Playm wrote in post #8078260
While the shots have posing and great lighting intregity, I wonder what the target market for these images is under the title of "cowboy". They are pretty much a city person's interpretation of a cowboy. (not meant as an insult.. just pointing out that we who live the lifestyle know the difference) Nice images though. .. but maybe a title like 'oil derek worker' would be better. (?)
If they're after "cowboy" shots, a Resistol straw (instead of a fashion hat) and a lariet (instead of a 1" rope) would go a long way toward props that give the images more realistic intregity. Please don't take offense.. I'm just trying to help.
Yeah, being a kid from SW Oklahoma myself, I have to agree (although to be honest, the last cowboy in my own family hung up his spurs and moved to town about 30 years ago). And I also got the idea of an oilfield worker rather than a cowboy (we have both in Oklahoma). I don't think I ever saw a cowboy wandering around the ranch or town with his shirt open--which is why even black cowboys have farmer's tans (oops, I mean "cowboy tans").
Of course, the pump and pickup, as well as the not-really-cowboy hat, rope, and costume give me the idea of an oilfield worker as well.
I see these photos as aimed at the editorial fashion market. The harsh shadows don't bother me--the concept is to emphasize the blaze of direct sun.
OTOH, a "movie cowboy" concept (think Roy Rogers in fully fringed and jangled movie cowboy regalia) would use sun with well-filled shadows, as they did in old Western movies and old-fashioned Western movie promotioin stills.