Colin Bradshaw  


The Fighter by Colin Bradshaw

February 2021 - The Fighter

About the Image(s)

I used a Nikon D850 with a Nikon 105mm f2 D AF DC Lens, it is a studio shot with one single beauty dish to the models top right settings were 1/160th f/10 iso 200, edited in photoshop and NIK Silver effects, object to show the muscle tone.


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9 comments posted




Jack Florence Jr   Jack Florence Jr
(Groups 66 & 86)
This is a great portrait, Colin! The lighting, and detail, are excellent. I especially like the way your subject has engaged with the photographer, and by extension the viewer, in a way that looks totally natural, not posed.   Posted: 02/06/2021 17:28:17
Colin Bradshaw   Colin Bradshaw
Thanks you very much for your kind comments   Posted: 02/08/2021 02:28:25



Kirsti Näntö-Salonen   Kirsti Näntö-Salonen
Hi Colin, an impressive portrait! I feel like he were standing in a dark alley in the light of a street lamp, ready to defend himself against a gang. The black background brings him out beautifully, and the light does define his muscles. There is an extremely strong presence and contact.   Posted: 02/07/2021 17:04:17
Colin Bradshaw   Colin Bradshaw
Thank you that is exactly the impression I was trying to express   Posted: 02/08/2021 02:29:35



Jen Carrick   Jen Carrick
Colin, You have really caught the fighter's spirit and fierce gaze. The lighting emphasizes the boxer's muscles and tattoo. I feel this is an excellent portrait. I think you must have had very good communication with the model to achieve this.   Posted: 02/10/2021 14:44:55



Albert Zabin   Albert Zabin
Super portrait. The model's pose is just right to express rock hard muscles. The expression in the face seems to express a bid of uncertainty. It's the mouth. Not quite set-a bit grim, but not fierce or frightened--a bit questioning perhaps.   Posted: 02/19/2021 14:51:21



Ed Ford   Ed Ford
Hi Colin,

I really like this portrait of the fighter. The combination of the tattoos and the focus of his expression give the image an intensity lacking in many portraits. It is a really nice change for me to see. I also like how you chose a black background as it makes him stand out starkly.

Your choice for contrast and brightness settings also, as I see it, give the portrait still greater grittiness and intensity.

From my perspective this is a wonderful image that tells me a great story. Thank you very much for sharing it with us Colin.   Posted: 02/23/2021 10:07:07
Colin Bradshaw   Colin Bradshaw
Hi Ed thanks you very much for your encouraging words   Posted: 02/23/2021 14:56:46



Adrian Binney   Adrian Binney
Colin. So sorry to be writing this on the last day of the month!

What a great portrait. You have a winner here. The mood is gritty and well presented (not too much contrast which I see too often).

My only suggestions are whether one needs to see his trouser or shorts. Would excluding them kep the viewer enjoying the 'meet' of the image better? Not wrong to keep as is!   Posted: 02/28/2021 10:42:50