Classical Portraiture II

Challenge #19 in the Great Movements in Photography series. Hosted by Mark Scott Abeln.
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Good portraits in the classical tradition attempt to show people as they are. A classical portrait is minimalist portraiture, since it emphasizes the most recognizable part of a subject, the face. Everything else is less important. Typically, the subjects in these portraits aren't doing anything, they simply *are*. Their poses are relaxed without appearing stiff or awkward. Lighting is very important to give shape to the face, often using Chiaroscuro or Rembrandt lighting. These photographers made at least some famous portraits in the classical manner: Julia Margaret Cameron, Arnold Newman, Irving Penn, Yousuf Karsh, Alfred Stieglitz, Imogene Cunningham, and Philippe Halsman. Find some inspiration in these painters also: John Singer Sargent, Velazquez, Hans Holbein The Younger, Rembrandt, Anthony Van Dyck, Raphael, Joshua Reynolds, and Jan van Eyck.
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This is Bill. He's a warm-hearted, kind, wise, upbeat and homeless. I met him where we both took shelter from the rain and we talked for almost two before hours before parting. Just before we went our own way, I asked if I could take his picture and it was like I gave him a gift. He light up as if it brought back part of a real life that he hadn't experienced since he was young, he said "Some one wants a picture of me out here in the rain and everything"; he smiled big and click.
Submitted: Friday, 12th October, 2012 20:04 (GMT)
Taken: Friday, 17th August, 2012
Focal length: 55 mm
Shutter speed: 1/15 sec
Aperture: F5.6
ISO: 100
Notes: No special editing, b&w and vignette in LR4.
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