Some faces capture your eyes immediately. Capturing that possibly un-definable quality in an image is a tough challenge I find. Sometimes I do not notice this quality until I look at the images later. I have two portraits of this striking looking man from the canoe festival in Alotau in Papua New Guinea and I am unable to remember shooting them. This is my second portrait of him, preparing for his groups performance dance at the festival:

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The first image can be seen here, Proud Dancer. For this second portrait I wanted to draw attention to only the face so I have darkened and de-saturated the rest of the image. Captured only hours after landing at Alotau being somewhat overwhelmed by everything, I managed a few nice images at this great festival but feel could have performed better. The opportunities were fantastic, so many different dancers and costumes. One fortunately constantly learns.

Flemming

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    1. Flemming Bo Jensen 8 years ago

      PNG is home to hundreds of different tribes and people and the country featuring the most languages in the world (something like 600 I think). "Locals" look very different from island to island, so this guy definitely looks local, from his island.

      1. Frank Ettenberg 8 years ago

        Hey Bo By the way I reallly like the newest portrait of YOU located at the

        top righthand part of this blog-strip. Love to see that image presented larger

        as well !

        1. Flemming Bo Jensen 8 years ago

          Heh, I think my blog is already pushing my limits of narcissism as it is, posting a self portrait seems over the top for me.

          1. Frank Ettenberg 8 years ago

            It's not a question of narcissism. It won't hurt when you

            'check in' and take what I consider to be healthy pride in what you've accomplished since your blog's been up. Your

            self=portrait is a healthy reminder of who you are as a person & this image of your face directly reflects your great adventurous spirit.

            1. Flemming Bo Jensen 8 years ago

              Thanks Frank. You know I might just do it for the hell of it, post a few portraits as I have a few recent ones I like.

  1. Stephen Williams 8 years ago

    I loved the original, still probably prefer that one but this portrait is right up there. You've managed to capture the moment wonderfully.

  2. True North Mark 8 years ago

    Sweet shot Flembotaruny…and yep you nailed the exposure as well!

    1. Flemming Bo Jensen 8 years ago

      Thanks Mark. His face was a little dark actually, Photoshop curves to the rescue!

  3. Tony Middleton 8 years ago

    I like this one Flem, you've portrayed his pride in his history and culture very well.

    1. Flemming Bo Jensen 8 years ago

      Cheers Tone man! Sorry I am a little absent on your blog, I have "internetinitis" – allergic reaction to virtual online self.

  4. Andrea Green 8 years ago

    Great shot Flemming, I love what you've done with the desaturation.

    1. Flemming Bo Jensen 8 years ago

      Thanks Andrea, one day I hope to do an exhibition of all these portraits, I think this look is awesome in print.

  5. True North Mark 8 years ago

    Don't pump him up too much Andrea…I won't be able to get his head in the door next week! 🙂

  6. Andrea Green 8 years ago

    HA HA Mark, come on you gotta give credit where it's due, that's alright if his heads too big I have lot's of needles, you can borrow one and deflate it a bit lol. Is he coming back for good to Perth or just a quick trip?

  7. Sofia 8 years ago

    Flemming, came across your blog from the comment you posted on Mark's blog from (true north). This is a beautiful shot. Have you had success in selling it? Would you mind if i had a contact (local talented Papua New Guinean painter) paint it?