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A Life Contained

A Life Contained

Leica R8 camera and Leica 90mm f2 Summicron lens with Kodak Portra 160 Professional film

I photographed this gentleman while on an outing with the Leica Society, a camera club based in the Melbourne suburb of Canterbury. While I’ve attended many camera clubs as a judge or guest speaker, the Leica Society is the only club where I was registered as an active member. Unfortunately, a full work schedule stopped me attending meetings and outings, which is a shame as the members were a great bunch of people.

My impression of the above subject was of a kind, wise soul who had seen a great deal during his long life. I concentrated the composition on his face and allowed the texture of his face and beard to dominate. I feel that the warm tone I’ve applied to the image helps illustrate his humanity.

And then there’s that eye. The intensity of his gaze drew my attention, as it did that of the camera. It’s a key focal point within the image. If you were to divide the image up into a grid by drawing 3 equally spaced lines from top to bottom and from left to right you’d notice that his open eye sits close to the intersection of two of those lines. Placing a key element or focal point 1/3 of the way across the X and Y-axis is a great way of adding extra emphasis to it.

After scanning the original color negative was processed in Adobe Camera RAW and Photoshop CS4.

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Glenn Guy, Blue Sky Photography

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