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Downtown Mental Health

Downtown Mental Health
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Copyright: Don Michael Brown (fromthehip) Silver Note Writer [C: 0 W: 0 N: 48] (340)
Genre: People
Medium: Black & White
Date Taken: 2012-08
Categories: Decisive Moment
Camera: Leica M4, Leica 35mm Summilux f1.4-ASPH.-II, ORWO N74PLUS/400, Heliopan SH-PMC UV Protection
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): HPP-Highly Peculiar Portraits [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2012-09-25 13:25
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 8
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This patient pleaded & pleaded for me to photograph him. I tried to tell him I was out of film. He argued that everyone shoots digital.

I showed him that indeed I was shooting film. He pleaded again. So I obliged him.

DM Brown

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  • yanm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 818 W: 84 N: 1189] (10601)
  • [2012-09-26 2:08]

The b/w is really good. Also love the slight grainy on it. Just wish he was standing to cover those people on the back :)

A great documentary shot, Don Michael. You were lucky to have such a willing model. Good timing and composition + appropriate (shallow) depth of field, making the people in the background just visible enough to add something to the scene without interferring too much (unlike Yan, I think their "visual" presence is not incompatible with the attitude of the man in the foreground - them being visible even "makes sense", in my opinion). The subtle contrasts provide for a rich scale of grey tones.
One to be proud of!
TFS & kind regards,

Olá Don
A great story suporting a good B/W choice,
Um abraço

V cool................ What the heck else can I say!!!! OK - to satisfy critique criteria I like the shallow DOF, precise focus on his face and B&W speaks volumes in such 'social documentary photos'.

Film still rules, and I still shoot some myself on a cheap, mechanical SLR.

Good luck with your career change BTW - sorry I didn't reply to your e-mail but I was in the middle of a course myself. Now flying the 380. What a beast!


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