Medieval Man

Reenactor at Poole Country Fair, Dorset.

Reenactor at Poole Country Fair, Dorset.
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AshThomson October 12, 2014
Excellent portrait!
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onyanita October 15, 2014
awesome...congrats on the award.
BRIN October 15, 2014
Great portriat!
DIXIEDOLLYMAMA October 15, 2014
Congrats! Your black and white portraits are amazing. :)
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gondmagdi December 01, 2014
great portrait !
martyleclerc December 16, 2014
An ABSOLUTE MASTERPIECE .... this is exquisite .... all just works here.... the lighting is spot on ...the detailing is perfect... as I go through your photos ...'m in awe....
Nikonover December 23, 2014
Superb picture,beautiful detail and so sharp.10/10
kjodway January 04, 2015
love it. voted
Milominderbinder January 21, 2015
Incredible portrait, very cinematic!
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gldosa January 30, 2015
This is a Masterpiece.Congratulations!
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I don't follow many photographers on here but your work is beautiful. You are an inspiration to me.
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synergySB52 April 07, 2015
Stunningly Real!!! Not just a face, but a human with emotion!!!!
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Pjerry Mar 15
Great job. Very well done.
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Amazing portrait photography, the rough road shows in his face
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Behind The Lens

This was taken at Poole Town and Country Fair, held at Upton Country Park in Dorset, UK.
Late morning.
Well, the day was bright sunshine but, fortunately, the small group of reenactors had just sat down to lunch in their tent, which meant the background was quite subdued. I don't use flash, much preferring to make the best of natural light.
My Canon 5diii and stock 24-105mm lens.
I have started to take an interest in some of the 'street photography' portraits to be found on Viewbug and other online forums and liked the idea of trying my hand with reenactors as they are less likely to be embarrassed. It's worked well for me this year and I shall be trying more of it!
Quite a bit of Lightroom help to get the look I had in mind, darkening the background to remove any distractions, and enhancing skin tones as well. I then used Topaz Clean edge boost to finish-off. I think the secret with pp is to make small, subtle, changes - particularly with skin tones, and then go back later and reassess the results.
In my camera bag
I'm getting-on a bit in years so try to travel as light as possible - camera and lenses are heavy enough, so the 24-105mm and 100-400mm, plus an extender, some grads and a polariser - that about it. I only carry a tripod when I know I'll use it - mostly for panned action shots.
There are lots of events that offer this sort of opportunity - civil war, viking, medieval reenactments and, especially over the next four years, WW1 commemorations with reenactors. Engage with the intended subject and they are usually very cooperative.

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