Ian Chantler  

Tom by Ian Chantler

December 2017 - Tom

About the Image(s)

Title Tom

I took this photo in 2015 Tom was an artist showing his work at the Festival of Firsts he is based in Devon and scours the beach for old pieces of metal washed up and creates the most amazing sculptures with them I found Tom to be very quiet and doleful he obviously expresses himself through his amazing skill and artistry he allowed me to photograph him in the main hall were his work was on show.

How I did it

The camera I used at the time would have been a Canon EOS 40D lens Canon EF 24 - 105 mm L series zoom,in post processing the Raw File was adjusted in Photoshop I then converted to mono using a gradient layer then used 2 curves layers for light tones and dark tones because the background was very busy I used a black fill layer with a layer mask I cropped slightly from the top and added a 2 pixel white stroke I did not use flash on this image just the available light from a large nearby window.

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10 comments posted

Peter Clark   Peter Clark
Ian - a first class, high quality portrait which reveals the character of Tom - quiet and doleful. Super natural lighting and an excellent tonal range in which the black background is very appropriate.

A very minor gripe - as soon as I saw the image I got the impression that his head was too large vs his body - this may be an optical illusion, but it struck me immediately!   Posted: 12/06/2017 11:57:05
Ian Chantler   Ian Chantler
Hi Peter
Its not an optical illusion Tom is very very slim and I think his bushy beard adds to the effect but it did strike me as well that his head looks too big for his body but his artistry with things thrown away by people is beyond beleif he had a large sculpture of a horse made of scrap metal that was breath taking and a lobster made from old pliers a very very creative man.   Posted: 12/07/2017 10:09:46

Ella Schreiber   Ella Schreiber
Hi Ian: Wow! Another great portrait! I like your post camera processing very much. I'm just thinking out loud... and wonder if the slightest bit of dodging of his left eye might help to bring it out just a little more. In any case, a great image!   Posted: 12/07/2017 10:26:32
Ian Chantler   Ian Chantler
Hi Ella
Thanks for your comments I did think about lightening the other side of the face but the way the lighting was hitting the face I thought it looked a little un natural thanks as always for your suggestions.   Posted: 12/11/2017 12:02:08

Paul Roth   Paul Roth
A great image Ian. Peter does have a good point. I must admit I did not notice the disparity at first.   Posted: 12/07/2017 15:32:57

John Gilkerson   John Gilkerson
This is a superb portrait Ian.
The points about the subject's stature are interesting but I do not think the image is diminished by that.   Posted: 12/11/2017 12:07:52

Tom Kredo   Tom Kredo
(Groups 6 & 77)
Hi Ian,
Outstanding portrait. Well done.

Tom Kredo group 6   Posted: 12/12/2017 14:08:31
Ian Chantler   Ian Chantler
Many thanks Tom much appreciated love your Macro shot of the spoon enjoy your new knife and fork when Santa brings it.   Posted: 12/12/2017 15:00:30

Rashid Galiev   Rashid Galiev
Hi, Ian!

I really like this portrait and its style. I always like this style. A small note, there is no glare from the light source on the left eye. Or the left eye was not sufficiently developed. But overall it's very cool! You're doing great!

In advance, Best wishes for a merry Christmas and a happy New Year!. I wish you creative success!   Posted: 12/24/2017 09:01:07
Ian Chantler   Ian Chantler
Many thanks Rashid may I wish you a very happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year.   Posted: 12/24/2017 11:33:32