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This is the first of two portraits. Both were taken yesterday: this one at Blackpool Pleasure Beach (this is a ticket seller in his booth), the other on the way home. Of the two this is the more 'serious', but I like tomorrow's too.

By the way, I think this one looks much better with the black theme.

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comment by A Visual Journal at 08:01 PM (GMT) on 6 March, 2006

this seems a departure for you, and in my opinion it's a good one.

comment by A Visual Journal at 08:02 PM (GMT) on 6 March, 2006

i'd like to see a bit more of his environment, but i do like how the ticke booth frames him.

comment by Fouad at 08:03 PM (GMT) on 6 March, 2006

I agree. Very different from your usual work. Just as beautiful though, and maybe a little more human..

comment by alan at 08:04 PM (GMT) on 6 March, 2006

love the light and resulting tones! the window in window feel is nicely accented by the crop and all emerges nicely from the black across the bottom of the frame. lovely image.

comment by mark at 08:06 PM (GMT) on 6 March, 2006

Yep, definitely the black theme. Can I ask you a question regarding technique here Dave? Did you use a tripod? (no, there's more...) I've read that as a general guide to avoiding camera shake when shooting at fairly long focal lengths hand-held that you should use a shutter speed at least equal to the focal length. Here though you have a shot at 320mm (equiv) but a shutter speed of only 180s...

Of course the answer could be 'Yes, I used a tripod' ...lol, which could then make that question redundant, but I'd be interested to hear your advice on this kinda thing. Cheers.

comment by djn1 at 08:15 PM (GMT) on 6 March, 2006

mark: the 320mm equivalent is a bit misleading as it's still a 200mm lens; therefore the suggestion wolud be to shoot at 1/200 - the reciprocal of the focal length. And no, I didn't use a tripod. Normally I can manage to hand hold a shot a bit below the suggested speed, not by much though.

comment by SteveO at 08:20 PM (GMT) on 6 March, 2006

Man he looks bored :-) nice shot.

comment by karf at 08:26 PM (GMT) on 6 March, 2006

Great framing, and I like the toning and expression in his face. Very nice portrait.

comment by Ben at 08:29 PM (GMT) on 6 March, 2006

This photo gives such a feeling of desperation.
Very well framed, in my opinion. I think that if more of the environment was shown, it could have dampened the overall mood of the photograph.

comment by mark at 08:38 PM (GMT) on 6 March, 2006

Thanks Dave, I thought you had to go off the equivalent length so that's good to know.

comment by sistereden at 08:49 PM (GMT) on 6 March, 2006

Great portrait. At first sight he looks like a prisoner. When you get used of his face, you understand it is just an expression, maybe of his soul.

comment by Tomasz from (p h o t o w a l l s) at 08:59 PM (GMT) on 6 March, 2006

Yes,I agree,it's not a typicall photo of yours. But maybe that's why it is even more impressive. Beautiful tones, intime atmosphere, very human.

comment by JD at 08:59 PM (GMT) on 6 March, 2006

I have to admit, I had to double check whether this was your site or not

Its moody and a good change from your normal work

comment by Benjamin Riley at 09:11 PM (GMT) on 6 March, 2006

This picture doesn't strike my interest as much as your past posts have. The look on the man's face is interesting, but the light line on the hand and the imperfections of the glass seem to distract my eyes. That being said, its still better than most of my photographs, but I don't think it meets the level of appeal that your other images have.

comment by Russ Morris at 09:28 PM (GMT) on 6 March, 2006

I've been a fan for a while David, and visit frequently but don't know whether you've dabbled in medium format film before. The square shape had me wondering. Any chance you'd give film a go these days?

comment by djn1 at 09:33 PM (GMT) on 6 March, 2006

Benjamin: I had a discussion yesterday with Jonh regarding the light on his hand, and at his suggestion I toned it down a bit. That said, I like that it draws your attention as his hand gives more of a clue as to his mood.

