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Rich

Yet again, thank you for all the great comments yesterday (Except Stevo - I shall pay you back!!!).

Meet Rich

Again in the pub having a great time. Rich was reading a book on the Shackleton exploits. I do not think that he was aware of me taking the photo, so I had at least 3 attempts at it, this was the best of the lot.

Absolutely nothing fancy regarding PS. The shot was taken in b/w mode (interesting point that Frederic mentioned yesterday, b/w is generally how I see the world, when photographing stuff). So curves and very slight contrast sharpen.

It's funny how you notice things after the event, I really like the lead in lines that Rich's jacket give with the zip and lapells etc.

All the best. Mal

Rich

Yet again, thank you for all the great comments yesterday (Except Stevo - I shall pay you back!!!).

Meet Rich

Again in the pub having a great time. Rich was reading a book on the Shackleton exploits. I do not think that he was aware of me taking the photo, so I had at least 3 attempts at it, this was the best of the lot.

Absolutely nothing fancy regarding PS. The shot was taken in b/w mode (interesting point that Frederic mentioned yesterday, b/w is generally how I see the world, when photographing stuff). So curves and very slight contrast sharpen.

It's funny how you notice things after the event, I really like the lead in lines that Rich's jacket give with the zip and lapells etc.

All the best. Mal

comments (21)

Really clever frame. Your use of B&W is fantastic.
Mal: Thank you Squardiamo. Mal
  • rabby
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 11 Oct 2006, 00:22
This shot has soul, maybe that is a B/W virtue along with your own eye for a frame. Shackleton was worth the interest etched on the fellows face there too. nice one.
Mal: Thank you Rabby. Mal
  • nev
  • Australia
  • 11 Oct 2006, 00:36
another beauty mal. i agree about the zipper, nice. if you always see in black and white it doesn't hurt to take the sunnies off occasionally. (unless you are BONO). smile
Mal: This image took about 60 secs to process! it's really natural as is, but I must admit that I did not see the extra props in the image when taking the shot. All the best Nev Mal
I was surprised to read that you tend to shoot in B&W mode, is that to cut down on pp time or do you think you get a better B&W effect? Again a very competent portrait, light just in the right place.
Mal: Hey Digi, that's a great question! I was not going to answer any questions this evening but you have raised one that interests me greatly. I come from a long history in personal taste during the film era of b/w. My first digital camera was the 10D with no b/w mode, it frustrated me very much, I loved the instant feed back but it was in colour. I just naturaly lean to b/w and with the 5D I can do that and shoot (in camera b/w) the way I see fit. Every now and again I will convert to colour but rarely. Mal
Lovely composition, I don't shoot in b/w mode... don't trust any digital camera that far... smile
Mal: Hey Mr S, in raw the colour info is kept, it just displays b/w, you can convert back to colour later.
he looks like he is meditating...Nice capture.
Mal: Thank you Dee. Mal
  • nev
  • Australia
  • 11 Oct 2006, 01:23
Mal if there are other props i cannot see them I meant your sunnies
Mal: Your too quick witted for a fool like me, just give me a few seconds, I'll get there in the end. Mal
the angle is nice and I agree the jacket lines are very interesting. It almost looks like an ad for an artist like Sting. Nice one Mal!!!
Mal: Thank you Frederic. All the best Mal
Nice work Mal. You know I've tried a shot like this before and I've always been very confused about the selective focus. I've seen yours and again the question is raised, "Should the hand be in focus as well or not?"
Mal: I've got to admit Jide that when I took the shot at F2.8 I was concentrating on the side of Rich's face and expected the hand to be a little bit out. When I uploaded the image, I was disapointed that one of the two areas of interest were out! Hmmmm!
On another note regarding the BW or rather monochrome mode, I've tried it before and it's not that bad, I've used it before but I always make sure I'm shooting in RAW so that if I'm not satisfied with the results I switch back to colour from the RAW file. From the experiments I've tried using my 5D it's not bad at all.
Mal: Yes I'm pleased to, it gives me the feed back I like and in Raw you've lost nothing if you need to go back. Mal
  • Sola
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 11 Oct 2006, 12:36
Mal no one should be dumped by txt msg, especially those who take pictures as nice as yours
Mal: Thank you Sola, your image struck a chord with me yesterday. All the best MAL
  • Sidney
  • Philippines
  • 11 Oct 2006, 12:56
I guess you friend is not an " avid reader". Normally fast readers are not following the lines (words) with their fingers. Or maybe it just a difficult text?

Anyway it is a beautiful image. Nice composition.
Mal: Hi Sidney, He's a well read man! not sure what the finger was for. Anyway thanks for the lovely comment. Mal
Mal, i knew you'd been having us on about not knowing how to take people shots [i know when false modesty when i see (read) it (cos i invented the art wink] but this is just such an amazing shot - i absolutely love the lighting, framing, angle, composition, - everything, even his expression. this is well captured and henceforth you are not allowed to say on this blog (or any other blogs) that you don't shoot people well. There!
Mal: Hey Mo, I feel like a naughty child at the feet of an angry head master!!! Thank you very much for your lovely comment and I have taken on board your sentiment. Why is that lap top not fixed yet? Mal
Whoa! was just looking at this picture a gain and did you notice that the way the light hits the paragraph he's reading turns it silvery so that it looks like the words are coming alive? (or maybe it's just my screen). That couldn't have been deliberate (was it?). Anyway, it reminds me of LOTR. Tres cool!
Mal: You are the first to notice Mo, I would love to say it was my intervention and clever processing but it was not. I'm not sure why it looks that way, I'm guessing that the angle of the light on the page may be catching the ink pigment in a weird way???? All the best Mo. Mal
J'aime beaucoup ! As we say in France smile
There is something more in this shot about the expression of the man, seems concentrating almost as if this a blind reading with Braye method. Your B&W shot are very good they show human and I love that.
Euh, I'm laughing about my english i'd like to see how you can read and understand that - LOL smile
Mal: Hey Zeb, if you want to have a great laugh you should hear me trying to speak in French, your English makes perfect scense to me. Thank you Zeb, one day I will comment on your site in French wink Mal
  • Samarth
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 11 Oct 2006, 17:21
WICKED WICKED SHOT!!!.....am not even going to try a technical flaw cuz it's just such a magical shot and i do't wanna ruin it for myself.....8.25/10
Mal: Thank you Samvader. All the best Malwalker
  • chris p
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 11 Oct 2006, 19:48
You'll be working on the next Arctic Monkey's album cover soon Mal wink nice done.
Mal: Hey Chris, quite funny you mention the Arctic Monkey's photo style stuff! The next two images are quite similar in style to the Arctic's art work! Mal
The light across his shoulder and the angle above him works well.
  • barry
  • Philippines
  • 11 Oct 2006, 22:43
like the cropping and focusing. great shot indeed
  • Diya
  • Switzerland
  • 11 Oct 2006, 23:57
Hi Mal

to me this shot has so much depth, absolutley fantastic

Diya
  • kurt
  • Austria
  • 17 Oct 2006, 06:19
very well done. love the unusual perspective. a great portrait.

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