Meditation in the midst of a skewed world.
Probably by the strictest definition this is not a portrait. However, it was shot with the 200 mm lens and it might be considered an environmental portrait, given that it is a photo of someone within his environment. This is a Sadhu meditating early in the morning light at Varanasi, India. The buildings are indeed skewed and leaning to the left, shifting and settling into the Ganges.

(FYI, the time stamp on this is actually wrong. It is 2.5 hours off from my home in Malaysia. It reads 09:37:57 it should read 06:07:57)

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Sat Apr 10, '10 08:37AM
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Media ID 20110316093910156  
Date Sat Apr 10, '10 08:37AM
Comments 2
Views 5875
Keywords India, Varanasi, Holy Man, Sadhu, Golden hour
Uploaded By Matt Brandon
Aperture Value f//3.2
Copyright (C) 2010 Matt Brandon,
Date/Time Sat Apr 10, '10 05:37AM
Exposure Bias 0 EV
Flash No Flash
Focal Length 200 mm
IPTC: Byline Matt Brandon
IPTC: Copyright Notice 2010 Matt Brandon,
IPTC: Keywords Kumbh Mela; Lumen Dei; Varanasi
ISO 100
Make Canon
Metering Mode Pattern
Model Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Shutter Speed Value 1/500 sec
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When I saw the thumbnail I had no idea where the figure was in this!  But looking properly it's pretty damn good - love the warm colours through the background too.



Thanks Rob. Like I said, it is kind of a stretch to call call this a portrait. But I don't use a long lens much anymore for portraits. I feel voyeuristic at times taking a portrait so for off from the subject. I am not saying folks should not use them, by all means do! But for me I like to get up close and if it is appropriate even interacte with the subject.