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Old Style Portrait of David III

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Anita (West Nottingham, Pennsylvania, United States) on 25 February 2014 in People & Portrait.

I'm having fun with these portraits. I saw portraits of Civil War Union Generals taken by Matthew Brady at the National Portrait Gallery (USA), and think I did a pretty good job by comparison.
I used three textures by Shadowhouse Creations .

NIKON D300 1/60 second F/3.2 ISO 320 50 mm


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Lougris from Toulouse, France

Un beau travail en effet sur ce portrait !! bravo !

25 Feb 2014 2:01pm

Brenda from Canton, United States

Yes - you have definitely captured the "Matthew Brady" look and feel. And your husband is a wonderful subject - he has that handsome "old-time" feel. Beautifully done.

25 Feb 2014 3:33pm

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Fascinating to explore the potential in this idea. Back in Brady's day, the subject had to be leaning on something or sitting so to keep still for the very long exposure. Deliberately or otherwise, you have adopted the same with the chair.

26 Feb 2014 6:42am

@Ronnie 2¢: I did it deliberately. I wanted David to look stiff, like in Brady's day. Also, no smile, which David said was much easier than our current desire to have everyone smile happily for photos.

Arnd from Basel, Switzerland

Fascinating portrait of your husband dressed up in an olde worlde costume. He seems to be a very patient man.
Good processing, Anita. Definitely gives the image a vintage, old-photo feel.

26 Feb 2014 8:53am

@Arnd: Thanks. My husband is an extremely patient and accommodating man!

janina from Australia

The no-smiling is actually a human's way of saying he is friendly. The grimace, or smile, in the ape world is one of aggression, or get back or I'll bite! I've learned a lot from David Attenborough documentaries...
A wonderful portrait, anita.

27 Feb 2014 12:01am

@janina: Thank you so much for the info about smiling and not smiling. I had no idea. My husband will be glad to know. I'm glad you like it.

RBL from Oxford, United States

Wow, this is awesome, Anita! Very well done! And your husband is a great subject :)

27 Feb 2014 12:57am

@RBL: Thanks, Ruthie. Taking these photos was fun for both of us.

RBL from Oxford, United States

I also like the placement of both his hands ... nice work :)

27 Feb 2014 12:59am

Julie L. Brown from Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

You did very well.

3 Mar 2014 11:57am

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

That processing is remarkable, Anita. Well done!

12 Mar 2014 2:01am

@Judy aka L@dybug: Thank you. We had fun with this.

rian from vestavia hills, United States

it came out pretty well, nice work.

16 Mar 2014 5:37pm

1/60 second
ISO 320
50 mm