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  • #395947

    Tersha
    Keymaster
  • #395959

    Graham Hart
    Participant

    My best portrait shot..and an old POTW.

  • #395964

    Pamela Winter
    Participant

    Granddaughter’s senior HS portrait.

  • #395975

    Michael
    Participant

    Here is a portrait that I think I had previously posted quite a while ago. I still love the way it turned out. Michael

  • #395976

    John Thompson
    Moderator

    I guess a selfie counts.  I have several pics of my dogs.  Maybe I will post one of those also.

    • #396009

      bucweeet
      Participant

      Really like this one John!

    • #396020

      chris pook
      Participant

      this is very good, and thoughtful.

    • #396024

      ElinL
      Participant

      Good to see you John – a great portrait !

    • #396035

      Dave Watkins
      Participant

      The emotion shows up so much more in this enlarged version.

    • #396070

      Great portrait John!

    • #396082

      Tom M
      Participant

      Nice John. Has any one ever told you look like Leon Russell(the musician)?

       

    • #396092

      Bobbie
      Participant

      I stop at your selfie every time you post John. I glad you posted a larger image. It's a wonderful presentation of self in my eyes.

    • #396115

      LeanneC
      Participant

      I am with Bobbie. So glad you shared the larger image. Great job.

    • #396163

      Rob Eyers
      Participant

      Good to see a bigger version John. Well done.

    • #396193

      Bruce Gordon
      Participant

      Classic John!

    • #396205

      Graham Hart
      Participant

      Great selfie John. Seeing your pic large reminded me of your ice challenge from last year…

    • #396266

      Andre P.
      Participant

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      Andre P.
      Participant

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    • #396659

      Robert Apple
      Moderator

      @nikon-nut Your Photo was recognized in the Members Picks Week of March 18 Forum  ⬅ Click Here

  • #395987

    Rob Eyers
    Participant

    From the way back machine. My friend Dennis.

    The Collector

    • #396083

      Tom M
      Participant

      Looks like WC Fields…

       

    • #396093

      Bobbie
      Participant

      I fondly remember this image Rob and agree with what everyone else has said.

    • #396190

      Bruce Gordon
      Participant

      Very eloquent portrait, Rob! You really captured this man’s grace and humor with the slight smile and glint in his eye, IMHO.

      • This reply was modified 3 days, 23 hours ago by  Bruce Gordon.
    • #396206

      Graham Hart
      Participant

      Great pic of an extremely interesting character Rob.

  • #395991

    Holly K
    Participant

    Great portrait and details.

    • #396010

      bucweeet
      Participant

      That's a great capture of his character Rob. Nicely done!

      • #396034

        Dave Watkins
        Participant

        I agree with bucweeet. A lot of character in his face. Nicely done Rob.

  • #395998

    Click
    Participant

    Bad hair day

    Bad hair Day

    • #396011

      bucweeet
      Participant

      That's nice Click.  Hair like that is always difficult to get correct.

    • #396207

      Graham Hart
      Participant

      Interesting shot. Too much hair gel 🙂

  • #395999

    Click
    Participant

    Jealousy

    Jealousy

    • #396038

      Dave Watkins
      Participant

      Great colors here. And seems to be showing a bit of an attitude.  🙂

    • #396071

      Love this Click!

    • #396201

      Preston
      Participant

      Love the eyes Click!

    • #396209

      Graham Hart
      Participant

      Love this shot Click. It's personality shines through those green windows to the soul.

    • #396265

      Andre P.
      Participant

      I love that portrait !

  • #396012

    bucweeet
    Participant

    Experimented a bit with the post-production….

    • #396210

      Graham Hart
      Participant

      Something interesting and different for sure.

      • #396338

        bucweeet
        Participant

        Thank you Graham.

        The image was taken mid-afternoon and with the exception of the highlights, was fairly ‘flat. I attempted to add dimension in PS using layers to darken the camera left side. Unfortunately, my PS skills are not equal to what my vision was. So I started to experiment with radial masks in rectangular ‘selections'. After the first two, I decided to add the horizontal ones. This end result, although somewhat different, is much more interesting to my eyes than the original.

        Thanx again for you comment.

    • #396264

      Andre P.
      Participant

      Well done.

