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Being Frank

By going_digital
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.

Tags: Black and white Portraits and people

Voters: margeret, AlanPerkins, 213hardy and 4 more

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banehawi Plus
13 1.6k 3707 Canada
30 Jul 2010 1:46PM
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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pamelajean Plus
11 998 1932 United Kingdom
30 Jul 2010 3:02PM
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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30 Jul 2010 3:13PM
Yes it was a wedding anniversary party so there was a lot of activity going on in the background.

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