but, for me, the shadows on the face are just too heavy and too much of them. there is virtually no detail at all in those shadows.

Paul

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mhfore
mhfore  7 England176 Constructive Critique Points
12 Apr 2012 - 9:02 AM

Hi Bernabe,

Great capture of a face with life-lines which suggest that life's not been the easiest and give it character.

Bernabe, I personally would have liked to have seen slightly more detail on the right of hie face. Using the eyedroppers in exposure I have managed to gain a little more without pushing it to far. Also if it was possible, again personally I would have liked to have seen the top of his head, again added in the mod.

Good shot Bernabe.

Take care

Martin

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NDODS e2 Member 32822 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom98 Constructive Critique Points
12 Apr 2012 - 10:32 AM

A great portrait full of endless narratives, but I would love to be able to capture the detail in his eyes. For me eyes make a portrait, other may or may not agree.

Regards Nathan

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Paul_CA
Paul_CA  6 France4 Constructive Critique Points
12 Apr 2012 - 7:15 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Love the detail in this, the eyes, yeah would have been nice maybe to see some detail I guess. My biggest criticism is the depth of shadow on the face. Hard one to read this one as it seems there are two light sources (?) one right and one left - maybe a reflector would have worked to throw in some detail in the shadow or if he'd just turned a little to the left that might have worked or just a little fill in flash on low power - the shadows just need lifting to get some detail.
Paul

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Jestertheclown
12 Apr 2012 - 9:08 PM

Great work.
Apart from the top of his head being missing, I wouldn't change this at all.
I wouldn't even bother with catchlights. There's just the hint of a twinkle in his eyes and for me, that's enough.

Bren.

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janeez
janeez e2 Member 51161 forum postsjaneez vcard United Kingdom8 Constructive Critique Points
13 Apr 2012 - 12:43 AM

I would look at this in terms of printing. With the highlights you would be back to the paper as there is no colour left in the image. That said, the black and white image that Banehawi posted really works well. I like the background, it is nicely blurred and he is fantastically sharp. The eyes do need some work as in this image there is very little to see and the eyes, as they say, are the windows to the soul!

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pablophotographer

Hello Bernabe, we have all liked your work. I would ask you to talk to us beyond what we see caught by the camera. I suspected that the main light source was from the left that is why the man's right side of the face is darker. Aging skin from the exposure to sun, God bless us with some more, has had its effect on his eyelids and made them fall and cast shadow over the eyes. To me his facial expression, the gentle smile, is more than enough to show me his feelings, it's like admiring ancient bronze or rock statues where the eyes are missing. We still consider them art. I tip my hat to you Bernabe.

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