Jeff Manser  

Serious Smoker by Jeff Manser

July 2024 - Serious Smoker

July 2024 - Jeff Manser


About the Image(s)

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I liked this guy’s appearance and he agreed to let me take some shots. Conversion to black and white was in Lightroom with further processing in both Lightroom and Photoshop. The shot was taken on a Fuji X-T3, 23mm, 1/60 sec, ISO 400, F3.6.

5 comments posted

Kirsti Näntö-Salonen   Kirsti Näntö-Salonen
Jeff, you have captured his enjoyment and satisfaction perfectly, I can almost feel how he deeply inhales the smoke. I love the crop that fills the frame with the essential. - I wonder if you could crop off a tiny bit from the left edge to eliminate the brighter fold of his shirt that may draw the eye, and maybe a bit from the right edge, too, for balance?   Posted: 07/08/2024 16:26:29
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Jeff Manser   Jeff Manser
Thanks Kirsty! I will take a look at cropping in from the edges a bit and see what that looks like.   Posted: 07/08/2024 16:57:48

Robert Cordivari   Robert Cordivari
It's interesting how the black and white photo make the man look so much older than the color version. I like the crop as is - maybe you could just burn out the bright spot on the left side.
I'm envious how you can ask him for permission - I've never felt comfortable and probably let too many photo ops slip away.

It's a great portrait showing the personality of a stranger so effortlessly. Very nicely done.

Rob   Posted: 07/09/2024 09:22:24

Jeff Manser   Jeff Manser
Thanks for the comments Robert. I really struggled asking people to take their shots when I started street photography and in fact my fear kept me from starting for quite a while. I gently eased into it by walking downtown at dark and taking photos of things other than people. One day I saw a person I couldn't not ask. She said ok and asking just got easier with practice. I was really surprised how many people are fine with having their pictures taken. I bet 90%-95% of the people I ask are fine with it.   Posted: 07/09/2024 13:37:23
Robert Cordivari   Robert Cordivari
I will give it a try and post one here if I can a good one.
Thanks for the boost to try it.   Posted: 07/11/2024 22:18:03


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