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catherinethompson December 25, 2016
What a story this face tells. Well done.
 
Eggers January 01, 2017
Many, many heartfelt thanks to all those who were kind enough to bestow awards! The acknowledgement is gratefully appreciated.
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skolsen January 02, 2017
This is a great image and good for you for asking Mad Tom for a photo.
Eggers January 03, 2017
Hello Skolsen - Thanks very much for the comment!
 
DebJay January 02, 2017
I love Mad Tom's photo and the depth to his eyes. I wonder what stories he has to tell? I'm glad you asked for his picture and I would really like to see his dog Mad Max. Wonderful capture.
Eggers January 03, 2017
Hello Debjay - Thanks very much for the comment! I will return to see Mad Tom and his canine companion and see what I can dig up.
Eggers January 03, 2017
Hello Debjay, I should clarify my previous comment: I do not intend to "dig up" up Mad Max - that just conjures up all sorts of the 'wrongest' scenario :-D
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andynewman_3473 January 03, 2017
Fantastic processing on top of a corking composition. Really nicely done
Eggers January 03, 2017
Hello Andy Thanks ever so much for the comment! I am quite stunned by the positive comments. Thank you again.
 
rpdhjja January 05, 2017
Very good portrait...
Eggers January 05, 2017
Hello Rpdhija - thanks for the acknowledgement. It is most sincerely appreciated.
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eelcovanroden February 12, 2017
Congratulations on your great Challenge Win!
Eggers February 12, 2017
Blimey! I didn't expect that! Thanks Eel...
 
MimiTesch February 27, 2017
Wow. This is an astonishing , just breath taking portrait !! So much character. I look at him and want to sit beside him and listen to his stories ! Beautiful capture. Well done.
 
MimiTesch February 27, 2017
Wow. This is an astonishing , just breath taking portrait !! So much character. I look at him and want to sit beside him and listen to his stories ! Beautiful capture. Well done.
Eggers March 02, 2017
Hi Mimi - thank you ever so much for the acknowledgement and kind words! I am pleased that you are pleased with it! And yes, I am reasonably sure that Mad Tom has a lot of stories to share. :-)
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laurenkaymyers February 28, 2017
This is fantastic. What a wonderful story!
Eggers March 02, 2017
Hi Lauren - thanks a lot for the kind and generous feedback!
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laurenkaymyers February 28, 2017
This is fantastic. What a wonderful story!
 
aidanreilly March 06, 2017
gross looooooool
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tmlakshmi April 24, 2017
wonderful shot. voted
Eggers May 24, 2017
Thanks TM - your vote is much appreciated!
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simonparry April 24, 2017
Great shot..
Eggers May 24, 2017
Thanks Simon - it's much appreciated.
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eelcovanroden March 30, 2018
Again my congratulations!
Eggers March 31, 2018
thanks dude!
 
lonniemagistad March 31, 2018
Congratulations!!!
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Stefnie Jul 05
One of the best portraits. Lots of character in this face. Stunning.

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Taken in November, 2016 in East London. The subject's name is Tom (he likes to be called 'Mad Tom', his dog is called 'Mad M...
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Taken in November, 2016 in East London. The subject's name is Tom (he likes to be called 'Mad Tom', his dog is called 'Mad Max') and I have seen him in one particular street for many years. So, recently, I summoned up the courage to ask him if I could take his photograph and he happily obliged. I was surprised by how characterful his portrait turned out.
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Behind The Lens

Location
I took this particular photo in a lane in East London. I was en route to a cafe in Shoreditch and I came across this chap with an astonishing, characterful face.
Time
It was on a cold day just after lunch.
Lighting
It was a bright and crisp day.
Equipment
I shot this portrait with my Canon EOS 1000D using the standard lens (18-55mm).
Inspiration
For some reason, on that day, I had a bee in my bonnet about taking some portraits. I traversed the lane and initially took some pictures of a street busker, a guitarist called John and didn't realise I had used all the wrong settings. After finishing I reviewed the pictures and groaned. So, my tenacity kicked in (polite word for stubbornness), i adjusted the settings and started looking at people closely. I then came across 'Mad Tom' with his dog, 'Mad Max'. He had, in my mind, an extraordinary face that told not just stories but very probably had been a witness to actual history. I struck up a conversation with him and asked if I could take his picture. Although initially uncertain, he kindly obliged. As I was snapping away, it occurred to me that I may have served him at a soup kitchen I used to volunteer at in the past. Anyway, after I was done, I continued onwards not really appreciating that I had captured something quite pleasing. A few weeks later, I found Mad Tom again and gave him a portrait as a way of saying thanks for letting me take his picture. He was properly chuffed (pleased).
Editing
I converted the original picture to B&W using Creative Kit's Intensify software.
In my camera bag
I carry the following: Camera & Lens: 1 x Canon EOS 1000D, 1 x Canon EFS 18-55mm lens, 1 x Canon EFS 70-300mm lens Tripod: Velbon EF-61 (grrrrrrrrr) Battery: 2 x Lithium batteries Memory Cards: 2 x memory cards (Eyefi and SanDisk) iPhone accessories including solar charger and Ollo clip (wide angle & fish eye lens) Some manuals, notes, fruit, a baguette that I really, really need to throw out and usually a bottle of water. And finally, I believe I carry some luck, hope, inspiration and the occasionally critical eye
Feedback
Right, this is tricky. You have to capture a beautiful shot. I get that. However you also should balance the subject's dignity, the ethics of it all and ask yourself whether you are serving a good, kind, constructive, moral purpose with the picture. If you are, then fire away. I would finally say, to avoid hypocrisy, that sometimes a potential image is so powerful that you just have to take it (and possibly end up being slightly unethical and indiscreet in the process). Use your judgement.

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