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Copyright: Roger Minkow (rminkow) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3397 W: 189 N: 7476] (34772)
Genre: People
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-06-29
Categories: Portrait
Camera: Canon 5DII, 85mm f/1.2 L
Exposure: f/3.2, 1/100 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2009-06-30 5:04
Viewed: 1520
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Elon is one of the most complicated people I have ever met. He was in the Israeli army, the US Coast Guard and a cage fighter. He is covered with tattoos and brandings. He is also intelligent, gentle and well spoken.

I took a picture of him about a year ago and posted it. It was an OK first attempt but I knew I wanted to try again. I knew the pose and the light I wanted and yesterday got him to pose again. I hope you like the shot.

This was shot in the shadows of our hotel where we are presenting...just available light was used.

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Hello Roger,
One of your many finest, Elon's best portrait. Superb lighting, optimum desaturation. His physique is emphasized and his tattoes add complexity to his personality. Best regards....

Hi Roger...
Beautiful shot with nice light...
Nice expression...

Great one Roger!! yeah, the light is fantastic, and the background ... looks like rough concrete maybe(?).. is perfect. Great facial profile .. the light is really great on his body and face .. really accentuates the shapes. Fantastic.

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  • taba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 412 W: 161 N: 337] (2163)
  • [2009-06-30 5:28]
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Hi Roger

a good portrait with a very good light condition..


Hi Roger,
Great studio shot with fabulous lighting.
Excellent skin tones and sharpness.
Nice background - suites well with a tough guy like Elon.
Nice muscular structure well lighted!
Good job!
Best regards,

Francis Xavier

  • pozaru Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3627 W: 881 N: 2607] (21386)
  • [2009-06-30 5:46]
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Love the lighting and the tones.
Very fine work; congrats !!!


Boa tarde Roger
I like very much the way you use light... you make him look really interesting. Beautiful portrit...not just a beautiful face.
My regards

Hi Roger

Good exposure level on the highlights with no appreciable oe. The tats add graphism. Excellent shadow detail, & a nice, diffused light. Tfs!

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  • bri Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 751 W: 13 N: 1404] (6384)
  • [2009-06-30 6:00]
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Hi Roger,
Fantastic use of light and a great PoV. tfs

Hi Roger,

The lighting is perfect here to bring emphasis on Elon's physique and tats. A classic, confident pose. He looks like the type one doesn't want to get on the wrong side of :)

Best regards,

Perfect portrait.
Wonderful light and sharpness,a nice tone of colour.

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  • moli Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1398 W: 269 N: 2111] (13209)
  • [2009-06-30 9:29]
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Hello Roger.
Interesting one this time.
Looks very good to me.
Good pose and very natural.
Well presentred body with his tatoos.
Well done.

Janek Kloss

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  • ade71 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 241 W: 35 N: 211] (2850)
  • [2009-06-30 10:23]
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Hi Roger, another wonderful portrait....
Wonderful light and posture of the man. Simply perfect.
Compliments, Adele

Definitely an excellent portrait. Great use of light and composition. I think you have successfully portrayed the man described in your note, there is toughness and intelligence and tenderness combined here - a complex combination. Really a beautiful shot.


p.s. To me, such a shame that 'natural' skin textures, hair, stubble, whatever else, are so readily accepted in portraits of men, and so vehemently opposed in portraits of women. Kudos to you for always keeping it real and being true to your passion as an artist.

Hello Roger
This really is a great portrait. The lighting is fantastic, his pose and gaze perfect
good focus, exposure, DOF and composition,
great job, congratulations

Hello, Roger -
Excellent use of the natural light and shadows to bring out his powerful build and fascinating tattoos. His face is in an almost pure profile with a calm expression which conveys some of what you describe about his personality. Well done.

Ciao..magnifica foto
bellissimo effetto creato
dalla luce..

very nice shot using available light good skintone...tattoos are well seen and very natural pose...


i think this is one of the best images in your gallery :) i wish i had taken this one :) it is very impressive and it jsut reminds me of my own style of work :)

very inspiring :)

muhammad muhsin

hi roger,
I think this is one of the best portrait you shot so far. I remember another photo of yours portraying a naked belly with a tattoo, and that was also impressive. somehow you manage to capture tattooed skin in an elegant way - I don't know how to put this in a better way =)
I think the natural light here is key, it enhances the pose and the soft curves of his body. the play with light and shadow is really attractive here, the transition from one to the other is smooth and very pleasing to the eye.

What a handsome man and magnificent shot! Interesting personality study too.


hi my dear roger
wow what a beautiful model
what a nice body!
what a great shot
what a......

The way you used the light on this image is what is all about. It brings rythm and strength.
María José

hi roger! this is a very good low key portraiture!!! love it! i made some WS on this photo just for art sake hope you like it!!!...



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