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Embracing Heritage

Posted by
Martin A. Mora (North Platte, United States) on 23 July 2010 in Lifestyle & Culture and Portfolio.

This photo was so colorful, so many colors, so beautiful and bright, I thought it actually distracting from the boy himself, so I took some liberties as I usually do, and came to this... and how I wish I could have avoided this mid day sun, always so bright and harsh, and in this case, thats all I had to work with..

Canon EOS 7D 1/800 second F/4.0 ISO 100 192 mm

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Beat from Switzerland

stunning b&w portrait. great light!

24 Jul 2010 3:54am

QB from Canada

It's an interesting choice to render a colourful photo into b&w. The medium covers up so many flaws while exposing so many others. But I find it liberating, still. But how do you give the feeling of colour without using colour?

Well, it's not like I have the answer to that one... LOL. But it seems that the range of contrasts might be a key. In this case the sun is making the choices for you by giving you harsh shadows that might potentially ruin a portrait. But here, it's perfectly well exposed. I don't think you're hiding anything. Still, the shadows give you texture that you'd be missing if it were taken in more diffuse light. And they give you challenges too.

Anyway, I'm babbling. You can see the tonal range in this image, the paint on the face, on the beads. The bokeh is a lovely contrasting tone in all the right places and gives no distractions. And the boy's face is at a perfect angle. The young face can hold up to hard lines and shadows. You did a fantastic job.

24 Jul 2010 8:06am

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

Wow ! I'm speechless... This is one of the most beautiful portraits I've seen in a long time ! 5*****, because I can't give more ;) Have a nice weekend :)

24 Jul 2010 9:40am

Don from spokane, United States

I like this black and white version. You've handled the harsh light very well. I think the B&W quality helps in this regard. What a strong face to shoot. Excellent.

24 Jul 2010 1:13pm

Susan from Pompano Beach, FL, USA from United States

Not only a great catch, but your processing just makes it that much more striking!!! Very nice Martin !!!! You do people as well as you do buildings !!!

24 Jul 2010 10:03pm

k@ from Paris, France

Superb boy ! What a natural elegance ! I love the idea of converting the image in B&W but, if you allow me this note, i see too harsh "brushing" or i don't know how you name this, but it's not natural at all for me, as if too much erased/smoothened in the processing. But of course that's just me, Martin and maybe you wanted to make it closer to a monochrome painting, and then it works for sure !

25 Jul 2010 6:11am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

The shadows add so much to this shot.

25 Jul 2010 7:29am

Florence from Paris, France

You've outpassed yourself with all the lights and shades. What a powerful mono and portrait...

25 Jul 2010 11:50am

STEED from Somewhere, France

Amazing contrasts on an amazing subject........Superb..

25 Jul 2010 1:45pm

Wild Mustang Photography from Carlisle, United States

I am very excited about this photo! This is stunning! My type of image! Beautiful! In my book this is a ten**********!

26 Jul 2010 3:30am

Marlowe from Le Havre, France

What grandeur in the look up of this young man !

28 Jul 2010 4:17pm

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

This is a wonderful shot and I just love it in b/w!! Your composition is perfect, his face framed perfectly. The fact that he raises his head and face gives a wonderful quality of pride and vision. A young boy looking into the future of his manhood. It evokes so much emotion and quality. And all the details and processing are excellent. I just love it!!

28 Jul 2010 4:20pm

daniela scharnowski from Berlin, Germany

I trust your eye when you say the original was too colourful - and the converted version looks brilliant! Superb tight cropping!!!

31 Jul 2010 9:18am

Annierita & Annisabelle from New Delhi & Belle Ile, India

A stunning portrait ! very good idea to have converted it in B&W, and I don't feel the light is too harsh !! Annierita

2 Jul 2012 1:05pm

Canon EOS 7D
1/800 second
ISO 100
192 mm