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Curtis Wells

January 30, 2013  •  3 Comments

Curtis Wells 1. 24mm Ts-e 5D mkII 1/25 sec f/3.5 iso 1250 on sticks.

Right then- here's the story: I'm only gonna tell it once so pay attention or else just jump ahead and look at the pictures, either way everybody wins! What a world! Where were we... so I was out this morning making to continue my Ice Shacks series, and where everything initially was looking real good for a moody day of ice fog and the such it was blowing a gale and misting heavy so the hardest thing was trying to walk upwind on the slick lake ice covered with an inch of water- slippery and like one step forward a half a step back to say the least. So after a bit of that I figured to go with plan b. Enter Curtis Wells. Curtis is my neighbor and I met him about 8 years ago or so when he was sanding the floors of a place I was working on- and right away he endeared himself to me as a real nice guy with a great warm spirit and a really cool face. Add to that: I shoveled him out a few weeks ago and helped him move a refrigerator so I figured I could call him up and say "Hey Curtis- you mind if I come over and make some pictures of you?" and he would oblige. Here's a funny part- he said on the phone "oh yeah that's great Nate", etc, "I'm just going to be reading in my pajamas"- so I figured that would be just perfect. But he wasn't about top budge out of that bed!- I felt like kind of a heel for making him get up- but it's all in good fun- and I always tell people: "you'll appreciate it later". So Curtis obliged and I sat him facing this way and that and shot him with my 24 then told him to relax and switched to 50 then again at 100. I considered bringing off camera flash but wanted to do environmental portrait kind of stuff and figured natural light would be best then. 

Curtis Wells 2. 24mm f/3.5 1/6 sec iso 1250 and 8 degrees down tilt with slight up shift to straighten the walls.

Curtis Wells 3. 100mm 2.8L Macro IS. 1/30 sec f/2.8 iso 1250.

Curtis Wells 4. 50mm 1.8 1/30 sec at f/2.5 iso 1250.

Then Curtis talked me into making a couple pictures of his car so he can advertise it for sale on the interwebs. So here's his car while we're at it: 

4Sale: Curtis's car- 500 bucks or best offer!

The weather turned better a little later in the day and I went back to pursuing the ice shacks but I'm so glad to have been able to make some images of old C dog- landscapes are great and there is always the next amazing landscape image, but there's something about a persons face that can really make a picture important. 


Comments

stephen cairns(non-registered)
A good post with good images. Have you taken a print to him yet? I'm curious about which you'd choose. I like the first and last image - him in his abode (Einstein on the wall!), and a good portrait to finish.
Patience(non-registered)
Hey Nate....I LOVE these photos!!!! When are you going to take more photos of colorful characters?
Ed King(non-registered)
Thanks for sharing Nate, dam good environmental portrait work and I am sue Curtis will enjoy the photographs (was going to type shot but Olivier Du Tré had mentioned saying photography in minimal Monday wrap-up and I'm following along) hope his car sells quick. The top picture is awesome and so well done !!!
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