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Registered: December 2010
Posts: 70
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Shooting a chuckwagon race I spotted this gentleman leaning against a shade tree. I distanced myself and shot this with a 70-200mm lens as to not distrub the natural pose he had. I added a sepia tone and film grain in my post processing to come up with an effect of ruggedness. As it turned out the gentleman was related to one of the other photographers I was shooting with. Small world.
· Date: Sun January 2, 2011 · Views: 816 · Tags: 1 ·
Keywords: Cowboy, sepia, candid portrait
Camera Make / Model: Nikon D2H
Lens Make / Focal Length: Nikon 70-200mm/2.8 @ f2.8
Event e.g. Grand prix, Birthday, Sunrise: Chuckwagon Race
State / County / Area Image Taken: Arkansas
Country Image Taken
United States of America
Processing Software Applications Used
CS3/Nik Silver Efex

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Registered: June 2009
Posts: 22
Sun January 2, 2011 5:38pm

Really love this portrait, you have really caught his character. The post processing is spot on - I love B&W for this kind of portrait.
Super - thanks

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 1,660
Sun January 2, 2011 5:45pm

I always prefer Monochrome for portraits, especially males and when they have the rugged look one is able to use texture and tones to give the image a look similar to that of film and wet print developing.
Excellent use of mono and pp techniques on an already excellent capture.
Tony Mil

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 138
Sun January 2, 2011 5:47pm


Excellent portrait of this interesting man, good choice for using B&W
Site Admin

Registered: November 2008
Posts: 157
Sun January 2, 2011 6:41pm

Hey Gary

I really am enjoying your work, i have a 70-200mm lens and have to say after my macro lens its my favourite. Love the detail and the tones here I think your choice was spot on with those and again thanks so much for including your work flow in the shot.

Thank you for posting
kind regards Helen

Registered: December 2009
Posts: 3,733
Sun January 2, 2011 7:36pm

I like how the sepia toning and film grain works to give a vintage feel to your portrait of the cowboy, the detailing to be found in the weathered features of the gentleman, and just the great look that you managed to capture in his face (a slight smile that accentuates the wrinkles in his features). Superb!


Registered: January 2011
Sun January 2, 2011 7:36pm

What you added to this wonderful portrait just makes it better. Good choice of effects.

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 1,497
Sun January 2, 2011 9:27pm

Didn't think it was possible to improve on perfect - but you took a blue ribbon capture and put solid gold all around it. This guys face is timeless and what stories each and every one of those creases could tell!

Registered: August 2010
Posts: 59
Sun January 2, 2011 10:17pm

Excellent work and I also would like to thank you for including your workflow on this awesome portrait.

Registered: October 2010
Posts: 92
Mon January 3, 2011 1:14am

Good job producing this character study, well worth the extra work.

Registered: August 2009
Posts: 74
Mon January 3, 2011 1:31am

Love your editing here! That is a face just full of character! Great portrait work!

Registered: March 2009
Mon January 3, 2011 1:45am

This is a great shot. It shows the weather worn gentleman who probably earned every wrinkle in his face.

Registered: December 2010
Mon January 3, 2011 3:20am

This young man has the map of Ireland on his face! That's an Irish saying Gary! :-) Utterly amazing and your treatment is perfection!

Registered: November 2008
Posts: 1
Tue January 4, 2011 9:31pm

Just wonderful, such detail, such a story on his face----you caught this well and should be congratulated for spotting him and bringing it home----you really have a great image here---do you think he might see it somewhere and want a print----excellent work----Lynne

Registered: November 2008
Posts: 860
Wed January 5, 2011 9:11pm

Splendidly done says it all.


Registered: November 2010
Posts: 11
Tue January 25, 2011 8:08pm

Super portrait with fine detail. Good post-processing and black and white- the best choice. Allen
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