Tom McCreary, APSA, MPSA  

Cowboy with red shirt by Tom McCreary, APSA, MPSA

October 2020 - Cowboy with red shirt

October 2020 - Tom McCreary, APSA, MPSA


About the Image(s)

This was taken at a PSA Gulf States Regional Convention a couple of years ago. It was taken with a Nikon D7200 camera and Nikon 18-300mm lens at 85mm, 1/25 second, f8, ISO 800. I converted it to monochrome with NIK Silver Effects and the "Yellowed preset and some adjustments.

I wanted the photo to look like an old time photo. Part of his belt was blown out, so I used the clone tool at 35% opacity to copy from the left side of the belt. In the color layer, the color looks grey and not attractive at all. However, in the B&W layer that lack of color does not show up and it just looks like the belt was not blown out.

7 comments posted

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
That's a pretty delicate job of correcting the belt area--looks perfect. The old-time tint and frame look great.
My only possible compositional comment might be that I don't feel like the cowboy is look straight at the camera, and that might have had more impact. His casual pose, however, is just great.   Posted: 10/01/2020 12:17:43

Russ Butler   Russ Butler
Nice image, like the sepia tone, is a interesting character with a story to tell. My only suggestion is the background is busy, but that is just me.   Posted: 10/01/2020 20:27:14

Asbjørn M. Olsen   Asbjørn M. Olsen
I think the original color version is pretty good as well. Perhaps it is my monitor, but the original looks quite yellowish, and reminds me of photos created 60-70 years back in time, or even older. The sepia version also works, as do the tight crop.   Posted: 10/09/2020 06:01:08
Tom McCreary   Tom McCreary
His face is pretty natural tone if you notice. It might look yelowish because of all of the wood tones. Yes, looking at it I should have blurred the background. Thanks for all of your comments   Posted: 10/12/2020 15:46:10

Diana Magor   Diana Magor
Again everyone has said what I would. I think I might have darkened the trousers and the light plank of wood behind his legs, just to emphasise the top of his body. Could you do a bit of face modelling to bring out the lines of the face as he looks much too clean living and 'baby faced' to be a real cowboy?   Posted: 10/09/2020 06:39:21

Lynne Hollingsworth   Lynne Hollingsworth
Nice image and the correction to the belt is really well done. My comments are the same as the rest of the group - a little less yellow and maybe blurring the background a bit.   Posted: 10/10/2020 08:36:06

Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
(Groups 36 & 67)
Somehow I feel like I have seen this before, like I know this cowboy. Any way, my only corrective thought is that the large bright rectangle in the upper right corner might be selected and then toned down. It is light and bright and draws the eye away from the subject...

Your gun belt fix up came out pretty darn well.   Posted: 10/13/2020 12:35:02


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