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Copyright: Roger Minkow (rminkow) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3397 W: 189 N: 7476] (34772)
Genre: People
Medium: Black & White
Date Taken: 2009-12-17
Categories: Portrait
Camera: Canon 5DII, Canon 50mm F1.2
Exposure: f/3.2, 1/40 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): my hats [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-12-18 6:09
Viewed: 1386
Points: 50
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
At the local cafe, the owner John who is an Irishman had an idea. He asked 10 photographers to take shifts and photograph every customer who came in over a 10 hour period.

My shift had 50 customers in an hour and a half so I had two minutes per customer to meet them, pose them and choose the right camera settings with the available light.

This man is a good one to start the series since he looks like he belongs in a pub. The light was perfect for his particular seat, classic Rembrandt type with the light high lighting up one side with a triangular light pattern on the shaded cheek.

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nice one,
natural light, the way it falls on his face from the left. love his get-up n expression

lookin forward to see more from the same series


My first thought was "A Leprechan!" I wish he wasn't smiling because it's like he knows that he is having his picture made. Other than that, the BW is perfect for this, love the light here!

the light is amazing here, indeed!!

i love the black and white, and the overall feeling i get from your image.

a bit more grain and this would be perfect :)

muhammad muhsin

Hello Roger,

Great photo. Very serene. The B/W makes it fantastic.


Hello Roger.. :)

Absolutely stunning! cheerful B&W portrait..the lighting is wonderful...Great job my friend..❤ it !
Well done ! :)


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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1977 W: 301 N: 3060] (26902)
  • [2009-12-18 8:27]

What a great idea that guy had! I would love to do such a thing. And you played the challenge very well, what a great shot it is, the light, compo, subject, everything is just A1. That guy is quite a model, well done Roger.


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  • Saba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1474 W: 0 N: 4177] (21534)
  • [2009-12-18 8:53]

Hello Roger.

Splendid, smiling model and his portrait :)
Very showy realization.

Best wishes.

Hi Roger ,

A very natural pose and very interesting expression,
very well framing with outstanding sharpness,not less not over!
a very good use of available light flashing from left corner falls on his
right facial area looks very dramatic,the composition gives a touch of old
age time with combination of his get up. you must have enjoyed a very interesting series here.

Have a nice w/e,
Mushtaq Hussain

Hello Roger,

Excellent black and white portrait of this man with splendid smile.
Very good use of natural light.

Best regards,

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  • solrac Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1103 W: 26 N: 1025] (9012)
  • [2009-12-18 10:28]

Buen retrato con gran luz y textura y un excelente virado en blanco y negro
Buen trabajo
un saludo
feliz fin de semana

Olá Roger

Ótimo retrato, ficou fantástico em B&P.
Boa luz e detalhes...gostei.

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  • psyce Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 265 W: 25 N: 207] (2856)
  • [2009-12-19 1:36]

another classic Roger! this foto deserve all the credit and praises... I like every aspect of it... the composition... exposure the story it tells... well done and TFS

Hello Roger! Good idea: books and bier. Very fine man. Very interesting hat. Original black and white portrait. Good note. Good luck!

Hi Roger

Excellent black and white shot of this reading man!
Good lighting and contrast, well done

TFS, Alireza

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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2009-12-19 3:45]


Fantastiqeu image NB, une merveille, quel ensemble, il sourit en isant, merveilleux, avec la bonne bière, superbe.

Bravoe t amitié


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  • bri Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 751 W: 13 N: 1404] (6384)
  • [2009-12-19 3:49]

Hi Roger,
The light in this is superb, he looks like he has a lot of mischief about him and you have caught the character well - Great shot.

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  • Beger Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3311 W: 1066 N: 5188] (23042)
  • [2009-12-19 8:51]

Hi Roger,
Too long time I visited your gallery! I was very busy!
This portrait could bring us back to the times of Charles Dickens wrote his novels. I love the ambiance and the old look of this customer. Interesting light focusing on the book and the face. I do agree with Linda about the smiling expression, I think this reduces spontaneity of the scene!
Anyway, you did a great job in the hard conditions. Congratulations! Annie

Hi, Roger -
What a great experiment your friend is conducting, and I really like your first effort here - he's a fantastic subject with his clothing, books and partially drained pint on the worn table. You're right - the lighting is perfect. Sharp as always. Very well done.

Great idea A ready source of portraits I like this one He looks a little Irish himself Excellent side lighting and good natural portrait Nice work
warm regards

Idée originale! Ce portrait est en tout cas très réussi, assez spontané, avec une belle utilisation de la lumière.

Hi Roger!

Very classical portrait! I like here the action very much!!! Good Model!


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  • brubar Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 269 W: 43 N: 9] (1836)
  • [2009-12-22 20:42]

Ciao Roger,

the square format transmits tranquillity to the image. The light is much beautiful one and could be of study.
All many pleasant.

Saluti dall'Italia

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  • CoryG (0)
  • [2009-12-25 20:42]
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Thanks for the fantastic portrait, Roger. It's nice being captured the way I picture myself.

And for the record, I was smiling because in the History of Medieval Philosophy that I was reading Copleston compared Ockham to Wittgeinstein. That seemed funny after a pint and a half. Terribly sorry if it seemed disingenuous.

-Cory G.-
(the "model")

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  • AKITA Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1523 W: 73 N: 86] (20294)
  • [2009-12-31 20:41]
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dear Roger,
interesting situation, and settled lighting,
"classic Rembrandt type" in your note, but in my feeling this is quite Johannes Vermeer's feeling,
anyway, his smiling is strange in whole figure and circumstance, but strange is one essence of excellent picture,
thank you,

hi roger
great shot,very well lit,looks like a bit of a character,I know everybody has their own view,but it reminds me of irish pub photos on the turn of 20th century.

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