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Ninety Nine Pence Portrait

By hobbo
One of my favourite photographic genres is candid or street photography.......plucking up the courage to request portraits from complete strangers, gives a certain thrill of the chase.

It is usual for colourful characters to be proud of their appearance, so can be surprisingly willing subjects. I always offer my card containing my details and the fact that I am doing a long term Portrait Project, this usually works......if someone refuses I thank them and walk away.

After some questioning of me and a thorough read of my card, my subject here agreed, I chatted to put him at ease then fired two frames, this one is the best.

My usual Photoshop processing followed by targeted use of the High Pass Filter gave the portrait PUNCH.

The excellent EVF on my Panasonic GX7 is proving a Godsend because I am currently recovering from serious retinal surgery in my left eye.

Tags: Candids Portraits and people Stree photography

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great strong portrait

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hobbo Plus
5 962 2 England
15 Aug 2014 5:47AM
Many thanks for the kind comments folks, especially for the User Award......I have a lot to thank my subject for too, he was a natural.

Hobbo
Richsr Plus
9 90 223 England
15 Aug 2014 9:36AM
Stands out well Hobbo
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TanyaH Plus
13 1.3k 361 United Kingdom
15 Aug 2014 10:05AM
An outstanding, natural portrait Smile Even though he knew you were going to take the image, he's got a wonderful look of surprise on his face that belies the fact that you'd asked, and he agreed Grin To the point that I thought when I first looked at it that you were incredibly brave to get this close for a 'candid' - then read the description! So yeah, a good job done.
SlowSong Plus
8 6.3k 29 England
15 Aug 2014 3:36PM
That's a great shot, although, being pedantic, I wonder if it can be classified as Street seeing as you asked him to pose. It's a moot point, but doesn't detract from a great image and you are a brave man to ask. Smile
hobbo Plus
5 962 2 England
15 Aug 2014 3:58PM

Quote:That's a great shot, although, being pedantic, I wonder if it can be classified as Street seeing as you asked him to pose. It's a moot point, but doesn't detract from a great image and you are a brave man to ask. Smile


Yes! I see what you mean Slowsong.......I wear a camera wherever I go, always ready to capture something or somebody interesting or unusual.......the Street Photography is my favourite Genre.
This I suppose is a combined, Street/ Candid?

The shot wasn't planned or set up, I was shopping like he was when I decided to request a portrait ( I do this often, its a great challenge) .....then, in full view of all the other customers and sales staff, I fired off two quick frames, this one being the best.

My PANASONIC GX7 is a brilliant camera for this kind of photography, its small size doesn't inhibit the people I approach, I guess at first glance it looks like a Point and Shoot?

If it isn't a .....Street.....or a.......Candid.......what genre is it?

Hobbo

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