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Post by Ernst-Ulrich Schafer » Sat Jul 01, 2017 7:07 pm

Michael came to visit me this morning at the studio. Of course I asked him to sit by my window light.
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Post by minniev » Sat Jul 01, 2017 8:04 pm

Ernst-Ulrich Schafer wrote:Michael came to visit me this morning at the studio. Of course I asked him to sit by my window light.

Nicely done. I fancy your studio as a friendly place that I wish I could drop by! It'd be a bit of a commute though.

I'm curious as to why you placed him more in the right half of the frame than the left, since he's looking out the right side. I see more portraits with the subject closer to the edge they're NOT looking out of, and since I'm not a portrait photographer, I know little about such choices. It works, and seems to make him more "casual" and less "formal", and like he's looking out the window - but I wonder if you have other reasons that are past my pay grade. Even if I never shoot a portrait, I am always trying to learn new things, and everything I learn may apply to something else later down the road.
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Post by Ernst-Ulrich Schafer » Sun Jul 02, 2017 5:15 am

Minnie, Thanks for the comments.

As a portrait photographer/artist we must consider the past (learn the golden rules of the craft) and then bring things forward to your future, allowing yourself to create your own rules, all the while remembering
what was taught. I really like graphic compositions and embrace negative space when the feeling is there.
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Post by Ernst-Ulrich Schafer » Sun Jul 02, 2017 1:57 pm

Another favorite of Michael. A different pose, quite direct and added two different filters to this one. Nik Wet Plate & then a soft blur.
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Post by St3v3M » Sat Jul 08, 2017 4:36 am

Ernst-Ulrich Schafer wrote:Michael came to visit me this morning at the studio. Of course I asked him to sit by my window light.

I like this one, but I'm sad to say the white patch on his sleeve keeps my attention and distracts me from the beauty of the portrait. S-
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