  • #396014

    bucweeet
    Participant

    And one animal portrait…

    • This reply was modified 4 days, 23 hours ago by  bucweeet.
    • #396113

      LeanneC
      Participant

      This made me smile. Great shot, bucweeet!

    • #396211

      Graham Hart
      Participant

      This would shine in the ‘Red' challenge too. Such vivid colours.

      • #396340

        bucweeet
        Participant

        Thank you Graham.  I should have ‘dug deeper' into the archives as I have a few other ones taken at different locations/times of similar images.

  • #396022

    chris pook
    Participant

    ‘…be gentle with yourself.  You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here.'

    Click to flick;

    https://www.chrispookphotography.co.uk/Travel/Jinda-Mar-2019/

    • #396025

      ElinL
      Participant

      Ach – your beauties Chris ! How you must suffer….

      • #396085

        chris pook
        Participant

        Don’t know how I cope tbh… 😉

    • #396072

      So good Chris – especially knowing the back story!

    • #396081

      chris pook
      Participant

      I chose the top one from the set because we have in our minds eye a picture of what a refugee / IDP from Iraq should look like; pigtails and dungarees are not it.

      She could be from Tyrol, and that I find this disturbing reveals my prejudices.  None of this means much without the back story.

    • #396189

      Bruce Gordon
      Participant

      Very nice Chris!

    • #396214

      Graham Hart
      Participant

      Thanks for amplifying the lives of these people to us Chris. You are right about our preconceptions. Your words and images have certainly widened my understanding of the struggles faced by others who dream of a normal life.

  • #396023

    ElinL
    Participant

    The local fox in his spring coat

    The local fox

    • #396215

      Graham Hart
      Participant

      Wow, never seen a fox looking like this before. Looks more like a bear cub. Great shot Elin, love the light.

      • #396248

        chris pook
        Participant

        Exactly what I thought!  Bear cub.  Great shot.

         

    • #396263

      Andre P.
      Participant

      The fox must have disguised himself. Great shot, with that light !

    • #396341

      bucweeet
      Participant

      Saw this on FB Elin.  Still really like it!

  • #396044

    Dave Watkins
    Participant

    Another portrait of our old doggie Cider. Methinks it's time for a brushing.

     

     

    • #396074

      Captured beautifully!

    • #396216

      Graham Hart
      Participant

      I think the hair looks great. My wife would spend two hours in front of a mirror trying to get that look 🙂

      • #396226

        Dave Watkins
        Participant

        🙂  Carol's response to your post is ‘No comment.” 🙂

        • This reply was modified 3 days, 7 hours ago by  Dave Watkins.
    • #396249

      chris pook
      Participant

      That is very good.  I am looking at this for the first time on my PC rather than my phone, and it is engaging in the larger format.

       

    • #396342

      bucweeet
      Participant

      What a sweetheart Dave!

      • #396535

        Dave Watkins
        Participant

        That he is. Over 50% of the time too.  🙂

  • #396047

    I only started doing portraits a few years ago. Glad I did.

    Sade

    P6030402

    Anne

    P6030423

    P5220236

     

    • #396112

      LeanneC
      Participant

      Stunning portraits, David. You are my ‘something to aspire to'!

    • #396114

      chris pook
      Participant

      very good!

    • #396188

      Bruce Gordon
      Participant

      Man, David, you nailed every one! I feel I know a little of each one’s personality, just from their portrait.

    • #396217

      Graham Hart
      Participant

      Wow to all of em!

    • #396250

      chris pook
      Participant

      I am glad you did as well!

  • #396048

    Catwoman

    P9090808

     

    • #396187

      Bruce Gordon
      Participant

      Lovely capture David!

      Reminds me of a song… “What do tigers dream of, when they take a little tiger snooze…”

    • #396218

      Graham Hart
      Participant

      Love the light shining off the black leather. Possible title…”He had me in stitches” 🙂

  • #396056

    Graham Hart
    Participant

    Grandson James 2 years ago.

    • #396073

      What a great capture Graham!

    • #396165

      Rob Eyers
      Participant

      Delight! Love it Graham.

    • #396197

      ElinL
      Participant

      Great portrait Graham – what a lovely smile 🙂

    • #396228

      Dave Watkins
      Participant

      Looks like a keeper. 🙂 Nice shot Graham.

