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Portrait without Eyes project

Portrait without Eyes project
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Winner in Monochrome Ranchlife Photo Challenge
People's Choice in Americana Photo Challenge
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Black and White Masterpieces Photo ContestTop 20 class
Monochrome Rule Of Thirds Photo ContestTop 10 class
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Focus On Fingers And Hands Photo ContestTop 20 class
Black And White Wow Factor Photo ContestTop 20 class
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2 Comments | Report
MuscularSaint
 
MuscularSaint January 22, 2015
Very Americana and rockwellesque
shutterbug12
 
shutterbug12 February 06, 2015
You really have an eye for the most unusual photo, I love this!

Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken during a portraits class I took at the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops. The instructor was Gregory Heisler. Location was Eaves Movie Ranch. This was a partly posed picture. I asked the model/cowboy to work tack with his hands and made several photos of the result.
Time
This picture was in the shade of the railroad station about 3pm.
Lighting
Shade, low even bounce light from the sun off other old buildings.
Equipment
24-70mm lens on a Sony FF camera. No flash, no tripod.
Inspiration
I wanted to see if I could make an evocative portrait without showing eyes or even the face. This wasn't our assignment, I just wanted to stretch what I was doing.
Editing
Apple Aperture and Nik Silver Effect Pro. Great combination for black and white photos.
In my camera bag
I generally carry as little weight as I can! I plan my pictures ahead of time then carry just the equipment needed. Typically a full frame camera and a 24-70mm lens plus spare memory cards, spare batteries and emergency rain covers.
Feedback
What is the soul of a person? Normally in doing a portrait you want to include at least one eye in focus. In this case I wanted to show the soul of a cowboy (and he is a real cowboy as well as model) and I felt that the working hands with some of the working tools (tack, pistol) could be used in place of eyes.

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