Paul Roth  

Arab Man by Paul Roth

August 2019 - Arab Man

About the Image(s)

The photo was taken a few weeks ago in the Old City of Jerusalem. He was sitting of to the side of a small alley watching the people walk by. The image was taken with a Nikon D5, 70-200 mm lens at 200 f2.8. It was opened in Lightroom, after basic adjustments, the image was cropped and converted to B/W.

10 comments posted

Peter Clark   Peter Clark
Paul - another fine candid image which brings out some of the character of the Arab man. I find the image a little flat and suspect that a marginal increase in contrast would be beneficial. For my eyes the crop is a little tight and a little more space on the LHS between his hat and the edge of the frame would be beneficial IMO.   Posted: 08/10/2019 03:22:00

Ed Ries
Hello Paul. One has to wonder what this man is thinking about. Therein lies the interest for me. Nicely done. I might have experimented with increasing the whites brightness as a frame of the man's face. Perhaps it would help and then perhaps not.

Paul I increased the whites and open up shadows using camera raw filter. I enjoy seeing the texture is the mans neck as for me its adds character.
  Posted: 08/14/2019 16:19:12
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Paul Roth   Paul Roth
Hi Ed, I like what you did to the image.   Posted: 08/14/2019 20:20:16

Ella Schreiber   Ella Schreiber
HI Paul: A beautiful candid. I love the catch light in this gents eyes. Nice background, as well. You did a nice job in exposure... none of the whites are blown out. If this were my image, I might try a slight dark vignette to bring out the man's face a bit more.   Posted: 08/14/2019 20:14:45
Paul Roth   Paul Roth
I did play with a vignette, however, thought it was too much. Perhaps if I didn't crop it as tight.   Posted: 08/14/2019 20:21:53

John Gilkerson   John Gilkerson
Paul, a super portrait which really captures the character of the subject.
I reckon that is just what a portrait should do...............   Posted: 08/15/2019 02:51:32

Ella Schreiber   Ella Schreiber
HI Paul: I took my editorial license... and, did my version of your image... please don't take offense...just added a vignette and some space on the left side   Posted: 08/15/2019 18:39:00
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Paul Roth   Paul Roth
Why would I take offense Ella. On the contrary, I think your version has a lot of potential, especially with an increase in the brightness and contrast. Thank you for your suggestion.   Posted: 08/15/2019 19:41:30

Rashid Galiev   Rashid Galiev
Hi, Paul!

I agree with the previous comments. Portrait is beautiful, but little flat. Contrast is not enough.   Posted: 08/19/2019 03:53:40

Ian Chantler   Ian Chantler
Hi Paul
As you know I love portraiture especially non studio shots so I am so enjoying seeing this the detail is fabulous and the exposure really well controlled I must admit I also thought perhaps a little more contrast but on seeing Eds version wow he has really made it pop,whichever you go with its a beautiful intimate portrait.   Posted: 08/22/2019 15:51:41


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