Meet Harry

While visitng the Grand Canyon, my wife and I had the pleasure of meeting Harry. He has spent his life as a rancher, or as I prefer, a cowboy, working the ranches of the Southwest. The ranch he had worked at for the past 12 years had closed due to the economy and he now works at Grand Canyon Village.

After chatting with Harry a while, I asked if he’d mind if I took his picture. He seemed surprised that anyone would want to do that, but said “Well sure, if you want to.” I think this image captures the character of this man, and reflects the ruggedness of the geography and profession in which he has spent his life.

We saw Harry again a few times during our visit, and he always gave us a warm smile and a friendly wave. Meeting Harry was one of the many highpoints of our trip.

Taken with a Nikon D90 dslr and a Nikon 18-200 lens.  The focal length was 62mm and I used an f6.3 aperture to soften the Grand Canyon in the background.

More photos from our trip can be seen here: http://www.edspadoni.com/Photography/The-Great-American-Southwest

Posted by Ed

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3 Responses to Meet Harry

  1. 2guysphoto says:

    Great environmental portrait! Love how Harry’s dark, weathered skin reflects a life lived outdoors, as well as the defocused background of the multicolored Grand Canyon where he now spends his days. Also, it’s a great capture moment in that his eyes dart, it seems briefly and serendipitously, right to the lens as Ed triggered the shutter.

    From a technical standpoint, I might only suggest a small, selective lightening of the eyes to highlight the stare and to draw attention to them.

    Good shot, Ed.

    Posted by Rey.

  2. 2guysphoto says:

    You’re right Rey, a catchlight would have been great. I could have accomplished this with a bit of fill flash. I might also experiment in post-production to add it. That would be a good challenge. Thanks. Posted by Ed

  3. 2guysphoto says:

    Ok Rey, I met the challenge, or at least tried to… I edited “Harry” in Corel PSP software and added catchlights. You can see the edited version here: https://2guysphoto.files.wordpress.com/2011/01/dsc_1046-harry-w-catchlights-added-1.jpg.

    Better?
    Posted by Ed

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