Around the Barn - Young cowboy portraits c&c

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  1. sjconner

    sjconner TPF Noob!

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    Some portraits I took this morning of a 14 year old cowboy. By the time we got to the last one he was pretty fed up with the whole thing. Let me know about lighting, comp. etc. I used my kit lens. I need to get a light meter so I can use my 50mm f1.7 manual lens better. The green window is distracting in number two but I didn't have anything to cover it with.

    Thanks, Susan

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    Susan

    Any good cowboy likes to be roughed up some. Next time kick his butt and you will get some 'real' cowboy shots. I learned that watching John Wayne back in the '60s. :mrgreen:



    I like #2
    The colors, lighting and his expression all work well to keep the "cowboy" idea.



    *It might be pretty cool if you could also get some shots of the barn. It looks rustic from what I can see in one of the photos.
     
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    I agree - #2 is my favorite. :)
     
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    This young man's hero is John Wayne. He was telling me that John Wayne's birthday is tomorrow and he is planning on doing a John Wayne movie marathon. His mom was shaking her head.

    He wants me to photograph him with his horse named Red. That request will take some thought. I am not sure I want to photograph looking up at him. Or just have him on foot. We'll see. Any suggestions?

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    I think I have seen most of John Wayne's movies about 20 times. :mrgreen:

    Susan
    If I were you, I would take him up on the offer. Try different things, things that you may not even be comfortable with. At worst you spend some time practicing how to delete shots. ;)
     
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    I want to shoot him with his horse. At his place there just isn't much to climb on. I want to take some at eye level with him on the horse. For one pose, I thought I might have him on his horse with his cheek resting on the horse's neck and arms wrapped around the horse's neck. Would that be too girly?

    He is a blast to be around. His favorite John Wayne movie is The Cowboys. I think he was watched most of John Wayne's movies except for the McQ ones.

    Again, Thank You!

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    Yeah John Wayne. I live in the state he's from. Your photos of him are really good, especially #1 and #2. I would've taken one of him from head to toe next to the barn door or window for #1 and the green door in the back of the barn is really cool, gives somewhat of a mysterious feel to it.
     
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    Nice work; the one thing that strikes me though is that he is too clean. He needs a bit of dust & dirt on him, at least in a few shots.
     
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    Nice gauntlets/cuffs! I agree with Tirediron, as a farm "kid" myself, he's a bit too clean.
     
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    BuS_RiDeR No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Nice work. I really like these.

    When I looked at them I was thrown back to the old west... I miss those days. :lol:

    Anyway, what if you converted them to Sepia or even B&W... kinda like...

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    Just a thought...
     

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