Dan DeVries  

Change of Plans by Dan DeVries

March 2020 - Change of Plans

March 2020 - Dan DeVries


About the Image(s)

This is a portrait of a good friend who despite being a runner and cyclist had a number of health issues come up. I hadn’t seen him in a year and the elephant in the room was his tray of medications.

I wanted the photo to be authentic - and capture where he was at the moment. It’s not meant to be a depressing photo. Was I able to achieve that? Any photo suggestions would be appreciated.

Hand-held, ambient light. ISO 3200, 1/40th sec, f5.6, 80mm. Processed in Capture One and Affinity Photo.

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9 comments posted

Miriam Power   Miriam Power
Very sensitive portrait. Wouldn't change a thing   Posted: 03/08/2020 10:47:44

Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
This portrait tells a powerful story and it really evokes an emotional response. My only issue is the background. While in one sense it adds to the story in that this once athletic man is fading away, my sense of tonality is bothered by the subject fading into the background. I replaced it with black to really focus the eye on the person. Thoughts?   Posted: 03/08/2020 13:16:38
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Dan DeVries   Dan DeVries
Good suggestion. I just tried it with darkening and desaturating a bit - vs hard black.
Much better.
Thanks.   Posted: 03/08/2020 14:10:09
Dan DeVries   Dan DeVries
  Posted: 03/08/2020 14:19:11
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Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
That works well, Dan!   Posted: 03/08/2020 15:04:09
MD Tanveer Hassan Rohan   MD Tanveer Hassan Rohan
Beautiful Portrait. This background look better .   Posted: 03/09/2020 00:27:10

Brenda Frezeman   Brenda Frezeman
You did a great job portraying a sensitive issue with dignity. The darker background works much better. It adds separation and focuses my eye on the person.   Posted: 03/09/2020 09:43:30

Arabella Dane   Arabella Dane
I think Brenda's comment says it all. A sensitive and comprehensive portrait. As stark and representative as a Wyeth painting.   Posted: 03/15/2020 18:00:58

Rusty Pinckney   Rusty Pinckney
Dan, Total authenticity. I know you weren't planning these strange times; you hit the nail on the head with timeliness. You captured the sadness of having to accept change. No comment for change beyond what has been mentioned by Brenda.   Posted: 03/15/2020 18:29:09