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lulupac January 24, 2017
Every line tells a story
 
JohnBilling February 06, 2017
Stunning detail, great composure and the lighting really compliments the subject. Awesome job.
maxxchildress February 09, 2017
Thanks so much!
 
CurvyRedGurlphotos April 06, 2017
stunning capture

Not Your Average Character



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Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken in The French Quarter in New Orleans at the corner of St. Peters St. and Royal St.
Time
The time of day was around 3:00pm Central US Time.
Lighting
The lighting is completely natural sunlight in a slightly shaded area of the street.
Equipment
The camera I used was a Nikon D7000 with an 80mm Nikkor Prime lens and was hand-held.
Inspiration
I go out looking for interesting characters and people to take their portrait. So the man himself inspired me to take his photo. He was telling me about two books he had just purchased for what he thought was an excellent price.
Editing
I use lightroom to adjust contrast shadows and highlights and then ran it through Nik's Silverefex for structure and detail. After that I'll export it look at it again and touch up some very small parts in Lightroom using the brush.
In my camera bag
I general only take my Nikon D7000 body and my 80mm prime lens. I don't carry any other lenses unless I'm expecting to stay past dark in which case I'll take a wider faster lens than the Nikkor 80mm.
Feedback
I have to engage my subjects. I'm there not just to photograph them but to also meet them to learn about them and get to know them and hang out with them. Sometimes, because of that, I get photos of them looking directly at me and sometimes I get photos when they're looking away. I don't ask if I can take their photo I just sit down I offer them a cigarette or I just let them talk to me if they're talking. I never raise myself above them socially or intellectually or judge anything about them I engage them as an equal. If they're sitting in dirty water on the curb of the french quarter that's where I sit also. I shoot with an aperture of F5 to F6 to ensure I get their entire face/head as sharp as possible but still manage to get a nice depth of field also. I've found this aperture to be the best for myself and for my lens but finding that sweet spot increased the number of usable photos I went home with by a large amount. It was a game changer for sure.

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