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Street portrait from the Chinese countryside

Discussion in 'Portrait' started by ChangshaNotes, Jan 7, 2013.

  1. ChangshaNotes

    ChangshaNotes Super Moderator

    Aug 15, 2012
    China
    Colin
  2. Simsy

    Simsy TalkEmount Regular

    141
    Dec 23, 2012
    I like I bet there are some story's behind those faces.
     
  3. nianys

    nianys TalkEmount All-Pro

    Aug 23, 2012
    France
    Ah ah, I love them. The Chinese always look like they've made a joke on you...
     
  4. ChangshaNotes

    ChangshaNotes Super Moderator

    Aug 15, 2012
    China
    Colin
    I'm sure the stories from the first two guys involve copious amounts of alcohol. I sat with them and we were drinking a Chinese liquor called baijiu (pronounced bye-joe). It's 110 proof and you don't mix it. One hour and three bottles later I had to leave while I was still able to stand but these guys .... nothing. I don't even know how long they were drinking before I met them. It was 10:30am when I met them though so only a couple of hour I guess.
     
  5. ChangshaNotes

    ChangshaNotes Super Moderator

    Aug 15, 2012
    China
    Colin
  6. NickCyprus

    NickCyprus Super Moderator

    Oct 11, 2012
    Cyprus
    Nick
    Powerful portaits there Colin, love 'em all!!!
    And once again, I find your post processing work amazing :thumbup:
     
  7. Bimjo

    Bimjo Super Moderator

    Oct 28, 2011
    Washington State
    Jim
    Hey Colin, it looks like you have that partially desatured look down pat. Nice job. :)
     
  8. WoodWorks

    WoodWorks Super Moderator

    Dec 12, 2012
    Ashland, OR, USA
    David
    Yeah, those first two look like they have a few stories (and the proper measure) in them. :)

    David
     
  9. dixeyk

    dixeyk TalkEmount All-Pro

    Jun 18, 2012
    Bellingham . WA
    Kevin
    Incredible!
     
  10. Bruce.B

    Bruce.B New to TalkEmount

    8
    Sep 9, 2012
    It changes, currently Arizona
    Bruce
    Thanks for sharing these. They're all great shots. Interesting faces. They must have gotten comfortable with you to be able to get that much in their face. Great job working your subjects.
     
  11. ChangshaNotes

    ChangshaNotes Super Moderator

    Aug 15, 2012
    China
    Colin
    They speak a dialect of Mandarin, and while I can't speak the dialect, I can understand them and they can understand my Mandarin (for the most part) so I'm the first foreigner these people have had the chance to speak with. Taking their photos was an after thought to just trying to talk with them for me. Very friendly people.
     
  12. davect01

    davect01 Super Moderator

    Aug 20, 2011
    Fountain Hills, AZ
    Dave
    Some great expressions
     
  13. Deadbear77

    Deadbear77 TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Sep 14, 2012
    Northeast Ohio
    Kevin
    I really like these. I mean really like these. What lens and effects did you use if you don't mind me asking.


    Sent from my iPad using My fingers
     
  14. ChangshaNotes

    ChangshaNotes Super Moderator

    Aug 15, 2012
    China
    Colin
    Hey Deadbear, I used the SEL 50 1.8 on these. For PP I de-saturated the images and boosted up the contrast in places. I'm on holiday visiting my family in Canada right now and don't have access to my 'editing' computer so that's all i can really tell you right now
     
  15. lowbone

    lowbone TalkEmount Regular

    99
    Oct 21, 2012
    Well done. You captured their character as well as the detail needed in a portrait
     
  16. olli

    olli TalkEmount Veteran

    318
    Aug 16, 2011
    Washington DC
    olli
    Lovely shots and a great blog.
     
  17. Deadbear77

    Deadbear77 TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Sep 14, 2012
    Northeast Ohio
    Kevin
    Love it!!
     
  18. alaios

    alaios TalkEmount All-Pro

    Jan 11, 2013
    Düsseldorf
    Alex
    Which lenses have you been using for those? nice work
     
  19. ChangshaNotes

    ChangshaNotes Super Moderator

    Aug 15, 2012
    China
    Colin
    I used the SEL 50mm 1.8 for all of these.
     
  20. freddytto

    freddytto TalkEmount All-Pro

    Dec 2, 2011
    Puebla, Mexico
    wow, hey man, love your street photography, I personally really like to live with the Chinese, one of my best friends is Chinese but speaks Spanish very well, Ricky, from Panama but his parents emigrated from China when the civil war began in the 30's.

    I really like the PP in your pictures, I hope already lost the hangover.