During my travels I often capture people around the world in a candid manner in their natural environment. As my confidence has grown and my photographic skills have improved I have begun taking more portrait photographs. These are often what are called 'environmental portraits', a portrait taken in the subject's usual environment and which normally include the surroundings as well as the person. More recently I have also started taking 'head shot' style portraits, a tighter cropped image where the focus is on the persons face only. For my head shots I normally ask the person for their permission first. Click through the slideshow below to view some of my travel portraits:
With the majority of travel portraits above I asked for permission for the image to be taken. Often in touristy areas you are required or asked to pay for such portraits as was the case in Cusco, Peru, and Havana, Cuba. The image of the Mexican girl in the Day of the Dead makeup and the final image of the Bolivian lady were the exceptions as both were caught candidly. The beauty of head shots and or tightly cropped portraits is that you minimise the clutter in the background of the image.
All of the portraits were taken using a Canon 5D (Mark 2 or 4) and the majority were with the Canon 50mm 1.4. Other lenses used were the Canon 85mm 1.8 and the Sigma Art Lens 135mm 1.8. All of the images were taken using natural light and without the use of a flash. The images were often taken with a shallow depth of field to create a pleasing background and draw attention to the persons face. Images of people from around the world fascinate me, I think that they tell you more about a place than a landscape ever can. In the future I want to focus more on portraits and improve my skills in this area of photography.
More of my travel photography can be found on my website, Instagram, Facebook Page and my Flickr account. If you would like any more information about any of my images please send an email to: email@example.com.