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Photographer AJ Miller  AJ Miller {Karma:49168}
Project #24 The Decisive Moment Camera Model Nikon D70s
Categories People
Film Format Digital RAW
Portfolio Tarifa
Lens Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 DG Macro @ 300
Uploaded 11/25/2007 Film / Memory Type Digital
    ISO / Film Speed 200
Views 516 Shutter 1/1000
Favorites Aperture f/5.6
Critiques 22 Rating
/ 8 Ratings
Location City -  Tarifa
State - 
Country - Spain   Spain
About Tarifa Livestock Fair 2007.

This guy was in the arena, waiting for his horse to be inspected. Possibly not his most flattering pose.

Serious critiques welcome, as always!
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There are 22 Comments in 1 Pages
Nick Karagiaouroglou Nick Karagiaouroglou   {K:127263} 2/1/2008
Hi AJ,

and many many thanks for the detailed reply. Your 1/1000th worked great - I guess it was exactly the right thing to do especially because of the strong available light. I often wish I had such a possibility of controlling on my film camera. This is both what I miss most, and also what makes up for a bit of more "agony" until the images come out. Even bracketing can't really replace a visual control of what happened with a shot.

I don't find the shadow on his face to be disturbing the overall impression. OK, perhaps a bit less strong face/expression characteristics than on the highlighted parts, but it is a "well defined" shadow.

Interesting to know that you just waited until good luck knocked on your door. Still I doubt that this happens only out of coincidence. There is also some kind of "smelling" in advance where somebody is likely going to be standing, etc. It seems to include some kind of knowledge about average human behavior, if you like.

Thanks a lot for the details again, and I'd be very happy to join such discussions in the time coming.



H L H L   {K:11377} 1/31/2008
Excellent moment, also fantastic expression!!!


AJ Miller AJ Miller   {K:49168} 1/31/2008
Thanks very much for your in-depth critique, Nick. I really do appreciate when someone takes the time to look at an image in some detail.

Textures: I find this lens picks them up pretty well, just as long as I have used a fast enough shutter to remove any hint of shake. At full zoom, standard practice says 1/300th, but I find I generally need to go much faster, hence the 1/1000th.

Exposure: checking back, I see that I used multi-segment auto exposure without any compensation. However, I had taken care to position myself very precisely in relation to the late afternoon sun that was behind me. I usually use the Nikon in-camera facility to check for blown-out areas after I have taken a shot. Furthermore, having shot this in raw format, I would have been able to make any minor adjustments necessary in post-processing. Perhaps one concern I have here is the shadow on the face, but I think I may have just got away with that.

Selective focus: that was the easy bit! Lens wide open at full zoom. Done. And you are absolutely right - the background was very messy and distracting.

Timing: I had set up the shot and just got lucky with the pose.

Contrast: already adjusted a little, but not too much to lose the detail.

So once again, thanks very much - I will happily enter into more detailed discussions when time permits.



Nick Karagiaouroglou Nick Karagiaouroglou   {K:127263} 1/31/2008
Hi AJ!

What a flattering pose you got here, indeed! The proud of the arena on a very special moment! ;-) It has both humorous and serious aspects combined on a single image, and so it is something that deserves acknowledgement.

On the technical aspects, I am very impressed by the texture on his jacket, hat and his skin on the neck. And also by the very well balanced exposure that kept good details both on the highlights and on the shadows. Most of the time either the shadows underexposed or the lights are overexposed, but this image is an example pf how important a good metering (or estimation) of the light/exposure can be. BTW, could you tell us something more about your light metering/estimation here?

You selective focus worked very well here too. Without letting the background look as soft there would be too much disturbance/interfering with the main object.

The timing has also been just about perfect. I know that it may sound quite silly now, if I say that it is a split of a second during which that man had the "isolation" from the world for doing somethig very personal. It's that kind of willingly introduced thought that nobody's looking. Quite funny, since of course a huge number of people were looking, but also quite human I guess. Many would name that "a fail" - for me it is only human.

All in all a very well shot image. Only perhaps a small bit more contrast.

Keep it up and best wishes,



AJ Miller AJ Miller   {K:49168} 12/28/2007
Thanks Avi. I did feel a little guilty posting this one - definitely candid and no, I didn't have his permission! He is actually a country gentleman who is very typical of the region and who did very well at the fair, winning a number of awards.



Avi  Avi     {K:70138} 12/28/2007
I kept laughing at this .... then I read what Jan wrote... and I could almost roll down... what a 'pick' !!!

Happy Holidays to you, AJ !!


biljana mitrovic biljana mitrovic   {K:48110} 12/19/2007
Oh my...poor guy!!!He even dreamed what's happened with him :))
Great image my dear AJ:)))
big hug


Mehul Chimthankar Mehul Chimthankar   {K:18655} 12/11/2007
Hi AJ,

Very funny 7++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++



Jose Ignacio (Nacho) Garcia Barcia Jose Ignacio (Nacho) Garcia Barcia   {K:96391} 12/10/2007
very cool. great.


Michele Carlsen Michele Carlsen   {K:146013} 12/7/2007
Ohhh Nooooo !! This man is all dressed up and You catch him like this!! If he only knew ..haha!!

He would be very embarrassed I would bet ..meanwhile ..excellent light, shadow, and contrast ..I like it and the frame !!

Take care,


AJ Miller AJ Miller   {K:49168} 12/7/2007
Thanks Alain. And yes, that was exactly my concern also.



Alain Mijngheer Alain Mijngheer   {K:11733} 12/6/2007
Ok this one made me laugh :)
Well captured in the heat of the moment so to speak.
One downfall perhaps....the shadow on the face is a tad too dark, no?
But very nice shot AJ!



andree lerat andree lerat   {K:17476} 12/3/2007
Fantastic black and white shot. Technically perfect. Very funny.


AJ Miller AJ Miller   {K:49168} 11/27/2007
Many thanks, Robin. One of my concerns about this image was the shadow on the face and hand, so I was particularly pleased to read your comment.



Marian Man Marian Man   {K:80636} 11/26/2007
wow!!! what a "moment" dear AJ!!!!!!
excellent capture by you but not for him, such a contrast with his fine clothing and great hat is the nose picking :)
all the best


Robin Wickenkamp Robin Wickenkamp   {K:16318} 11/26/2007
Excellent on exposure, nothing lost in the shadow covering his face, no over-exposure on the light areas, crisp detail...congrats for capturing this less-than-flattering moment, and doing it well!

Take care...Robin


Gary Hill Gary Hill   {K:58653} 11/26/2007
The decisive moment, but probably not from his point of view! Well spotted
Regards, Gary


Gianes Ma Gianes Ma   {K:26069} 11/26/2007
A fantastic shot. :)
Incredible moment captured, congratulations!


AJ Miller AJ Miller   {K:49168} 11/25/2007
Funny thing is, Jan, he won prizes in quite a few categories, so I imagine his photo was in the local papers as well... but maybe not of this particular moment!



Jan Hoffman Jan Hoffman   {K:39467} 11/25/2007
This should be a winner in "The Decisive Moment"!
Poor nose-picking guy didn't have a chance.
Lucky for him the judges were looking at cattle and not noses.
(A pretty good portrait too). :) :)


Ronen Helman   {K:7393} 11/25/2007
naughty,naughty :)
you sure have good eye and fast hand on the trigger ;)


John Hatz John Hatz   {K:156973} 11/25/2007
hahahahaha....well very good looking guy, very impressive clothing and... a goldminer there! :-D lol... little bit more and he will be rich!!!
You make my day AJ, great snapshot!!!
Best regards!!!!!!!




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