A few exams later (but still not finished) we have a new post!
This Sikh was walking on the Königsstrasse, Stuttgarts main pedestrian zone and shopping area, together with his family. I just asked him to pose for a picture and he noded (I'm getting good at this!), having understood just enough of my German. In general I feel that foreigners are more open to such spontaneous things.
I had to edit the background (call it cheating if you like ;) ), as it was very distracting. The experiment with the texture was something we wanted to do for some time now and was inspired by some pictures of 3 a.m. from Kyoto. I especially like how the texture (it's a bamboo sheath macro) mixes with his beard...
I now have the means of profiling and calibrating my monitor, so pictures might look a bit different from now on. As my monitor was rather dark earlier pictures are probably a tad too light. It's funny how the screen behaves in a completely different way after the calibration, I'm in the process of re-learning how to judge the displayed colors...
Really cool potrait. I can't really read his expression at all. Phil @ 2006-July-15 10:10
A very expressive portrait and the processing/background and the shape reminds me strongly of those old ???cigarette cards??? of sportsmen and stuff. AG @ 2006-July-15 12:31
Very nice, great colours. The backround works perfectly. No cheating, just perfecting! Looking forward to more of your "spontaneous things"! percym @ 2006-July-15 13:25
nice work on the guts (uh... having the guts to ask for a picture) ;) I like the background effect - would not have guessed it was "cheating." If you don't mind me asking, what tool did you use to do the colour calibration? chris @ 2006-July-15 17:02
This turned out nicely! Chris @ 2006-July-17 15:42
Sieht fast wie eins der Fotos aus die um die Jahrhundertwende entstanden sind. :-) Karl Baumann @ 2006-July-17 21:35
cheating or not, it looks fantastic! christine @ 2006-July-26 00:18
This is a wonderful portrait! I love the background; I wouldn't call it cheating at all. I love the fact that you just asked him to pose... I'm always afraid to do that. Amanda @ 2006-September-9 23:37