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By ade_mcfade      
Had a lovely evening at a freinds barbque the other evening, and Anthony and was sat with us for the duration of the eveing, imbibing lots of sangria and other naughtiness.

I had the 50mm F1.4 and 5D so was demoing the camera to people by getting lots of shots of him whilst he was talking

Here's one I really like - it's got the pipe, the hand gesture and shows the passion with which he talks. He's a lecturer in medieval history - visiting from Australia.

Tags: Candid Black and white Australian Portraits and people Barbeque

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mrswoolybill Plus
9 979 1496 United Kingdom
19 Jul 2010 6:58PM
One hand sharp for making the point, one soft for the finer tuning. Like this one a lot.

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Richsr Plus
9 91 223 England
19 Jul 2010 7:21PM
Love the eyes Ade, good capture.
Regards Richard
User_Removed 8 26 2 United States
19 Jul 2010 7:31PM
Wonderful character study.
19 Jul 2010 7:32PM
What an amazing character and capture Ade. It works so well in mono. Unlike Moira I'm not quite so sure about the soft hand, but I remain very impressed - I feel that I want to engage with him!

Steve-T 9 56 66 England
19 Jul 2010 8:05PM
Great portrait. Steve
dandeakin 9 209 3 England
19 Jul 2010 8:18PM
Fantastic, think the DOF works well.
ade_mcfade 12 15.2k 216 England
19 Jul 2010 8:30PM
was at F1.4 the whole evening Wink

If you've got it, flaunt it Smile
backbeat Plus
10 134 1 United Kingdom
20 Jul 2010 1:25PM
I bought a 1.4 about 3 months ago, and I've only had it out of the bag once..this has inspired me to use it though..cheers Ade!

Oh, and congrats on the HC

ade_mcfade 12 15.2k 216 England
20 Jul 2010 1:42PM
they're little buggers to use Phil - so many shots of his his being sharp yet his eyes blurred... and he didn't sit still either, so a little movement and it's burred.

but they're small, discrete and the background and natural vignetting looks ace when wide open

I nearly started to get fast primes... then saw they were all over a grand now and decided against it!
JackAllTog Plus
7 4.4k 58 United Kingdom
20 Jul 2010 1:53PM
This is brilliant, right down to the pouch in the forground. Intensity, energy and poise all in the same shot. DOF is perfect and the moving hand adds dynamism to the story he is telling.
blackbird 9 159 15 United Kingdom
20 Jul 2010 3:37PM
i came back for another look and youve got hc, congrats Smile
20 Jul 2010 5:27PM
Superb his eyes are amazing, you have captured them brilliantly.
banehawi Plus
12 1.5k 3524 Canada
20 Jul 2010 6:42PM
Timing, - all about timing.. terrific shot.

Nigel_95 Plus
10 260 2 United Kingdom
20 Jul 2010 8:45PM
Considering the aperture, excellent focussing. Congratulations on the HC award.

kitsch 10 439 4 United Kingdom
20 Jul 2010 8:51PM
what a great photograph... yeah, very hit & miss with the lens am sure but when you get one like this...well..
wyatturp 11 2 England
20 Jul 2010 9:00PM
Got the mood just right, and capture the essence of the time
Paul Morgan 15 18.3k 6 England
21 Jul 2010 6:48PM
Although most of your shorts are very good technically Ade, they lack emotion.

This one`s loaded with it, very good indeed.
jonathanbp 8 99 Thailand
21 Jul 2010 7:23PM
First class character image - Jonathan
ade_mcfade 12 15.2k 216 England
21 Jul 2010 11:41PM

Quote:Although most of your shorts are very good technically Ade, they lack emotion.

JackAllTog Plus
7 4.4k 58 United Kingdom
22 Jul 2010 11:09AM

Quote:Quote:Although most of your shorts are very good technically Ade, they lack emotion. ouch!

Now play nice together challenge team and critique team Wink Loooking at your profiles there is a real diversity of typical subjects and equipment types and both are great in their own way - remember 'Cartridges' on 2 Jan 2009.
Loved looking at both you gallaries- cheers.
Paul Morgan 15 18.3k 6 England
22 Jul 2010 8:34PM
Cheers Stuart Smile

Not a dig at you Ade, I`m a fine one to talk Smile

More than likely 90% of all pictures uploaded here or any other site that are technically very good lack emotion.
ade_mcfade 12 15.2k 216 England
23 Jul 2010 3:36PM
I'll let you off paul Wink

Emotion is something I don't do in real life, so it's probably never going to come through then lens either Wink

I met a business advisor today who was a huge photography fan, and he was impressed with the technical side of my work too Smile - and he's going to organise some exhibitions for me.

Slighty different tangent...

i think to really understand how your work is viewed, you need to step away from sites like this where you blend in and get an outsider's input. Here we're swamped with really good work that you get lost in the masses - today he came to an office I'd furnished with 20 prints, had been looking at them before we met, and from the very first moment we shook hands, I knew the images had done the trick.

You can just end up thinking you're "ordinary" on here - for example, with the car thing, I'm only comparing my shots against Ambient Life, which is ridiculous really - he is the pinacle of the industry with yonks of experience and the backing of Hassleblad, big budgets from luxury car manufacturers. I'm a bloke with a 5D and 3 speedlites and no budget - but not bad results considering Wink

I did start to see the bigger picture today, was good Smile
Paul Morgan 15 18.3k 6 England
25 Jul 2010 4:06PM

Quote:I did start to see the bigger picture today, was good

Well done, its a funny old world Smile

Earlier this year I had stuff appear in papers in France, Germany and Scandinavia, all in the same week.

The few I put up here went largely unnoticed Smile Smile

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