tony, best tomatoes
canon 5d @ 400 iso
canon 35mm f/2 @ f/2.5
Comments:

wonderful portrait...

Posted by f. d. rahman at May 27, 2006 01:46 AM
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Wow! great shot!

Posted by Pierre at May 27, 2006 06:15 AM
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Nice close-up portrait!

Posted by Chris at May 27, 2006 07:19 AM
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Nice portrait, but were are the tomatoes?

Posted by Marinus at May 27, 2006 09:40 AM
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Nice portrait, but were are the tomatoes?

Posted by Marinus at May 27, 2006 09:40 AM
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Lovely portrait. Great dof/bokeh. Nice 'up close and personal' feel to it. I take it he grows superb tomatoes?

Posted by cat at May 27, 2006 10:30 AM
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exceptional portrait, love the depth of field and detail.

Posted by Kevin at May 27, 2006 10:38 AM
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Wonderful portrait, really nice. At least to me, the arrangement within the frame is somewhat unconventional and I like it. I would have opted for a vertical shot and considered the porch to be a distraction. After seeing this, I would have been wrong. Works very well with the limited dof. A blend of b&w with color?

Posted by Mark at May 27, 2006 12:30 PM
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yes, tony grows wonderful prize-winning tomatoes. he's my landlord!

mark: yes, a mix of black and white and colour. a high-contrast desaturated layer blended in luminance mode crreates a kind-of-trendy "bleach bypass" look that i find works nicely for portraits of people with etched faces.

bleach bypass is a technique currently in vogue with many cinematographers. during processing, the bleach stage is omitted and this leaves the layer of silver on the emulsion, as well as the color dye. the result is a higher contrast, somewhat desaturated and palette-limited image which looks sort of retro because it reminds us of earlier emulsions before c-41 film. the effect can be created fairly easily in photoshop, as described above, and i find it especially effective on higher iso images with the Canon 5D.

Posted by matto at May 27, 2006 02:05 PM
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~this is outstanding, Matt, one of the best all around informal portraits I have seen in quite some time~

Posted by btezra at May 27, 2006 03:31 PM
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That is a fantastic portrait! His family would love it if they haven't seen it. He looks like a very kind me...who really knows his tomatoes!

Posted by micki at May 27, 2006 05:06 PM
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Matt, thanks for the information. I have used blending similar to this but had no idea of the history behind it.

Posted by Mark at May 28, 2006 02:02 AM
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superb composition!

Posted by alan at May 29, 2006 07:27 PM
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