E.J.Wilkins

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Guitar man



This guitarist was one of several 'artists' within Saint George's Castle (Castelo de São Jorge) in Lisbon when we were there last February.

I desaturated the picture because one of his bags was quite brightly coloured, then resurrected the colour for the artist and his guitar.
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Guitar man



This guitarist was one of several 'artists' within Saint George's Castle (Castelo de São Jorge) in Lisbon when we were there last February.

I desaturated the picture because one of his bags was quite brightly coloured, then resurrected the colour for the artist and his guitar.
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comments (36)

  • leo
  • United States
  • 22 Jan 2008, 00:37
As a guitarist, I really love this pic, especially against the rocky texture. Standing out from the white/grey, he is really poignant. It gives him intensity.

Thanks for your comment on my photo.
EJWilkins: Thanks Leo. We stood and watched him for quite some time, he was deeply immersed in his music, I'm glad I've managed to show that
  • Martin
  • United States
  • 22 Jan 2008, 00:39
Nice work with the colors here. It makes the player pop without being obvious.
Magic making at it's best. The subject just pops.
Playing for his own soul?
EJWilkins: Yes, he was playing for himself, not for his audience.
I think the background really makes this shot as well! What a great capture.
  • Astrid
  • The Netherlands
  • 22 Jan 2008, 06:28
Nice work on the crop, the color of the guitar is so good in his picture, I love it...
  • Richa
  • United States
  • 22 Jan 2008, 07:05
Nice post processing, Ellie. Love the contrast that came out..
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 22 Jan 2008, 07:29
the processing has worked well super shot
  • Ann
  • France
  • 22 Jan 2008, 07:51
Nice composition !!! It's like if the wall behind him was in B&W ... Maybe to represent his mood ... He's singing his brokenheart ... How much she was wonderful and he can't live without her ...
Very nice Ellie. richard
  • Tracy
  • Stoke on Trent UK
  • 22 Jan 2008, 08:01
Love this Ellie, you have captured him well.
Lost in his own little world with his thoughts.smile
EJWilkins: He was, I didn't see him look up once while he was playing.
  • Kathryn
  • Germany
  • 22 Jan 2008, 08:08
The wall in the gray background sets the tone for the guitar player's somber look--very expressive, Ellie.
Nice composition Ellie. You've really captured the mood. I can almost hear his fingers sliding on the fret.
  • Ginnie
  • United States
  • 22 Jan 2008, 08:56
I love your use of "resurrection" instead of selective coloring, Ellie. smile It's perfect!

I also like your crop, giving a scale to the wall behind!
EJWilkins: I've just realised what I wrote, perhaps I should have used 'restored' for the purists. wink
I wanted to make him look quite small too, almost lost in his own world.
  • ray
  • Thailand
  • 22 Jan 2008, 08:56
Seeking the lost chord...
he should consider hiring you to do the cover photo for his up-coming album, Ellie.
EJWilkins: That'd be nice, wouldn't it smile
  • anniedog
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 22 Jan 2008, 09:58
Nicely done - I think this treatment works. He seems lost in his own world.
Ingrid
  • Pops
  • United Kingdom
  • 22 Jan 2008, 10:16
Wonderful detail in the wall and the tree and a first class job with the selective colouring
EJWilkins: Thanks, it took quite a long time and wasn't easy because 'closer in' the colour of his jumper was virtually the same as the wall in the background. I'm glad it worked out as well as I'd hoped it would.
  • Dave Wilkins
  • Recovering from surgery in Ireland
  • 22 Jan 2008, 11:12
Nicely done Ellie, very good.
Very nice crop Ellie. He seems to be one hundred per cent in his song. Great capture
  • brianaw
  • Loughborough
  • 22 Jan 2008, 12:10
Lovely shot Ellie. Good technique and excellent presentation. You can almost hear the music.
aaaaah, photshop to the rescue!! I do belive that you have doen an excellent job ehre, it looks so natural, yet so powerful, very well done Ellie
EJWilkins: Yes, one of the times I think it really paid off. I hadn't got quite the picture I needed 'out of the camera' so had to edit it to the way I'd seen the scene in my mind when I took the picture.
  • Bill Phillips
  • Droitwich...overcast..occasional sunny bits
  • 22 Jan 2008, 13:57
This is superb Ellie, you have got it spot on for me.
EJWilkins: Thanks Bill.
There aren't many times when I see somebody doing something that I 'need' to photograph because I can 'see' the finished product. But, this was one of them. I'm actually very pleased with the way it's turned out.
Nice work with the colors. The colors all seem to be in harmony. I can imagine how a bright color would disrupt the equilibrium.
EJWilkins: The colour did just that, somehow. The castle is stone, the tree trunk was grey, there were a couple of dark green leaves poking into the top of the original which I cropped off, that left the bright bags, which were distracting. I'm pleased to have the reaction I'd had, because it means the work paid off. smile
  • dodge
  • 22 Jan 2008, 15:33
nice find, a monochrome in colour!
  • Ron S
  • Worcester UK
  • 22 Jan 2008, 16:19
Nice work Ellie. The treatment works really well and the subject is well seen and the pic well composed. Could be a cover shot for 'Guitar Monthly'!
EJWilkins: That'd be the day wink
  • PhotoSam
  • London, U.K
  • 22 Jan 2008, 17:42
good street shot...
Really impressed with the way you have handled this photograph, Ellie. It works perfectly. (:o)
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 22 Jan 2008, 18:56
This is special - great composition as well. We want more!
Very nice shot Ellie. like it very much.
Terrific from every angle.. neat work smile
  • Chris
  • Isle of Wight (UK)
  • 22 Jan 2008, 22:54
Fine work Ellie smile
Well done!
  • Tony
  • Canada
  • 28 Jan 2008, 03:43
Nice capture.
Nice picture ! This man seems so concentrated !
  • Ana
  • Asturias, España
  • 1 Nov 2008, 18:27
Very nice. Bonita composición: monotonía de grises equilibrada con piel y guitarra. Insinúa una triste historia de amor.
  • Mike
  • Germany
  • 31 Aug 2009, 16:32
Hey this is a great shot!!, we were just there and saw this same guy... we bought the CD of his but we lost it some where in our trip. You wouldn't happen to know his name at all?
EJWilkins: I'm sorry but no, I don't know his name.

Do you think it would be worth your while contacting the castle itself to see if they will put you in touch with him?

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