I just discovered this photo browsing dA. What an amazing catch! I say catch because you took the photo at the exact right moment, and I mean the exact moment, timed in milliseconds.
Emotions are fleeting and I can't imaging that this man's facial expression lasted more than just a few milliseconds. Great timing and to stay away from cliches, I will simply say that your captured the moment perfectly.
Good photographs are ones that elicit an emotional response in your viewers and this one does that powerfully. It is obviously impossible to get in the man's mind but clearly, he's feeling some strong emotions, perhaps sadness or even devastation.
The obvious suggestive nature of the photo is that the emotional response was triggered by the other man in the photo, whose face cannot be seen: Brilliant!
Technically, the photo is spot-on. The square format works really well here focusing your viewers' attention on the men. The B&W works beautifully as well and one can only imagine the beautiful blue or green of the man's eyes.
Grain on the photo adds a bit of nostalgia and the relative shallow depth of field gives beautiful depth.
This is a exquisite photo (portrait). i can't tell if the man staring towards the camera is angry showing a scowling face or whether he is sad by the reflected water in his eyes - or both. Regardless the DOF is spot on. The person in the foreground is slightly out of focus giving more attention to the main man. I love that technique, you've done it so well.
The only thing that I think is out of place is the white blurry haze behind the main man's neck and left shoulder. It's not a big thing at all but I would have either painted over it removed it via clone. Just my personal preference.
Congratulations on such a stunning b/w photo. I love it.
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Now that I understand why the white is there, I think you should leave it. I thought it might have been a Photoshop smudge. I can see now that it's a part of the background. I like taking photos without post processing them too, but I'm not as good a photographer you are.
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i understand you dislike of photoshop. some of the post processing done to photos is PS, end up looking nothing like their original exposure.
i try to capture the best photo i can using my camera's settings. i wish i were a better photographer, but i'm a photographer that captures moments in time, more like a journal instead of creating beautiful art.
oh José you are a MUCH better photographer than i am, believe me. your work inspires me. i still like to play with PS to slightly enhance some areas of dark & light in my photos without making them look surreal or otherworldly.
Uma composição fantástica e um P&B de excelente qualidade. Os negros profundos e os cinzentos bem claros a criar um contraste que proporciona um fantástico impacto visual. E o primeiro plano desfocado a destacar o protagonismo do olhar penetrante e ameaçador, que parece afrontar o fotógrafo. Pela resposta a um comentário parece que a principal personagem pertence a um painel publicitário, quem diria? Uma captura de grande qualidade, parabéns.
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