    • #396343

      bucweeet
      Participant

      That is a ‘great' image Graham!

    • #396399

      Robert Apple
      Moderator

      Great Photo Graham.

    • #396401

      Robert Apple
      Moderator

      Your Photo was recognized in the Members Picks Week of March 18 Forum  ⬅ Click Here

    • #396406

      Graham Hart
      Participant

      Thanks everyone for the likes and a special thanks to Robert for the MP's inclusion.

    • #396569

      Gray B
      Participant

      Graham you are toast!  If he hasn't my now, that boy you have you wrapped around his finger soon enough.

      • #396573

        Graham Hart
        Participant

        Been wrapped around his finger since his very first smile Gray 🙂

  • #396075

    Tubby (starring in the owl and the pussycat!)

    PC300364

     

    • #396091

      Bobbie
      Participant

      You caught this just at the right moment David. The owl looks like it's looking at the camera out of the corner of his eye while Tubby is thinking: “Who does he think he's kidding?”
      Made me smile.

    • #396107

      Dave Watkins
      Participant

      That's funny. Thanks for posting. You've covered quite a spectrum with your last three posts. 🙂

    • #396219

      Graham Hart
      Participant

      Made me smile instantly then I read Bobbie's comment and thought ‘Exactly'!

  • #396084

    Tom M
    Participant

    Grandson after a swim…

    • #396202

      Preston
      Participant

      Great bokeh Tom.  I also love how you caught the drip of water right before it fell off his chin

    • #396220

      Graham Hart
      Participant

      Nice one Tom. Reminds me of  ‘There's Something About Mary' 🙂

  • #396090

    Bobbie
    Participant

    Bedtime Story

    • #396111

      LeanneC
      Participant

      I like this, Bobbie. But the burning question for me is, What is he reading?!

      • #396123

        Bobbie
        Participant

        Thanks Leanne. I have no idea what he was reading but knowing him, it was probably something to do with history or military decision making.

    • #396221

      Graham Hart
      Participant

      A nice study of…studying!

      • #396331

        Bobbie
        Participant

        Thanks for your comment Graham.

    • #396230

      Dave Watkins
      Participant

      The B&W treatment was a good decision in my view. Adds impact that would not be there with a color image. Also having the point of interest pushed to the left side of the frame adds a bit of tension. Like he's just come to a “Eureka” moment of the book.

      • #396332

        Bobbie
        Participant

        Thanks Dave. It took me a while to see that the original color was distracting but once I did, I moved to b&w and liked the image a lot more.

    • #396568

      Gray B
      Participant

      The move to B&W is what makes this work for me as well and the composition.  The lamp drew my eye right to the story.  Very well done.

      • #396645

        Bobbie
        Participant

        Thanks Gray. The lamp bothered me in the original and I tried to tune it down in post (not very successfully – I have a lot to work on in that area).

  • #396110

    LeanneC
    Participant

    I made my own light modifier, a beauty dish, yesterday. Due to a lack of willing participants, the only model I had was myself. I didn't quite get the focus and I still have a lot of work to do with the light placement but I am happy with the results anyway. Practice makes progress!

    Playing with Light

    • #396124

      Bobbie
      Participant

      I think it's a fine selfie but what I really love is how you're always trying new things Leanne.

      • #396519

        LeanneC
        Participant

        Thanks Bobbie! Trying new things is what makes photography fun for me 😁

    • #396198

      ElinL
      Participant

      A lovely portrait Leanne ! Jasenka wrote a very good article on “Rembrandt Lightning here on LS the other day – think I am going to try it soon

      Improve Your Portraits With Rembrandt Lighting Technique

      • #396520

        LeanneC
        Participant

        Thanks Elin! I will check out the article.

    • #396222

      Graham Hart
      Participant

      Leanne, I know absolutely nothing about studio lighting except that it seems to have a lot to do with controlling shadows. In this regard, I think your portrait is a winner. Focus seems ok to me too but I'm no yardstick in that department. It's a lovely shot.

    • #396231

      Dave Watkins
      Participant

      Seems to me you're off to a very nice start. Chances are you'll find some willing participants in the future. What's important is to just have fun with it. 🙂

      • #396587

        LeanneC
        Participant

        Thanks so much Graham! And Dave, I completely agree. We always talk about kids learning through play. Just as important for adults!

