Has it occured to you, Sam, that the people who daily appreciate your work would probably say the same about you? :-)
Beautiful portraits both - you've captured lovely character! Thanks for sharing.
I was lucky enough to play around with the 50mm f/1.8 lens when I visited my friend in Atlanta. Great for indoor, low-light conditions. Nice shot btw.
he looks a bit cross-eyed to me lol.
UUh.. You did it again. Great colours. I have no words..
i like how you can see ever stubble on his unshaven face. very cool.
what a great surprise these shots! you like underground comics? did you hear about french drawners like thomas ott, david b, johann sfar, lewis trondheim, christophe blain?
maybe one day you could take shots of jimmy beaulieu, daniel clowes or adrian tomine?
Wow Sam you lucky thing :) He's one of my all time favourites too and a fantastic photo once again your talent shines through.
I too love the 50mm. Sometimes I complain (to myself) that the focal point is too shallow, but what do you expect for a measly hundred bucks.
I really like your overall style of your pictures.
I find it very inspiring to look at them and hope to reach your level at some point -though it will take some time.
With regards to this specific picture, have you desaturated it?
oh, lucky you.
btw you made me start my own
check it out if you got time.
I'm going to gain some experience through it to make one just like daily dose( if I can though :D) later on this year.
I belong to the rival Nikon church, but I will reach across the battle-lines and agree with you.
A light, fast 50mm f1.8 or f1.4 is a man's best friend! :)
Do not post.
The following comment is from a carpenter who likes your photography not an active photographer- I enjoy your landscapes and nature photos however I think some of your photos of people are missing something. instead of taking year book photos I think it would be to your advantage to take natural photos.
Do not take a photo when the person is looking into the camera, take photos of them doing something or doing nothing but not looking into the camera unless it is for a Christmas Card. If you must take a posed photo then include a background that will add to your photo and not distract from it and get a complete head- Just my ideas you probably know best. Keep up the good work.
What a wonderful subdued colour pallet in these pictures. Did you tone things down a bit on the computer?
Sam, my favourite lens too is the Nikkor 50mm f1.8. Works very well for portraits when fixed on DSLR.
I'm glad that my own 50mm is winging its way as we speak! Lovely sharpness, and what I really like is the understated tones. It's often all too tempting to up saturation or similar, but your approach here makes more a much more pleasing image, for me.
Great shot, incredible depth of field. Your focus spot-on!
Great 'candid' portrait, the shallow DOF works really well.
Sam, this is awesome. I'm totally going to buy a 50mm!! I have a friend who has one and it makes the most wonderful detail shots with fuzzy around it. Great photos and light in these images. The portrait's sharpness just flies right out into your face.
How does the quality of that lens compare to the one that comes with the camera in terms of quality?
I assume it's faster, are you finding that the shallow depth of field is not a problem?
One more thing. I was curious, with your XT, by defult saturation and sharpness is bumped up a notch in the setting on the camera. I was wondering if you use the default settings, or if perhaps you've adjusted them at all (bumped up the sharpness for example.
Are you shooting RAW and sharpening after the fact with say Adobe CS2?
Another amazing shot! What kind of filter do you usually shoot with on your 50mm?
Great shot, his eyes are so animated and the stubble on his face really adds to his the erudite quality of his face. The color are superb, did you alter tham at all electronically?
Very Nice work, I have been a great fans of Chester's as far back as Yummy Fur and you have captured his quirky kindness.
amazing portrait! I have been following your blog for some time and would really like to get some insights into your workflow techniques. I am still a novice when it comes to applying workflow.
great job again!!!
I love the use of the multiple post, the two photos go really well together (the subject as well as the colours)
Wow! What intense eyes. Almost psychotic looking, which, of course, may be an asset for an artist - not meaning any insult at all. Being intense is part of the driving force of productivity as a cartoonist would need.
Two great images.
I don't recall the Canon sensor size exactly but recall it being smaller than the full 35 mm 24x36 which would mean that 50mm lens is slightly tele with the Canon Digital Rebel and about the equivalent of a 70 mm in 35 mm format - which is the best for portraits relative to foreshortening effects. Sure does work here and the fast 1.8 aperture provides lots of light for the worst conditions. Good choice.
What amazing, amazing work, Sam. You've not only produced beautiful images, but managed to capture the soul of a man.
Wow. Just wow. What incredible photos, again! I love the portrait on the top, and you've now cemented my resolve to get the 50mm 1.8f lens. I love how you've grabbed his quirky sense of homour in that first shot. Also - I'd love to see an FAQ post or something with the answers to all the questions people have asked you in this post. Heh. Great job!
Thanks for taking the time to answer the questions, Sam, always appreciated, and always educational.
I love these photos, I hope you have sent them to Chester. He would I am sure, enjoy.
Just wondering what you mean by "colour corrected to match the colour palette of Chester Brown’s work as an homage". Did you do specific color matching, or do it by eye?
Great great shot. Thanks for the inspiration as usual, and I think that you are doing some excellent portraits lately and hope you do more.
Why do you say "do not post"? I am one of those who dabbles in the darkroom, and I'm pretty sure burning/dodging, along with contrast enhancements are the norm. As far as I'm concerned a little Photoshop is fine as long as it's within the limits of what can be done in the darkroom.