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The great Magnum photographer Elliot Erwitt once said that it is better to shoot an iconic picture rather than a good but boring one. I certainly would not call this image iconic – although in a few years maybe it will – only time will tell. A boring picture? But that is subjective.

I am almost sure that Pete would not like this photo. But that would be his own opinion. In any case, it doesn’t matter to me. Because I like it.

I was pleasantly surprised by the result. I thought that the lighting was bad as it was mostly florescent predominantly coming from the top but I think the warm backlighting helped. The classic Nikkor 50mm from my Rose’s vintage Nikon FE may have contributed to the wow factor. Despite using a crappy 8 mp Canon Rebel XT, the combination of the lens and the camera as appointed by providence all contributed to this shot.

Canon Rebel XT, Nikkor 50mm, 1/50, iso 400


  • Vivek George Koshy
  • Vivek George Koshy
    Vivek George K...almost 2 years ago

    sorry for the error. :\

  • thanks Vivek … quite an honor

    – rob castro

  • steppeland
    steppelandalmost 2 years ago

    Awesome work! Congrats on your feature in “The Human Condition” !

  • thanks … that means a lot

    – rob castro

  • Laurie Search
    Laurie Searchalmost 2 years ago

    Love his very direct gaze, rob…you can feel a lot coming through those eyes…Wonderful portrait!!!

  • thanks for kind words Laurie … really happy to read your fab comment

    – rob castro

  • geof
    geofalmost 2 years ago

    Pete could be saying; “here I am, creases, bags and all” – more than I’d be willing to do at that age. Very cool work.

  • cheers geof … and yes Pete is quite a character … thanks so much, my friend

    – rob castro

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