First Try at Street Portraits

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16 on October 12, 2017

Ricoh GR II Auto mode, before I started shooting in P mode. (Still trying to learn M) Post edited on iPad Pro. 

 

 
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3 on October 12, 2017

I think I got carried away in post editing with these. I’m new to this, so it’s all just trial and error for me. The good thing is I overcame my fear of approaching people and asking to take their portrait. Using a Ricoh GR fixed lens you have to get close, which was a bit akward for me, but I got the shots and made contact in the streets. It’s all about evolving and getting better. 👍🏼

on October 16, 2017

Hi Michael,

How do you find the Ricoh? What did u use before? I am still pondering to get one,…

on December 22, 2017

Found the Ricoh at B&H. Before the Ricoh I shot with my iPhone.

on January 2, 2018

Great that you pushed through your comfort zone and achieved these portraits. Thats excellent. Editing is the process of selection im against the term being pinched by lightroom, photoshop etc. 🙂 The digital retouching or processing: to the vignette detracts, it looks neither like light falloff from a lens nor a darkroom print with the edges burnt in. The lens is too wide for these style portraits imo, too much distortion with to little background separation from the subject. Anyway, congrats on some real street portraits.

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2 on October 12, 2017

nice images! try to use the vignetting accordingly. It is a bit overdone for my taste, But that is my taste. Make ’em so you like ’em. 

Good luck and enjoy!

 

on December 22, 2017

I agree I got a little carried away in post editing.

on January 2, 2018

Posted a variant of one of the portraits with no vignetting and a “film” look.

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0 on October 13, 2017

Fantastic work finding interesting people and getting them to let you take the portrait.  I love how you fill the frame and manage depth of field.  Keep up the great work!

 

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0 on October 17, 2017

Really nice! 

 

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0 on December 27, 2017

Great subjects and we’ll composed. 

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on January 3, 2018

Much better imo. It’s got mojo now 🙂

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1 on January 6, 2018

Here’s the first one redone without vignetting. Didn’t do too much post editing, kept it simple and clean.

on January 6, 2018

I think this is strong image, very good result. I retract my previous view that the lens is too wide, i think i’m wrong about that. This has great character.

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0 2 days ago

Hi Braden; these look solid. Perhaps experiment using a flash, and less vignette. I like your intimacy in the shots, and the soul in their eyes 🙂

Eric

 

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These images look great. Just to add my two cents about the vignetting, keep it simple… I only use it at about a strength of 11 in Lightroom just to help draw the eyes to the center of the image. Can’t wait to see what you create next…

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