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This is my first submission, this is a portrait of Frank, an elderly relative who is not usually easy to capture. I was pleased to capture him in this relaxed moment before he noticed the camera, I shot this the moment he looked in my direction to see that I had the camera. A moment later and his composure would have changed.

I chose B&W as I think it gives the right mood for a gentleman from this generation and it masks the changes in pigmentation that tends to occur to skin with people in their 80's like he is, giving a more flattering result.

Converted to B&W using Aperture

ISO 100, 70mm, +0.7ev, f8, 1/250

I think pushing the lens to the full 70mm end is not great, but am trying to get the most out of the kit lens before getting some new glass.

Camera:Sony Alpha 200
Lens:18-70mm
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Being Frank
Username:going_digital going_digital
Uploaded:29 Jul 2010 - 8:28 PM
Tags:Black & white, Portraits / people
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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10869 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2871 Constructive Critique Points
30 Jul 2010 - 1:46 PM

Its a good shot, and b&w is a good choice. Its perhaps a little low contrast and might benefit with a little more.


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Willie

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pamelajean
pamelajean Critique Team 8770 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1599 Constructive Critique Points
30 Jul 2010 - 3:02 PM

I agree with everything you have to say, and think you have been very kind to this gentleman by presenting his portrait in mono. I feel he is a little tight in the frame, but you were probably concerned about the bits and pieces in the background, and because it was a quick shot, there was probably little you could do about setting up any alternative. Love his whispy hair and sparkling eyes.
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Pamela.

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going_digital
30 Jul 2010 - 3:13 PM

Yes it was a wedding anniversary party so there was a lot of activity going on in the background.

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