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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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:icontimebombtimmy:
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 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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:icontimebombtimmy:
Sometimes the rest just falls into place. (-:
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pearwood Feb 3, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
The classic.
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multix 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 Feb 8, 2013  Professional Photographer
yes, yes, yes. eugene
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:iconcarolynym:
A wonderful photograph.
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BusyBeingABunny Jan 19, 2013  Student Photographer
This deviation is featured here [link]

^~^
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pearwood Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Yes, a fine and proper gentleman.
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