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Posted on Fri 7th Jul, 2006, 6:27pm

ISO: 100, Shutter speed: 1/40, Aperture: f/3.5,
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Flash: None, Cropping: Loads,
Lens: Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L, Focal length: 35mm,
Captured: 6th July 2006, 6:18pm,

I'm not trying to make a social statement with the title, I just forgot to ask his name.

This is the first of the shots I took with Jide yesterday and in truth, I kinda stole it as Jide was the one who approached the guy about taking his picture, I just stood on the sidelines and sneaked a couple of frames.

It's quite heavily cropped as my original framing was utter rubbish.

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jt, Fri 7th Jul, 2006, 6:38pm
You little theif! lol. Not sure what is behind him. Looks like some kind of metal gate or something.. I like how it's pretty bright. Nice shot.

Nancy, Fri 7th Jul, 2006, 9:38pm
Nice processing! You have done a nice job of cropping! He does make an interesting subject. I was wondering, how would one approach a complete stranger to take their picture without appearing odd? -Nancy

Jide Alakija, Fri 7th Jul, 2006, 9:54pm
Great work Jamey. I actually chose to process my own version of this shot tomorrow. Check it out when you have time.

Jamey, Fri 7th Jul, 2006, 10:56pm
Nancy - you'll have to ask Jide that. If I recall, he asked if he'd pose for a photo.

milou, Fri 7th Jul, 2006, 11:15pm
Nice, crisp and interesting processing there.

bink, Sat 8th Jul, 2006, 12:07am
Excellent portrait and fantastic colours as ever. My only niggle with it is the rope around his neck, which doesn't look like it's part of the same pic. Maybe it's just me.

Jide Alakija, Sat 8th Jul, 2006, 1:36am
Nancy - If I remember Jamey and I were walking by and he asked me for some change, I thought I'd use that opportunity to take a photo of him as I thought we could do an exchange. Fair? Re:Approaching a complete stranger, well depends on who you are approaching. If I see a face that I think I like I ask them for a photo. Tell them what I want to do with it and give them my contact details. Usually works well when they see my DSLR, gives the impression that I'm pro. Also better if you have another photographer with you. Try it.

Matt, Sat 8th Jul, 2006, 2:19am
I saw Jide's shot and it directed me here and I commented on Jide's b4 reading comments here and boy was I wrong. I assumed that Jide's was candid and your's was posed but it seems it is the other way around. I love both versions but answer this please. Whose colors are more accurate.

nike, Sat 8th Jul, 2006, 5:44am
Found your shot through the link on Jide's blog and as I commented there, I think both shots are great. The background color on the page makes it a little harder to focus on the photo, but once I could, his eyes told the story.

Jonathan, Sat 8th Jul, 2006, 9:06am
That guy looks evil, great processing. Nice shot.

Suby, Sat 8th Jul, 2006, 11:14am
Nicely done James, yours and Jides shot a cool. need to go out sometime soon to do some street photography, not done any in awhile. Suby

SysAgent, Sat 8th Jul, 2006, 1:02pm
Great portrait I think not only does the person make this shot a good one but also the background is very interesting and works.

Jamey, Sat 8th Jul, 2006, 5:54pm
Matt - I think Jide's colours are more true. Not sure what happened to the red patches in mine but I think it's a combination of a dark exposure and messing with the blue and green curves... For those that don't know, Jide has posted his version here

JD, Sat 8th Jul, 2006, 9:41pm
very sneaky! guessing you were wearing that camo again then ;) Great feel to this shot! love your street portraiture! its something I'm derperate to get into! Just need to take that step! Great post processing

Jon, Sun 9th Jul, 2006, 10:45am
Very photogenic charater. Shots like this always leave me wanting to know more about the person. Nice shot mate.

kubox, Mon 10th Jul, 2006, 3:03pm
Top work mate, the guy might not make the next Freeman's catalogue, but has a great face for a portrait.

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