Portrait? C&C

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  1. fdrotary

    fdrotary TPF Noob!

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    I don't really like taking picture of people all that much just because everyone i know seems to be difficult, so i just took a pic of a guy that can't speak English.

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    Great shot, I like it... the B&W works well here. Exposure seems good (maybe a little overexposed in the background), composition is rock solid and that smile tells a story on its own.
     
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    I'm guessing he can't speak English because you're in his country right? I don't see many armored Hummers rolling around my neighborhood. Great shot though, and I'm sure your setting makes for many of these great moments.
     
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    i love this. totally expressive and beautiful.
    might have preferred it to be cropped differently with a bit more contrast, but eh that's me. :D
     
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    thanks for the C&C, i am going to go bump the contrast and see how i like it. sometimes i have to go back to the pictures a few times to get them how i like them. May i ask how you would of cropped it? Still learning, so i just cropped out what is on the right because it was just a concrete bunker that was just large black hole in the bottom corner of the shot.

    ps. yea, in Afghanistan but not military, just a job.
     
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    I think your framing is perfect. Having the Humvees in the frame adds context to the shot turning it from a nice candid portrait to something with more power. Good work!
     
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    A portrait should / could tell a story. And this one has it in spades! I like.
     
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    Good pleasant capture

    Especially that you have captured his tace, expression and the whole eye contact there
     
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    For some reason I don't like the framing as much. I think I have some weird bias where people I shoot always have to be in the left hand of the frame. Dunno why.

    Anyway, GREAT shot (ignoring my issues). Really pleasant smile (with the tooth missing- perfect) Nice, expressive look... interesting looking guy. Nice lighting... even in the sun! Sharp and clear as well. Well done!

    Did you use a flash? The highlights in his eyes seem like they are coming from the camera, which surprises me.
     

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