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Street Portrait

Discussion in 'Appraisal Gallery' started by AdrianSadlier, Aug 29, 2021.

  1. AdrianSadlier

    AdrianSadlier Well-Known Member


    I went on a photowalk to try some "street" photography. I chickened out from "pure" street and went for some street portraiture. Handheld, natural light, complete stranger!

    Any suggestions (other than "get out" of my comfort zone - I know I need to do that).

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  2. RovingMike

    RovingMike Crucifixion's a doddle...

    I think it's really excellent. Looks more studio posed than street, not sure that comes across at all because of lack of context.
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  3. nimbus

    nimbus Well-Known Member

    Your comfort zone does mean that you have respect for what you are doing, no bad thing imho. If somebody shoved a camera in my face in the manner a few street photographers practice they would end up with bruises. So many are just exploiting their subjects, this one shows sensitivity, holding the dignity of the person intact.
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  4. zx9r

    zx9r Well-Known Member

    ^^^^^^^^ What Mike says ^^^^^^^
    It is a great informal portrait which I like but it does not have any context. Was it part of a set or is this the only picture you took of him?
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  5. lfc1892

    lfc1892 Well-Known Member

    Nice shot
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  6. miked

    miked Well-Known Member

    That is beautifully exposed and - street or otherwise - is an image to be pleased with. Well done.
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  7. Chester AP

    Chester AP Well-Known Member

    Is there any way you can give the subject a print? Even if he's not happy, his mum will probably love it.
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  8. AdrianSadlier

    AdrianSadlier Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the feedback guys!

    he was one of a group of three lads, who were eager to have their pictures taken. I had a good chat to them before taking any photos. One of many such images that night.

    I gave them my email address and told them to drop me a message and that I would forward the photos on to them. They never sent a message. Thinking about it, I asked people for their email addresses after that, so I could cut out the middle step. I sent them all the images - none of them acknowledged so I don't know if they got them or if they were blocked by a spam filter their end.

    I will follow up with them again shortly.

    This is another one I got that night.

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  9. EightBitTony

    EightBitTony Well-Known Member

    I think people don't 'do' e-mail. Every interaction I've had with people where I've said I'll mail you some pictures has received no response, every interaction where I've shared an Instagram ID has resulted in a DM and a conversation. Now I just have some little business cards saying 'find EightBitTony' on social media, and that works.
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  10. Learning

    Learning Ethelred the Ill-Named

    You certainly did get it right.
    However it is really the function of other forum members rather than yourself to write so;).
    I like the tight framing and the way the father becomes subordinate by reason of light and focus. Your timing for perfect expressions is also spot on. Its a lovely shot.
    Oops I misread your caption!
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  11. Chester AP

    Chester AP Well-Known Member

    A wonderful shot - I can only think of one possible improvement: if the child does not have much hair, the shot might look great without the hat. Or if the father wore a matching one.
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  12. AdrianSadlier

    AdrianSadlier Well-Known Member

    This is another shot of 3 lads (one of them from the first post, also taken that night.

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  13. Dan S

    Dan S Well-Known Member

    These are all really nice Adrian, the last one is brilliant, it's impossible not to smile with them. Brilliant :)
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  14. RovingMike

    RovingMike Crucifixion's a doddle...


    Lovely. Since this is Appraisals, I'd possibly improve the catchlight in baby's left eye and relieve the shadow a tiny bit in father's right, that's all. DoF is just about adequate, but pity so much of baby's hat is very soft. Think I'd have wanted a stop less, even at risk of the shutter speed.
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