I’m not normally a fan of the really high contrast, excessive grain look but for this one I took at a friends Halloween party it just works perfectly. The lighting and impressive face-paint helps too!
What I think make this image work is the contrast between light and dark. The dark background combined with the direct light on the subject makes him stand out, which coupled with his light shirt makes him draw your eye (rather than it being distracted by the somewhat busy background)
Ever heard of swirly bokeh? It’s a property of certain lenses where the out of focus areas are distorted in a circular pattern. It’s caused by a poor correction in the lens known as spherical aberration, but I’ll leave that for the optics geeks. Suffice to say that this lens does it and while sometimes it can be distracting, sometimes it all falls in to place and throws a lovely emphasis on the subject.