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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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johnchi Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
An awesome picture. I used him as a reference here:…

Too bad I wasn't good enough to draw him well, but thank you for the image(and the man too!).
ansdesign Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I see a beautiful face...:heart:
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!
Irio Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I drew this picture here, I found it really inspiring... Thanks for posting it :)

Chacinx Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012
Used [link]
jfleck Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012
Looks great!
Chacinx Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012
santoryuu-zoro Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
Wonderful picture! I used it as a reference photo for a painting~
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..
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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