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    To me there is an indescribable beauty written on the faces of those who have had a hard life and I'm always intrigued by the faces of the night. This man usually plays a guitar with a single string on it all day at an intersection near my house in Denver. He has the most amazing smile, and is always happily showing it. The other night he serenaded us outside a bar my buddy's band was playing at so I took the opportunity to get a portrait. I only had time for a single shot, glad it came out as I was shooting in near darkness on a dark street. 50mm Wide open (1.2) 1/40, 2000 ISO (unfortunately I was shooting so wide open that his nose and teeth are a bit OOF, I guess that is what you get for f/1.2).

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    1. Shayne B (busy) 34 months ago | reply

      Awesome capture, the color and clarity are fantastic on this…
      If you have time to see my last one I posted,
      and maybe comment on it - you can view it Here

    2. YannickRaw 34 months ago | reply

      Nice portrait!! :P

    3. Fereshte Faustini 34 months ago | reply

      Very nice capture. Shows a man with many struggles and hardship in life and yet is able to make us smile with his own smile.

    4. @!ex 34 months ago | reply

      Ya I asked his permission.

    5. bev.c2007 Trying to catch up 34 months ago | reply

      An absolutely fantastic image, the light and detail is just outstanding


      I have seen this amazing picture in the "IQ" - Image Quality Group.

    6. L I C H T B I L D E R 34 months ago | reply

      seen in the

      PASSION OF THE HEART
      P1 ~A2

      3-5 Passion Awards POST HERE
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    7. Brian Chase Photography 34 months ago | reply

      Great shot!

      This photo was spotted in:
      Night and Darkness

      Thank you so very much for sharing it with us!

    8. J Rutkiewicz 34 months ago | reply

      Great capture.

    9. TaraThomasPhotography 34 months ago | reply

      Uplifting! Fantastic image regardless of the light - you worked it!

    10. lokofil <]:-) 34 months ago | reply

      RE: Invite not detected

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    11. chiaralily 34 months ago | reply

      seen in the

      PASSION OF THE HEART
      P1 ~A2

      3-5 Passion Awards POST HERE
      6+ Awards POST HERE

    12. Peter Wayne Photography 33 months ago | reply

      These one-of-a kind candid portraits are phenomenal. I hear you about the f/1.2 f-stop, you have to be super precise on focus. I didn't see you camera listed (I using the Super Flicker app for iPad), but if it is a newer model, you could probably shoot up to 3200 ISO.

    13. Tunguska RdM 33 months ago | reply

      an impressive work, cynical and fascinating at the same time. and of absolute quality.

    14. Jason Montalvo 29 months ago | reply

      I agree with you about the indescribable beauty !!! Awesome shot and keep up the good work.

    15. AshtonNekolah 28 months ago | reply

      great shot and DOF

    16. Frank Oller 19 months ago | reply

      awesome portrait

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