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Old, craggy and noisy!

All the best. mal


Old, craggy and noisy!

All the best. mal

comments (46)

  • BeakerSt
  • Shutterchance
  • 22 Jun 2007, 00:23
My what big hands you have grandma...

I'm first to comment on a Mal shot!!! Cool!!

Love it, composition, expression, processing are all spot on.
  • Suby
  • MK
  • 22 Jun 2007, 00:35
Cool capture,

did you brighten up the image a lot? Quite noisy at ISO400, works for the image but curious.

Gritty realism. Nice.
WOW! This is majorly impressive Mal.
Love that noir-ish effect and the giant hand!
I feel like he's going to share some wisdom with me. Great framing. It took some while before I could get a bearing on where he might be and I like it for that too. Lovely shot!
Great sot Mal, superb work, how did you do the B\W conversion, hardhanded photoshop or a plugin? very interesing tones and grain.
  • Kay
  • 22 Jun 2007, 02:16
Very well done. This gent could have been in Casablanca with Mr. Bogart!
  • genevieve
  • the part of canada where we don't live in igloos
  • 22 Jun 2007, 03:22
great candid shot. i like your choice of grayscale as always wink nice dof on the background. would that be whacky tobacci he is kindly offering you?
A lovely shot !!!
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 22 Jun 2007, 09:45
You do great portraits, Mal; this guy looks very assertive, and so I can understand "noisy". I like the big fist in the foreground, and love the light caught in the rather sparse hair on his left scalp. Actually....if this guy is old then I must be ancient....ha ha!
You are good at wat you do n its as simple as that
This is fantastic Mal, like everything about it.
Lovely shot Mal. Your subject looks quite a character. Like the hand in the foreground - really leads into the image. David.
Terrific shot Mal
Nice portrait
Excellent expressive portrait - I don't mind the grain at all, suits the gritty realism. Great use of the wide angle to draw us into his world. Mike
you captured this expression well, I have no met him physically but I feel like I know him, well done.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 22 Jun 2007, 14:01
A man with a hand that size and you say he is noisy - hope he doesn't hear or read you. I think I can see how noisy he is.

Excellent character capture.
  • chunter
  • Salisbury, Wiltshire. UK.
  • 22 Jun 2007, 14:12
Noisy! Him or the photo? Neither can be as noisy as his shirt, though. Is that legal in public?

Joking aside, Mal, it's a cracking portrait. The digital noise complements the smoky atmosphere for a gritty portrait with boatloads of character.

Nice one.
  • Jon
  • UK
  • 22 Jun 2007, 14:43
I like the use of wide angles in portraits. It can really add character. Great shot.
Excellent perspective and an intriguing background. It looks like he is high up. Is he?
  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 22 Jun 2007, 17:00
Everyone needs someone like this in their life to add perspective. Glad you have your Chris, Mal. smile
excellent portrait the entire up close to the camera view...
  • BobC
  • leeds
  • 22 Jun 2007, 18:29
I like the use of wide angle here to give a fresh perspective on a portrait. Nice one.
  • Thomas
  • Sweden
  • 22 Jun 2007, 18:36
Great! That's a lively portrait - I like the unusal, kind of exaggerated perspective. Provides some kind of Pub-talking-having-a-beer atmosphere... B&W works as usual very good.
  • Neil Tandy
  • Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 22 Jun 2007, 19:16
Thought it was you to start with!! grin grin LOL Great one Malster (Nice DOF LOL). Many regards, your mate "down South", Neil.
  • Jimbo
  • Dublin, Ireland
  • 23 Jun 2007, 01:12
This is rather special, Mal. Everybody else has already mentioned what makes it so special, so I won't repeat. I'll just say that I've sat here for an inordinately long time soaking up the atmosphere. Really something special.
That's a great portrait. He seems to feel confortable with the camera. Thanks for your sweet comments Malcolm. smile
Now this is why I got into photography. If I get to start over I would want to grow up to be like you smile
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  • paul
  • 24 Jun 2007, 19:22
The big fist in the foreground works really well - provides an echo of the head and leads you into the shot. Full of character and expression!
  • SheepLover
  • Pembrokeshire SW Wales
  • 25 Jun 2007, 16:09
Fantastic shot Mal, though he looks as though he is trying to sell me a dodgy banger...

You would take fabulous off the cuff shots at a wedding you know... smile
  • SheepLover
  • Pembrokeshire SW Wales
  • 25 Jun 2007, 16:10
"Go on my son, a small puff cannae hurt now cannet?"
this is what i call a very expressive portrait! congrats
  • BeakerSt
  • Shutterchance
  • 25 Jun 2007, 23:40
I see he's still here then...
  • nev
  • Australia
  • 26 Jun 2007, 06:15
As always your posted portraits tell a story or two. I agree with pixelpixie about the background. At least your subjects are consistent and they all are trying to cut back by smoking small cigarettes. smile
  • Julischka
  • butterfly bush
  • 26 Jun 2007, 18:41
I like this portrait because it appears natural and not faked.
  • Raymond
  • New Zealand
  • 27 Jun 2007, 08:55
Hi Mal, as always plenty of character here! Inspirational mate.

Like very much the idea : Bravo !!
brilliant portrait!
  • stevo
  • 17 Jul 2007, 15:47
he looks annoyed with you.
Nice shot for 1/8s. Seems pretty sharp around the eyes for that.. good job.

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