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This one was taken at much the same time as the one of Evin I put up a while ago, and like that shot, this was taken while playing around with flash. In this instance I was showing John the difference between a diffused flash shot (using a Stofen diffuser) and a straight shot, and suggested at the time that a diffused shot was better because the lighting wasn't as harsh. As you can probably tell though, this is the straight shot which, in this instance, I think I prefer.

On a totally unrelated matter (and apologies for duplicating this in the news link at the bottom of the comments popup), we've had a few enquires recently as to whether we could sell gift certificates, either to buy prints or pay for our training weekends. So, if you're interested, we've put up some details here:


Hopefully it should all be reasonably self-explanatory, but if you do have any questions about them, please ask.

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comment by paulk at 07:48 PM (GMT) on 28 November, 2006

like the harshness of the direct flash - good catchligh

comment by Justus at 07:53 PM (GMT) on 28 November, 2006

Absolutely brilliant.

comment by P.J. at 08:03 PM (GMT) on 28 November, 2006

Very nice portrait and closeup.

comment by Robert at 08:16 PM (GMT) on 28 November, 2006

Looks like the direct flash does a good job of picking up the little skin details; adds edge and masculinity to the shot.

comment by Evin at 08:40 PM (GMT) on 28 November, 2006

I can see John's new rockstar grin from over the sea!!

What I find most impressive about the two shots is that they both look as though they were produced in a studio. But they weren't, I was in that room and know the colour of the walls and how we were just sitting around chatting after coming in from the cold. Another sympathetic lesson here for us all I think.

As for this shot in particular, I really like the strength and contrast of the skin texture and beard - lovely lab curves! And I'm guessing that you took the left side of the image down to black.

Great shot Dave.

comment by Jamey at 09:02 PM (GMT) on 28 November, 2006

If only I'd stayed in and chatted instead of nipping out to buy some shampoo, I could've been famous too :)

Lovely portrait of John, he photographs well. I've got a few shots of him which I messed up in various ways (camera shake, composition, etc) but he looks good in all of them. The skin texture looks a bit "crunchy" to me but only a bit, and everything else is perfect.

comment by djn1 at 09:10 PM (GMT) on 28 November, 2006

Evin: thanks. As for the processing: I used RGB for this one as I did the B&W conversion using the channel mixer. And the left side of the image was pretty much black anyway but I did bring the right side down to match.

Jamey: the high-res' version looks a little less crunchy – I probably overdid the sharpening a bit.

comment by david at 09:58 PM (GMT) on 28 November, 2006

wow - very striking. its all in the eyes! you should do more portraits.

comment by chiara at 10:11 PM (GMT) on 28 November, 2006

Great expression. Makes me feel observed...

comment by Jennifer at 11:01 PM (GMT) on 28 November, 2006

Very Rock n Roll - like it!

comment by Mal at 11:10 PM (GMT) on 28 November, 2006

Mean and moody John, very atmospheric! There had better not be any more!!! Mal

comment by Daniel at 12:38 AM (GMT) on 29 November, 2006

your portraits are portentous! this one is fantastic...

comment by Angry Buddha at 01:19 AM (GMT) on 29 November, 2006

Great detail

comment by Eric Hegwer at 03:59 AM (GMT) on 29 November, 2006

Hi John - I'm anxiously awaiting the tutorials. This shot reminds me of some of Greg Gorman's later digital work. I'm curious as to how you accomplished this tonality in RGB - that colorspace doesn't seem to have enough latitude to capture these neutrals.

comment by geckonia at 05:19 AM (GMT) on 29 November, 2006

You know, that is one of the best 50mm portraits I've ever seen. You found a flattering angle. I love him peering out over his glasses.

comment by navin at 05:57 AM (GMT) on 29 November, 2006

Great potrait. Are those glasses real or is it just a frame. A little less light so only one half of the face is lit would have been even more dramatic.

comment by PlasticTV at 10:56 AM (GMT) on 29 November, 2006

A lighthearted and slightly comical portrait. Thanks for sharing. : )

comment by Ries at 12:01 PM (GMT) on 29 November, 2006

This flash works well. The expression is great. Nice job.

comment by John M at 04:04 PM (GMT) on 29 November, 2006

Thanks Dave. Youve made an old man very happy.

comment by Huber Andreas | Macro Photos at 06:10 PM (GMT) on 29 November, 2006

very nice portrait photo!

comment by mikelangelo at 06:28 PM (GMT) on 29 November, 2006

I like this shot very much. The tones are lovely. The eyes just pop out at you. very cool. Good job.

comment by djn1 at 08:37 PM (GMT) on 29 November, 2006

Thanks everyone.

John M: you're welcome :-)

comment by george.i. at 04:47 AM (GMT) on 2 December, 2006


comment by stefan at 03:56 PM (GMT) on 4 December, 2006

very well-done portrait with expressive eyes.

comment by Tom at 11:16 PM (GMT) on 7 December, 2006

Your portraits are awesome! I like the perspective and the lightning of this one. This picture is very felicitous!