Oliver Morton  

Tattoo Love by Oliver Morton

July 2018 - Tattoo Love

July 2018 - Oliver Morton


About the Image(s)

This image was taken in a Tattoo Expo that was held in Washington D.C. some time ago. The lighting was fairly dim and the exhibition hall was filled with "fascinating" images. Even though I don't personally have any tattoos, I found that those who did were very glad to have their pictures taken. This couple was particularly intriguing, especially the woman's expression. Since they were not in the same plane of focus, it was necessary to use a smaller f-stop than I would have liked. Hence, I had to raise the ISO quite high. (Picture taken with my Canon 5D4 and 70-200mm f/2.8 lens; 135mm; 1/50; f/7.1; ISO 4000.)
My post processing included color correction, minor cropping, reducing highlights and saturation in the background.

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8 comments posted

Barbara E Miller   Barbara E Miller
This is certainly 'of the moment' I see more and more tattooed people each day. Although this pretty girl appears to be enjoying her body art I wonder if, when she gets older, and her wrinkles appear what her neck will look like! You caught her at the right moment with that delightful grin on her face. I rather wish I could have seen a bit more of the man's face, but it doesn't matter since she is the subject. I would remove that spot of white from his ear and if you could blur the BG a little more, partic the writing, perhaps you could clone in the green? Nevertheless, a job well done--it's a winner.   Posted: 07/01/2018 05:21:26
Oliver Morton   Oliver Morton
Yes, tattoos seem to have become very prevalent. At the tattoo expo there were people whose complete faces were tattooed. I kept thinking of how much that would hurt their career choices in the future.

It amazes me that I didn't spot the white on his ear. The fact that you pointed it out is another example of why these study groups are so valuable! Thank you!

  Posted: 07/01/2018 12:31:48

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
Great shot, Oliver! I think the white spot on his ear is actually another decoration. I looked up the Latin on the woman's neck. I think it's fortitudo per dolorem. Strength through pain.   Posted: 07/03/2018 13:28:40
Oliver Morton   Oliver Morton
Thank you, Stephen. I think you may be right about the spot being part of the "body art". However, I think I'll clone it out anyway along with the small white area on his shirt sleeve.

"Strength through pain" is fascinating... and definitely not something that I could get into! lol

  Posted: 07/03/2018 13:51:15

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
I agree about the pain business, but the saying's negative inversion is very current: "no pain, no gain."   Posted: 07/03/2018 13:56:44

Richard Siersma   Richard Siersma
Excellent shot Oliver; great expression on the woman's face. The background is a little distracting but you have captured the real story here. There seems to be a movement for a more primitive culture of self adornment with tattoos and body piercings. The more the better; neither of which comes without pain (and money).   Posted: 07/05/2018 21:44:43

Nick Muskovac   Nick Muskovac
I like the expression on the woman's face. Certainly looks like she is proud of her tattoos. She had the left side of her face done; I don't know why she did not have her left shoulder done to match. Besides tattoos, I see that they had their hair color changed. You have captured the moment; Your composition and focus is well done.   Posted: 07/05/2018 21:50:53

John Yurchak   John Yurchak
Your placement of the face makes for a good composition of both of the tattoos that they are proud of. Look in B/G for all of the white spot that show up and get rid of them. The faces are well light for me and show much emotion to the photo.   Posted: 07/18/2018 16:25:30