Martin Newland, QPSA  

Matthew by Martin Newland, QPSA

January 2022 - Matthew

About the Image(s)

This is Matthew. I first met Matthew when he was about ten years old and was accompanied by his mother as they attended some of the major Folk Music Festivals around Southern Australia.
Since those early days, twenty or so years ago, Matthew has become a very accomplished musician. Recently, I was watching his changing facial expressions at one of our musical gatherings and decided I HAD to photograph him. Matthew agreed and this is one of the resulting images.
This image won a PSA Gold at one judging at the recent Premier Circuit (PSA 2021-1482) in India.

He was sitting in front of an open window with reflected light coming in..
The backdrop is a commercial 5' x 7' backdrop found on EBay.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, 1/100, f/4.0, ISO 200
Lens: EF 24 - 105mm, f/4L IS USM @ 28mm

14 comments posted

Shirley Pohlman   Shirley Pohlman
Wow! In my opinion you have captured Matthew perfectly--his pose, the lighting, the color, the background. It's no wonder you won a gold. Very professional!   Posted: 01/01/2022 16:31:12
Martin Newland   Martin Newland
Thank you Shirley   Posted: 01/17/2022 16:05:32

Piers Blackett   Piers Blackett
Thanks for a great and instructive photo! The color mix, lighting, and timing to catch expression and soul all compound to make it a winner.   Posted: 01/03/2022 19:04:02
Martin Newland   Martin Newland
Thank you Piers   Posted: 01/17/2022 16:05:52

Karen Botvin   Karen Botvin
Wow! What a great image! I feel like I'm sitting right across from Matthew in a deep conversation. Very well done.   Posted: 01/06/2022 12:09:23
Martin Newland   Martin Newland
Thank you Karen   Posted: 01/17/2022 16:06:17

Hung Phan   Hung Phan
A nice and perfect portrait picture.The eyes are sharp and so nice (To express somethings )   Posted: 01/10/2022 17:28:54
Martin Newland   Martin Newland
Thank you Hung   Posted: 01/17/2022 16:06:41

Bev Caine   Bev Caine
(Groups 48 & 80)
Beautiful image. Makes one wonder what he is thinking.   Posted: 01/13/2022 19:23:37
Martin Newland   Martin Newland
Thank you, Bev. I shudder to think what Matthew might have been thinking at that moment. There is a very complex mind inside that head!   Posted: 01/17/2022 16:08:23

Jim Wulpi   Jim Wulpi
Outstanding image, Martin. Well done. I love the lighting, coloration and the overall tone of the image. Congratulations all around.
Not that I have a better sense of awareness that the professional judges, but there is a small point of distraction (to my eye), and that is the upper corner of the back of the chair appears to be protruding from Matthews left arm. Perhaps a backless stool would work since he's leaning forward, or, erase the distraction.   Posted: 01/13/2022 20:25:20
Martin Newland   Martin Newland
Thanks Jim. You have a good point about the back of the chair. It was mentioned to me by a Club member some months ago, but I never got around to removing it.   Posted: 01/14/2022 16:35:19

Jaqueline Whalen   Jaqueline Whalen
I love everything about this portrait. I quess I will need to consult you anytime I need to take portraits. Really is outstanding and I will continue to study the details to improve my own portrait taking ideas!   Posted: 01/14/2022 10:00:38

Martin Newland   Martin Newland
Thank you Jaqueline. I am happy to help if I can   Posted: 01/17/2022 16:09:08


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