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Portrait of a Stranger #1

Posted by
Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 26 April 2010 in People & Portrait and Portfolio.

This is my first photo with my new nikon D700 using an FX format lens - in this case it's a Nikon 50mm f1.4G afs.

For a while now I've considered portrait and street photography as the highest forms of photography but I've never been at all good at them mainly due, I think, to lack of courage and willingness to take the risk of asking strangers if I could take their photo.

One of my resolutions with this new camera is to make big improvements in my portrait photography so here's my first ever street photo of a complete stranger who amazingly enough was quite happy to let me take his photo......maybe it was the big smile on my face at being able to use this dream camera!

NIKON D700 1/1250 second F/2.0 ISO 200 50 mm (35mm equiv.)

Like what you see here and are interested in photographic composition?.....the blog section of my website now has a complete set of 5 articles covering my personal approach to the subject: Ian Bramham Photography - Blog

For purchasing high quality archival prints of any of these photos you can send me an email by clicking here or by going to my website Ian Bramham - Fine Art Photography where prices are listed in the gallery sections under each individual photo.

Guy from Dalarö, Sweden

Congratulations on the new camera, and a nice start into street photography. He has a happy, contented, glow about him so I guess you made him feel very comfortable.

26 Apr 2010 6:20am

@Guy: Thanks Guy, I'm really looking forward to using this new camera for landscapes too when I eventually get a wide angle lens which is compatible with the FX format of the D700.

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

a cool portrait, nice smile ! I see the high quality of this camera ( and 50mm lens too ) ! good first steps in street photography with your new friend ;-)

26 Apr 2010 8:31am

@Anna.C: Thanks Anna....there's a very steep learning curve in going from a camera as simple to use as the D40 to one as complex as the D700 but it's already clear that there's great potential there with the new camera.

Larry Lefever from Lititz, United States

Beautiful image. I love the balance, in colors and composition. Nice work.

26 Apr 2010 9:36am

@Larry Lefever: Thanks Larry.....processing colour portraits is a lot harder than doing B&W landscapes and buildings!

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

I see you enjoy your new camera! :-)

26 Apr 2010 9:57am

@MadScientist: Thanks very much!

Claudiu from București, Romania

Bravo nice boken on the lens and wise choice for the framing.

26 Apr 2010 11:11am

@Claudiu: Thanks Claudiu!

Luca Bobbiesi from Milano, Italy

Beautiful portrait, I like his expression.

26 Apr 2010 11:27am

@Luca Bobbiesi: Thanks Luca.....yes, he's a natural isn't he!

digitalCG from Manchester, United Kingdom

A fine start, sir.

26 Apr 2010 11:40am

Ian Smith from London, United Kingdom

For your first attempt I think no training is needed, as this is exactly what you need - a willing subject who is very photogenic and a nice fast lens. I think you did very well with the 50mm - I'm sure you'll end up with some longer primes to hand some time soon ^_^. Looking forward to the rest to come...

26 Apr 2010 3:40pm

Marie LC from Dauphiné, France

Un beau portrait, un sourire doux et discret et une belle présentation, j'aime beaucoup.

26 Apr 2010 4:26pm

Aurore from Paris, France

First portrait of an unknown person... and you've already scored ! :) Great contrasts, i lke the dynamic lines behind him and his pretty smile... well done !! (i'd like to make more portraits too, so great to capture human expressions, love that - even more i think than to capture street scenes ;)

26 Apr 2010 5:45pm

Stefan from Thiersee, Austria

Fine portrait, well done!

26 Apr 2010 8:05pm

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Ian, I have learned that a very high number of people want to be photographed. I always ask and most are willing. If they ask what I plan to do with it I am honest, and give them my card, many ask me. Looking forward to seeing what's next from you.

27 Apr 2010 12:07am

@Ralph Jones: Thanks Ralph....it's just a question of plucking up my courage to try new things like this and get out of my comfort zone of the usual landscapes and architectural photos :-)

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

Nice portrait Ian! Like the expression you've captured... relaxed, delightful and natural! The beautiful DOF and tonal range really make this more appealing! Congrats again on the new gear... Happy shooting!!!:-)

27 Apr 2010 12:08am

@hugo poon: Thanks Hugo!

tim from high desert, United States

Great portrait.

27 Apr 2010 2:14am

@tim: Thanks Tim!

Albert Manso from barcelona, Spain

Nice portrait! Beautiful image!

27 Apr 2010 7:03am

@Albert Manso: Thanks Albert!

Mike from Lichfield, United Kingdom

So what did you do Ian, just go up to the guy and ask "Would you mind if I take your photo?"? I think I'd end up telling a few white lies saying it was for a project or something.

How are you liking your new camera? Probably a silly question. I bet you can't put it down!

27 Apr 2010 7:24am

@Mike: Hi Mike, it was in front of MUFC's stadium and he was a tourist having a problem with a camera that he'd just bought (ironic that eh!) I love the new camera but the complexity compared to my D40 is a bit bewildering. I'm starting to get there now and I'm getting impatient waiting for the Jessops prize voucher to arrive as I want to get that 16-35vr FX wide angle zoom and take some landscape/architectural shots with it. I'm using the Sigma 10-20 in crop mode while I'm waiting.

Marie from FRESNES, France

superbe portrait.

27 Apr 2010 3:20pm

@Marie: Thanks Marie!

Mike from Lichfield, United Kingdom

And I bet the 16-35vr FX doesn't have a 77mm filter ring!!!

28 Apr 2010 7:00am

@Mike: ....ahha, it does though!

Didier DE ZAN from somewhere, France

Beautiful portrait

29 Apr 2010 11:27am

Morris Taub (momo) from Montpellier, France

nice street portrait...use that camera well...I know you're gonna love it...

7 May 2010 2:09pm

Stu from Scotland | Living in 京都 Kyoto, Japan

Superb shot!

26 May 2010 5:33pm

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

excellent portrait

30 Jun 2010 9:32pm

NIKON D700
1/1250 second
F/2.0
ISO 200
50 mm (35mm equiv.)