October 29, 2009

Renaissance Festival—Part 4 for 2009

This gentleman was quite interesting. He had a neat sense of humor and seemed to love to tell stories. I must admit, I really did not understand the point of most of his stories but I did like how he enjoyed them.

This photo is about two things: his weathered face and the light that is hitting it. I had Bob move the light back from his face so that it would be a little harder. I felt that would be a more appropriate light for his face.


Camera settings: Nikon D3, Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 at 180mm, shot at ISO 200, f/6.7 and 1/180th of a second with a SB-800 at 1/8th power.

Post Processing:

Lightroom—Set white and black points, added mid-tone contrast, added clarity.

Photoshop—used nik Silver Efex Pro to add a black and white layer and then reduced the opacity of the layer to 30%.


  1. I wasn't around when you shot this one. I love everything about it. The biggest thing to note is how you eliminated any reflection in his glasses during the shot.


  2. I quickly saw his eyes. They look tired. Maybe he has too many stories to tell?

  3. I agree with Wayne, it looks like he has told many stories, many times. The lighting really sets him off. It highlights just the things that you said you wanted to highlight.

  4. I do not think you are showing him in the best light. I would not want a photo like this of me.
    Charles M

  5. A photo that makes you think.

  6. Thinking I like it....certainly like what you did with the Silver Efex Pro. Good Job!