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    Default Assignment #27: Portraits

    Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter.
    - Oscar Wilde

    People are a popular subject for photography, from family and friends to strangers on the street. A good portrait is more that just a snapshot, and should capture the essence of the subject - or, for those who agree with Mr. Wilde, should show some hint of the relationship with the photographer. Personally, I'm undecided on whether a portrait can be seen as only an image of the subject or as a reflection of the photographer. I suspect that the truth typically lies somewhere in the middle, but this is a great time to explore these relationships.

    While taking new images is always encouraged, portraits can also be a craft that takes extensive practice to master. Archived favourites are also welcomed, but I'd appreciate a few words on why you've chosen, or how you produced, your images.
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    Default Re: Assignment #26: Portraits

    Isn't this Assignment #27, not #26?

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    Default Re: Assignment #26: Portraits

    I am sooo slipping... Corrected, thank you.

    This is probably as good a time as any to admit that I almost never photograph people.

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    Ok, I am going to be a bit brave on this one and show a (very) recent self-portrait. Background - My passport needs renewing and while I was taking my passport shot I decided to process one a bit more than is acceptable for this purpose - hence the static, non-emotional pose.

    Shot with the E3, 50-200 @96mm. Outside with cloud diffused sun hitting the backdrop about 8 feet behind me, 2 fl-36's - 1 to the left hand higher, 1 to the right and lower and a tad further back. Both diffused with white shoot thru brolly's.

    Sure, it is not "perfect" as whilst not quite in the "godfrey class of hardly ever" I don't often shoot people.



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    Looks very much like a Chuck Close painting. Google him up to see the comparison.
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    While not my most favorite technically perfect portrait, I chose this one as the smile is one I see nearly every day. My daughter often squints when she laughs at my jokes (which I don't think she normally understands). It was raining, and she was being a good sport. It didn't hurt that I promised a trip to Tim Hortons.

    Shot with E3, 50-200 SWD lens at 50mm. Colour of the barn behind her was saturated more and then I brightened her face a little with the brush in Lightroom.

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    Shrink*,
    For some reason, it looks like the black sign board is missing, "INMATE 84950433"


    The pic of me on my old Costco card looked like Charlie Manson's twin brother
    Seriously though, the lighting looks good and the processing has the edgy thing going on very well
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    Thanks Jim - now you be as brave.....
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    From my most recent photo job-
    A beautiful little girl with such a wonderful spirit and genuiness.

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    My friend "Gonzo"--No one is safe when I have a camera in hand....



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    Not sure what size to make these files large on here LOL

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    My friend Ariel. Taken with an E-3 & 50-200.


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    One of the managers at my work. As you can tell, he's generally a happy guy. This image captures his personality very well.

    E-300 and 40-150 lens right out of the camera @ ISO400.

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    My granddaughter after finishing an ice cream cone. E510 with the ZD 70-300.

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    Matthew -

    Are animal portraits permitted?

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    This is definitely a portrait that speaks about the subject and who she is. Trendy. A girl with attitude. Beautiful. And such a poser. A typical tween!

    When you look at her...you definitely see some of me...mainly because I'm her mother.

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    Here's one I took last month of my buddy, Gary (who's unfortunately a Canon shooter):

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    My girlfriend:


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    Quote Originally Posted by Neddog View Post
    My girlfriend:


    E-510 with Zuiko 70-300mm, single FL-36R flash + halogen lamp (if I remember correctly).

    You need to get out more.

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    Jill and Jeff,

    Your two portraits were equally eye catching to me. Great job!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alan Baxter View Post
    You need to get out more.
    I can't - I'm afraid I'll drop her and break her. She's very fragile, y'know.
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    My father and nephew.
    I don't really do portraits, but snapped one that I like on our last Yosemite trip: I love how sharp the 50-200 is, but sometimes that's not the best for portraits - you can see my nephews "boo-boo" from our sledding incident he day before and my dad said "who's the old man in that one?"
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    My daughter and newest grandson.

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    This I'm sure many of you have already seen. But I was able to crop out the weed that was by her right shoulder. This is one of the best portraits I've taken. And I haven't taken very many!

    It was in the golden hour and the wind was starting to whip up.

    A lot of my photo's didn't come out, but I did get a few keepers. This was one of them. I think this captures her bubbly, happy personality.
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    Default Assignment #27: Portraits

    This is what I really like to learn one day, and do it so nice as Lawrence, JHolmes, AndreK and others...I just keep on trying, a recent one of my now 8 year old daughter...




    Shot with my E-510 and 70mm (50mm f2 macro + 1.4EC)

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