David Price, EPSA  

Sean by David Price, EPSA

September 2021 - Sean

September 2021 - David Price, EPSA


About the Image(s)

Sean is a farrier who was working at a horse fair. Here he is taking a well earned break between horses. I asked him if I could take his picture and he consented. I was glad he didn’t pose and he carried on as normal ignoring me.

Taken at 1/500 sec at f/ 14 ISO 100 at 59mm

8 comments posted

Cindy Lynch   Cindy Lynch
(Groups 45 & 50 & 57)
You really captured the character of the man in awesome detail. I agree that monochrome is the perfect choice. The details -his face, hands, lock and keys! Not to mention your perfect exposure and contrast. Excellent work. This is a winner.   Posted: 09/02/2021 09:34:02

Richard Siersma   Richard Siersma
David, this is a perfect subject for monochrome; here is a man that probably has spent much of his life out in the elements. His features are accented by the contrast by using monochrome. I find the lock and key a little distracting, however, cloning may not be an option if this is considered street photography.   Posted: 09/05/2021 16:08:01

Oliver Morton   Oliver Morton
David, I love informal/candid portraits. People's faces are fascinating. They show so much about a person's life. Your image does a beautiful job capturing the essence of the furrier. Very well done!

Since the man's face is the primary focal point of your photograph, I wanted to see if modifying the lighting a bit would further emphasize it. I played a bit in Camera Raw to see what I could do. Your thoughts?

  Posted: 09/06/2021 18:26:59
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David Price   David Price
Thanks Oliver. I think your version is an improvement for his face. It brings out more of his character. Also darkening the background makes us look more at his face. I would also agree with Richard about removing the key and lock.   Posted: 09/07/2021 03:52:45

Barbara E Miller   Barbara E Miller
This is great character portrait of a man taking a break from his duties and the Monochrome is by far the more outstanding. I too was disturbed,slighty, by the padlock and its removal is an improvement ; enough of the BG in Pete's version is left to recognise that that is a man's workplace.

Good work David   Posted: 09/07/2021 07:45:31

Candia Peterson   Candia Peterson
A lovely street portrait and perfect in BW. I'm not a fan of studio portraiture or portraits where the subject is actively engaged with the camera so his gaze past the lens particularly appeals to me. I think you have captured the texture of his hands and face very well. A couple of people have mentioned the padlock and I have to say it doesn't bother me at all, in fact I think it adds to rather than detracts from the background. Definitely the case in the BW version though I can see that it is more of a bother in the colour version.   Posted: 09/08/2021 10:08:30

Nick Muskovac   Nick Muskovac
David, This image does look much better as a monochrome. I agree with Oliver in muting the background to make the man stand out better.   Posted: 09/08/2021 14:59:12

Mark Burgess   Mark Burgess
Love the image and the presentation in monochrome. He has seen a tough life and seems to be reflecting on it...wistful, deep in thought etc. A crease lined face is always something that has warmth. The human equivalent of the distressed old barn that has so much hidden history.

Does the background tell us anything? You said he is a farrier but the background does not tell us that so be nice to see it minimised. For a moment I though it could have been shot with a wide aperture but your settings suggest you were in incredibly bright light so any modification would have to be done in post. I was distracted by the bright reflections coming off the padlock and anything you can do to reduce the impact of the background would be help emphasise your subject   Posted: 09/10/2021 17:19:13


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