The Barber

Discussion in 'Street, Documentary, and Portrait' started by Robert Watcher, Jan 21, 2014.

  1. Robert Watcher

    Robert Watcher Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Peeking in doors as I walked streets in La Paz Centro - I came across this barber working away on his young client. I asked if I could take a couple of photographs of him working and after agreeing, he carried on as if I weren't in the room.

    I am not able to decide which version I like best - my Nica Color - of my Nica B&W. Each has a character all its own I feel. Image taken with Olympus E-PL3 w/12-42 (first generation) @14mm | f3.5 @ 1/60'th | 640 ISO



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  2. Toddster

    Toddster Mu-43 Veteran

    Aug 7, 2013
    Todd Cleaver
    Great work Rob. I prefer #1, the colors are wonderful.
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  3. Bokeaji

    Bokeaji Gonzo's Dad O.*

    Aug 6, 2011
    Austin, TX
    Agreed. Love the color version!
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  4. Crdome

    Crdome Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Sep 11, 2011
    West Central Indiana
    Wonderful shot Rob. Normally I'd prefer B+W but in this case color add warmth and intimacy to the lovely scene.

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  5. Pecos

    Pecos Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jan 20, 2013
    The Natural State
    Nice shot - great composition, mood, and colors. Color beats B&W for me.
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  6. RevBob

    RevBob Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Jun 4, 2011
    NorthWestern PA
    Great shot - surprisingly, I find that I prefer the color version. Usually, I prefer B&W. :2thumbs:
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  7. mcrosa

    mcrosa Mu-43 Regular Subscribing Member

    Jun 26, 2013
    Miami, Florida
    Mike Crosa
    Agree the color one is the best.
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  8. RT_Panther

    RT_Panther Mu-43 Legend

    May 4, 2011
    Wow - Lots of stuff going on there!
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  9. nsd20463

    nsd20463 Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 30, 2011
    Santa Cruz, CA
    Color, again. The red chair, the dabs of red in the details and the reddish wall make the color version more interesting than the B&W. When I look at the B&W I think you might have been trying too hard to make something of it.
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  10. BLX

    BLX Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Feb 24, 2012
    Reall good shot - I prefer the color version
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  11. mrjr

    mrjr Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 25, 2012
    It's unanimous: the color version is great. :)
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  12. audiodrive

    audiodrive Mu-43 Veteran

    Apr 9, 2013
    I love the first photo!
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  13. drd1135

    drd1135 Zen Snapshooter

    Mar 17, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    Definitely color. The colors are subtle and make the details stand out.
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  14. snkenai

    snkenai Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 5, 2010
    Classic! Wish I could do that level of (color) processing. That needs to be Printed LARGE, and framed in antique framing. Lovely setting and content.
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  15. Robert Watcher

    Robert Watcher Mu-43 Top Veteran

    I'll concede to that conclusion.
  16. Robert Watcher

    Robert Watcher Mu-43 Top Veteran


    Just in case you want to play with the coloring and tonality that I use as a "starting point" for my photojournalistic images taken in Central America - - - here are my settings in Lightroom. I have these settings as a single click Preset to get me going:

    Basic > Presence > Clarity +48 , Vibrance -45 , Saturation +26

    Split Toning > Highlights > Hue 52 , Saturation 64
    Balance -31
    Shadows > Hue 0 , Saturation 0

    Effects > Post-Crop Vignetting > Amount -19 , Midpoint 35 , Roundness - 44 , Feather 50 , Highlights 0

    BTW - all processing including selective dodging, burning, contrast and saturation adjustments - are accomplished in Lightroom only (no Photoshop)

  17. Ulfric M Douglas

    Ulfric M Douglas Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 6, 2010
    Colour one is my favourite, as the colours are very pleasant (apart from the one orange plastic handle) and the monochrome just doesn't have as much interest ... and even looks green to me, maybe because it sits below the brownish colour photo. Optical illusion?
  18. DynaSport

    DynaSport Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 5, 2013
    I almost always prefer color, and this one is no exception.
  19. aukirk

    aukirk Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 9, 2012
    Definitely prefer the color version... seeing this subject line, I thought this was a new thread for barber pictures... I am going to share mine anyway.

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  20. DynaSport

    DynaSport Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 5, 2013
    Can I play?
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