“Joe’s New Hat”

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Canon MarkII 1DS f1.4 50mm lens ISO 3200 F1.4@ 1/60th

Theme Week 23: Random Notes from a Western Trip

Hi Everybody,

Thank you for the feedback!

Joe was a participant on the Tetons workshop and is also a represenative for Bogen. Joe is a great friend to Radiant Vista and has become a personal friend of mine. There are a lot of great things I could say about Joe but the best thing I could say is that he loves to make people laugh which is an amazing gift he shares with the world everyday. I love this shot of Joe because I love the way he looks in this new hat his wife Hillary had just bought for him in Jackson. And Flo is right…Joe is just about to say something and more than likely we were all laughing when he was finished talking.

I did alot to this image to simplify including adding unrealistic blurring :). I agree with Gordon about the mystery figure…in fact for me conceptually she is a huge part of the shot…Joe is surrounded by light and in the light…bringing laughter into what is all to often the darkness of despair….represented here by the dark figure with a back turned to the world. I also feel like Joe needs a conterpart from a design standpoint.

The Tetons workshop was another amazing experience. We had such a great group of people and there were several powerful synchronicities, which for me, is always a sign of the presence of the mystery source of everything and reassuring to say the least. One of the synchronicities on this workshop involved a powerful message delivered to me in the form of a poem titled “Wild Geese”. All I will say is that it is something I very much needed to hear, and connected to a series of experiences where I had sighted geese. There was a surreal quality about these sightings and I knew some powerful connection in the form of message and meaning was taking place. Miraculously (but no longer surprising) while I was posting this I heard the honking of geese and went out to see a perfect chevron flying over my hotel and a chevron of geese is the picture Craig H.(a Tetons workshop participant and new friend) used to illustrate this poem…so a profound, from the deepest depths of my soul, thank you to mystery for continuing to show us the way towards the ever expanding light of consciouness (home!!!)… Thanks to Joe for laughter and thanks to Craig H. for sharing, among many other gifts, this poem….

“WILD GEESE”
by Mary Oliver

You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
For a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about your despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting –
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.

“I am certain of nothing but the holiness of the Heart’s affections and the truth of the Imagination.” — John Keats

This entry was written by Craig , posted on Monday October 01 2007at 06:10 pm , filed under Black and White, People, Portraits . Bookmark the permalink . Post a comment below or leave a trackback: Trackback URL.

9 Responses to ““Joe’s New Hat””

  • Gordon says:

    It’s cool how his face just appears out of the scene, really focuses in on that great hat. The fact that the brim is probably even sharper than his eyes and certainly more contrasty, takes my attention right there.

    somehow I don’t find the blur believable. Maybe just because it is so extremely shallow at 1.4 ?

  • Rick Allen says:

    Nice picture of Joe and of his new hat. Like a lot of the geometric shapes around the face (beard, open shirt, etc). But the image doesn’t quite capture Joe’s Manhatten accent.

  • tonebytone says:

    Altho he’s not wearing a typical “cowboy” hat, it’s more like that than whatever people in Manhattan are wearing these days. Rick seems to know him, so I’m assuming that’s where this was taken – Manhatten? Or did Joe participate in the most recent workshop?

    The image itself: I like it a lot. I’d prefer it cropped closer from the left, as I find that other human head shape rather distracting. My eye goes from Joe’s immediately to the blown out highlight in the far background to that dark head shape. I find that the background seems more balanced with that dark shape on the left removed. I also wish his beard on the left of the image didn’t disappear into the shadow of his collar.

    These are nit-picks, however. This is a wonderful portrait of a man – and I expect that he’s just about ready to open his mouth and say something – profound, funny, whatever. :-)

  • This is nice… i also think a square crop getting rid of the left side would ‘feel’ more balanced and defined as well kk

  • JohnGalt says:

    It looks as if both eyes are equally sharp which seems quite a feat considering such a shallow DOF. His ear is even sharp with his shirt very blurred. I have to ask whether there is something else at work here? Just curious because this is a wonderful example of having the face jump right out at the viewer.

    Glad to see you posting to Light Diary. Looking forward to more from the Tetons.
    Thanks.
    Steve

  • Gordon says:

    I actually quite like the ‘mysterious’ figure in the background – I think it gives it more going on with that there, rather than cropped out. I was going to mention that yesterday.

  • admin says:

    Hi Everybody,

    Thank you for the feedback!

    Joe was a participant on the Tetons workshop and is also a represenative for Bogen. Joe is a great friend to Radiant Vista and has become a personal friend of mine. There are a lot of great things I could say about Joe but the best thing I could say is that he loves to make people laugh which is an amazing gift he shares with the world everyday. I love this shot of Joe because I love the way he looks in this new hat his wife Hillary had just bought for him in Jackson. And Flo is right…Joe is just about to say something and more than likely we were all laughing when he was finished talking.

    I did alot to this image to simplify including adding unrealistic blurring :). I agree with Gordon about the mystery figure…in fact for me conceptually she is a huge part of the shot…Joe is surrounded by light and in the light…bringing laughter into what is all to often the darkness of despair….represented here by the dark figure with a back turned to the world. I also feel like Joe needs a conterpart from a design standpoint.

    The Tetons workshop was another amazing experience. We had such a great group of people and there were several powerful sycnchronicities, which for me, is always a sign of the presence of the mystery source of everything and reassuring to say the least. One of the sycnchronicities on this workshop involved a meeting with someone who delivered a powerful message to me in the form of a poem titled “Wild Geese”. All I will say is that it is something I very much needed to hear, and connected to a series of experiences where I had sighted geese. There was a surreal quality about these sightings and I knew some powerful connection in the form of message and meaning was taking place. Miraculously (but no longer surprising) while I was posting this I heard the honking of geese and went out to see a perfect chevron flying over my hotel and a chevron of geese is the picture Craig used to illustrate this poem…so a profound, from the deepest depths of my soul, thank you to mystery for continuing to show us the way… Thanks to Joe for laughter and thanks to Craig H. for sharing, among many other gifts, this poem….

    “WILD GEESE”
    by Mary Oliver

    You do not have to be good.
    You do not have to walk on your knees
    For a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
    You only have to let the soft animal of your body
    love what it loves.
    Tell me about your despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
    Meanwhile the world goes on.
    Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
    are moving across the landscapes,
    over the prairies and the deep trees,
    the mountains and the rivers.
    Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
    are heading home again.
    Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
    the world offers itself to your imagination,
    calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting –
    over and over announcing your place
    in the family of things.

    “I am certain of nothing but the holiness of the Heart’s affections and the truth of the Imagination.” — John Keats

  • mgrigsby says:

    Craig, I really like the way Joe and his new hat POP out of the blurred background and the way his dark beard completes the oval rhythm of his new hat. Since I’m just back from a trip to NM and CO to shoot the aspens, etc. let me also say that your “Wish you were here” image is awesome!!
    I have so many RAW images to process my comments may be a little spotty for awhile but I’ll look in and comment as often as I can. I hope your Teton weather was as good as we had–boy that cool dry air is a nice change from the Houston heat and humidty :0) BTW I used a lot of what I’ve learned at RV on the trip and I asked permission and shot several people a long the way. Thanks as always for sharing your vision and wisdom!!
    Murry

  • Gordon says:

    the blur probably looks the way you want it, already, but I think what I find problematic is that the blur doesn’t change with the obvious depth changes in the scene. Perhaps that’s just a photographer’s view on it though. I remember playing with the lens blur features in photoshop where you can specify something of a ‘depth map’ as layer, that defines how the fall-off should go within the scene – perhaps that might be interesting to try as a comparison.

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