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This is the last of the shots I took in October with my good friend Craig: a shot of a goat-herder wandering the shore of our local lake. Right now I'd be happy to trade places, at least for a while – the idea of living a simple life seems quite appealing today :-)

Oh, and if you're interested, Craig posted a shot of the same guy here:


In other news, I'm running a new class with PPSOP: The Art of Black and White Photography. If you click the previous link you'll see that the course covers: black and white conversion techniques; working with portraits; combining conversion techniques and selectively altering tonal range and contrast; and toning and colorizing your black and white images. It's going to be a great course :-)

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3x2 + travel [Bulgaria] + people [portraiture] + no print + show the original
comment by Carlos Garcia at 03:41 PM (GMT) on 15 January, 2011

Beautiful image Dave. I would love to see how you would process the original in color! The balance and lighting in this image is so nice.

comment by Dan Kaufman at 04:16 PM (GMT) on 15 January, 2011

I'd like him to be looking TO me (vs down and away). As such I like Craig's shot a lot. But your B&W post-processing is strong.

comment by djn1 at 04:29 PM (GMT) on 15 January, 2011

Thanks Carlos: and I did try a colour version, but couldn't come up with anything I liked as much as this version.

Dan: I agree, but by the time I got to him Craig had exhausted his desire to be photographed :)

comment by kate at 04:58 PM (GMT) on 15 January, 2011

David- you know I love your portraits! This is just beautiful. Perfect background, contrast, setting, posture, hands- all in such harmony. There is a feeling of peace in this shot. And I also get that feeling of his reluctance, but I like the tension it adds to this portrait. :)

comment by richard T at 05:10 PM (GMT) on 15 January, 2011

Have to say David, that your bleached background raise the level against Craig's. Perhaps he's thinking babies too much as you probably have got enough to keep you going. hee hee ;-)


comment by Uwe at 04:08 PM (GMT) on 16 January, 2011

The light is fantastic.

comment by Cristian Tibirna at 02:39 AM (GMT) on 17 January, 2011

I think I like the color version better. The natural light and tones "speak" to the eye in a better concordance with the topic. That said, the topic and the marvelous capture of the moment are key.

comment by Kellee at 03:10 AM (GMT) on 17 January, 2011

Gorgeous! I really love his pensive expression. I wonder what he is thinking. :)

comment by djn1 at 08:47 AM (GMT) on 17 January, 2011

Thanks everyone :)