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I have another shot of this guy with his partner, that I may post later this week, but I think this is probably the stronger of the two.

As always, let me know what you think.

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comment by E y e V i s i o n at 08:24 PM (GMT) on 20 May, 2008

Well done portrait, David. I like this kind of shots with deep blacks and pin-sharp details.

comment by Arcterex at 09:20 PM (GMT) on 20 May, 2008

Beautiful portrait, how did you get the lines in his face like that? Is that lighting, or dodge/burn in post? I'd love to get my black and white portraits like that. Thanks for any pointers you can give.

comment by DavidC at 09:54 PM (GMT) on 20 May, 2008

I think these very detailed black and white portraits are incredible, they seem timeless. You always seem to capture a story in your subjects eyes. Great work!

comment by csj@id7 at 10:57 PM (GMT) on 20 May, 2008

how much of a crop is this from the overall frame?..... I love the contrast you achieve, you have definitely mastered this mate.....and as for the 85 f1.2 I say you deserve it, but dont tell libby I said that, else i'll be in trouble.... csj

comment by Xavier Rey at 12:32 AM (GMT) on 21 May, 2008

Excellent portrait !!

comment by RD at 02:03 AM (GMT) on 21 May, 2008

These faces. Wow!

comment by jkm at 03:12 AM (GMT) on 21 May, 2008

Fabulous! You nailed that one.

comment by kate at 03:47 AM (GMT) on 21 May, 2008

Exceptional- harshness and hope of life radiating from every minute detail and his expression as well. :)

comment by Claus at 08:01 AM (GMT) on 21 May, 2008

A very nice and crisp portrait, great shot!

comment by Enrique Vidal at 08:16 AM (GMT) on 21 May, 2008

You have some truly amazing pictures, and your portraits really tell a story. Very nice work.

comment by pixelpsycho at 10:39 AM (GMT) on 21 May, 2008

A really great portrait. The strong contrast looks very good.
I think the best portraits are portraits of people who don't know that someone is taking a picture. :-)

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comment by Henrietta at 12:54 PM (GMT) on 21 May, 2008

what a lovely face - great picture.

comment by Jasper at 02:11 PM (GMT) on 21 May, 2008

These are some awesome portraits you posted the last couple of days. Great sharpness in all of them!

comment by silfver at 03:38 PM (GMT) on 21 May, 2008

At first I thought that this was a kick-ass portrait. But after studdying a while the short dof kind of bugs me. I guess it's the angle of his pose that does it. I want both of his eyes to be sharp.

Except for that I really love this shot. As always. :)

comment by Bill at 09:17 PM (GMT) on 21 May, 2008

When I first saw your image it also brought a smile to my face.

comment by Leicca at 09:19 PM (GMT) on 21 May, 2008

Great face. :D The skin...

comment by djn1 at 11:19 AM (GMT) on 22 May, 2008

Thanks all.

Arcterex: the detail in his face is a consequence of two things - using the Channel Mixer to do the black and white conversion (while biasing it towards the blue channel), and a big increase in contrast using the Curves tool.

Craig: thanks, and I won't mention it to Libby ;-)

silfver: well spotted. For some reason I hadn't spotted that his right eye wasn't quite sharp.

comment by t i n o at 05:48 PM (GMT) on 24 May, 2008

I love his eyes... Especially the right one.

comment by iced coffee at 11:19 AM (GMT) on 26 May, 2008

such a great portrait the details is impeccable and what makes this photograph so good.

comment by kiev photographer at 12:12 AM (GMT) on 7 July, 2008

lucky man