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This is the first time I actually asked someone if I can take their picture. It was a pleasant experience.

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IMO, this suffers from the darkness of the eye sockets and losing the rest of his torso. Without a reference, even to the ground, his size is only hinted at.

This looks like it was taken in the little park across from the Inner Harbor in Baltimore.

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Thanks Lew.
They eyes are just a tad bit dark, still totally visible, but I didn't want to blow away the backround, such that it was.
I do wish I had some kind of reference to his size, but it is what it is.
 
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A little selective dodging on a neutral gray layer will open up the eyes a bit.
It is just a fact of life that a dark skin and dark shirt against a bright background poses a difficult exposure problem.

A quick bracketing of exposure might be necessary.

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Yes you certainly did open up those eyes a bit. :smile:

I remember checking the histogram after the first underexposed shot of the guy, and realizing that he was backlit. So I adjusted the exposure, but maybe a half a stop to little.
I didn't even think about the dark shirt on dark skin.

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Nice shot Floyd. You've done well to lift the detail from the shadows. He looks a nice guy.
 
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Floyd, first off, way to go for asking for the shot! Agree with Lew on opening up the eyes with some dodging. Makes a world of difference seeing this gentle giants soulful glance! Keep inching out of your comfort zone! It's working!:smile:
 
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Floyd, first off, way to go for asking for the shot! Agree with Lew on opening up the eyes with some dodging. Makes a world of difference seeing this gentle giants soulful glance! Keep inching out of your comfort zone! It's working!:smile:

Thanks for the ecouragement Steve ! It does take some extra resolve for me to decide to ask for a photo. Glad I did in this case. I'll do it more. :cool:
 
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a hint of flash to fill in the eyesockets would have helped.

imho: this pic suffers from a lack of scale. there's nothing in the pic that shows "this guy is HUGE!". if he has huge hands, get him holding a can of coke or something else of 'known size'.

i realise that approaching strangers and asking if you can lay a frame on them is a litlte daunting (hey, i'm a press snapper, i do it every day and it;s still a little daunting after 18 years), but once you have their approval, go wild!

in any event, you certainly succeeded in producing a nice portrait of what looks like a pretty affable block.
 
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