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Old Man on Wall by jfleck Old Man on Wall by jfleck
This is my first proper portrait shot, and I'm pretty pleased with the result. This is the same old guy from previous photos (here and here) - he seems to sit in the same place most days, and I'd taken some candid shots of him before. But today I decided to try and get some portrait shots from him. So I sat went and sat down on the wall about a metre and a half from him.

HIM: Afternoon.
ME: Hi there, beautiful evening!
I then sat in silence for the next minute or so
ME: I'm terribly sorry to disturb you, but I walk past and see you here most days. I'm a photographer and I wonder if I could take some pictures of you?
HIM: O no no, I don't want to have my picture taken. Why would you want to take a picture of me?
ME: Because I like to take pictures of interesting people and I think that you would make for a really interesting photo.
HIM: Oooo, no, I've not shaved or anything. What are you doing with the photos?
ME: That's all right, it adds to your character, I think that you'll look really well, really show your character in a shot. I'm using the photos to add to my portfolio.
HIM: Well, I'm not posing or anything
ME: That's all right, just be yourself.
HIM: O, ok then
I then proceded to fire off 5 or 6 frames from varying angles. I thanked him, I told him I'll sort him out with a print for his trouble (wouldn't do that for every portraiture subject, but seeing as he's my first, and he looks like he would appreciate a friendly gesture).


'Easy' as that. It was difficult to pluck up the courage, but I think getting over that first one will make it easier in future. Many thanks to Dave at Chromasia and Jamey Howard for their inspiration to take some people shots.

PP: Conversion to black and white using Robert Carr technique. Bumped contrast slightly using curves, and applied a dark brown tone layer. I then increased the sharpness using a high pass filtered layer blended using soft light. Burned the background to remove focus from that and provide for contrast, and dodged the detailing on the shadowed side of the man's face.
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:icon55fish:
55fish Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015  New member Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Excellent picture, it would look great cut in wood!
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johnchi Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
An awesome picture. I used him as a reference here:

johnchi.deviantart.com/art/Old…


Too bad I wasn't good enough to draw him well, but thank you for the image(and the man too!).
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ansdesign Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I see a beautiful face...:heart:
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sac-f Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013
This is a great shot. Reading the text made it more interesting and added a mystery to both the man and the picture. Love it!
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Irio Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I drew this picture here, I found it really inspiring... Thanks for posting it :)

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Chacinx Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012
Used [link]
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:iconjfleck:
jfleck Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012
Looks great!
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Chacinx Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012
:D
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santoryuu-zoro Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
Wonderful picture! I used it as a reference photo for a painting~
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Mafin10 Featured By Owner May 28, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
heyy ^^ first this is a reeaallly nice shot.. and then i wanted to ask permission to draw this..
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Duncan-Seven Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011
I really liked your picture and draw for my drawing class representation, could upload it to my Deviantart :D
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LucienWittwer Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011  Student Photographer
Great portrait
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:iconaerohana:
Aerohana Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your deviation was featured in my journal here [link]
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Dawson30534 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2010
Top shelf. I love this shot.
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mikegoulty Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010
Hey,
Your lovely shot has been featured in the :iconportraitclub: journal, which can be found here : [link]
Kind regards,
Mike
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Kippson Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2010   Photographer
Great shot, I'm definitely gonna have to take some people shots now too. I'll let you know when I do, just need to find the right person.
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SetsiAngelSailor Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
featured - [link]
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Zaharaa Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2010
:iconthemalesoul:

Your AMAZING work has been featured in the first group News Article [link]
Please fav/heart the article so we can get as much exposure to the wider DA audience as possible :heart:

Thank you for your contribution and please keep them coming, Im honoured that you are a part of TheMaleSoul.
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Zaharaa Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010
WOW this is amazing!!
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:iconjfleck:
jfleck Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2010
Thanks!
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Zaharaa Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2010
My pleasure :)
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AmberSpike Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2010
Do you mind if I try to draw this photo? :)
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:iconjfleck:
jfleck Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2010
Please feel free, and send me a link if you upload the drawing to dA!
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LudicGraphix Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2010
Hey , i might be using this image for a school project if its ok with my teacher and you. So , is it okay :)? it's a great picture.
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:iconjfleck:
jfleck Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2010
Should be ok - what exactly is it you want to use it for, ie, are you just wanting to draw it, or paint it?
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LudicGraphix Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2010
I'll be using aquarell chalk. Or however you spell it :S
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:iconjfleck:
jfleck Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2010
Sounds great, please feel free, and if you upload to dA, send me the link!
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LudicGraphix Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2010
Okay , thanks :) gonna start at it in 2 weeks or so.
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SpringlighT Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2009
I've featured your lovely picture in my journal : [link]

Thanks for sharing it ! :thanks:
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raena-nayrue Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2009  Student Artisan Crafter
Wow, this is wonderful! I love the contrast and the definition. And for some reason, I just love portraits of older people. Great shot! :heart:
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jfleck Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2009
Thankyou!
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creativdj Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2009   General Artist
I love this photograph! I am a new user here on deviant art and an amateur artist. My favorite subject is people and as I build my skills, I often look for images that I find both interesting and which would allow me to practice different ages.

I am very interested in using your photograph to make a charcoal drawing and would like to ask for your permission to do so. The final piece will be used for my drawing portfolio and published on a facebook page for referrence. Before I do this, I wanted to get your permission. I can post a direct link to your page here on deviant art.

Please let me know.

Great Work!!!!!!!!!
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:iconjfleck:
jfleck Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2009
Please do, send me the link when you're finished!
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:iconcreativdj:
creativdj Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2009   General Artist
Thank You!!! Here's the link:
[link]
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:iconjfleck:
jfleck Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2009
Well done, looks great!
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raul-duke-05 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks a lot!
[link]
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:iconraul-duke-05:
raul-duke-05 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
absolutely gorgeous, mind if i draw this picture for a piece?
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:iconjfleck:
jfleck Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2009
No probs, send me a link when you're done!
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raul-duke-05 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awesome! will do!
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:iconelskemt:
elskemt Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2009
This photograph makes me speachless.
As it says so much
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TheFulkrum Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2009
beautiful emotion caught

great job :)


featured [soon :)]:

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jessicaharry Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2009
thankyou, and yes of course i will :)
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jessicaharry Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2009
hii, i looove this :) he has such a fascinating expression, would you mind if I drew this photo?
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:iconjfleck:
jfleck Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2009
Please feel free, and send me the link when you're done!
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Sweetness-Kills Featured By Owner May 13, 2009
finished it so here ya go
not quite satisfied with it but hey I'm only human

[link]
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jfleck Featured By Owner May 14, 2009
Not bad, well done! Would you mind linking and crediting the original photograph in the description? Thanks!
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Sweetness-Kills Featured By Owner May 14, 2009
oh yeah no prob thnx
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Sweetness-Kills Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2009
he truly does have interesting face, would you mind if I were to draw your photo of him?
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:iconjfleck:
jfleck Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2009
You're welcome to. Do send me a link when you've done that! :-)
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Sweetness-Kills Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2009
thank you and I'll be sure too.
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