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My very good friend Stephen. Taken in my new home studio.
Two D-Lites.

I'll post the original colour version later, but wanted to lead with this one, which is my favourite, even though it shows warts and all.

Many thanks for the recent interest, I do appreciate it all.

Thanks for bothering,

Malc

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 5D MkIII
Lens:EF24-105mm F/4L IS USM
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:20 Jul 2013 - 5:12 PM
Focal Length:105mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.0
Aperture:f/10.0
Shutter Speed:1/160sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Stephen
Username:saltireblue saltireblue
Uploaded:2 Aug 2013 - 9:17 PM
Tags:B&w, Handsome guy, Home studio, Portrait, Portraits / people, Stephen
Votes:34

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7407 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom991 Constructive Critique Points
2 Aug 2013 - 9:27 PM

Leave it with b&w, I'm not sure that I want to see colour. This is him.
Well that makes sense to me...
Moira

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franken
franken e2 Member 113098 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
2 Aug 2013 - 9:32 PM

It works well in b&w Malc and I agree with Moira re leaving it that way.

Ken.

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Michaela_Solway
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2 Aug 2013 - 9:34 PM

Good studio work.. Like the processing.. Eye catching Wink

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widtink
widtink  2406 forum posts Scotland2 Constructive Critique Points
2 Aug 2013 - 10:07 PM

Fantastic portrait B/W is perfect for this SmileSmile

Rod

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woolybill1
woolybill1 e2 Member 7woolybill1 vcard United Kingdom65 Constructive Critique Points
2 Aug 2013 - 10:11 PM

Agree entirely about leaving out the colour version. My gripe with colour is that it is, in so many instances, superficial; mono, perfect for architectural studies, forces us to view other subjects dispassionately, to get our backsides off the sofa and put some effort into understanding. Visual art, like music, should be a two-way process; the viewer/listener needs to expend some effort to match that of the creative artist.
I find this an excellent monochrome study/character study. The extreme contrast (soot and chalk?) complements the direct gaze; delineation of line and character are perfect for those who know how to view.
Regards
Bill

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ColleenA
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2 Aug 2013 - 10:13 PM

A superb mono portrait, love the lighting

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senn
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2 Aug 2013 - 10:16 PM

powerful LKL portrait

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WhiteRose1
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2 Aug 2013 - 10:38 PM

Wot Bill said Grin

Dave

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cats_123
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2 Aug 2013 - 10:39 PM

excellent Grin

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LynneJoyce
LynneJoyce e2 Member 6LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom98 Constructive Critique Points
3 Aug 2013 - 7:50 AM

Ah, so I'm superficial for liking colour! Nice to know.Grin

Seriously, I love this mono treatment. It works so well with the lighting set up and creates a very engaging image.

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7407 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom991 Constructive Critique Points
3 Aug 2013 - 7:59 AM

I wanted to write more last night but needed time to reflect. There's a lot of mention of the need for 'direct eye contact'. Well sometimes it's needed, sometimes not, but it tends to simply mean look at the camera. This one is about contact as communication, dialogue. Two sides meeting as equals, with respect and curiosity.
Re the debate above - colour is so seductive, but like beauty it's skin-deep. B&W is about what lies underneath it.
Moira

Last Modified By mrswoolybill at 3 Aug 2013 - 8:00 AM

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Scottishlandscapes
Scottishlandscapes e2 Member 1068 forum postsScottishlandscapes vcard Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
3 Aug 2013 - 7:59 AM

The eyes are superb Malc, straight gaze and no looking away. "The windows to the soul" they say.

Dougie

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SUE118
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3 Aug 2013 - 8:48 AM

A brilliant capture and excellent in B & W.

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mikbee
mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
3 Aug 2013 - 2:27 PM

Very nice shot of Stephen,Malc,
but with your new home studio,
I will expect to see some shots
of a Stephanie too !!
Mick.
(And actually I am not fussy if she is called Stephanie.
Whatever the models name is,will be OK !!)
Mick.

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TrevBatWCC
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3 Aug 2013 - 2:56 PM

Trying to imagine him in colour, but don't think it will be as good as this mono! Wink A very fien portrait, Malc Smile
Trev Smile

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jasonrwl
jasonrwl e2 Member 432 forum postsjasonrwl vcard United Kingdom5 Constructive Critique Points
3 Aug 2013 - 8:12 PM

Home studio eh! Impressive. I know nothing about studios, lights and partraits but it looks pretty good to me.
Jason

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JuBarney
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3 Aug 2013 - 9:12 PM

A fine portrait and a gorgeous man!!
Ju

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SiHunt_GrafficSnapZ

Great graphic image, sooner warts than phoney shop any day.

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7337 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
3 Aug 2013 - 9:47 PM

Terrific image SmileSmile
Helen

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Glostopcat
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4 Aug 2013 - 7:31 PM

An excellent high key portrait Malc, it wouldn't work in colour as others have already stated

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