Saturday, December 20, 2008

In the Alley at Dickens on the Strand

Here's another photo from Dickens on the Strand in Galveston - probably my favorite of the day. This gentleman was sitting on the curb eating his lunch when Larry and I pounced on him, right after we had shot the girl in the pink hat that I posted a few days ago. That alley made for some great backgrounds, and he was so cooperative letting us take a few photos. Again, the same light setup was used, a Nikon SB800 off to the right shot through a soft box. I thought this almost looked like the light was snooted, but probably is because of his dark clothes and hat and the relative ambient dark alley behind him. Black and white conversion was done with Nik Silver Efex Pro with a selenium tint. Click to see the larger version -- it's worth it. I'm also posting the color version below. I'd be interested to hear which you like better in the comments.


  1. Wow, a really compelling portrait, VERY NICE. I have to say I really like the black and white version. Although the color is wonderful too, the monotone really focuses your attention on the subject's face, I can hardly look away. But I can't get the color image to enlarge so it is not really a true comparision. In the color version I am a little distracted by the aqua color right behind his top one way it is nice that it is there for the hat to pop off of, but that one spot is the most intense color in the shot so it is somewhat distracting. The black and white conversion is timeless, that could have been taken in the 1800s. The background is perfect. Definitely my favorite of your Dickens on the Strand shots.


  2. I really love this portrait. The black and white is my favorite.

  3. Who does your lighting? The guy is a genius! A kidding aside, this is a very nice portrait. The subject has a nice face, but you did a great job bringing his face out. I think that the you 70-200mm f/2.8 did a great job with the background.

    Good work. Give that lighting man a raise--he deserves it!

  4. Black and white somehow makes it for me. I think B&W portraits do something for the skin that color does not.