Russ: I don't own any film cameras anymore, so it's unlikely, at least for the time being, that I'll be shooting any film.

comment by Gregg Peterson at 10:07 PM (GMT) on 6 March, 2006

Interesting. I really like this shot, but I think it's best in the "traditional" white theme. I think it's easier to appreciate the nice tonal range of the image and I'm not sure why you would want the bottom of the image to fall off into space. I'd rather enhance the sense that you are looking in to a window. I really like it though.

comment by prasoon at 10:16 PM (GMT) on 6 March, 2006

not a general chromasia type image but i loved the welcome change to a wonderful portrait !!

comment by m at 10:37 PM (GMT) on 6 March, 2006

A great return to people pics

comment by Fellow Eskimo at 10:41 PM (GMT) on 6 March, 2006

I think this has been one of my favorite to stand out this week (I havent really commented, the previous photos didnt stand out to me). I like the emotion on his face...the tense expression. His hands on the glass...looks like he is trying to break free. Very good title for this one.

comment by Kelvin Chan at 11:06 PM (GMT) on 6 March, 2006

i like this style better, personally.

comment by Quenton at 11:40 PM (GMT) on 6 March, 2006

Bonjour à tous, je suis Français.
Hello, I'm french and i don't speak very well english.
Je n'ai pas la chance de posseder un appareil photo de qualité,
I do not have the chance to have a camera of quality,
mais j'aime moi aussi la photo,
but I like also the photographie,
et essai avec mes moyens de vivre ma passion.
and test with my means of living my passion.

comment by Christian at 11:50 PM (GMT) on 6 March, 2006

This guy looks being encased in this booth without exit. His face looks tired calling for help as his hand leaning against the window. This b&w square framing confirms that feeling.. I love.
David,Please, may you have a look at my site, if ypu have some time to lose. I'd like to have your opinion (criticims) bad or good about my work. I'm have been watching your pics every day for a long while, so i'm one of your fans. In advance, thanks you very much.

comment by PlasticTV at 01:08 AM (GMT) on 7 March, 2006

The square window frame and dirty glass pane give this a daguerrotype look. Very classic. The frown and clenched fist suggest tension in an otherwise restful pose. i wonder what's running through his mind.

comment by Ashish Sidapara at 02:03 AM (GMT) on 7 March, 2006

Nice potrait shot and i like the lighting.

comment by jessica at 03:50 AM (GMT) on 7 March, 2006

beautiful portrait. the light, shadows, and dirty window work wonderfully - nice moment!

comment by jezblog.com at 04:20 AM (GMT) on 7 March, 2006

Yeah the dirty glass makes it look like a daguerrotype but the guy is way to modern, it almost looks like a modern image contained in an old fashioned frame, but it gives it an interesting tension.

comment by Louise at 07:05 AM (GMT) on 7 March, 2006

Beautiful portrait... You've captured a certain desperation...

comment by Dan at 07:40 AM (GMT) on 7 March, 2006

Without the description I'd have said its another one of your train shots, with the subject unaware of your presence, staring out of the window, wondering if he'll every get home...

Great tone, great crop, nice composition, and it looks great with the black background:)

comment by cw at 08:00 AM (GMT) on 7 March, 2006

It reminds me of an old polaroid picture.

I like it a lot.

comment by Danielle at 08:03 AM (GMT) on 7 March, 2006

I've been wanting to do more portraits lately. I haven't yet been able to get what I've had in mind, but you just did!

comment by GeckoZ at 09:04 AM (GMT) on 7 March, 2006

in my point of view, It might look better if the eye could be seen more clearly.

comment by bruno at 09:25 AM (GMT) on 7 March, 2006

Beautiful, very nice shot

comment by peter at 10:30 AM (GMT) on 7 March, 2006

It's a good picture. My only minor gripe is his hand - especially the brightest area where the sun has managed to hit it keeps dragging me away from his face.

comment by Chris at 01:51 PM (GMT) on 7 March, 2006

David, great shot, I like how the guy is framed!

comment by Ali at 05:39 PM (GMT) on 7 March, 2006

In my opinion the best part of the picture is the emotion in the face.

comment by djn1 at 07:08 PM (GMT) on 7 March, 2006

Thanks everyone.

comment by Mike at 06:15 PM (GMT) on 10 March, 2006

It would be a good portrait ...

... but, despite an earlier comment, it is the hand that makes it special to me.