    • #396567

      Gray B
      Participant

      So who tripped the shutter?  🙂  Like Graham, I have a long way to go with understanding studio lighting.  Keep experimenting and let us know how it goes.  Knowing you, you will be an expert soon enough.

      • #396588

        LeanneC
        Participant

        I tripped the shutter…well, technically the camera did (shutter delay). That is why the focus was tricky. The subject kept moving! 😉 I will continue to ‘play' some more, as it is so much fun.

  • #396116

    chris pook
    Participant

    I’m having another go; I like portraits.  😉

     

    • #396125

      Bobbie
      Participant

      This is you isn't it Chris? Yes or no it's a great portrait. The rebellious lock of hair make is look more genuine than a “spit & polish” portrait.

      • #396167

        chris pook
        Participant

        This is the drummer from the gypsy band who turned up at our picnic last Friday.  I paid them to go away!

        • #396333

          Bobbie
          Participant

          Maybe he's a relative … there's something about the nose & mouth that reminded me of you (in an earlier time)

    • #396223

      Graham Hart
      Participant

      I like this pic a lot Chris. Has a James Dean feel to it. The soft graduated BG really helps to bring out the detail in his features.

    • #396564

      Gray B
      Participant

      Chris, there could be all sorts of stories about this guy, but drummer in a gypsy band?  That was not high on my list.  BW was the only way to make this portrait work the way it does.  Thanks Chris

  • #396168

    Dave Watkins
    Participant

    Environmental portrait of Jorge grinding cacao beans at La Iguana Chocolate, Costa Rica.

     

    • This reply was modified 4 days, 1 hour ago by  Dave Watkins.
    • #396224

      Graham Hart
      Participant

      Looks like he's concentrating very hard on the task at hand.

      • #396235

        Dave Watkins
        Participant

        Yes he was. A small mom and pop operation off the beaten path. When the camera was not pointing in his direction his laid back persona was evident. And I don't blame him one bit. I'd much rather be behind the camera than in front of it. Both him and his wife were wonderful hosts.

  • #396200

    Preston
    Participant

    I took this one of my brother-in-law while he was pumping gas.  I think it breaks the rule of portraiture by not showing his eyes, but it captures his essence becuse he always wears sunglasses when he's outdoors.

    • #396335

      Bobbie
      Participant

      I don't think you always need the eyes. I can identity with him. Every picture of me taken outside shows sunglasses not eyes. I don't go outside without them.

  • #396208

    Dave Watkins
    Participant

    Three year old gazing ball selfie with my Storm Trooper K-50. Having fun with my first DSLR. 🙂

    • #396413

      Tom M
      Participant

      Very cool Dave…

       

      • #396540

        Dave Watkins
        Participant

        Thanks Tom. As an aside that cat just showed up at the farm one day. Would follow me around but kept its distance. We started feeding it in the barn. Less than a week later it was gone. Cats. Go figure.

        • This reply was modified 1 day, 23 hours ago by  Dave Watkins.
  • #396237

    angel-que
    Participant

    the boat operator

     

    row the boat

  • #396262

    Andre P.
    Participant


    No willing human model at hand.

    The disadvantage is that an animal does not necessarily do what you want it to do.

  • #396277

    Darren
    Participant

    Model @gok

    • This reply was modified 3 days, 9 hours ago by  Darren.
    • #396350

      Holly K
      Participant

      You caught a lovely expression on her face.  Also, I like the neutral colors that do not distract.

      • #396489

        Darren
        Participant

        Thank You Holly K

  • #396301

    JasenkaG
    Keymaster

    This was taken while urbexing in some abandoned factory.

    • #396337

      Bobbie
      Participant

      Wonderful portrait. This image looks like a still from an adventure game or film and I guess if you're urbexing, your adventuring.
      Apparently it's no coincidence that you wrote an article about lighting, Janeska. Was the lighting natural?

      • #396473

        JasenkaG
        Keymaster

        Thank you, Bobbie. Yes, the lighting was natural. I usually bring a flash and some LED lights when I plan to shoot people, but I didn't have anything that day.

