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forlorn pirate

forlorn pirate
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wendyerickson-vitzthum July 01, 2016
Lovely portrait!
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ccpence July 01, 2016
Thanks, Wendy.
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mikeconley July 01, 2016
Great composition. WElcome to ViewBug. Look forward to more.
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ccpence July 01, 2016
Thanks, Mike. I am glad to be here and appreciate the comment.
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CarpeDeeM March 21, 2017
Great portrait. The sand particles on his hat and the bandanna add extra dimension.
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Behind The Lens

A pirate couple strolled along the Huntington Beach in California thanks to the PSA Southern California Roundup Chapter's annual conference organizers.
This shot was taken at 4:30 pm on a warm winter Friday afternoon.
Southern California beach lighting in the winter often is free of dust particles and fog. On this particular afternoon the sky was cloudless and the sunlight brightly lit the faces of the pirates. This made a perfect shot for catching a glint and squint as the pirate looked far away into the sea.
This was shot with a Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4, Panasonic Lumix G Vario 100-300mm lens, F/5.4, 1/1600 sec, ISO 200, Focal length 264, center weighted, no flash, Promaster xc525 tripod.
The opportunity to photograph a pirate couple in this beach setting without a big crowd presented itself and I took it. Moving around the pirates as they posed and shifted gave me a good chance to watch the light on their faces. This pirate had an interesting face that motivated me to concentrate on his eyes and head in general.
I use ACDSee Ultimate 9 to edit pictures such as this one. Using the raw image, I converted the color to B/W and did some contrast/shadow adjustment to assure that the face and beard complemented the expression. I did crop a little of the ear and hat as well.
In my camera bag
I carry a Lumix camera most of the time. For an evening shoot like this one I use the Lumix GX8 or GH4, depending upon the type of filming. I generally carry three lenses if I am walking around (7-14mm; 12-35 mm; 35-100mm). If I expect to be working on distant objects then I will add the 100-400mm lens. For close-up and macro work, I have the 30mm with extender tubes. All are Lumix lenses. Once I found the 100-400mm lens, I retired the 100-300mm. I also carry batteries, memory cards, a small blower for the sensor, a penlight, lens cloths, sensor cleaner swabs, pen/notebook, and Nexus 4 phone for remote operation. All of this is in a sling bag or a small backpack to which I attach the appropriate tripod for the anticipated shoot. I am a short woman so this is something I can manage in terms of weight and dimension for a full day of shooting and trekking around.
Watch the natural light on the subject to be photographed. Think about the message you want this photograph to display and then position yourself accordingly. This is much like street photography except with a little more time and space to move around. With several photographers giving direction at the same time, it sometimes is easier to watch for the moment the subject moves into a natural position rather than try to be the direction giver. Let the others do that work and be prepared to capture the moments as they happen.

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