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By mellyleth  
I took this shot of my husband Rab in a friend's living room. It was taken a few years ago, I think he was playing the guitar at the time, although you can't see it in the shot. There was only limited light coming in from a side window, so the background ended up in darkness and gave some nice shadows I thought. A slightly higher iso was used. Converted to black and white in PS.

Tags: Black and white Portraits and people

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keithh Plus
14 25.4k 33 Wallis And Futuna
20 Oct 2006 6:44PM
Thought he looked young.... can tell he's playing guitar by the flared nostrils.

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starliz 14 1.6k 3 England
20 Oct 2006 7:05PM
do like the light just catches his hair nicely he seems to have a very thoughful expression looks really good,beautifully captured.

must look at my sons nostrils next time he`s playing lol
Boyd 14 11.2k 11 Wales
20 Oct 2006 7:06PM
Aah, those curly locks, the furrowed brow, the nose sniffing the air for unfamiliar scents...

..I do believe he came second in the Cocker Spaniel section at Crufts.
JuliaB 13 110 2 United Kingdom
20 Oct 2006 7:34PM
do the nostrils flare in time with the rhythm or is it a breathing thing? I know breathing is usually key when playing musical instruments... is that also true of guitar? ;o)
mellyleth 14 212 United Kingdom
20 Oct 2006 7:39PM
Lol, thanks folks. Hadn't noticed the flared nostrils - that's nothin', he can flare 'em much more than that Smile
shortski 12 3 1 England
20 Oct 2006 8:13PM
great portrait, real concentration in those nostrils!........jojo
Westers 13 3.9k 1 Burkina Faso
20 Oct 2006 8:20PM
Lol @ Boyd & Keith.

Cracking shot, especially after reading how it was taken.
aftertherain 13 4.2k 2 United Kingdom
20 Oct 2006 8:31PM
That little scar - perfect.
mellyleth 14 212 United Kingdom
20 Oct 2006 9:29PM
Cheers folks. I like that scar too Smile
magicbox 11 1 United Kingdom
20 Oct 2006 9:47PM
Great lighting, maybe would crop just a little more from the the left side, right to the cheek bone works really well.
Great work
Skatershrew 13 52 1 England
20 Oct 2006 9:58PM
Brilliant lighting, wouldn't go for a crop in my opinion, works well like this.
Think I might have cloned out that small area at the bottom of what looks like a fleece or something.
Great work though!
User_Removed 14 16 1 United Kingdom
20 Oct 2006 9:59PM
the image speaks for its self. it makes you think whatis he thinking ?

Sus 13 3.2k 9 England
20 Oct 2006 10:47PM
absolutely love this type of look at the moemnt (b&w, hard, directional light, pores and everything). Great.
mellyleth 14 212 United Kingdom
20 Oct 2006 11:15PM
Thanks folks - didn't think the crop would be to everyone's taste and I thought about cropping out the fleece but decided against it Smile
Sus 13 3.2k 9 England
21 Oct 2006 7:04AM
Ah, the ubiquitous fleece. I've started feeling a wave of disappointment when dinner guests (aka unwitting portrait subjects) turn up wearing fleece and tshirts - wondering if I can ask them to change into something with a bit more glamerous neckline...I think I'll just get some fabric to swathe round their shoulders.
sugarbird 14 223 South Africa
21 Oct 2006 4:56PM
I think this is excellent Mel...
conrad 13 10.9k 116
22 Oct 2006 11:20AM
Really good portrait, Mel!

mellyleth 14 212 United Kingdom
22 Oct 2006 3:13PM
Thanks everyone Smile
steve neil 13 597 Australia
9 Nov 2006 8:49AM
Hi Mel - hope you are good. Its a good shot - well done Smile
mellyleth 14 212 United Kingdom
10 Nov 2006 3:09PM
Thanks Steve. I'm well and hope you are too. It's nice to hear from you Smile
Atlas 14 621 United Kingdom
22 Feb 2007 7:01AM
It's pretty decent portrait Mel ☼☼☼☼☼

mellyleth 14 212 United Kingdom
22 Feb 2007 10:20PM
Thanks Rob Smile

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