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This is my penultimate shot from Dubai, and probably my favourite portrait in quite some time. If you're interested, the original is here:


As you can see, I haven't done much in terms of the content (a bit of minor cloning in the background), but did spend quite some time getting the black and white conversion right. In this instance, I used the Channel Mixer, biased towards the blue channel, to accentuate the details in his face and hair.

I'd be interested to hear how you think this one compares to yesterday's.

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2..31pm on 27/4/08
Canon 1Ds Mark II
EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
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travel [Dubai, UAE] + people [portraiture] + no print + photo friday
comment by Dave at 08:04 PM (GMT) on 13 May, 2008

Hi loved the work from the middle east and appreciate the work you put into the tutorials can I show you this web site a mate of mine he is a traditional darkroom worker and he showed me how to print think his work is great. I think you will like to.
regards Dave

comment by djn1 at 08:06 PM (GMT) on 13 May, 2008

Dave: sure, post the link.

comment by Dave at 08:24 PM (GMT) on 13 May, 2008

the link is


comment by ROB at 01:20 AM (GMT) on 14 May, 2008

Love the conversion. Have been flipping back and forth between the two.

The landscape orientation really appeals too for some reason, despite him being centred.

Interestingly it seems to be a strangely slow shutter speed. Nice work if this was taken handheld its super sharp everywhere it should be.

comment by Leicca at 08:30 AM (GMT) on 14 May, 2008

I do prefer this one.
His face tells me sort of a story.
I also like what you got with the black and white conversion. (Great!)
(Sorry for my English!)

comment by Justin Photis at 11:00 AM (GMT) on 14 May, 2008

I really like both shots, but the second shot more because of the higher contrast between the background wall, the shoulders and the deepness of the skin tones.
Those guys should be models for these types of shots. Wonderful faces.

comment by Jeremy at 11:23 AM (GMT) on 14 May, 2008

I'd be interested to know what you did to get this guy's permission to take his photo? Were you looking "professional"? Did you just use some form of sign language? Obviously you are nicer than me :-), because as I intimated before, I found people in ME quite reluctant to be photographed.

comment by t i n o at 03:21 PM (GMT) on 14 May, 2008

What a face, and what an expression! Fantastic. B&W-conversion is very good.

comment by t i n o at 03:24 PM (GMT) on 14 May, 2008

... compared to yesterday: I like better this one's tones, but the depth of field from yesterday's picture was just great. I think I like the other one a bit more.

comment by RD at 03:45 PM (GMT) on 14 May, 2008

Fantastic portrait! His white hair again his sunburned skin is wonderful. The soulful eyes. And his sloping shoulder and gigantic ear. Love it. I'd frame this and put it on my wall to remind me what a big world I'm a part of.

comment by crash at 06:31 PM (GMT) on 14 May, 2008

fantastic photo ... the details on this mans face and the look in his eyes ... simply amazng

comment by Si Goodchild at 07:51 PM (GMT) on 14 May, 2008

Nice one Dave. Is it my monitor or is there a hint of sepia in there?

comment by djn1 at 08:33 PM (GMT) on 14 May, 2008

Thanks all.

Rob: it was hand-held.

Jeremy: I just asked him if it would be ok to take his photograph.

Si: it was toned with a Curve, so it's a kind of sepia toning.

comment by defecto1024 at 01:38 AM (GMT) on 15 May, 2008

wonderfull, nice tone et very beautifull eyes.
a great work.

comment by mika at 10:33 AM (GMT) on 15 May, 2008

Magnifique photo, j'aime beaucoup le rendu du noir et blanc.

comment by minimodi at 07:24 PM (GMT) on 15 May, 2008

I like both portraits very much - such characters - but I have to say this is my favourite... I think it's his humble look... /J

comment by Claus at 09:54 AM (GMT) on 16 May, 2008

I love this portrait, the crispness and the shine in his eyes makes it very alive!

comment by m i c k e s at 01:40 PM (GMT) on 16 May, 2008

This is beautifull, and i think this is even better then te other portait, great job with the convertion too!

comment by John at 03:24 AM (GMT) on 17 May, 2008

This is a great portrait, and definitely one of your better ones.

comment by Alison at 11:09 AM (GMT) on 22 May, 2008

Beautiful portrait and excellent B&W conversion. Impressive :)

comment by Mike at 01:35 AM (GMT) on 21 June, 2008

Beautiful portrait. Very powerful.

comment by enoxisureka at 10:01 AM (GMT) on 12 June, 2009

I love the story lines in his face. Such a canvas to explore.