Sanford Morse  

Hal by Sanford Morse

November 2019 - Hal

November 2019 - Sanford Morse


About the Image(s)

I was asked to put together a program on Portrait Photography for our local club. I had never tried portrait photography and knew nothing about it. Thanks to the internet now I know a few things, and I have found portrait photography quite fun. Fortunately I have a number of friends who are willing to participate, are photogenic, and are relaxed in front of a camera. This is my friend Hal who is not usually this suspicious. X-T2, 35 mm at f2, 1/200, ISO 1600. I would have liked the focus of the eyes to be reversed, but you have to learn somehow. I went for a low key, with Photoshop and NIK.

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6 comments posted

Ian Cambourne   Ian Cambourne
It is always great to step out of our comfort zones and try new things, that is how we grow and learn. Especially when asked to do a program or presentation. This is a fine attempt at your early venture into portraiture, as you say it is all new to you. Yes the nearest eye is soft, I would recommend you consider going from f2 to f4 or even f5.6. This would increase your depth of field and if you deliberately focus on the nearest eye, the other eye should also be "adequately" sharp. Depending on the distance of your subject to the background, that background should also be sufficiently out of focus, so as not to intrude on the portrait. The lighting is good, I presume is natural window light just out of frame to the right. One possible improvement, for next time, might be to "shoot big". By that, it is meant to shoot with a little more un-necessary space all around Hal, or your next model. Then you will have more room for cropping in your processing. Even in your original, there is not a lot of room behind Hal's ear. But a very fine early attempt Sanford and I look forward to seeing your future portraits. And just as a personal afterthought, last month you & I both looked to the moon, this month we have both gone for portraits, can we please try to be different next month?   Posted: 11/07/2019 03:04:23

Sanford Morse   Sanford Morse
You should see the photo I almost posted, of a musician friend playing his guitar at a festival, almost an exact duplicate of yours. Good pointer on the framing. I have the memo on filling the frame, but lost the one about leaving some room. I'm finding most of my portraits respond better to B&W and to 1:1, except for the environmental ones.
  Posted: 11/07/2019 07:24:56

Jay Joseph   Jay Joseph
Very nice photograph. I like the lighting and especially the expression on his face. It is much more impactful then a smile would have been.   Posted: 11/08/2019 14:30:41

Sanford Morse   Sanford Morse
Jay, Thanks for the input. It was interesting that neither I or my friend the "model" really recognized the person captured in the moment.   Posted: 11/08/2019 15:43:36

Jorn Holm-Pedersen   Jorn Holm-Pedersen
Portraits are difficult but you have made a great one. However, I think you have cropped too much. A bit of Hal's right ear is cut off at the final image while you can see it on the original.   Posted: 11/09/2019 04:50:28

Cyndy Doty   Cyndy Doty
Sanford - What an impressive first try! You've done very well. I think your crop is just right, righting the corner line as well.   Posted: 11/09/2019 06:44:04