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The Dutch Masters

The Dutch Masters
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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: Color
Date Taken: 2014-01-07
Categories: Portrait
Camera: Mamiya Leaf, Secor 150mm F2.8
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/125 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): 2014 moments and photos, Hors Concours [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2014-01-08 11:40
Viewed: 1947
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Dutch Painters were masters of light management and sometimes in photography we lose sight of the fact that you don't necessarily need multiple light sources all over the subject to create a good photograph. I find in the studio that more often than not I am only using one or two lights instead of five or six. In this shot I used the suggestions of Joey Lawrence in his book about photographic light and illuminated Kenneth from one side only with out a hair light and without a background light. With the darker side of his face closest to the camera the incredible character of his 89 years comes to life.

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Hello Roger, it is with interest that I read your notes, and especially the information about putting the darker side of the face towards the camera.You did the same with the portrait of 'Banana'.It really does work.
This is a fantastic portrait.I love the composition.
Tfs, regards Jean.

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  • artabb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 341 W: 34 N: 182] (3637)
  • [2014-01-08 13:15]

Waw, great portrait ,beautiful framing and superb lighting. Duchi panters still teaching godo art

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  • jackal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 790 W: 26 N: 808] (9654)
  • [2014-01-08 14:08]

Great work Roger,
interesting note about the lighting with an excellent result

Hello Roger,
What marvelous demonstration that "less is more". I have looked at this image long and hard and there is nothing about it that I can fault. To the contrary, I find it very captivating with a strong emotional undertone. Who says there have to be catchlights in the eyes, for example? Not required here. Multiple lights may work for glamour photography but the tonal range here is fantastic and the background complements the image perfectly. I think a version in portrait format, not as an alternative but as another great work of art, would also be very good to see. Well done and congratulations.

Hi Roger
What can I say? You know what you want and invariably you get it. One of Trek Lens' masters.

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  • lavan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 710 W: 2 N: 153] (4208)
  • [2014-01-09 1:00]

Nice shot!
good portrait
nice expression well done

salut roger,
un triste portrait bien réussi
derrière cette tristesse il y a une grand force

Bom dia Roger,
I no longer have to say about the conscious use you make of light.
The note from you and the comments preceding mine are absolutely full of it for those who want to learn photography and acquire critical thinking.
I just want to highlight an aspect that was not addressed here: the use of the excellent black nullspace. To see the importance of it, just do a WS cropping one good slice and compare the result...

Incredible clarity....a master from a master.


Such a serious and determine look in his face and you captured it very well. Good lighting and nice details. Well done, tfs.

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  • rychem Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 736 W: 13 N: 634] (21244)
  • [2014-01-10 8:52]

this here is an excellent portrait with really splendid lighting, bravo
regards Ryszard

bonjour Roger
I have no words to say how once again you reach the absolute perfection in portraits.From the choice of the model to the extraordinary qualitu of lights it is an amazing picture that can not be surpassed. Always a delight for the eyes as usual

Ola Roger
It is sublime.
To be able to make something like this must be a great joy for the soul.
It is a great gitf
Um abraço

This is a great portrait. The subject is interesting and the lighting works very well.

Lauro Benvinda

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