Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Paso's Bod

Since Suby is positively salivating at the opportunity to see a portrait a la Timmybomb, I give you this. This is my friend Paso. He helped drag me up the mountain to Flora Lake, where we enjoyed fishing and drinking fine beer such as Boddingtons. I like taking pictures of Paso because he has a take charge attitude and it comes across when he faces the lens.

I think this lake provided an excellent backdrop for portraits. I love the way the forest reflects off the lake, resulting in a beautiful green background that isn't too distracting. I was concerned that the rocks behind him might compete for attention, but I think the depth of field solves that problem and his facial expression commands enough attention anyway.

I decided against any special effects for the photo. Since he is in a naturally beautiful environment, I didn't want to alter it in any way. The one bit of processing I did was to tone down his sweater, because it was very bright and mildly distracting. Later this week I will post a photo of Paso fishing. I will also introduce you to Allen and his mighty 'fro.

Canon PowerShot S2 IS, 72mm, f/3.5, 1/80 sec, ISO 50


Anonymous BS said...

P looks angry... I like it. I see what you meen about the rocks, but his face/hair demands your attention. I think his sweater could be toned down even more though. But again, I don't know Jack

10:46 AM, August 15, 2006  
Anonymous Suby said...

Timmmyyyyy, waaasssszzzzzzuuuppp??

I told you you would be good at portraits. What do you do, you step up to tot eh plate and deliver a stonking shot. Framing, spot on, the way he holds the can of beer an d the fishing rod makes him look as if he is posing for a commercial, good DOF on this shot as well.

Really love capture. Looking forward to the other shots.


11:45 AM, August 15, 2006  
Anonymous Otto K. said...

Very nice portrait. As BS said, he really does demand your attention.

12:42 PM, August 15, 2006  
Anonymous pete said...

This is a great portrait. Well done. Paso would make a natural catalogue model - he has that intensity about him, while doing everyday things. Excellent backdrop

2:19 PM, August 15, 2006  
Anonymous Steve W said...

Love the look, casual stance and of course the bod in hand. Well done, nice portrait.

6:26 PM, August 15, 2006  
Blogger Stardog Champion said...

Well, he seems to look unhappy that you're taking his picture ;-) But this is a great shot--framing and composition are perfect. What more is there to say?

8:47 PM, August 15, 2006  
Anonymous MrC said...

hey there!
excellent portrait! the others have said the rest .. great framing & composition
.. for me, his stance is great, & the expression is spot on - the narrowing of the eyes, intense stare ... 'snarl' comes to mind!

11:41 PM, August 15, 2006  
Anonymous faustina said...

I like this a lot, you should do more portraits. I love his expression, and you are right the lake is a nice background for it.

1:16 AM, August 16, 2006  
Blogger micki said...

Excellent portrait of a very photogenic subject!! Well done, Tim!

He does look like he would drag you up the mountain if he had to.

2:08 AM, August 16, 2006  
Anonymous Laurie said...

Wow...I know that look...it is very similar to the ones I get from my kids, well at least 2 of them anyway, when I take their pictures.

You did well with this shot. Toning down the sweater gives it a more worn feel which I think was a good choice for the scene. I think if it had been very vibrant it wouldn't fit the earthy ruggedness and reality of the shot but rather looked like an ad for LL Bean.

7:30 AM, August 16, 2006  
Blogger cb said...

Great portrait! it looks like a beer commercial or something Great job!

10:00 PM, August 16, 2006  
Anonymous unklrbrt said...

Hi Timmybomb,

Been looking at your mountain shots.

I like this one, but unlike most everyone else, I am not sure about your toning doun the sweater - I would like to see the original. I think that maybe the brighter colour might be more in character with Paso (I'll have to wait until I meet him to verify this), also , it might highlight the intrusion of "outsiders" into this remote, peaceful area.

Think about it and let me know your thoughts.


1:12 PM, August 17, 2006  
Blogger Anastasia said...

This photo really struck me. There's such a rawness to it. Yet, such a domestic comfort underneath it. I think the best way to describe it would be a blond Juan de Fuca meets Norman Rockwell, the love child of Eddie Bauer and John Law who just stumbled out of the pub to find himself in the lake district.

I have no comment regarding the sweater. But I think the picture would have been even more interesting had it been horizontal instead of vertical, with more of the lake and even some of the sky. Since Paso's sweater is such an agreeable focal point, there would have been no loss in making this photograph larger and more broad. Perhaps if it expanded more to the left, and we could see the end of his fishing pole. Then I think there would be an even better argument for "the intrusion of 'outsiders' into this remote, peaceful area." Because as the picture is, it could be argued that it is in fact the remote, peaceful area intruding upon the 'outsider'. This picture is about Paso and his beer, and not the lake.

5:41 PM, August 20, 2006  
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10:54 PM, February 22, 2007  
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4:55 AM, March 15, 2007  

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