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Re: Some of my Monochrome Street Portraiture
« Reply #15 on: March 10, 2015, 11:07:01 PM »
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Hi, thanks for the kind words. None of the subjects in these images are posed. For this type of photography you either catch the subject unaware or within a few seconds of them having realised that you are taking their photograph. You really can't obtain these sorts of facial expressions when posed. It is very satisfying walking the streets of a third world country, camera in hand not knowing what will happen next :)

Brad, thanks for the tip.  I live in a Third World country never knowing what will happen next and often have a camera to hand - albeit normally a small EOS-M, but don't get shots like these.  Very inspirational.  The poses are really perfect - definitely a touch of Steve McCurry in your portraits.  The 70-200 lens you used for these obviously gives you some distance to work with, which must be a benefit with candid portraits.  I always have a bit of a dilemma about letting people know I am going to take a photo, in which case they pose unnaturally, or taking a shot without them knowing and getting a natural expression.  Some people get upset occasionally if you don't ask permission.  I took a look at your website as well and was equally impressed with your other shots.

You didn't mention the PP for your B/W images, or is this a secret?!  Just wondering whether you do everything in LR or PS or use some plug-ins.

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Re: Some of my Monochrome Street Portraiture
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Re: Some of my Monochrome Street Portraiture
« Reply #16 on: March 10, 2015, 11:08:22 PM »
Thanks - you replied just as I sent my last post!

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Re: Some of my Monochrome Street Portraiture
« Reply #17 on: March 11, 2015, 03:10:16 AM »
This young woman who lives in a camp near Dasada, Gujarat (India) looked up as I walked past. She was setting up her little market stall (mat on the dirt with home made trinkets for sale). When she saw that I had a camera pointing right at her she smiled just as I pressed the shutter button. She was initially surprised and then maybe a little reserved and shy. You just have to catch the moment and that is what this sort of photography is all about.

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Re: Some of my Monochrome Street Portraiture
« Reply #18 on: March 11, 2015, 03:16:05 AM »
Self Portrait...LOL!

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Re: Some of my Monochrome Street Portraiture
« Reply #19 on: March 11, 2015, 11:18:38 PM »
Self Portrait...LOL!

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Re: Some of my Monochrome Street Portraiture
« Reply #20 on: March 12, 2015, 08:58:07 AM »
This woman is actually burning the hair off goat heads as I take this photo. She just looked up and smiled.

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Re: Some of my Monochrome Street Portraiture
« Reply #21 on: March 12, 2015, 09:02:48 AM »
This lovely woman was happy for me to take her photo. You can just tell she is a good person.

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Re: Some of my Monochrome Street Portraiture
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Re: Some of my Monochrome Street Portraiture
« Reply #22 on: March 12, 2015, 09:07:54 AM »
I am not sure if this guy was happy for me to take his photo. He just stared straight through me.

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Re: Some of my Monochrome Street Portraiture
« Reply #23 on: March 17, 2015, 05:00:19 AM »
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Re: Some of my Monochrome Street Portraiture
« Reply #24 on: March 17, 2015, 06:57:52 AM »
Nice work Bradgrove. The vignetting is done is post or by lighting....

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Re: Some of my Monochrome Street Portraiture
« Reply #25 on: March 17, 2015, 07:30:09 AM »
Nice work Bradgrove. The vignetting is done is post or by lighting....

Hi ... most of the vignetting in my images is applied during post.
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Re: Some of my Monochrome Street Portraiture
« Reply #26 on: March 17, 2015, 09:09:19 AM »
Outstanding, BradGrove.  Certainly some of the best monochrome and portraiture I've seen on CR, for sure.

This is artistic work, and, because you did post them on a forum especially concerned with GEAR, Canon GEAR, this should be a very strong example of the strengths of the 5DIII and the ef 70-200mm f/2.8 IS II.  You have produced work with a classic portraiture look of large format (i.e. 8x10) film using a dSLR.  Magnificent.

Too often on this forum we read mindless and endless nitpicking.  In my opinion, the 5DIII never got the credit it was due, even though it is very likely one of the very best cameras ever made since the beginning of photography.  Its combination of IQ and versatility is astounding.

Thank you so much for this glimpse of lives and faces in a land far from Florida, USA!

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Re: Some of my Monochrome Street Portraiture
« Reply #27 on: March 17, 2015, 04:52:21 PM »
Outstanding, BradGrove.  Certainly some of the best monochrome and portraiture I've seen on CR, for sure.

This is artistic work, and, because you did post them on a forum especially concerned with GEAR, Canon GEAR, this should be a very strong example of the strengths of the 5DIII and the ef 70-200mm f/2.8 IS II.  You have produced work with a classic portraiture look of large format (i.e. 8x10) film using a dSLR.  Magnificent.

Too often on this forum we read mindless and endless nitpicking.  In my opinion, the 5DIII never got the credit it was due, even though it is very likely one of the very best cameras ever made since the beginning of photography.  Its combination of IQ and versatility is astounding.

Thank you so much for this glimpse of lives and faces in a land far from Florida, USA!

Thank you so much for your kind comments. I think the monochrome versions posted here look better than their colour equivalents.
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Re: Some of my Monochrome Street Portraiture
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Re: Some of my Monochrome Street Portraiture
« Reply #28 on: April 14, 2015, 04:46:13 PM »
Hi Brad, your portraits are very striking and beautiful.  I love how the monochrome plays well with the gentlemen's darker skin tones and white beards.  The portraits all seem to have some lore or story behind them and invite the viewer in. 

Out of curiosity, how many shots do you take of each subject (on average) before 'being caught' or moving on?

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Re: Some of my Monochrome Street Portraiture
« Reply #28 on: April 14, 2015, 04:46:13 PM »