Thursday, November 4, 2010

Calico Ghost Town Cowboy

Henry Fencepost
songwriter, singer, pianist, entertainer, cowboy

Henry entertained us while we were eating lunch.  He sang popular and original songs.  One song he wrote was called the "Whistle Song".   While he was playing it on the piano he told us he couldn't sing it anymore since he lost all his teeth!  We visited with him, I asked if I could take his photo and I told him I'd send him a copy.  In turn he gave us a free CD of his latest songs.  

(Don't you just love natural light for portraits!  The sun was out, but he was sitting in a shaded area with the sun streaming in perfectly to add dramatic shadows and contour to his face.)

17 comments:

Scott said...

Hmmm, I wonder if that's his real name?? LOL. I love this portrait as I've always been a strong proponent of natural light. The highlights in his eyes and all the detail is just perfect.

Robin said...

Excellent shot! He looks like quite a character

Hope said...

oh you really did capture his essence for sure..
I have seen and talked with him before.. he was visiting here once I believe it was at one of the Evil Knevil days.. they hold here each summer.. he is indeed a character.. one of those people who are in the wrong time period.. he does make one smile with his stories..
love the twinkle you captured in his eyes.. and that smile.. its him through and through..
I agree with you about natural lighting.. always makes the subject softer.. and alive..
so sorry that I haven't posted before..as I have come in and visited you a few times now.. I thought I had posted some comments.. problem with me is that I have a trigger finger that is faster than the post .. therefore I miss the little word thingy that one has to put in before the comment is posted.. will keep an eye on this finger of mine.."smile"
hope your day is ever so soft and kind..

Sandra said...

the photo shows so much character in his face, fantasic in my book. I am really enjoying cowboy series and hope you have more, can't wait to see them. hope you got a shot of the town, i love old western towns

Rocket Man said...

There's a lot of living in that face. Great capture!

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

extraordinary. character. light and shadow. just right.

thank you so much for your help!

Thoughtfully blended hearts said...

I love this shot...I think "characters" make the most wonderful shots...they make your imagination work.

From the Kitchen said...

Oh my goodness--I love this character, especially his name!! Wonderful photograph!

Best,
Bonnie

Stacey Dawn said...

Really remarkable lighting there - fabulous portrait!

Rick said...

You do a marvellous job of capturing people - and not just their faces - but their lives. This is a great shot Karen !

Don said...

Beautiful portrait! Wonderful light.

Lisa RedWillow said...

This is outstanding. Karen Im in aww

MyMaracas said...

That is an amazing portrait. It really captures the personality, and the lighting is perfect.

JANE E KIRN said...

I adore the depth and the light on this portrait. A photo like this is gentle to see. Loving your blog as always. I will definitely be back...

jennyfreckles said...

Excellent portrait - I love natural light. You seem to have really captured his spirit - he looks a real character.

Lisa RedWillow said...

This guy and the bride and car are my favs of your work.

loudewijks said...

Great shot! You captured it all very nice and I love where the dark and light falls so perfectly in this picture. Your gift is seeing and spotting your subject well and sharing with us, what Karen sees.
Great blog, great tutorials! Definitely a great source of information...definitely coming back!!
Lots of love,
Rendy Loudewijk