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Dec 14, 2012, 7:43:39 PM
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Old man walking.img626 1 by harrietsfriend Old man walking.img626 1 by harrietsfriend
To capture a portrait you need to bring the character of your subject and their surroundings to the image. In this case, I photographed my grandfather, Harry, in his last years. This was taken in 1976. He had a habit of taking short walks in his neighborhood. As a proper gentleman in his late 80s, he would dress up before being seen in public. As you examine the image you will notice his character in the details, as in the streamers on his cane.

Taken with a Leica M2, using a 90mm Elmar, on Tri X film, developed in Rodinal. Printed on a Omea D3 enlarger using Agfa Portriga III glossy paper, developed in LPD paper developer diluted 1 to 3 for a warm tone, which enhances the natural warm tones of this high silver content paper.

eugene
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timebombtimmy Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014
This is a beautiful portrait. Even in old age he was still moving. Your photo captured that with his slight step. Your choice of a medium DoF and the overall composition emphasizes the idea that he has much behind him in his life, but a little left in the future(but one sidewalk square to go). Very nice work.

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harrietsfriend Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Professional Photographer
thank you for your kind words, but except for focus and framing, that is about all I had planned.
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timebombtimmy Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014
Sometimes the rest just falls into place. (-:
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pearwood Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
The classic.
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A7XFan666 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013
Nice shot :3
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multix Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Very nice technical rendition.

The image reveals many details... including his undone tie!

May I suppose he is of both German and Jew ancestry? He has certain face traits I recognize.

Sure it is a fond memory of your grandfather I suppose.
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harrietsfriend Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Professional Photographer
yes, yes, yes. eugene
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CarolynYM Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
A wonderful photograph.
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BusyBeingABunny Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Student Photographer
This deviation is featured here [link]

^~^
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pearwood Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Yes, a fine and proper gentleman.
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MarcosRodriguez Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Hi, you've been featured in the #VenatoresLucis's Weekly Light Hunters Feature #43, greetings!!!.
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haaja77 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012
This is awesome! There's so much life in this pic and especially in that man, that can't be said in words!
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Guard-of-the-Citadel Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012   Photographer
"To capture a portrait you need to bring the character of your subject and their surroundings to the image." This explains why I fail at photographing people! This photograph, on the other hand, is an excellent example of how to do it. It draws you in.... you "feel" one with the man in the photo; in this case, your grandfather. Excellent work!
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nieudanazycie Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012
Sorry I'm not skilled enough to write a proper critique. But I think this is a wonderful and natural portrait!
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harrietsfriend Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Professional Photographer
I think you just did. thanks,

eugene
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DanceOfColors Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012   Artist
Classic.
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Vlad-Off-kru Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012   Photographer
Perfect!!
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bossie-boots Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist
A fantastic portrait
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Chazzier Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012
It's a beautiful portrait. Thanks for sharing the details. I would have expected more grain from Tr-X in Rodinal.
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harrietsfriend Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Professional Photographer
this was diluted 1 to 100. it is a wonderful compensating developer but slow at about 15 minutes.

eugene
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13jhoehn Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Student Photographer
Too cute! Fantastic picture!
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