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Jim Talin, Master Bookbinder
Jim Talin, Master Bookbinder
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Challenge: Environmental Portrait (Advanced Editing IV)
Collection: Challenges
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Tamron SP AF 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di for Canon
Location: Yarmouth, MA
Date: May 11, 2006
Aperture: f/8
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/6
Date Uploaded: May 11, 2006

From RAW: Cropped to advantage

Color image contrast masked, healing brush on shiny dome, hue/sat, sharpened, Image duplicated

Duplicate image converted to B/W in red channel, tone adjusted with hue/sat "colorize", some local dodging and burning, overly of vignetting plus several gradients added and faded, entire B/W image copied and pasted over color image

Combined image, B/W image faded in normal mode to allow some color through. Gradient/vignette overlay copied and pasted on top of this and faded in multiply mode.

Resize, sharpen, border, save for web.

Statistics
Place: 4 out of 190
Avg (all users): 7.2342
Avg (commenters): 7.8966
Avg (participants): 7.1351
Avg (non-participants): 7.2838
Views since voting: 7368
Views during voting: 371
Votes: 222
Comments: 58
Favorites: 11 (view)


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06/13/2012 10:40:28 AM
You know what's funny? It's really not a very striking image. It doesn't pop. It doesn't have bright flashy colors. Or crazy effects. It doesn't have some heart-stopping beauty with lips that would a blind man cry.

It's the photographic equivalent of a warm, soft sweater.

I cannot even count how many times over recent years I have recollected this image and tried to learn from it or apply it to something I am doing. It is such a clean and pure example of how to do a photo just right.

Maybe it's weird, but when I think of Bear, I think of the steamed seafood on the East Coast, I think of a guy hiking in the mountains hauling a huge-arse wooden tripod with a large format camera, only to lose it over a soft embankment, spilling noiselessly into some remote valley, but ultimately preserving that with real value. I think of a guy who loves landscapes and can work magic with a 20D and a non-L APS-C lens.

And when I think about portraits - environmental portraits. I think of Jim Talin and bear. What would be a simple snapshot for some is a carefully planned, immacculately executed combination of function and expression.

It's always there in my mind as a reminder of what I need to do to do it right.

It's something you never want to forget.
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01/24/2009 07:11:58 AM
If I'd voted on this challenge, this would have been my choice for blue. I really love this image. I've seen it before, but since I stumbled across it again, I thought I should leave a comment. I don't think a photographer really gets to choose their own photographic style - basically they develop a style over time through experience. But if I could choose my own style - I'd like to shoot images like this.
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11/14/2006 11:58:00 AM
Great shot; just the right expression- one of 2 ways to go with this- serious st work, or personality. I like the tools behind and the placement behind his head. I also dig the full frame and the under teh table look. Great workplace portrait of a craftsman.
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08/11/2006 12:29:30 PM
I havent really gone through your portfolio thouroughly before as i'm not a huge landscape fan and I was amazed by this photo during the challenge but I also just found your photos "Gretchen, Mark, Rosie Jack 3 Generations in Sunset Light" and "Happy Winner". All three of these are beautiful. I know landscape and floral are your confort zones but I REALLY love your portrait work. I hope to see more of it in the future. :)
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05/27/2006 02:54:36 PM
Wow bear! Just got around to looking through the entries and I see you got 4th. Congrats on an excellent portrait!
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05/24/2006 08:25:30 AM
Congratulations with the 4th place! Very interesting portrait. It's perfect for this challenge.
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05/23/2006 01:21:19 PM
way to go Bear, just keep the good ones coming!
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05/22/2006 09:36:41 PM
Originally posted by chabes:

are you sure that isn't George Kastanza?

ditto!
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05/22/2006 07:53:38 PM
Very, very nice, Robert. Good to see a picture on your top row that doesn't have water or a skiff in it. :-) Note that you received only 2 votes 4 or below - that alone is an amazing stat. Masterfully done from the angle and lighting of the capture to the wickedly complicated post-processing - how do you know when you're done?
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05/22/2006 11:49:53 AM
I had a feeling this was yours. Congratulations!
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05/22/2006 11:02:19 AM
Congrats on the 4th place!
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05/22/2006 09:25:06 AM
Great finish and well-deserved.
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05/22/2006 09:21:51 AM
Great shot Robt!
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05/22/2006 04:44:00 AM
Congratulations on adding another ribbon to your collection Robt. I should have guessed it was yours from the quality of the lighting and post processing. One of my top picks for blue ribbon.
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05/22/2006 03:10:04 AM
It simply made me smile...
Congrats :D
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05/22/2006 02:37:51 AM
Beautiful image, I knew it would do well. Congratulations on a fantastic 4th place.
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05/22/2006 01:56:31 AM
Congratulations on an awesome entry Robert!
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05/22/2006 01:55:02 AM
congrats ole chap. that was close!
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05/22/2006 01:20:38 AM
Nicely done. Congratulations.
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05/22/2006 01:19:22 AM
This is amazing! Congratulations on 4th place!
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05/22/2006 12:40:53 AM
Congrats, where's the skiff? ;)
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05/22/2006 12:33:26 AM
Congrats! Where's the sunset? :P
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05/22/2006 12:33:09 AM
Congrats on your Top 5! This is a wonderful shot!
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05/22/2006 12:30:44 AM
I always check my favourites after a roll-over.

