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stefaniriggs May 30, 2015 2:09 AM

On the Farm
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While spending time with my kids' grandfather I decided to try to capture a photograph that says so much more of him than just a plain snap shot ever could. I didn't quite get "the shot" I was hoping for. What am I missing?
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Wingman May 30, 2015 7:34 AM

[QUOTE=stefaniriggs;1390715] I decided to try to capture a photograph that says so much more of him than just a plain snap shot ever could.

I can't tell from these images what you were attempting to capture. I think it would help if you had an idea of what you wanted to capture and then composed the image to reflect that idea. For. e.g., if you had not mentioned in your comments t there is no way to tell these images were farm themed? Candidly speaking, they appear to be random images of an older gentleman.

Also, the images look a bit out of focus/blurry to me.


VTphotog May 30, 2015 10:47 AM

People, especially older people, who are not accustomed to being photographed, tend not to look natural when someone is following them around with a camera, although these are not bad as candid shots. It can be difficult to get one photo which says everything there is about a person, and when one has attained a certain age (ahem) one is probably much more complex, making the task even more difficult. Keep plugging away. A montage of him doing chores around the farm might serve better than a single portrait.

stefaniriggs May 30, 2015 11:06 PM

Thank you both for the suggestions. I will go back the next time he is working the horses, or perhaps working in the garden.
He is very complex, that is for certain! I guess hoping to capture his humor, intelligence, mischievousness and gentleness all in one photo is asking an awful lot. A collection of photos showing all of those sides is a lot more realistic.

BBbuilder467 Jun 6, 2015 9:38 PM

I think what you are interested in is an "environmental portrait".

That's normally done with a wider angle lens, narrow aperture to get a lot of depth of field so you can frame the subject and the background emphasizes the situation.

A farmer with a barn, tractor. Carpenter with hand tools and lumber. A machinist with the lathe/mill. Welder with metal. A cook in a kitchen. You get the idea?

Just a visible tool or apparel can associate men with a profession or interest.

Bynx Jun 7, 2015 3:22 AM

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I quite like what you have done here. As Wingman says, there is a bit of a focus problem, but I can live with it. You have separated him and what he is doing from the background, which I like. Him and his cigarette, him and the wheel and him sitting in his favorite chair. Would probably make a nice triptych. If you have 3 shots that tell a bit of a story thats even better. Also keep the person same size almost like its 3 frames from a movie. I noticed just a bit of unsharp mask fixed the focus problem.

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