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Posted on Thu 1st Dec, 2005, 9:07pm

ISO: 400, Shutter speed: 1/125, Aperture: f/2.8,
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Flash: None, Cropping: None,
Lens: Canon 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM, Focal length: 100mm,
Captured: 1st December 2005, 2:03pm,

I decided to follow up on what I said the other day about street portraits so, come lunchtime, I stuck the 100mm lens on and stood down by the bus stop near Shepherd's Bush Empire. This was the first shot I took.

You can't see it but he's holding a guitar bag and something else (I forget, sorry). He was walking down towards the empire so maybe he was playing there. Probably not but it's nice to imagine, eh.

The slightly unorthodox framing is semi-deliberate. I took the picture exactly as you see above and when I checked it back I thought "never mind, I'll just crop it." But when I did crop it the whole thing changed and looked really soulless to me. I think it might be the sense of perspective with the wall and doors towering behind him but whatever it is, the shot looks miles better like this than it does cropped.

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Nickoli, Thu 1st Dec, 2005, 9:51pm
He looks like his had a hard life, haha. Couldnt agree more about cropping- sometimes your subject needs space to breathe in the frame.

charlie , Fri 6th Jan, 2006, 3:56pm
yes, wish i hadn't left 'busted' now

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