2005-03-09: I submited this shot in black and white form to the latest issue of JPG Magazine, but they rejected it. So I thought, in the spirit of recent discussions, I'd post it here in colour.
Wow, if JPG Magazine rejected this, then god help us all. What else do they want?
Anyway, splendid portraiture. The framing is spot-on, the depth of field is delicious, and it's a great choice of subject.
Fantastic. This one is really tugging on my heartstrings. His eyes and his tense, crinkled up forhead communicate so much sadness. It feels as if he's silently making a plea for help, but not out of desperation. More from a place of hope. Does that make sense? One other minor thought. I'm on the fence about this one, but might even consider cropping in just a tad tighter. From the middle of his moustache up. But that's a nitpicky comment that can go either way.
Superb. Really superb.
well they didn't reject this one but another version, and to be honest I think I uploaded a version of it that had weird grain - I was messing around with the shot. So who knows, they might not have liked it or it may have just not been good enough to print.
Susan, thanks, it does make sense, I very much saw him as lost amongst a crowd. He didn't seem distressed and was quite willing to chat.
You make me feel better about being rejected for both issues now; this shot is way better, and more obviously related to the subject than either of mine were. If they're rejecting this then I don't know what they're looking for - that's their perogative I guess. I like the intensity of this shot ("in your face" was invented to descibe portaits like these). I love the sharp details of the face and yet the shallow DOF that fades even before the ears. Great stuff.
I would wish the photo had a bit more DOF. But I see, the others like exactly your settings. ;-)
I'm torn, dude. They're both good. I simply can't decide if the black and white or color version would be better. Outstanding detail. The lack of mouth is a bit disconcerting at first, but you could go on a diatribe how the old or homeless have no voice in our society.
Awesome.Ive been staring at the pic for an hour. Great..
This shot is very, very striking, and particularly because of the DoF. Some great work here Miles!
thats why i didnt even bother to try and enter. im not worthy! this is brilliant work miles. his eyes do seem "lost" to me.
Frisky, you should definitely submit to JPG Magazine, it's a great project for photobloggers to get some exposure, you never know what they're looking for!
that's amazing.. so much emotion
~the eyes are the gateway to the soul...here I get a glimpse that is all telling...you are tearing it up lately, shoot for quite some time...~
In general I think portraits work better in B&W but I think that's because it adds a timelessness to the image. Having said that i think this particular subject is so good it doesn't really matter.
I submitted this picture (http://www.mydepiction.com/photoblog/archives/000028.html#000028) and got rejected too. I wonder why they would reject this picture especially if it is the BW version that you posted up some weeks back. I think it is a stunning portraiture shot that screams lost. Hmm ... maybe I need to get a copy of JPG magazine to see what picture got selected. I'm sure any of the pictures there would have probably blown my picture away.
Here's the version I submitted:
I like your shot Andy, it's definitely 'lost'! I love JPG Magazine whether they accept my images or not, it's a great concept and I'll certainly keep submitting, though I'm not sure I have anything to match the new theme 'fabulous' in my life!
I love this one but I can see why the b/w could be rejected. Grain is
the forst reason but also the very pale tone in hi s eyes ends up
looking yellow in the b/we and that plus the skin and the grain make
the whole portrait look menacing and reptile to me rather than lost.
Miles, I actually prefer this shot to the earlier one of the same guy. Your cropping here is much more intriguing. And, although I almost always prefer b&w, the color adds so much detail to this that I prefer it as well.
Amazing expression in the eyes-- this portrait just oozes character.
I agree with Chris (the first commenter). Is there hope for any of us?
Love this shot dude, love all of your portraits but I favor this one because of the lines in the skin, the detail.
Miles, I prefer your color shot. I feel the color of eyes, eyebrows and cheeks/forehead is lost in the B/W version. Should you have submitted your color version to JPG ... and who knows, you would have made it :)
I love this shot, but you know these magazine people - always sharp focus on the eyes and have some softboxes behind you to get nice reflections... blah blah. this is a great shot, don't bother with the magazines...
I don't like the composition on it to be honest. The face is great, sharp focus, great character, the wrinkles are really expressive. But I don't like it. I think it shows too much nose and upper lip, with no mouth. I like it if I block off everything below where the cheek lines meet the nose. Perhaps it's because the mouth is right there just out of the frame, it looks more like a mistake than a deliberate move to exclude it.
I figured that the composition wouldn't be to everyone's taste but that's ok. Personally I prefer it as it is, cropping it tighter focuses too much on the eyes for me and loses some of the expression, but opinion was divided here as well.
I like portrait that you take.
I feel beauty, the delicacy, and strength in your photograph.
What separates this from a monochrome version is the pallor of the skin and the piercing blue eyes. B&W could not do those justice and confirms my belief that it is much harder to take a color picture. The composition is no big dela for me as the color dominates and tells its own story. You have controlled your variables well here.
I find it perfect, no notes of improvement to add, simply love it this way, the intensity and sadness and sense of "lost" of his look is almost hard to stand. Beautiful.
Excellent street portrait.
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