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Old Oct 3, 2004, 10:30 PM   #1
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Hi there;

While I have been getting quite comfortable with all sorts of shots, I have rarely ventured into the "people shots" section. Up till now, my only human subject has been my wife, who is patient and long-suffering.

Today, however, I was taking some action shots at the local Kart Track. This gentleman was the oldest competitor at 67. He consented to a quick shot, but didn't give his name. His friends told me he won every class he entered - it's a Suzuka track (like Suzuki, only different) an dI guess he was the Masters Champ.

I like the shot because it captures my first impressions of a very interesting character. Let me know what you think.

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Old Oct 3, 2004, 10:59 PM   #2
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I recently became interested in photographing people, too. After a few years of outdoor scenery, architecture, plant and wildlife...my gaze shifted to humans. You get the right one and boy, you can get a lot of great shots, learn a lot, even share ideas on how a shot ought to be taken. Can't do that with trees, bugs, mountains or statues. I think we're on to something! I like the shot you posted. Lots of character in the face. Man looks like he's seen a lot, and done a lot. You captured that. Good job.

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Old Oct 4, 2004, 6:22 PM   #3
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a good shot but a fill in flash would have helped show up his face.:-)
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Old Oct 4, 2004, 6:59 PM   #4
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Sorry alady40-- if you fill in the face and even out the light, you eliminate most of the great character in this wonderful shot. A little catch light in the eyes would be ideal, but this is a very cool portrait!
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Old Oct 4, 2004, 7:23 PM   #5
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I'm btwn alady and Scotious on this. A good portrait such as this usually benefits from somewhat harsh lighting and ratios, especially with men with defined faces. In this case, I think a little more fill would have helped, as this approaches nearly split light. Maybe just a reflector or piece of foamboard on subject right. I agree about the catch lights also, but the natural light is causing a squint. Overall, a nice shot with lots of character.
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Old Oct 4, 2004, 8:06 PM   #6
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Hi there;

Thanks for the comments. I really should stay out of this, because the discussion is going on very well without me. However, the title of this thread is misleading. I realized after I had posted the shot that I should have labeled it "candid" as there was no opportunity for setup or lighting etc. In fact, this gentleman was standing in the very spot where I met him. I shook his hand, got his story (from his friends) and asked if I could take a shot. I stepped back three steps and clicked the shutter.

Still... I like the lighting overall. I'd never really photographed a stranger before. I'm pleased with my first try at it. I'll have another go soon.

Thanks again.

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Hi there;

Thanks for the comments. I really should stay out of this, because the discussion is going on very well without me. However, the title of this thread is misleading. I realized after I had posted the shot that I should have labeled it "candid" as there was no opportunity for setup or lighting etc. In fact, this gentleman was standing in the very spot where I met him. I shook his hand, got his story (from his friends) and asked if I could take a shot. I stepped back three steps and clicked the shutter.

Still... I like the lighting overall. I'd never really photographed a stranger before. I'm pleased with my first try at it. I'll have another go soon.
Thanks again.
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Hey Tom,
I took the liberty of changing your title to reflect what you wanted. I like the image & it would have been hard to capture it if you started whipping out reflectors & stuff :O (although a white paper plate in your left hand would have done a lot)
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Old Oct 4, 2004, 10:09 PM   #8
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As I recall, there was a burger on my paper plate.:-)

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Old Oct 4, 2004, 10:15 PM   #9
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hmm...i agree about the "little more fill" statement, and the reflector would be good...

but the strong lighting is very nice...

not bad for a first tom

aaand....you asked a complete stranger if you could take a photo of him!

thats not so easy

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Old Oct 4, 2004, 10:45 PM   #10
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aaand....you asked a complete stranger if you could take a photo of him!

thats not so easy

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No... considering they had just asked me which paper I was with and I had to explain that I was just a voyeur. (not in those words. Actually I think I said something like "it's just a hobby." For their reaction look here.:arrow::roll:

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