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American Portraits: No. 12 by Nullermanden American Portraits: No. 12 by Nullermanden
April 15th, 2007
New York, New York

'Wayne'


After walking around Times Square and exploring M&M's World with Rocky and Taylor - the guys I was in New York with - we saw this guy sitting in front of McDonald's. He was looking slightly crazy (in the funny and good way), and held up a sign saying 'Can I have a beer man?' with another sign hidden behind it, saying 'Me too plese'. After having paid him a buck for a portrait, I shot a couple, and then realized my stupid camera didn't focus properly - so I ended up having to pay him again for another shot. But, as he said, it was for a good cause - he needed to pay for his hotelroom, or he would have to sleep outside.

And we paid a buck for this too - but it was most definitely worth it: [link]


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:iconkhaostheory455:
KhaosTheory455 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Definitely paying him was great idea for this pic
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cottonball Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2008
AAAHAHAHA. X'D Awesome story. Props to Wayne and his signs.
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Wass3r Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2007  Professional Photographer
Great portrait, did u use a reflector for this one ?
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:iconnullermanden:
Nullermanden Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2007
Haven't used a reflector, flash or any other kind of lightsource for any of the portraits :) They're all natural!
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:iconwass3r:
Wass3r Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2007  Professional Photographer
just alot of curve bending ?
well nevermind how you do it, you're work is amazing. I have had something like that on my mind for quite a while now. i think you gave me the extra inspiration to get working on my own urban portrait series.
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Nullermanden Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2007
Lots of bending curves indeed :giggle:

You should do that - it gives such an amazing kick when you know you've captured an extraordinary face in a crowd : )
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:iconwass3r:
Wass3r Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2007  Professional Photographer
Yeah i will. I allways try to play with curves but i havent got the trick how to get the image like your images are. So deep and with lots of contrast.
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:iconnullermanden:
Nullermanden Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2007
It's because I use different curves for different parts of it : ) Go check out ~Nullerpsd, my Photoshop-account - you can download two of the older portraits as PSD-files to see what I did, if you want :)
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Wass3r Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2007  Professional Photographer
thx, i will !
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matlev Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
HDR technology? it seems like it. perfect contrast
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:iconnullermanden:
Nullermanden Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2007
Has absolutely nothing to do with HDR :P I'm just working with what I have in the one shot I get :)
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fLOWsd Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2007   Photographer
Hi--this has been featured 'here'--thanks! Flowsd.
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sophie--d Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2007   Photographer
Love these portraits.
I have a project: take pics of my grand-parents and I would want them like your portraits.
Could you teach me how making such work? I will not tel your secrets of work, I promise
Keep in touch
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:iconnullermanden:
Nullermanden Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2007
Of course I can help you with that :) I have actually put some of my photoshop-files up here on dA, so people can download them and see what it is I do!

You can find them at ~Nullerpsd :)
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EthuilEruanniel Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2007
you make them look so interesting!
I saw this very same man when i was in NYC a week ago, but never had i thought one could make him look so glamourous! haha!

magic- XD
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Nullermanden Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2007
You saw him?! : D Sweet! Did you get a photo taken with him? :giggle:
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EthuilEruanniel Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2007
no i did not, because we were running to get to 41st street, we were gonna see RENT. (which is the most amazing show ever :drool: )
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smpdesign Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2007   Interface Designer
I love your work, especially this one!
Can I ask which lens you use?
AND what you do to your photos in photoshop? If you don't mind of course.
Great work!
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Nullermanden Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2007
Hah, of course you can ask :P

I use a Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8. Pretty damn good lense for this sort of stuff :)

As to Photoshop, check out ~Nullerpsd - I've uploaded a couple of my Photoshop-files that you can download and study if you feel like it ; )

- Lasse
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sawtail Featured By Owner May 31, 2007
totally love this one.
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XdreamXcomeXtrueX Featured By Owner May 23, 2007
XD I love you
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aradisia Featured By Owner May 21, 2007
Lovely :D

I really liked the secind shot! "Me too please" X-D
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Nullermanden Featured By Owner May 21, 2007
Haha, yeah, I love it when homeless people come up with something innovative like that. Instead of just sitting around with a cup, begging for money, do something that people will find amusing or sweet! Like asking for beer! :lmao:
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idosyncratic-romana Featured By Owner May 13, 2007
i love these portraits!!
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ingrid-fabiola Featured By Owner May 13, 2007
haha for en type. flott portrett!
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esclave Featured By Owner May 12, 2007
He has amazing eyes.
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dskphotography Featured By Owner May 12, 2007  Professional Photographer
happy and homeless the real american dream
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BlackScarletLove Featured By Owner May 12, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
lol that's awesome. your folks always look so happy

how do you make the pictures so detailed and textured and... silver?
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Nullermanden Featured By Owner May 12, 2007
Silver? :lol:

