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The Doff

This is dedicated to all of you who have followed my blog recently, I have been tied up with some family issues and have been poor at staying in touch with you all.

The shot is a few years old and taken in Tokyo, I thought that I was invisable while shooting at long range but this gentleman spotted me and doffed his hat as if to acknowledge that he knew what I was up to.

All the best
mal

The Doff

This is dedicated to all of you who have followed my blog recently, I have been tied up with some family issues and have been poor at staying in touch with you all.

The shot is a few years old and taken in Tokyo, I thought that I was invisable while shooting at long range but this gentleman spotted me and doffed his hat as if to acknowledge that he knew what I was up to.

All the best
mal

comments (32)

We duff our virtual hat back at you Sir Mal. Welcome back smile
  • Ada
  • a very dark room
  • 17 Sep 2008, 03:34
Thank you Mal. Lovely shot. I doff my hat to u too. grin
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 17 Sep 2008, 04:06
Might be the best image I have seen on Shutterchance...
He comes across as a very gracious man. A delightful and delicate photograph Mal.
richard
  • E Etomi
  • Nigeria
  • 17 Sep 2008, 09:21
Loveit. Hope things go well. I will be praying for you.
  • SheepLover
  • Pembrokeshire, SW Wales
  • 17 Sep 2008, 09:59
Ditto Sir. Lovely shot. Hope things are OK your end.
  • PhotoSam
  • United Kingdom
  • 17 Sep 2008, 11:03
wish i could get such friendly street subjects, brits can be so uptight...
loving it and its great to have you back...
Things will work out for you - they always do. A doff of the hat to you....

I love that he's acknowlegeing you like that. It what makes this fine portrait what it is.
Good to see you back Mal and hope everything is working out for you.

Great image too.
  • Padraig
  • United Kingdom
  • 17 Sep 2008, 12:44
He looks a very wise man, a lovely portait and a lovely gesture.

All the very best to you during this difficult time.
Good catch Mal.
Just the right amount of doffsmile You know SC has to come second to lifewink
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 17 Sep 2008, 15:35
He may have been thinking 'Crazy scottsman'

Great shot and thanks for doffing us viewers through this old guy. Hope your stuff is now sorted.
  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 17 Sep 2008, 15:51
It's perfect for you, Mal, and I thank you for getting back in touch with us. The "family issues" we deal with often almost sidetrack us completely. When we can touch base again with the community that loves us, we are richer and stronger for it.

I doff my hat to YOU!
  • deji77
  • United Kingdom
  • 17 Sep 2008, 16:04
The Way of the Warrior, for some bizarre reason just popped into my head when I saw and read the post. Hehehehe...perfectly napped!
Love the shot smile
And you ended up with a great.... not quite candid.. picture Mal.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 17 Sep 2008, 20:37
Mal, thank you for getting back to us- and with such a wonderful portrait- what for an elegant, fine gesture, what for a face expression, full of wisdom, scepticism, knowing of life, a bit curiosity - a character pic indeed! I'm not sure of the gentleman spotted you, perhaps he wanted to talk with you, we are not able to interpret the body language of the Japanese, I read that they are laughing if they are sad, and weeping if they are pleased. I love your pic- the face of the Sir and I 'm full of respect of him and sympathy with him! The longer I look at him, the more I'm familiar with him!
Portrait photography may be the most interesting and most difficult sort of photography- you have mastered that!
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 17 Sep 2008, 21:36
Mal, thank you for this wonderful picture of this gentleman, this man has pride and it shows in his face.
Mal, it does nat matter that you might think you are poor in staying in touch, real friends get on where they left, it does not matter, I find my SC very soulful to me too, I am too going through a rough time, I also want to put more time in SC, but am not able, so I understand.
I doff my hat to you.
  • tim
  • some were in Armley, Leeds:)
  • 17 Sep 2008, 22:10
splendid Mal, a real touch of magic to this fabulous shot fellasmile
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 17 Sep 2008, 22:49
A wonderful candid shot Mal. He certainly doesn't seem to have minded you taking the photograph. It's always difficult to decide whether to risk the candid shot and be spotted or whether to ask, but then you don't get such a spontaneous pose! I actually found that in Italy when I asked to take pictures of people they were more than happy, but perhaps it helps being a woman! Hope you sort out your family issues soon - we keep in touch when we can and carry on where we left off - that's what's so great about SC.
Ingrid
It's a terrifically sharp shot for long range. When I try it I usually get some fuzzy edges. It's also a fantastic portrait. He might have been scoring a point, but it makes a great photo.
  • VZ
  • United States
  • 17 Sep 2008, 23:01
oh Mal, here's another side of you, now as a delicate portraiture maestro. You just can't stop surprising me, don't you? smile
Good to see you back, mal.
Dignity, humanity, & grace all in one shot. This is simply wonderful, Mal.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 18 Sep 2008, 09:24
"Grace", yes, Dave Carrington, this the right word I looked for- in German we would say: "Anmut", "Grazie"! A heaven of a pic! Really!
You have made a great photo. The gesture of this gentleman, deserved a photo like this, Mal!
  • BeakerSt
  • United Kingdom
  • 24 Sep 2008, 22:46
You appear to have stepped up a league since we last spoke...bugger.

(And I know it's an old shot, you evidently dropped a league and then were promoted again)
Very nice portrait, really good sharpness!
Gray scale is fantastically beautiful!
Highlights on the hat and say congratulations on a really good short!

Have a look in your archives and found many nice pictures!
  • Brian
  • Australia
  • 28 Sep 2008, 02:51
A very regal image.

Hope all is well. I enjoy your images and have ventured out with my newly purchased IR filter after your friendly email a little while back.

Thanks
Great Shot. Grayscale is perfect.
  • Kay
  • United States
  • 30 Sep 2008, 04:28
Very well caught.
Superb portrait Mal. It has the feel of a Cartier-Bresson, capturing the moment as you have.

Wishing you and yours well smile
  • Eliza
  • Tanzania
  • 28 May 2009, 18:35
I'm enjoying your blog, i know it's been around a while, but i haven't. a new recruit. your images are quite amazing, there is nothing bumbling about it at all smile

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