© Dennis Gay


Uploaded: November 09, 2011


In a seemingly academic attitude this man seriously studies his daily newspaper in the corner of my favourite café.

This caffeinated candid was shot inside the Crèma Espresso Bar in Port Macquarie, NSW, Australia.

Canon EOS 40D with Canon 28-135mm IS USM lens: RAW, f/5.6 @ 1/125sec, 85mm, ISO 320.
Lightroom 3 & Photoshop CS5.

PS: After a lot of thought I have decided to change the title from 'Chin Warmer #2' to 'Solomon'. I think it suits the image much better.

Exif: F Number: 5.6, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 1/125 seconds, Flash: did not fire, compulsory flash mode, ISO: 320, White balance: Manual white balance, FocalLength: 85.00 mm, Model: Canon EOS 40D


Dennis Gay November 09, 2011

The Making of 'Chin Warmer':

Same day, same place as 'Deep Thought' but a different time on this blustery, wet and chilly late spring day.
My Port Macquarie Panthers Camera Club mates and I had been driven inside due to the weather so I made sure I got a seat that would give me a good view of the small elevated table in the corner. It is a great place for my innocent candid subjects to sit as there is light coming in from behind and to their left, creating a good deep shadow in the corner behind them.
This photograph is the type of shot I was originally after when I shot 'Deep Thought' so I was a fortunate photographer that day to nail both.


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Arthur Bohlmann November 09, 2011

WOW!! Fantastic portrait!! You once again have amazed me with a fantastic image. #9793469

Jeff Robinson level-deluxe November 09, 2011

An Outstanding location portrait - Great light, expression and use of B&W!! #9793472

Dennis Gay November 09, 2011

Gadzooks *Arthur* & *Jeff*!!

Welcome back to the Crèma men.

Massive thanks to you both for your combined extremely encouraging review.
So glad you enjoyed it.

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Dale Hardin November 09, 2011

A beautifully crafted classic portrait, Dennis. Love the comp, the lighting, and the pose. The fact that you planned this, makes it even more admirable. Love it. #9793705

Michael G. Marshall November 09, 2011

Terrific candid, Dennis! Wonderful light and shadows to bring power and emotion to the image! Michael #9793762

Dennis Gay November 10, 2011

Yowza *Dale* & *Michael*!!

So good to see you two blokes at the Crèma.

A truck load of thanks each for your collective appraisal. Very encouraging and greatly appreciated men.

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David Resnikoff level-deluxe November 10, 2011

Amazing Portrait.
Great light.
I can even see the mans personality .

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Robert Jensen November 10, 2011

Beautiful study in B&W. You've really captured his interest in what he was reading. #9795757

Dennis Gay November 10, 2011

Well Met *David* & *Robert*!!

Always room for two more at my table at the Crèma. Glad you could make it.

Mu utmost thanks (x2) for the encouragement and inspiration of your collective great feedback.

This one will eventually be printed on silver rag as the highlights look amazing.

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Carla Capra Anderson level-classic November 10, 2011

Hi Dennis;
Ditto what has been said about this awesome image.
;) CC #9796526

Dennis Gay November 10, 2011

Well knock me down with a feather!!!!!

My warmest Aussie thanks *Mr Editor* for awarding my café customer a PICK!

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Dennis Gay November 10, 2011

Capital *Carla*!

A warm welcome back to the Crèma.

Thank you eversomuch for your enthusiastic and inspiring feedback.

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Carla Capra Anderson level-classic December 14, 2011

Congrats! #9865437

Arthur Bohlmann December 14, 2011

Congradulations Dennis #9865606

Douglas Pignet December 14, 2011

Congrats on this great finalist...way to go!!! #9865641

David Resnikoff level-deluxe December 14, 2011

Well Done Dennis. Fully Deserved
David Resnikoff (The Mexican) #9865762

Liz blahh December 14, 2011

Congrats on your finalist! #9865886

Dale Hardin December 14, 2011

Congratulations Dennis. Excellent photo. #9866131

Dennis Gay December 15, 2011


Massive Aussie summer thanks for awarding the wise "Solomon" a PICK!

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Dennis Gay December 15, 2011

Hello Carla, Arthur, Douglas, David, Liz & Dale!!!!!!

Max Aussie thanx to all for your warmly encouraging collective congratz and support.

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Lydia Williams level-deluxe December 15, 2011

Oh my gosh, Dennis, This is another fantastic "Cafe Shop" photo! beautifully captured...Congratulations!! #9868272

Merna L. Nobile December 17, 2011

What could be more important in life than to know in our hearts that in everything we have tried to do, we have done our very best?
Congratulations for your magnificent contribution for the month of November, 2011.
Merna Nobile

Dennis Gay April 05, 2012

Mon Dieu LYDIA & MERNA!!

My humble apolgies for such a belated reply.

Thank you both so much for your collective encouraging feedback and cheery congratz.

Dennis #10075947

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