View Full Version : Portrait for CC

03-22-2008, 10:38 PM
Title: "Weathered Well"


Any comments are welcome.

Thank you,

03-22-2008, 11:19 PM
Here's my op, although others here are much better then me.

Overall I like the shot a lot. But to me it seems dark. I think you are going for a somber mood, but the white and catch light in his right eye is very grey. The white in the left eye is white, but seems a bit distracting since it is so much brighter then everything else.

03-22-2008, 11:30 PM
John, I think I know the look you are going for and I think it needs more "grit" when I say that I think in this type of portrait you want to accentuate the shadows and bring out the wrinkles. Here is a great article from Don Chick and you will see what I mean by bring out the shadows and details.


03-22-2008, 11:57 PM

Thanks for the link. I did not see that article before. I had taken a lighting course put on by Don Chick and Gene Palterneri about a year ago.

I need to retitle. One of the images that Don has in the article is called "Weathered" OOPS, sorry Don.

I should be able to add some more lights to the subject. I will see what I can do. The subject of the image is very easy going.


03-23-2008, 12:01 AM
John, I have seen many of the same titles used over and over i wouldn't worry about that.

I plan on trying Don's lighting from the article as soon as I find a gritty subject to photograph.

03-23-2008, 12:08 AM
I am very lucky to have Don and Gene as well as other in NH to bounce questions off of. I think I may have had the Accent reflector too Far back.

I think that Don has a video on lighting as well. I am not sure of the title.


03-23-2008, 12:13 AM
John are you referring to the ones that are for sale recently?

03-23-2008, 12:32 AM

I think this is a good start.

I think this would benefit from a "hairlight" - edge of light on the hat and jacket to really make it pop. Also the pose is too straight forward. I think if you had directed him a little more this could have potential. It is kinda "tight" too I would leave more space around the subject.

Also, I don't feel the connection with the subject because he is looking off out of the image and facing forward very "blocky". He kinda looks bored!

Do you have any others from the same session that might address some of these things and make it a stronger image?

03-23-2008, 01:35 AM
Nice image John.
You are on the right track.
Nylora's comments to get to the next level were right on.
A hair (hat) light would produce separation from the background. I don't see the evidence of the kicker light/reflector on the right side so bring it closer. The eyes looking out of the image bothers me also.

03-23-2008, 01:59 AM
These are untouched images from the same session. The portrait was a 45th anniversary present.

Images removed


03-30-2008, 12:52 AM
I reshot the gentleman in the cowboy hat.



Any better?

Title: "Cowboy Joe"


Thanks in advance,