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Dave in his barbershop

Discussion in 'Photojournalism, Candids and Street Photography' started by rbsinto, Apr 19, 2007.

  1. While in Reddington Shores Florida, I came across a very interesting barbershop called Humanoid Haircutz owned by David Scott. In addition to the eclectic collection of interesting "stuff" that fills his shop, David has a huge body of photographs that he took from about 1977 to 1987 in Venice, California, of the then-emerging skateboard culture. He has many of them listed on pbase (www.pbase.com/venicepix). He was kind enough to let me photograph while he was giving haircuts, and then let me take some shots of him. This is one of my favorites. I used my widest lens, a 12~24 with my back up against the front window to capture as much of the shops atmosphere as possible. I knew that there would be keystoning towards the edges of the frame, but I think this adds to the "funky" feel of the portrait, which accurately describes David and his shop.
    Nikon F65
    Sigma 12~24 f4.5-5.6 auto focus zoom
    Fuji Sensia II
    exposure f4.5 @ whatever
  2. Wow, that wide angle just rocks! Great shot. Now that is what I call a barbershop.

    Since I went digital, that is the one thing I miss the most- extremely wide angle lenses.

    This is really a nice shot.
  3. Rick,
    Thanks for your kind words.
    I'm enjoying the Sigma, mainly because of its extreme width at the short end, which makes it excellent for street portraits. I got it on ebay at an attractive price, only to realize after I won the auction that it would mount on my cameras, but gave me no aperture control (being a "G" lens). However, it is both film-camera and digital camera compatible, so if I ever lose my mind and decide to go digital, it's useable.
    Thus I was forced to purchase an auto-focus body to dedicate to this one lens. A Nikon refrubished F65 including a new "AA" battery holder for $79.00 from Cameta Camera was perfect. It has all the features I need except extreme build quality, but what the hell. So far no complaints.
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  4. Great story and photo.
    What atmosphere!

  5. Now that's a cool shot. What a place to get your hair cut! I've been thinking about picking up one of those lenses. This shot may have convinced me. :smile: :smile:
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