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Portrait #38—The Quiet Might

Posted in 50 Portraits Project (2013), Friends, Photography, Portraits by matt on Tuesday, December 17, 2013


A portrait of The Quiet Might. Kurdistan, Iraq.


A year of 50 posed portraits with only one light; a project designed to improve my camera work while blessing the people I encounter. You can see older portraits here, read the rules of the project here, or leave a comment below with your feedback.

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  1. Erin Wilson said, on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    Nicely done… :)

    • matt said, on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at 4:01 pm

      You don’t think it’s over-edited? I’ve been on the fence about this one…

      • Ryan Hall said, on Thursday, December 26, 2013 at 10:21 pm

        No, no. This photo is amazing. Well done. Though I thought one of the rules was you couldn’t do any post-prod on it, which was why I was coming here to leave a comment and ask how you did it, but then I re-read the rules and realized it’s not there. Is the glow behind him natural?

      • matt said, on Friday, December 27, 2013 at 8:12 am

        Thanks, Ryan. I put a light behind him and then set up a tea tray behind his head so that the light would spill around it and onto his face. The wrinkled-looking thing is a while bed sheet. So there was a light, then a tea tray, then the bed sheet and then his head. The main edits: bumped the clarity, added a vignette, and messed with blacks/highlights a bit.

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