First of all, congrats on the 4th place (fingers crossed if someone from the top 3 gets DQ'ed, lol!) A very close one, Robt!

The DOF control is nice - just shallow enough to give the books and the table in front a sense of depth. And I like the simple border you used here, very suitable.
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05/22/2006 12:21:47 AM
Woo hoo. Good for you.
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05/22/2006 12:18:05 AM
This was a great shot Bear! Got a 10 from me.
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05/22/2006 12:14:50 AM
perfection
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/21/2006 05:19:56 PM
What a lot of tools a bookbinder has! Good composition, nice muted colours.
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05/21/2006 01:41:28 PM
His hand could have been posed better. It looks like a stump. The general rule is not to pose hands so the back or front is fully facing the lens.
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05/21/2006 11:10:17 AM
Very unusual talent to photograph, I really like the set-up and the easy expression of the model. Only part that bothers me are the hands, it looks like he is holding a tool but on first glance thought it was a big funny thumb and the lower hand maybe should stay postioned behind the table. 7
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05/20/2006 11:18:07 AM
I think cropping the bottom to about mid-table would have helped. His left hand and legs don't add anything IMO. 8
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05/20/2006 06:00:40 AM
Very excellent environmental portrait, it shows the man very well and also what he does without overwhelming him. I think it might look good with more of the bottom cropped off as well - so you couldn't see his hand hanging under the table.
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05/18/2006 11:11:42 AM
great photo! love it!(8)
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05/18/2006 07:59:31 AM
The top 80% is wonderful, I'm not so keen on the view below the desk though, a higher crop would have scored 10 from me!
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05/18/2006 07:59:22 AM
Very nice, I may have been to strict with most of the submissions but this is one of the few that really meet the challenge as far as I am concerned, this is a classic definition of an environmental portrait. Love it, nicely lit and post processing is good, 8 from me.
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05/17/2006 09:05:04 PM
Nice portrait and real good use of environment as a background!
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05/17/2006 08:05:56 PM
Good job! I like the slightly desaturated feel. Very appropriate
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05/17/2006 10:48:15 AM
I think this is one of the best in here. I think a little bit more contrast would look nice but still great.
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05/17/2006 08:15:46 AM
very well photographed
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05/17/2006 05:12:57 AM
Good lighting, great smile and I like all the different shades of brown. The crop is good and centering the subject has worked well.
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05/17/2006 04:38:46 AM
I think there are better shots than what you have here ,. I grant that you have excently put him in the workplace, my worries are that it is static, the hand looks too large and misshappen why not have him perched on the workbench holding a tome or two,
having had some association with this trade there is a lot of wealth here to be had maybe holding some tools of trade I could have a ball here . 6
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05/16/2006 06:18:40 PM
I like it. Nicely framed. Good focus and color
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05/16/2006 03:55:02 PM
interesting and well excecuted shot. Well done
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05/16/2006 02:28:26 PM
Wonderful face and great light. I don't think the bottom 1/3 is helping you.
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05/16/2006 02:21:48 PM
Very nice exposure. Lots of details in the photo without being too busy. Great job!
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05/16/2006 10:49:01 AM
One of my favourites. I love the muted colours, his pose and all of his tools around him.
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05/16/2006 01:34:02 AM
Great dodge/burn...his hand under the table is a little distracting, though.
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05/15/2006 04:25:20 PM
Now this is just whaat the challenge ordered. The environment is interesting and you have ensured that we can see that by lighting and including it in focus. the lighting here is brilliant. I know it looks casual and it might be but it is even across the whole portrait including the subject with just a stop difference. I don't know if this is going to score well but it should for it extreme technical competence. I was going to be bugged by the centreed composition but the overall effect of he image over-rode that. This deserves to be a full page illustration in a magazine article
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05/15/2006 01:17:24 PM
are you sure that isn't George Kastanza?
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05/15/2006 12:47:04 PM
great photo, and great lighting. i love the DOF here. nice crisp focus. 7
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05/15/2006 11:17:02 AM
Nice one indeed. I was thinking of shooting a very similar portrait. He is a master - the tools show it.
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05/15/2006 10:12:13 AM
Very interesting portrait. Makes me want to poke around the shop and look at all of those tools. I like the tones and the restrained color. Nice documentary image.
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05/15/2006 07:57:48 AM
Lovely !!
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05/15/2006 07:18:44 AM
great portraiture!
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05/15/2006 06:02:53 AM
really nice portrait...the hand at the bottom is a little distracting as you have to look what's going on...Jim should be happy with this
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05/15/2006 02:52:22 AM
One of the better ones after 15% voting. Sharp - good lighting - too the point and not overdone in any way - 10 points from me!

Only thing I woud have done differently would be to hide the hand under the desk. But these things usually only comes to mind during post edit - not when you set up the pose.
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05/15/2006 12:43:26 AM
Nice lighting and over all color tones. The hand under the table is a distraction, as his the way his legs are spread on the stool. I woud suggest cropping to the bottom edge of the table top. (8)
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05/15/2006 12:37:17 AM
Love his genuine smile. I'd crop just at the edge of the apron on the table. Nice composition otherwise.
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