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The Visitor

The Visitor
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Copyright: Jeff Gerst (n0xdw) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 78 W: 7 N: 40] (437)
Genre: People
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-07-20
Categories: Daily Life, Transportation, Portrait
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, 70-200mm f2.8L IS US
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2005-07-20 21:11
Viewed: 1346
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Met this retired teacher from Texas A&M who was taking a break from the heat and visited with him for a while as he told me tales of dirt roads before he left to continue his journey. I found him so interesting that i asked him if i could take his picture before he continued on. The back ground is a roadside park with the railroad beyond. I found him such a colorful character that if i could somehow capture the essence there would be no additional processing necessary.

Post processing was mostly resize for TL and unsharp mask applied.

Hope you enjoy.

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  • padre Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1419 W: 90 N: 263] (4035)
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Very nice shot Jim. The rail cars in the background add to the travel theme. Isn't it wonderful to meet people with such spirit! B

Hi Jeff,

wonderful image of a very colourful character as you mentioed in your note. I love folks like this... free spirits, proud guardians of a different way of life, exciting, and brave enough to do what makes them happy regardless of the social norm.

Interesting character indeed. Bet he was great fun. I'm going to Texas in October, doubt I'll meet him, but I'll keep my eyes open ;-P

On the image... the compo is smashing. Super old Yamaha parallel twin cylinder thumper. I'm sure you heard it thumping from miles away! So the old battered bike, against the old man in old battered clothes, against a train that could be 50-years old! Great subject matter. The thought occurred to me that this could have been taken in the seventies, then I saw you camera (same as mine) and realised that it really is a 'modern classic'. I did a workshop to make it look older. Hope you don't mind and find it of use.

Take Care,


Great shot, I think you were able to capture the unique essence of this person. Good job.

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