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Copyright: Muhammad Muhsin (mark25) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 412 W: 7 N: 1012] (5621)
Genre: People
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-09-19
Categories: Friends/Family, Portrait
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-10-27 10:45
Viewed: 1569
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Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
a friend told me some days ago that my treklens portfolio has too many portraits and the enormity of black & white photos in it makes it seem quite and sad...

here's a photo of my school buddy Noor. this series of photos was done at his request. he wanted some photos before cutting his long hair.

His name Noor means Light or Illumination in Arabic, and appears several times in the Quran...

the shooting took place about a month ago, in the Islamic month of Ramzan. i had asked Noor to show up early but he showed up really late, ruining the chances to shoot in the outskirts of the city..

i was hard pressed for available light, and to make the most of it, we ran to the rooftop, where this photo was taken..

the sun was low and was providing almost perfect light to both his sides, and the lens at that time was my 80-200 2,8, which ended up blurring the background very nicely, i think :)

while there are many others from the series, i like this one for his eye contact and calm expression.

i was using an aperture of f/2,8 for this one and the iso was 400, to make sure nothing was under exposed :)

i cropped it, did some very minor levels/color/tone adjustments in Capture NX and then applied a film filter in Photoshop, plain and simple :)

thanks for viewing :) let's see what you think of this one :)

muhammad muhsin

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  • korbee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1483 W: 0 N: 1852] (14495)
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Wauw he looks like an Indian filmstar,could be right out of a Bollywood movie! ;]]


Hi Muhammad...I like this shot...nice details and light..nice work.


Nice portrait.
Why he wanted to cut his long hair, it suits him very well.

Good work, Muhammad.


Shooting with the aperture so wide is a personal thing I guess, and if it works, why not! There are a lot of blogs out there about cameras missing focus when shooting so wide - do you have that problem on shots?
Light, colours, comp and crop are all good.

Hi Muhammad,
Indeed, the man has a film star face, not as prety as I am, but good enough. ;-)
The details are amazing, making the face comming alive. Good crop and composition, and superb exposure. Very good note too.

Great portrait with great sharpness, light and natural skin tone colour captured by your vision. Shooting wide open has rendered good BG blur while still retaining excellent sharpness of his eyes and facial details. He looks like an exact look alike of Yani to me and his facial symmetry is just about perfect for this type of shot. Great note writing to back up you fine posting and I salute you for that as well! A+++CLASS!



well done Muhsin beautiful shot, thanks.

Why not portraits? :-)
My portfolio, too, is almost potraits dedicated...
This one is intense, eye contact with camera enhances the deepness of model's expression and, last but not least, the young man is so awesome!
Ciao, Antonella

The f2.8 has worked well with this 'head on' shot. Even a slight angle would have rendered one of his eyes out of focus but you seem to have nailed it well.

Good even lighting...

He needs a haircut like mine ;-)


Hi Muhammad

It has been a looooong while since I came to visit your gallery for the last time. No disaffection at all, but I have spent much more time on TE. For a brief stop, I am glad to hop at your photos again and see that you did not give up! Your gallery is full of beautiful portraits. I am surprised to find that your cousin Umar; that I had left soon before his wedding, has now some white hair. No, no, no! Is it so exhausting, to get married ??? :)

Anyway, back to this picture. I like the frontal look, the serene, wise expression. The colors are good, the light is soft, the sharpness is excellent, and the plain blurred background, is perfect. Only one thing distracts me: what's the need to cut his hair!? He was handsome like that! But it's surely too late now!...

Good job! Do not listen too much to those who say that your black and white portraits are sad; that's simply not true. They are full of soul and sensuality.


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