Living with the Spirit

© Dale Hardin

Living with the Spirit

Joy Rector 12/10/2013 11:19:23 AM

perfect detail #1555518

Dale Hardin 12/10/2013 1:14:38 PM

Thank you Joy. This is a shot from an Indian Powwow that I attended recently. #10919059

Colette M. Metcalf 12/10/2013 4:49:45 PM

Wonderful portrait!! #10919181

Sherran Andersen 12/10/2013 4:53:46 PM

Nice capture Dale. #10919191

Dale Hardin 12/10/2013 7:19:11 PM

Collete and Sherran, thanks very much. #10919259

Michael Kelly 12/11/2013 9:58:27 AM

Your portrait work has become amazing Dale. I think this is among the strongest of the strong. Did you discover something you could share with us as far as technique? I think your portraits have always been good, but you seem to have taken them to the next level. #10919624

Dale Hardin 12/11/2013 10:24:29 AM

Thank you Mike. I've been concentrating more lately on controlling light, whether pre-shoot or post-shoot. In this case it was both.

In post processing I applied dodge and burn to accent his features. Then wanted to add blue to the background black, so added a blue texture that I masked so that it did not appear on his face. The blue was assisted with a multiply blend that helped create more dramatic lighting. #10919635

Dale Hardin 12/11/2013 10:29:14 AM

Mike, here is the out of camera shot with no processing. #10919639

Dale Hardin 12/11/2013 10:32:39 AM

After posting the out of camera shot, I see that BP greatly changed the tone and color when it was processed by them. They dimmed the exposure and reduced the reds. #10919644

Susan Williams 12/11/2013 11:44:59 AM

I, too, am impressed with the quality of this portrait, Dale. The subject should buy it and pay you a lot of money for it. If one knows this man, that's one audience to admire your work; if one doesn't know this man, one wants to get inside his head to learn what he's thinking, where life has taken him...the story. Very well-done, Dale. #10919698

Dale Hardin 12/11/2013 3:27:09 PM

Thank you Susan. I have his name somewhere. He is a part time actor and has played the part of Crazy Horse. Very down to earth and pleasant fellow too. #10919824

Elaine Hessler 12/11/2013 5:17:06 PM

Wow Dale. This is fantastic. And thank you for showing us what you started with -amazing changes. I really like the silver in his hair and everything about this! #10919884

Elaine Hessler 12/11/2013 5:18:33 PM

Maybe at our next meet up we can do a little bit with lighting a portraits and/or flash. I still avoid these like the plague cause I still am not great with this subject. #10919888

Dale Hardin 12/11/2013 6:46:35 PM

Thanks Elaine. For anyone interested in the basics of TTL flash and the "how to's" check out the link in my blog. It's located on the right under favorite links.

It's a short 10 lesson exercise that explains the basics of how flash works and what camera settings to use for the effect you desire. #10919996

Peter W. Marks 12/12/2013 7:51:45 AM

As with Elaine I so appreciate you showing us the 'before' image even allowing for BP messing with the colors and tones.
I echo Mike's comment too. #10920272

Dale Hardin 12/12/2013 8:40:31 AM

Thanks a lot Peter. I just wish I could be more consistent. Practice, practice, practice, I guess is the order of the day. :o) #10920286

Rita K. Connell 12/12/2013 8:01:05 PM

excellent and everything everyone else has said. #10920543

Dale Hardin 12/12/2013 8:59:41 PM

Thank you Rita. #10920549

Katherine Kuhn 12/13/2013 4:00:31 PM

This is an amazing portrait, Dale. I agree with all the above comment -- great light, expression -- capture of the man! #10921077

Dale Hardin 12/13/2013 4:49:01 PM

Thanks so much Katherine and congratulations on your win. #10921099

Sheryl Sturges 12/17/2013 3:59:08 PM

This is really stunning, Dale. Simple, but powerful. Your subject is handsome and that doesn't hurt eiher!! #10924238

Dale Hardin 12/17/2013 4:19:55 PM

Thanks a lot Cheryl. I'm sure he'll like hearing your comments, too. :o) #10924251

Gail Sullivan 1/26/2014 6:29:00 AM

A very powerful portrait, Dale! #10956185

Dale Hardin 1/26/2014 8:54:32 AM

Thank you very much Gail. He was an interesting guy. #10956308

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Shutter Speed: 1/400.00 F-stop: f/4.5
Focal Length: 45.00

Exif: F Number: 4.5, Exposure Bias Value: 0.70, ExposureTime: 1/400 seconds, Flash: did not fire, compulsory flash mode, ISO: 200, White balance: Auto white balance, FocalLength: 45.00 mm, Model: SLT-A77V

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