    • #396344

      bucweeet
      Participant

      Really nice use of, and position in the light Jasenka.  Great image with the emotions ‘showing through'!

      • #396474

        JasenkaG
        Keymaster

        Thanks so much, I'm glad you like it 🙂

    • #396563

      Gray B
      Participant

      Did I not see that young man in the Game of Thrones?  If not, I should have.  You can't beat natural light when it works, and in this case, it worked beautifully.  Thank you

      • #396735

        JasenkaG
        Keymaster

        Thanks a lot 🙂 Yeah, this friend of mine has really remarkable facial features that would fit an epic fantasy environment.

  • #396351

    Holly K
    Participant

    For St. Patrick's Day

  • #396360

    Tersha
    Keymaster

    squirrel portrait …

    shady squirrel

  • #396369

    ElinL
    Participant

    My friends Jói and Tinna

    A00A9116-Edit-1-3

  • #396390

    Robert Apple
    Moderator

    I'm not much of a portrait guy, really only have one I would call a portrait that I really like. My Wife and newest Grandson. Snuck up on her with the cell phone and she didn't even know I took it.

    • #396518

      Bobbie
      Participant

      Beautiful family portrait. Your grandson is looking at his grandmother so inquisitively that you can almost see the wheels in his brain turning.

    • #396562

      Gray B
      Participant

      The eyes of that baby would melt even the coldest heart.  He's got you Grandma.

    • #396688

      LeanneC
      Participant

      This is beautiful, Robert.

      • #396760

        Robert Apple
        Moderator

        Thanks Leanne, its easy to get inspired by these two.

  • #396402

    E. Q. de Souza
    Participant

    Woman at the Pub

  • #396403

    E. Q. de Souza
    Participant

    Goose @ City

  • #396404

    E. Q. de Souza
    Participant

    Pigeons @ Spring

  • #396405

    Robert Apple
    Moderator

    I guess I had one more

    • #396414

      Tom M
      Participant

      Priceless Robert…

       

    • #396529

      Holly K
      Participant

      “Fetch… you want me to play fetch in the car??”

  • #396411

    E. Q. de Souza
    Participant

    So did I Robert and I'm not much into people portraits…Woman @ Cafe

  • #396415

    Tom M
    Participant

    Wall Mural Portrait…

  • #396483

    E. Q. de Souza
    Participant

    Found an old in storage: Lady in Red/Happy with Birds.Lady in Red

  • #396490

    Darren
    Participant

    Young Jude

    • #396561

      Gray B
      Participant

      This is one beautiful boy Darren and an excellent candid shot.

  • #396560

    Gray B
    Participant

    Robert is making a great contribution to help raise money for cancer cure.

    St. Balderick fund raiser

    And after …

    After St. Balderick

    • #396641

      Bobbie
      Participant

      Way to go Robert!!

  • #396580

    Ed
    Participant

    This was has been hanging around the house for 42 years.

     

    Eric in Swing

     

    https://flic.kr/p/2e9PCr1

  • #396597

    samet
    Participant

    just street.

  • #396604

    billyspad
    Participant

    Philippines fisherman

  • #396643

    Bobbie
    Participant

    A dear friend for over 50 years (who unfortunately I see only every few years because of the distance)

  • #396680

    Gray B
    Participant

    That’s hard to do when you’re only 30 years old Bobbie 😁.

    • #396717

      Bobbie
      Participant

      Now I'm really worried Gray. I look terrible for 30!
      Getting older and hopefully better,
      Bobbie

  • #396689

    LeanneC
    Participant

    Okay. I played with settings. This is MUCH better. My on-camera flash was overpowering the homemade beauty dish (new camera, new settings) so I had to consult my camera guide. PLUS, I found a willing subject!

    portrait KEC

    • #396736

      JasenkaG
      Keymaster

      Great portrait, Leanne 🙂 The eyes looks splendid here!

    • #396745

      Andre P.
      Participant

      Very good lighting (I think it's not so easy to get such a result with the ON camera flash). The subjects are nice, too.

  • #396691

    LeanneC
    Participant

    And so that I am not accused of playing favourites…

    Portrait KSC

    • #396732

      chris pook
      Participant

      These are just great, well done!  🙂

  • #396754

    Common Housefly Catcher (Plexippus petersi).. sorry I am not good with people LOL

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