Mista Skee

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photoblog image "Sule, again!"

"Sule, again!"

Wanted to post an image that illustrates the classical "environmental portrait" but couldn't find my intended pic. So guys, although i've posted this awhile back....but not on this blog, i'm afraid it will have to do. So much for my "Digital Asset Management skills" :-)

So what then is an "Environmental portrait", firstly i'm not sure there is a term like that but since it sounds cool, that's enough for me.

Simply defined, it is one that gives the viewer a feeling or insight of the subjects surrounding, a more personal appoach to the subjects day to day routine... etc, etc.

A really valuable resource, for those who are interested is a book called " Photojournalism. the professional' approach" by Kenneth Kobre.

Now about the shot above, it was taken afew years back, a trip to Nigeria, with a ordinary point and shoot camera, The man in the picture is called Sule, and I have known him for yonks! In the evening he normally sells a few items on a makeshift stall outside my house. This picture, caught him in his elements :D

On to the processing: A very simply technique, but effective never-the-less. I desaturate my image of colour and using the curve tool and taking each channel i proceed to convert the image into a sepia one. I hate using filters, why? because everybody uses them and a more personal approach, that produces varied effects, is to manually do the same thing using the wonderful curve tool in photoshop.

The above picture was taken in my first year behind a camera, I love this shot, infact i've got a A3 print of it....Sule has one too:-). It, to me is a timeless piece, but with my current camera kit, it's a shot that I will be taking again, God willing, when next I go to Nigeria. Sule is still there at the same spot that he's been for over 15yrs now...Just the thought, gets me on a creative high..."Skee-topia"





"Sule, again!"

Wanted to post an image that illustrates the classical "environmental portrait" but couldn't find my intended pic. So guys, although i've posted this awhile back....but not on this blog, i'm afraid it will have to do. So much for my "Digital Asset Management skills" :-)

So what then is an "Environmental portrait", firstly i'm not sure there is a term like that but since it sounds cool, that's enough for me.

Simply defined, it is one that gives the viewer a feeling or insight of the subjects surrounding, a more personal appoach to the subjects day to day routine... etc, etc.

A really valuable resource, for those who are interested is a book called " Photojournalism. the professional' approach" by Kenneth Kobre.

Now about the shot above, it was taken afew years back, a trip to Nigeria, with a ordinary point and shoot camera, The man in the picture is called Sule, and I have known him for yonks! In the evening he normally sells a few items on a makeshift stall outside my house. This picture, caught him in his elements :D

On to the processing: A very simply technique, but effective never-the-less. I desaturate my image of colour and using the curve tool and taking each channel i proceed to convert the image into a sepia one. I hate using filters, why? because everybody uses them and a more personal approach, that produces varied effects, is to manually do the same thing using the wonderful curve tool in photoshop.

The above picture was taken in my first year behind a camera, I love this shot, infact i've got a A3 print of it....Sule has one too:-). It, to me is a timeless piece, but with my current camera kit, it's a shot that I will be taking again, God willing, when next I go to Nigeria. Sule is still there at the same spot that he's been for over 15yrs now...Just the thought, gets me on a creative high..."Skee-topia"





comments (11)

Nice lighting, very evocative.
  • nkemo
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 12 Apr 2006, 10:08
Timeless.
Really really nice, top stuff
  • Suby
  • Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
  • 12 Apr 2006, 10:55
As Nkemo says, timeless shot.
  • The Maven
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 12 Apr 2006, 12:25
*yawn* Seen this one before. Running out of shots to put up I see tongue
Yup!...YAWNING!!!! New shots please!!!
Lovely potrait shot!
  • Funmi
  • Nigeria
  • 12 Apr 2006, 18:50
seen dis b4...
  • GeckoZ
  • Singapore
  • 12 Apr 2006, 20:31
This image is nice, i like it. The tone comes in pretty well. smile
Nice candid capture, Skee. The brown tones, as usual, are very nice. Regards, Brent
  • Tuffer
  • Seattle, US
  • 13 Apr 2006, 21:08
I feel the camera speed was kinda slow (though it probably had to be), but thats just a small point. otherwise I really like this one. well done.

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