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Doc, Santa Fe, New Mexico



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jimhelmick
 
jimhelmick October 31, 2015
Extraordinary photo. Looks like he could tell some great stories.
juliefourter
 
juliefourter June 16, 2016
Looks a lot like Si Robertson (Duck Commander)

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Behind The Lens

Location
The photo was taken on the Plaza at the annual Fiestas de Santa Fe, a 300 year old event. I saw "Doc" on the street earlier and asked if I could take his photo when he happened to walk into the same shop for a cup of coffee. I later learned he is a local icon who has occupied the same spot on the street for the past 53 years. A part-time local historian and tour guide, his personal story also includes residence in a teepee with his wife in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains on the outskirts of town.
Time
This was taken September 6, 2014 at 1:38 PM.
Lighting
The location was a covered sidewalk in the shade across from the open Plaza. I bounced light off the wood beam ceiling with a GF400/AD360 portable flash.
Equipment
This was shot with a Canon 7D and 17-40mm f/4L.
Inspiration
I spent the previous day visiting Santa Fe museums and art galleries, absorbing a broad mix of native, historical and contemporary culture. One exhibit at the New Mexico Museum of Art featured local black and white photography. It had impact and no doubt was still processing in my mind.
Editing
The raw image was taken into Lightroom for evaluation. Photoshop was then used for dodging and burning. Nik Collection's Viveza and Color Efex Pro were both used to improve contrast, extract detail and add vignetting. Manual black and white conversion was then completed in Photoshop.
In my camera bag
I currently use a 5DIII, but will carry a 7D for travel. My lenses change frequently, but I plan ahead to minimize the load. Better and fewer glass for the road is ideal for me. I rarely take more than two lenses even when on assignment. Lighting and modifiers are a whole different matter requiring their own cases.
Feedback
Study the environment. Study the subject. Create a plan and then act spontaneously.

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