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2.78 - "Solid" 

A portrait of trainer, physiotherapist and bodybuilder Siim Savisaar (IG: @herrasmees)

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Although the lighting is very straightforward and standard, there is just something about the shadows in his face that totally grabs me. Of course the detail and definition in the muscles is great and the skin texture is spot on, but the face is special.
I just wish you had cropped lower, not cutting the weights and showed some of his thighs, that's my only criticism.

i agree! Especially since the weights were the source of helping to build his physical strength. And yes, the shadows on his face offer another aspect of strength in having endured such a process like weight lifting.

Thanks! Regarding the crop, I agree as well, but since that's the way I cropped it in camera, I sort of came to the conclusion only after the fact. As it is at the moment, though, it makes for an excellent desktop image, reminding me to get up and go to the gym :D But I'm taking it as a learning experience - I now always shoot each pose both portrait and landscape, if at all possible.

Awesome shot and captivating shadow work! Curious what the lighting setup looked like if you don't mine sharing your secret!