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Contact sheet #9

Here’s a new contact sheet which is more focused on a close-up portrait. If you’d like to get a better idea about how I compose my creative portraits, head onto my “creative portraiture” article first.
While running my usual sunset photo tour around Hoi An, we met this man in the corn fields. This was not the first time I met him and had previously photographed him. But on that day something was different: he was holding these ropes on his shoulder. Plus at that time the light was getting more gentle, so the timing was perfect.
The thing that struck me most really was the rope he was holding. Its texture and the lines created really inspired me. The man was actually keeping an eye on his cows and needed the rope to tight the “wild” ones to the floor so they would not run away and eat the crops around.
So this is how it started:


  1. Clive Hammond on August 5, 2016 at 4:27 am

    Another great article Etienne, you should write a book.

    • Etienne on August 5, 2016 at 2:31 pm

      Haha, thanks Clive. If only I had any writing skills 😉

  2. Sylvain on August 5, 2016 at 12:51 pm

    I agree to go with the previous image, but it’s mainly because he’s not smiling so it’s making the scene more authentic and concentrated.
    But i do think that his position in the whole frame works better in the last image and his hand in front of his green shirt.
    For me the light in the eyes is not what’s matter most here, it’s what you want the viewer to feel when seeing the photo. The last one has a great feeling of joy and the previous one is more concerned and attentive, we can almost understand that he’s keeping an eye on something from any harm.
    Great work ! I like the evolution of the contact sheet !

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