Paul Roth  

Africa by Paul Roth

April 2021 - Africa

About the Image(s)

The image was taken in Africa several years ago. This little guy was hiding behind a tree, then peaked out. I manage to get one shot of him. The image was taken with Nikon D5, 70-200 lens at 185mm f2.8, 800 iso. It was opened in light room, with minor adjustments to exposure, contrast and shadows. Then converted to B/W.

7 comments posted

Peter Clark   Peter Clark
Paul - another excellent portrait from your travels - the expression on the boy's face is delightful and there appears to be eye contact between the two of you. I would consider toning down the highlights in the background, especially those at the top of the frame. I find that the clone tool in darken mode very useful in dealing with highlights that a masked Curves adjustment cannot fix

  Posted: 04/07/2021 09:11:40

Michael Nath   Michael Nath
Excellent portrait of the boy. Excellent skin tonality that is not too dark.   Posted: 04/07/2021 17:23:11

Ella Schreiber   Ella Schreiber
Hi Paul: What a cute lad. Nice catch light in his eyes. If this were my image, I might consider a slightly tighter crop from the right hand side and add a vignette to darken the highlights a bit. Very nice capture.   Posted: 04/08/2021 06:50:57

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
Perfect portrait, for all the reasons your group colleagues have mentioned.
I see an undercurrent of social commentary in this image. I think the boy has rotten teeth, a common problem among less advantaged peoples.   Posted: 04/08/2021 23:24:34

Ed Ries
Paul, good timing in capturing this portrait. A very appealing portrait. I agree regarding perhaps the need to tone down the bright areas in the background.   Posted: 04/09/2021 14:38:40

John Gilkerson   John Gilkerson
A wonderful portrait.
Yes, the background highlight could be a distraction but they do not bother me.
The portrait is, for me, strong enough to overcome that little drawback.   Posted: 04/14/2021 15:11:23

Ian Chantler   Ian Chantler
Hi Paul
This so has winner written all over it,fantastic expression the pose so makes it peeping cheekily around the tree,as every good portrait needs the eyes are pin sharp, one I and a lot of others would love to have taken.   Posted: 04/16/2021 13:21:27


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