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The Last Cowboy of Meeteetse

The Last Cowboy of Meeteetse
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Copyright: Pierre Richer (tournesol) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1827 W: 258 N: 1536] (12876)
Genre: People
Medium: Black & White
Date Taken: 2006-10-07
Categories: Decisive Moment, Portrait
Camera: Canon EOS 30D, Canon EF 17-40mm F/4 L, B+W 77mm UV
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Wyoming - September- October 2006
Theme(s): INDIGO AWARDS 2, dada's favorits 2, 50-59 points [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-10-11 7:51
Viewed: 3880
Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello TL friends! It's been a while! We are back from two wonderful weeks of vacation in the Wyoming wilderness. Fantastic scenery, wildlife everywhere, a sense of space, and the most friendly people!

On our last day in Wyoming, we stopped in Meeteeste, one of the numerous small towns where you expect to see John Wayne around the corner. Well, I didn't see John, but I met this fellow who told me he had spent all his life in Meeteetse. I think he wondered what 2 Canadians from the big city were doing in his neck of the woods... At the end, I asked him if I could take his picture, and in his words, he said he didn't mind. Two seconds later, a moment was immortalized...

Thanks for looking!

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Very good b/w, very sharp and very interesting story
like the advertisment of budweiser behind his head, makes it very cool

Hi Pierre,
Great portrait and a great idea to convert it into B/W. Guess how these people felt when I showed up in the small Montana towns?
You captured the cowboy perfectly, with a great expression and wearing is dirty jacket. Funny to see the sign behind his head the the rifle in the back.

Hi Pierre,

Good to see you back!!! I hope you had a great time. :)
Great B&W portrait! A pure cow boy!! :))
Very nice contrast and lighting, as it enhances his wrinkles and facial characteristics!
Very well done!


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  • laine Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 355 W: 37 N: 107] (885)
  • [2006-10-11 8:04]

oh, i bet he had quite a life!
beautiful b&w portrait. probably much better than it would be in colour mode.

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  • iso Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 981 W: 61 N: 169] (29412)
  • [2006-10-11 8:04]

Bonjour Pierre, heureux de ton retour. Ici la magie de la photo voilà imprimer à jamais ou presque un beau souvenir, je te lisais et j'espérais rencontrer John comme toi. Merci de nous offrir ce souvenir d'un autre temps.
J'aime beaucoup le rendu du visage et le n&b est un bon choix pour moi.

cool image, perect details and i like budweiser poster at background
great black and white

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  • babett (72)
  • [2006-10-11 8:29]

hi Pierre
ideaL sharpness, and its good that you choose the b&w color.. the portrait is very well has sth like "soul" i can't explain that( dirty jacket, long moustaches, the hat). end the entertaiment beside, lots of wrinkles. the real cowboy!!!!
great photo

Hi Pierre,
Excellent portrait. I love this kind of life portrait, which presented a real life of human being. When you look at the man in the photo, it seems that you are communicating with him.

A superb portrait, Pierre, the tones are spot on, maybe one tiny thing ( very personal) hands are very important I feel, but it is all or nothing... they're either in or out.
Love the way he looks into the lens, I can feel his confidence, well done et bon retour, M, (*_*)

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  • Juliet Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1250 W: 106 N: 2911] (22323)
  • [2006-10-11 13:32]

This is a wonderful shot. B&W was the right choice for this. Very sharp with perfect tones. TFS Julie

Très beau portrait... excellent choix du n&b....
Un portrait de réelle qualité
De la Grande photographie à mon humble avis...
Seul bémol, je crois pas que le cadre est nécessaire ici : )

Salut Pierre,
Un beau portrait mais je le trouve trop centré, la compo est un peu classique.
J'aurais aimé un cadrage plus serré. Tu aurais pu te rapprocher de lui.

Magnifique, Pierre ! Il etait sans doute tres confortable devant ton appareil.


Hello Pierre.
very good and nice portrait.
Beautifull face.

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  • pozaru Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3627 W: 881 N: 2607] (21386)
  • [2006-10-12 3:40]

What a great face !
Glad to see you again Pierre.

stay well,
ps>I'll come back with the points

Excellent shot Pierre

I love the look and detail on his face
your choice to use Black/White in this photo is perfect, sharpness and presentation is terrific.

Great job and welcome back ;)

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2572 W: 237 N: 6132] (24044)
  • [2006-10-12 6:46]
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A truly superb character shot (and a lovely re-entry to TL). The texture of his face is really wonderful and the comp is excellent as always -- see! you CAN do people pics!

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  • erdna Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 574 W: 62 N: 749] (5437)
  • [2006-10-12 11:42]

Been to Wyoming, but not Meeteeste. Wyoming is a good place for photography.

Your photo is so sharp that as I lok at it it seems the whiskers are moving! You presented him very nicely against the "bud" poster.


Great b&w portrait - thats a face thats seen some things! I love the background details used to offset this guy - the beer poster and the gun in the back left. Definately a picture with a story to tell.
Thanks for sharing

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  • Ilir Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 518 W: 67 N: 53] (5121)
  • [2006-10-12 17:12]
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Imagine the stories he has to tell, by the fire, in the prairie, sipping coffee from old tin cups. Speaking slowly, chewing tobacco.

You know, it always puzzles why people in small towns are much more willing to be photographed, compared to those in big cities. And I detest the usual explanation that 'this is the rare opportunity to be famous' … And always, once you take the shot, you can talk to them and set a story in the background of the pic.

I don't know if you kept the sign of Bud intentionally or not, but it does help the portrait in a sense of identifying the environment and circumstances. A side addition to the portrait itself.

Very warm and respectful portraying!


Good capture and well usage of BW.



Very interesting portrait Pierre. The lines in his face tell much about this man. The black and white works very well especially with the white/gray in his moustache.

Marvellous portrait. The low angle you chose and the way he is looking straight down the lens as well as the little details like the Bud poster, all combine to make this an exceptional image.

Very nice B&W portrait, great light, contrast. I like lines on his face.
Very well done.

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  • dada Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 896 W: 46 N: 382] (6560)
  • [2006-10-16 1:54]

Hi Pierre! this is an amaizing portrait, I like it so much! the tones, the background, and of course his expression... he seems a good actor in a very good movie. I love everything here, even his dirty tshirt:) this could be a winning picture at a contest:) me, I won the firswt prize with my "Romanian Cowboy":)

a fav,

Wyoming is fantastic, isnt it..
I like this portrait a lot.. the b and w..
I like the rifle in the bg
good touch.
averall well done.

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  • miuky Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 197 W: 25 N: 234] (1305)
  • [2006-11-16 9:20]
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Hy Pierre
A proud look...a very proud look(maybe ecouraged with some wisky...:)))but, good work here...
Regards, M.

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