World Peace - canon 20d w/50mm

2005-03-20: A protester at the large anti-war protest in Nathan Philips Square this weekend.

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  • jyoseph

    When I think of Miles I think of killer portraits. Dude your work is so solid, and it keeps getting better and better.

    Everything about this shot is great. This lady probably has so many interesting stories to tell. Great capture.

    2005-03-20

  • frisky?

    i feel like i know these people when i look at your shots... they are all around us, and your work brings out the human in them... amazing.

    2005-03-20

  • miles

    Thanks guys!

    2005-03-20

  • hungaro

    great
    very, very, very well done

    2005-03-20

  • JamesK

    Amazing. Very emotional shot.

    2005-03-21

  • Susan B.

    Fantastic! I love, love, love this shot.
    This woman has the greatest face and you've really captured her. You just keep getting better and better.

    2005-03-21

  • Christian

    Excellent. A perfect one.

    2005-03-21

  • BigA

    Whoever drew her is fantastic. Great portrait.

    2005-03-21

  • Zishaan

    Lovely lovely shot! Notice the flag in the background?

    And regarding world peace - Its easier dreamt than done. US and its allies should stop building fake cases and attacking them later. This is something which I think is never going to occur.

    2005-03-21

  • Simon C

    Now that's a face that's got that 'lived in' look. Great shot.

    2005-03-21

  • pierre

    fantastic portrait !

    2005-03-21

  • Tom

    I think this is your best portrait yet. Man, that is a face only a (dead) mothercould love.

    2005-03-21

  • Gabriel

    i think she (at the photo) it's a bit tired waiting for the "world peace", don't you think? ;)

    2005-03-21

  • leova (↑)

    S U P E R !!!

    2005-03-21

  • miles

    Thanks all, I think of this less as a portrait and more as a reportage shot, like the St Patrick's day ones. I asked her permission to take the shot but it wasn't the same as shooting a portrait for me. Having said that her looks are definitely what made the shot!

    2005-03-21

  • btezra

    ~I am glad to come across someone else who was present at the anti-war marches and gatherings this past Saturday, I made my way to the event here in Pittsburgh/PA on Saturday...posted some shots, and I must admit it was hard to remain objective at times with the camera seeing I was a participant in the march here in PGH...~

    2005-03-21

  • Jay

    Wow!
    Great portrait.

    The wrinklies in her face are so noticeable. Its amazing the level of detail you can achieve with your composition. Even adding a Canadian flag in the background.

    Keep up the good work!

    2005-03-21

  • miles

    Thanks!

    I also just wanted to add that 'Sage' over at Quirky nomads seems to have also covered the vent and posted a great shot of the same woman:

    http://www.quirkynomads.com/folderblog/folderblog.php?image=152005px

    2005-03-21

  • Sage Tyrtle

    I came over to the comments specifically to post that great minds think alike, except your mind did something so gorgeous with that woman's image that I'm trying to be inspired instead of discouraged, and saw your very kind link. Thank you, and as I said - the photo is just absolutely lovely.

    2005-03-21

  • kirkh

    fantastic face, fantastic photo

    2005-03-21

  • Tara H.

    That lady is AWESOME! Nice shot.

    2005-03-21

  • mot

    superb !!!

    2005-03-21

  • |shrued

    Just goes to show you that no matter someone's age, there is always a cause or something to fight for. There will never be world peace in her lifetime, but that isn't stopping her! Wonderful composition of a heartwarming subject.

    2005-03-21

  • John Washington

    love this shot Miles. I echo all thats been said.

    2005-03-21

  • Daniel G.

    Good portrait as allways. I like the youth of the sign in contrast with her old skin. We allways see younger people with signs like this....revolutionary grandmother...

    2005-03-21

  • daisies

    I love this ... mostly because the lines in her face reflect a wisdom and are so expressively beautiful. As Daniel said, there is something wonderful about an older face, a face which has witnessed more of the world than I, carrying a sign that I would carry. yeah. nice.