I don't know about that... but the details and textures, I have to admit, is Photoshop :) It's all about finding the right contrast. I usually apply a ridiculous amount of Curves to different parts of faces, to bring out the largest amount of contrast possible, without burning the highlights or making the shadows black. And Channel Mixer. I don't know if you know Photoshop, but if you do, when converting to black/white with the Channel Mixer next time, try switching the values from default (Red: 100, Green: 0, Blue: 0) to a custom (Red: 0, Green: 0, Blue: 100), and you'll get a ridiculous amount of contrast in people's faces. Sometimes it's a little to overdone though, but you'll find out by messing around with the values ;)
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BlackScarletLove Featured By Owner May 12, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
yeah I love channel mixer. A ridiculous amount. R=20, g=65, b=15, constant= -8 etc etc i pity the fool who uses desaturate.

Not too experienced with curves, though. It's so... open ended that I haven't been able to figure out how to use if efficiently.
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t1m370was73 Featured By Owner May 11, 2007
Thats just amazing. I love this series. I wish I was this talented with my portaits.

But I don't have the guts to go up to people and ask for photos. Nor do I have as many interesting faces where I live to take photos of.
What kinda of prosessing do you do for these photos?
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Nullermanden Featured By Owner May 12, 2007
Hey, I'm still a rookie. Not all of my portraits come out this well ;)

And neither do I. Trust me man, my balls are the size of peanuts. But then I think about how awesome it would be to get a portrait of the person, and then I just go and ask! And there are interesting faces everywhere, you just have to look.

I actually uploaded a photoshop-file you can download and see for yourself here: [link] :)
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AndreasResch Featured By Owner May 10, 2007  Professional Photographer
Great shot ... sad story ...
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BlaireGladwin Featured By Owner May 10, 2007   Photographer
To say the least-this made me smile =)
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OliviaKay Featured By Owner May 10, 2007
that link made me crack up.
beautiful portrait lasse
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Nullermanden Featured By Owner May 10, 2007
Well at least he was an honest drunk :roll:

Thank you liv : )
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spoco2 Featured By Owner May 10, 2007
Awesome shot, and having the other 'snaphot' to compare it to really shows how great this one is in comparison :)
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MissusHow Featured By Owner May 10, 2007  Student Artist
It's funny. Sometimes the eyes are the only thing that look real, this time they're the only thing that look fake...
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Nullermanden Featured By Owner May 10, 2007
What makes you think they look fake? :)
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:iconmissushow:
MissusHow Featured By Owner May 12, 2007  Student Artist
Because, and this'll sound silly, I think they look fake because they're so intense.

He's shiny all over his face, and his eyes are kind of flat and intense and not shiny but kind of swirly.
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Nullermanden Featured By Owner May 13, 2007
Well... there are as many opinions out there as there are people (minus Paris Hilton)... I personally don't see it, but I always love getting different opinions on photos : )
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:iconmissushow:
MissusHow Featured By Owner May 14, 2007  Student Artist
Hee! Take it as a compliment and move on! D:;

Or something.

*doesn't quite remember what this is about*
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:iconnullermanden:
Nullermanden Featured By Owner May 15, 2007
I... will...

*doesn't remember either*
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Boxiom Featured By Owner May 10, 2007
By far, the best in the series ;)
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LogicaLNonsensE Featured By Owner May 10, 2007
Something about his eyes reminds me of my uncle.
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neilhr Featured By Owner May 10, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
i love the story behind the portraits, great shot
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wapamup Featured By Owner May 10, 2007
hey thats a very good shot! i like his expression!
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black-wolferyne Featured By Owner May 10, 2007
This has a happy feeling to it, the look on his face is very friendly and he seems to have a very nice character. Really nice shot. i am really loving this series:)
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Fali-Danfan Featured By Owner May 9, 2007
Feels like you've captured the very essence of his personality, you make their eyes talk, quite fascinating. Love the other shot too. :rofl:
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bycandlelight Featured By Owner May 9, 2007
i love how he looks slightly mischevious. and his eyes make him look internally youthful. great shot.
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