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May 31, 2009

G20 summit – onlooker

Filed under: John Ellis — zavaell @ 07:01



  1. Lovely light and great texture, but I wonder if this would balance better cropped as a square; the area behind his ear seems a bit void.

    Comment by matt — May 31, 2009 @ 12:12

  2. Really good! Beautiful lighting on his face bringing out the texture and shape.
    Total concentration, oblivious of the photographer. (or was he your mate?)

    I am happy with the format but would have made the outline of the hat a bit more prominent and the ‘edge’ of the concrete less so.

    Comment by Rex — May 31, 2009 @ 17:43

  3. Yes, if this were a posed portrait (album art?) then there are few edges and details that would “spoil” it. However, for an on the fly shot of a member of the public these don’t matter at all. I guess it might be down to the context in which you show the picture.

    Comment by Colin — June 1, 2009 @ 07:34

  4. lovely light. I think I might have balanced it much more to the right, with more space to the left. But then it would lose a lot of the tension you’ve built into it with the up close to the left placement. Depends on the concept and feel you wanted to get. For an image of protests, it works.

    I might also have come around more behind him and shown what he was looking at – a different shot again.

    Comment by Gordon — June 1, 2009 @ 14:33

  5. Nicely studied portrait. Not sure the title is telling me anything. I do see a couple of annoying white flecks that suggests dust on film.

    Comment by doonster — June 1, 2009 @ 14:42

  6. Rex – not a mate: I was surrounded by protestors, photographers, police and onlookers, but no mates.

    Matt – format is, as seems to be suggested by most comments, a matter of editorial opinion. I certainly thought about square but liked the balance of face and rear of hat.

    Colin and Gordon – to me just a photo that addresses physiognomy and attire in context.

    Doonster – title: see remark to Rex. Specks. I see two: one is wool on his sideboard and the other is a part of his multi-weave scarf. Digital not film, and not dust.

    Comment by John Ellis — June 1, 2009 @ 19:02

  7. I’ve clearly been working with film too much lately – every speck seems like dust.

    Comment by doonster — June 1, 2009 @ 22:31

  8. I find the whole thing quite beautiful — the face, the textures, the light. I wish I had photographed this.

    Comment by Christina — June 3, 2009 @ 01:14

  9. Agree with Christina, beautiful picture. Not much G20 in it, just a great portrait.

    Comment by Robert Hoehne — June 4, 2009 @ 03:37

  10. The only thing that distract me is the line of light behind the head. I love the play of light on the face. I think this would be impressive enough if posed, but as a shot taken in these circumstances, it really stands out.

    Comment by Anita Jesse — June 8, 2009 @ 19:14

  11. Pretty much perfect lighting. The spectacles are also well caught – may sound strange but a little behind would have added some ugly distortion in the lenses and a little infront also. I’d also be happy on a slightly tighter crop along the right hand edge to remove some of the void highlight there. However, given then conditions for capture, it is a remarkable study.

    Comment by akikana — June 9, 2009 @ 06:19

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