John - Canon 20d w/50mm

2005-03-06: This is John. I was really disappointed in the portrait I took of John, he is such a friendly and earnest guy, and I promised to make him a print, but for some stupid reason I took them all at way too low a speed and they're blurry as hell. I'm posting this shot because it's the best of the bunch, I worked the hell out of it in PS to recover detail and sharpness but it's nowhere near good enough to print. Hopefully you'll see some much better shots of this guy here soon.

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  • Walker

    That's too bad, because this guy looks like an incredible character. I take it you actually know him, and he's not just someone you met on the street?

    2005-03-06

  • miles

    He is quite a character but I don't know him that well, I've met him a couple of times walking through a park.

    2005-03-06

  • Smoove D

    I like the composition. The negative space of his black coat is a nice contrast to the out of focus background. Also, the background adds interest and depth to the photo.

    2005-03-06

  • Andrew

    Ahh, that's too bad because it's a great shot otherwise. I think it could be rescued a bit further if you added a bit of noise to it in PS, though, just to give it a bit of a grainy, high-speed sort of look.

    2005-03-06

  • henning

    Itís a great shot, too bad the tech didnít work out. The eyes of this guy are just wonderful. IMO you could choose a lager aperture, not only to get faster shutter speed but also to defocus that background a little bit. It seems you have DOF to spare. :) Looking forward to the next shot of this guy!

    2005-03-07

  • odilia

    thank you my friend!! i like all your shots.. especially this one.. it's so nice!! great in b/w

    kiss!!

    2005-03-07

  • miklos

    Looking forward to those shots miles. Keep up the good work.

    2005-03-07

  • Thomas Pindelski

    He looks like Hemingway with none of the nastiness. Good head shot of a fine face.

    2005-03-07

  • Andy (SensorChip)

    Oh that's a shame Miles. Still, good excuse to get out and take some more.

    2005-03-07

  • Chris

    If this is a bad shot then I'd better quit =P Seriously though, it is a tad bit blurry but I'm kind of liking it that way. The contrast is awsome and the details still work. Like Andy said, even if you don't like it, at least it's a good excuse to get out there and shoot some more =)

    2005-03-07

  • Pramesh

    Unfortunate that this picture came out blurry. If you manage to get him again for another portrait, perhaps you could try going tighter, to get even more detail in his beard and eyes.

    2005-03-07

  • Pierre-Nelson NAVARRA

    No doubt, looks like in a book of Umberto Ecco, excellent.
    Good work...and thx.

    2005-03-07

  • Susan B.

    Despite the techincal problems, it's a terrific shot of a fascinating subject. I hope you get a chance to shoot him again. If so, I'm with Pramesh. Maybe try a few tighter shots?

    2005-03-07

  • miles

    Thanks all, I think you know from previous portraits that I like the tight shots but with this one they weren't an option, they just looked too bad! I hope I'll find him again, I keep kicking myself for making such a noob mistake.

    2005-03-07

  • I'm sure that John won't know that this is not a technically perfect shot and will be very happy to receive a print. If you then get a better one - then he can have two!!
    Mum

    2005-03-07

  • miles

    You're right Mum, he even told me he didn't care if it was good or not, so I will, and hopefully be able to get a better shot at the same time.

    2005-03-07

  • Jim Green

    you seem to ahve a beard theme runnng through your portraints, this is once again a great shot

    2005-03-08

  • les

    crop it down to just above his right ear and all the bad stuff goes away

    2005-03-08

  • Lynn

    His story is told in his eyes .... matters not if it's a "perfect" picture. Life isn't always in focus / right?

    2005-03-13