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    3 Environmental Portraits

    Occasionally I get lucky with light when I'm out on a photowalk.

    I got lucky big time this morning, with 3 different guys in 3 different locations. Generally I like to process my colour shot, and then complete in black and white, but I like both versions with these. Unfortunately I had to crop the last one by 50%, as if I had moved him or got any closer I would have lost the light and moment.

    Anyway, here are 3 sets - colour and b&w - C&C more than welcome:

    1.col and 1.bw - 2/35 Distagon, f2.5, 1/50th, ISO1800

    3 Environmental Portraits

    3 Environmental Portraits


    2.col and 2.bw - 2/35 Distagon, f3.2, 1/100th, ISO2000

    3 Environmental Portraits

    3 Environmental Portraits


    3.col and 3.bw - 2/35 Distagon, f8, 1/50th, ISO720, 50% crop

    3 Environmental Portraits

    3 Environmental Portraits

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    Re: 3 Environmental Portraits

    Really nice images, as usual. What is creating the interesting light on the man's face in the first one? Fire from a furnace or stove? There's something about the second one that I can't put my finger on that the black-and-white version loses the vibrant nature of the skin tones.

    (While writing that last sentence, I learned that Firefox, Word and some online dictionaries think "vibrance" is not a word; they apparently think it should not be used interchangeably with "vibrancy." Tell photographers that!)

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    Re: 3 Environmental Portraits

    Thanks Mike

    #1 is lit by the daylight at the end of the 8ft wide alleyway - around 30ft away

    #2 is lit by daylight left and right at the end of the alleyway - around 30ft and 50ft away

    #3 is lit straight on with diffuse early morning light through an entrance over my right shoulder

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    Re: 3 Environmental Portraits

    Quote Originally Posted by dubaiphil View Post
    Occasionally I get lucky with light when I'm out on a photowalk.
    Phil, it might have been luck to find these three gentleman to photograph, but the resulting images are all skill.

    Great photos.

    Serge

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    Re: 3 Environmental Portraits

    Color works best in the first photograph, black and white for the second and third.

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    Re: 3 Environmental Portraits

    Phil, I like them all - B&W and color just about equally. You are doing a great job in documenting the workers of Dubai,,,

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    Re: 3 Environmental Portraits

    Hi Phil,

    My thoughts are;

    #1 Prefer colour, but I am distracted by the items on left and the tape on door behind him.

    #2 Like both colour and B&W equally.

    #3 Prefer colour, love the lighting of his features, this is also my favourite of the three subjects

    Cheers,

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    Re: 3 Environmental Portraits

    Quote Originally Posted by unmerited View Post
    Phil, it might have been luck to find these three gentleman to photograph, but the resulting images are all skill.

    Great photos.

    Serge
    Thanks, Serge!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rpcrowe View Post
    Phil, I like them all - B&W and color just about equally. You are doing a great job in documenting the workers of Dubai,,,
    Thanks Richard!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Humphries View Post
    Hi Phil,

    My thoughts are;

    #1 Prefer colour, but I am distracted by the items on left and the tape on door behind him.

    #2 Like both colour and B&W equally.

    #3 Prefer colour, love the lighting of his features, this is also my favourite of the three subjects

    Cheers,
    Thanks - I might try to crop #1 a little - cloning out the trolley might be tricky.

    #2 was a simple background with no distractions, so I'm happy with that.

    #3 was a crop of a crop. There are lots of possibilities with this image. The original SOOC shot had lots of background distractions - I'll have to post it. Plus there was an electrical cable over his left shoulder, which was easy to remove. I have to shoot these guys as I find them as otherwise I lose the pose and light, so its a tough call that I have to make do with. His hands were crossed over his knees, which were out of focus and much closer to the lens than his head and shoulders, so I just had to shoot to crop.

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