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    Recently I blogged about a new project that I am starting called $2 portraits. The idea is that I will offer $2 to anyone who asks me for money from now on in exchange for their portrait.

    Earlier today I ran into Murris. Murris was hanging out at the top of the escalator at Embarcadero BART and asking for money. I had my headphones on but he motioned at me as I approached the escalator to head home. I took my headphones off and told Murris about my project when he asked me for money.

    Murris agreed to pose for the portrait. I asked Murris how he was doing today and he told me that he had three problems today. 1. He needed to get home on BART and he didn't have enough money for a ticket. 2. He was hungry (he asked me if I had any food in my backpack) and 3. That he had high blood pressure.

    Murris said that he spends time during the day in the City but that he lives over in Oakland and heads back there at the end of the day. He said he was a native and was born in Oakland.

    Murris asked me how many portraits I'd taken so far and I told him about 35 or so.

    When I finished taking his portrait he told me that he had a great idea. When I asked him what it was he said how about instead of just $2 for one portrait I give you two for $4. I told him that it didn't work that way but thanked him both for his portrait and the idea. He laughed and said thanks back and with that I headed down the escalator to BART to head home to see my wife and kids., retales botijero, and 47 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. bluemarla 117 months ago | reply

      I like this idea a lot.

    2. mfg87 117 months ago | reply

      Nice one Thomas.

    3. astro.eva 116 months ago | reply

      I love the project idea and the portrait.

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    4. adameros 116 months ago | reply

      The focus is too soft around his eyes. Especially the left one.

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    5. Ѕhims 116 months ago | reply

      I'm torn. On one hand I like the concept. On the other, these head/shoulder shots are so this year's Flower Macro. And you clipped his cap in two spots.


    6. Bowman! 116 months ago | reply

      Project aside, I like the tones and the DoF, a would like a wider crop.


    7. SIGNAL_SEPT 116 months ago | reply

      wider crop too.... The head shots are getting a little old... not from you but just on the whole. Yeah, it looks like you focused on his mustache and not his eyes, the number one portrait shot rule. delete

    8. sfmike22 116 months ago | reply

      So let me see if I understand this. I can get two genuine Thomas Hawk dollars AND get my pikchure taken? What a deal.

      But I think this is too contrasty and over sharpened. DELETE5

    9. bewildered detail [deleted] 116 months ago | reply

      i just want to know one thing - if you somehow manage to botch the shot, like fore example you left the camera on "+3EV" from a previous shoot the day before and totally blow out the exposure (i'm sure you're checking the LCD) you rapidly re-adjust and re-shoot the portrait?

      Save for this one, BTW. nice skin tones. would like to know what B&W processing scheme you use, but I realize it's a trade secret.

    10. Sérgio Castrø 116 months ago | reply

      cropped hat ... barely saved

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    11. Benjamin Bloom 116 months ago | reply

      Excellent details and contrast. Warm expression

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    12. cluttered jelly [deleted] 116 months ago | reply

      Great eyes... don't save it.

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    13. smooth elbow [deleted] 116 months ago | reply

      you need to recover the highlights in the bottom left corner

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    14. Ginabogen 116 months ago | reply

      im in love with this face.


    15. available birds [deleted] 116 months ago | reply

      Good portrait, great contrast and tones, wonderful dof. Nice one.

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    16. chad|fox 116 months ago | reply

      Really nice shot, but the blown out corner is distracting.


    17. iamchanelle 110 months ago | reply

      i love the expression on his face.

      i hope he made it home ok that day.

    18. Haroldo Kennedy 95 months ago | reply

      Please could you tell me which lens you took this picture?

    19. Thomas Hawk 32 months ago | reply

      I heard from Murris' son today that Murris passed in 2010. Murris Johnson III RIP.

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