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Abdullah, Monochrome Evening

Abdullah, Monochrome Evening
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Copyright: Muhammad Muhsin (mark25) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 412 W: 7 N: 1012] (5621)
Genre: People
Medium: Black & White
Date Taken: 2009-12-09
Categories: Daily Life, Decisive Moment, Friends/Family, Mood, Portrait
Exposure: f/4, 1/100 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2009-12-15 6:45
Viewed: 1078
Points: 7
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
this one was shot shortly after the photo titled "framed"...

Abdullah is Ahmed's elder brother, a very intelligent kid and loves being photographed :)

i was about to leave when i saw him standing close to the car parking area in their house :) and that's when told him to freeze there :)

one of the things i absolutely love about olympus cameras is the black and white results they produce :)

the tonalities i get from olympus cameras is yet to be matched by any other camera i have used so far.

for the composition of this shot, i wanted to include as much of his surroundings as i could with the 40-150 lens (which equals 80-300) :)

the pillar to his right proved to be an excellent starting point :) some could argue that he should have been positioned towards the bottom (vertically) but i didn't wan't to exclude the indispensible planter at the bottom :)

shot in ISO-800 at a hand-held-safe shutter speed of 1/100s :) processed in Olympus Studio, resized in Captured NX :)

lately i have been very lucky with the catchlights in my subjects' eyes...

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

muhammad muhsin

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salaam muhsin bhai,

few days ago, me n abid were discussing 4/3 n olympus, i was telling abid about the small viewfinder, bad dynamic range, slow burst n sluggish high iso performance.

this shot proves me wrong cuz its noise free at iso800 with great details.

i like the expression, composition n OOF background


Nice use of a natural frame, and a good connection from your model.

In all honesty this doesn't have the impact or 'wow' factor of your usual work, and I wonder if the subdued dynamic range has something to do with that? The highlights seem too dull and the image just seems lacking in contrast, although I appreciate that you are very much in love with those same things I am disliking - proof I guess that photography is inevitably subjective.

Those things don't take away a shot taken with great skill and competence and a fine delivery.


Salam Mohsin Bhai,

This shot is again a very well capture framing wise,good black n white shot with very good eye contact of your subject and pose,
I uploaded the WS version,I hope you might like it.

My Best Wishes,
Mushtaq Hussain

Hi Muhammad,
Nice use of the walls of the house to frame him. great gray tones and nice expression from the model.
very nice shot, well done.

Hi Muhammad...nice portrait...great light and range of tones...nice work.


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