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Old May 17, 2009, 9:06 AM   #1
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Hi guys,

Just finished working on the shot below.

I met Dimitri whilst out shooting in my local town. He used to be a Ukranian soldier, who after almost being killed in South Ossetia, moved to the UK, where he has lived and worked ever since.

Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.



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Old May 17, 2009, 9:31 AM   #2
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What a faceful of character! Great! Did you have a dark background, or is that from the post-processing?

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Old May 17, 2009, 10:32 AM   #3
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Excellent character study...I like the framing. Publication quality IMO.
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In my opinion, a photograph should evoke some sort of emotion, and this does. His eyes are expressionless, which may belie some horrific memory. I saw this look in Vietnam many years ago, we called it the "thousand yard stare". A fantastic capture of a unique individual.

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Very powerful thought provoking photo! Outstanding work!

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That's quite an artistic job, again Matt; your subject gazing back at the beholder to have them follow his personal history embedded in his features...
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Thanks for all the feedback guys, much appreciated.
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Evocative portrait. Thanks for sharing.
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Longside,
I like it, and share the comments of the others regarding the emotions that are evoked from your photo.

It has a kind of Andrzej Dragan effect. Did you get the eye color and exagertated wrinkles through post processing, or is this essentially how he looks? I love the effect and have tried some different presets in Lightroom that did not give me the results you so skillfully have. I think I went too far with mine - here is a self portrait titled "This Job is Killing Me!"



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