    2005-03-21

  • buggy

    I think everythings been said except, did you get her number???:)

    2005-03-21

  • Maxx

    Sorry to step in here and sound a bit negative. But I don't like this photo that much.
    First of all for me it's simply too "clean". I think it misses some soul. Can't put it any other way, but that's what I'm feeling.
    Secondly I'm not a friend of such "portraits". Simply because just looking at them I already know what reaction they will produce. The whole litany of "stories to tell", "honest eyes", "wrinkles carved by life", "character" etc. All true but just so tedious all the same.
    That's also why I think Sage's shot is much better. It tells much more, not just including the whole sign she's carrying, which - in my view - is important for this subject. Also including her body language and her friend.
    Oh my, I probably am talking myself into receiving loads of stick here, but I couldn't help myself ;)
    Don't get me wrong, I still admire your work but also felt like adding my 2 Euro cents.

    2005-03-21

  • Nancy

    I just love her face. Nicely framed with the sign too

    2005-03-21

  • mydepiction

    Another wonderful capture. This picture is just great because it is filled with so many statements. Btw what was your f-stop and did you stop down this picture at all?

    2005-03-21

  • miles

    Maxx, you comments are always welcome when they're constructive. I told Sage this morning that I prefered his shot :)

    Mydepiction, this was 1/1250 and f8.

    2005-03-21

  • henning

    Miles, this is a lovely shot, I laughed out loud when I saw it. But I understand what Maxx says, heís got a point. Somehow it stands between a portrait and a reportage shot, mostly because of the crop. Youíre not telling the truth here, as the sign is cut off. If we hadnít seen the other shot we would not know whatís on the rest of the sign, it could have been "World peace, no thanks" or whatever.

    Anyway, I love the shot... :)

    2005-03-21

  • seribu sembilu

    to be honest, this a very nice photo. you did not just take the picture of a woman, but also the character behind her....wonderful

    2005-03-21

  • chiaroscuro

    You are great at portraits. How do you do it? Also, I think that just because one can predict the reaction to a photo doesn't necesarily make it a bad photo.

    2005-03-21

  • Shane

    Personally I like Miles' picture better. Sage used too much photoshop guassian blur on his image especially in the area of the hat on the woman and the feet on the people behind her. It just looks sloppy to me. Miles' shot is much more real and personal to me. Take away Sage's Photoshop blurring and you have a very noisy and distracting looking photo i would suspect.

    2005-03-21

  • potty

    the whole shot is nothing short of brilliant. the slogan on the sign wasn't taken out of context and the flag is just nicely out of focus in the background. superb! now if only i could shoot like this....

    2005-03-21

  • ed

    you have a gift for portraiture that *really* separates you from the rest. Your photography goes beyond documentary photography - it reveals the soul of the subject. Outstanding texture and tone reinforce this.

    2005-03-21

  • Smoove D

    Although the lighting is dramatic, I think some fill flash would've kicked this up a notch. The shadows her eyes are lost in add a menacing tone to the photo.

    2005-03-21

  • Alec Long

    I love it just the way it is. Fill flash might have blown some of the specular highlights on her nose, and would probably have made the overall lighting a little too flat. Wonderful image, Miles.

    2005-03-21

  • Jeremie

    That fice is priceless. Another great picture!!!!

    2005-03-21

  • Carrie

    This, as everyone else has said, is a great shot. My first (very brief until my brain processed the shot) thought upon seeing it was: is this a mask, a la the "president" masks? My second thought was: I wonder how long it took this woman to write that sign?

    2005-03-22

  • Desertview

    I would love to draw this face. The wrikles and characterfulness inspire me.

    2005-03-22

  • fredrik

    damn this is good miles!:)

    2005-03-24

  • J. Livingston

    Your work is amazing. You've captured a lot of emotion in these faces. Bravo.

    2005-03-24

  • geordie

    nice one. i like the protest shots. quick question - what focal length do you like using for shots like these?

    2005-03-25

  • miles

    Hey Geordie, thanks, all of them were taken at 50mm. I wish I had a wide angle with because I got on the back of the stage at one point and could see the speaker in front of the crowd. It wasn't the same the 50mm!

    2005-03-25

  • Carlo Ferroni

    Wonderful!

    2005-03-27

  • santiago | nononsense

    this shot is great! love the lady's expression

    2005-04-07

  • save the world

    after all this years she belive peace is only way for humanity

    2010-07-17