I took this informal portrait of Jim today during my lunchtime photostroll. I was just getting my camera out of my bag and adjusting the settings from shooting yesterday as I heard, "Hey, can I give you a quarter for a smoke. I'm dying for a smoke." I turned and saw Jim. I gave him a free smoke and asked if I could take his portrait. Not less than three clicks later, he signaled nicely that it was time for me to leave.
I hope he enjoyed the smoke.
I wish I could tell you more about Jim, but I imagine that his story is similar to other persons who are homeless. I will ask Craig if he has any further information on him. For those of you who don't know Craig or his work, he is a talented Pittsburgh fotog who documents people, including the homeless, while on the street. His social documentary is unmatched in my opinion due to ability to connect his subject and the viewer. I highly recommend his Street Portraits set.
Camera: Nikon D70
Exposure: 0.002 sec (1/500)
Focal Length: 65 mm
ISO Speed: 200
Exposure Bias: 2/3 EV
P.S. - As noted above, I started the day off badly by underexposing this shot by .67 and the hazy sky did not help very much. I did a pretty heavy levels adjustment with appropriate masking. And for purposes of full disclosure, and to point out an inside joke with Craig, this image was also enhanced by shadow-highlight feature. There is a first time for everything. In all seriousness, I was trying to be extremely careful with the skin tones because, as noted in this image, there was a distinct difference between the skin tones on his nose and forehead. I feel confident in stating that the enhancements did not alter what I saw today in that regard.