Jim Hagan  


OLD TIME ATTORNEY by Jim Hagan

January 2022 - OLD TIME ATTORNEY

January 2022 - Jim Hagan

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We visited the 500 acres Living History Farm a few years ago (near Des Moines Iowa). In the village were many historic buildings including one of an old time attorney. My original image included the sleeping area which I cropped out as I felt the main interest is the image of the attorney himself. In Photoshop I straightened some of the sloping lines and improved the skin tone of the attorney. The Image was shot at 1/25, f 6.3, ISO 400 and a 20 mm lens


11 comments posted




Sunil Mehta   Sunil Mehta
Like it, good portrait.
Well balanced, the book, the pen and the reading glasses all are playing an important part of this image, I would crop in a proper square 1:1 or 8:10 ratio and a tighter crop to remove some part of the empty table.
  Posted: 01/02/2022 20:45:00
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Sunil Mehta   Sunil Mehta
  Posted: 01/02/2022 20:45:17
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Brenda Fishbaugh   Brenda Fishbaugh
What a great photo. I like your depth of field, all the interesting artifacts. I really like his hand on the book and how that ties him to the objects on the desk. I think you've lighted it really well. I like Sunil's crop idea, but I think yours also works.   Posted: 01/04/2022 21:03:32



Terry Walters   Terry Walters
Lovely portrait but I have to ask if was this a Manakin? It makes no difference as it looks very lifelike.

I prefer your crop as it gives more info about the period and keeping the left hand wooden door frame edges it nicely, in fact I would be tempted to go higher and include the door frame detail and all of the old lamp on the bookcase.

My only other comment is the reflection in the wall poster draws my eye and doesn't seem to fit the scene.   Posted: 01/07/2022 13:48:50
Jim Hagan   Jim Hagan
Terry, no that was a real live person - a volunteer that filled the role perfectly. I hadn't noticed the reflection and think that maybe I can reduce its brightness.   Posted: 01/11/2022 19:09:15
Terry Walters   Terry Walters
wow, he does fit the role perfectly.   Posted: 01/13/2022 08:22:58



Mitch Ross   Mitch Ross
Hi Jim, agree with comments above - great image! Could try cropping tighter to get that reflected poster out of the image, but the pen/paper adds a lot, so it's a bit of a tradeoff. If you had a clean shot of the poster could try to photoshop in a replacement...   Posted: 01/08/2022 10:07:52
Jim Hagan   Jim Hagan
Please see my revision with darkened poster.   Posted: 01/15/2022 05:34:47
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Jason Kravitz   Jason Kravitz
This is a great scene and the volunteer really pulls it all together. That old safe in the wall is pretty cool. Excellent portrait.

One nitpick if you were to reshoot this or something like it in the future, it seems if you had rotated your perspective in either direction, you could have positioned him in front of the safe door or book case fully vs being halfway between. As it is, the edge of the safe door is coming up out of his head. You can still probably minimize this somewhat by darkening the background or the metal parts of the safe door a little.   Posted: 01/14/2022 16:45:10
Jim Hagan   Jim Hagan
Thanks for the suggestions. In my revision I darkened the picture on the wall and I cloned out the parts of the safe that are above the attorney's head.   Posted: 01/15/2022 04:48:39
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Brenda Fishbaugh   Brenda Fishbaugh
I think you've made some nice improvements! I might use a radial filter in Lightroom on the man to make him a tiny bit brighter and more lively.   Posted: 01/20/2022 19:32:03



 

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