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Santa Monica
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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: Black & White
Date Taken: 2013-09-10
Categories: Portrait
Camera: Canon 5DIII, 135mm/f2
Exposure: f/4, 1/1000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-09-12 7:53
Viewed: 1618
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Santa Monica is a place of diversity. Everyone from Movie Stars to heavily tattooed people walk the same street.

I spoke to this young man, asked about his life and gave him some money. I was disturbed by his look and by his photo which was much more graphic in color.

I can't begin to understand why someone would do this but the photo is interesting in that it shows something that we almost never see and gives us a glimpse into a very dark and depressing world.

The F4 Aperture is nice here because there was a lot of space behind him. If the background was closer I would have used a wider aperture. The sharpness of the subject compared to the soft background gives him an eerie three dimensional look.

For portraiture I have to recommend this 135mm F2 Canon lens...it is truly incredible in how sharp it is and how light it is compared with the 85mm.

Juliet, mesquens1, suzley, poutpout, jean11-3 has marked this note useful
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It's one in a life time picture. Very powerful.

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  • Juliet Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1250 W: 106 N: 2911] (22323)
  • [2013-09-12 9:47]

Hi Roger,
You've chosen the right format for B&W... it offers us a emotional view. Well composed, good tones- and nice clarity.. Thanks for the tips and for sharing ... Hope you are well. Julie

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  • fransx Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2938 W: 134 N: 7397] (41704)
  • [2013-09-12 10:28]

Hi Roger,
That's good work in B&W.
Perfect sharpness and details. Excellent light and a glorious bokeh BG.
Well done,

Francis Xavier

Boa tarde Roger,
Fine as usual, BW "comme il fault" and amazing use of BW when all requested a color photo...
Few use the BW with your ease.

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  • RSK Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1089 W: 589 N: 1943] (14753)
  • [2013-09-12 10:55]

This could also be a great fit for this weeks theme "camouflage" Roger. It definitely tells the viewer a story,& I am sure a different one for different viewers,he looks also, as though he would fit in well, at that anual outing of artists in the desert,where you took some interesting shots.
B&W a perfect choice for the drama of this image.



Hello Roger

A sign of the times, skulls, tattoos to the extreme, piercings, and of course beliefs. Your image surely shows the troubled times that are ahead.......to the extreme I feel. Nice work on this misled young man. Maybe a little more contrast to separate the tones. Thanks for sharing your part of the world with us.


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  • suzley Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1833 W: 317 N: 3045] (23928)
  • [2013-09-12 12:13]

So graphical and yes, a tad frightening.
The eyes have you staring back.


  • CMJC Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 154 W: 193 N: 124] (1191)
  • [2013-09-12 12:35]
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you have it in colors too? the two must be interesting but yes in BW that give a real drama atmosphere... cann't understand such a work on the skin (because it's tatoo and not just make up ? sure?)
the fact you choice no DOF give a real presence from this young unrealistic man just in front of us... seems he had something to said but without words...
Great... and just cynical too!


As bizarre as this young man may be, you have captured a wonderful photo. Your comment about having a 3D look is spot on. Scary, but powerful photo.


Hi Roger
Your B&W portrait is awesome..For the subject all I can say is...
You can't judge a book by it's cover.....BUT...


Hi Roger
Sometimes a good, photogenic subject such as this can hide poor photography. But that isn't the case here, you have done the subject proud. The choice of black and white is excellent, what you have included in the photo (and maybe what you left out) is also very good. To me he looks menacing but has an air of vulnerability. Despite those eyes which I can't help looking at.
If I had one minor criticism, it would be that the background is slightly too bright, and, possibly, a slight vignette would benefit. But I'm ni-picking. An excellent shot. I just may add this to my list of favourites.

Hello Roger, a compelling portrait with a 3 dimensional quality.
Excellent sharp focus; the choice of b/w was a master stroke.I like the blurred bg, as it separates him from what may be going on behind him, which would distract our eyes.
We look at him and wonder what he is thinking!
Regards Jean.

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