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Finished Cowboy

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by Guy, May 8, 2005.

  1. Guy A Fixture

    I have completed the Cowboy and have ordered a plaque for the front of the base. The lariat was the final stage to complete. I decided to have him in a coral type setting without any grass or vegatation.





    All comments welcome!
  2. yeo_64 Active Member

    BEAUTIFUL WORK,Guy (y) (y) !! I really like it alot! One point though, any way to get a sharper close-up view of the face? Cheers and keep-up the great work,my friend.
    Kenneth :)
  3. diosytexas Member

    great stuff guy,well done. i agree about pic's a little out of focus. dave.
  4. Dan Morton A Fixture

    Terrific, Guy! ;) A convincing old hombre - looks like he's just about to put a noose on a cayuse! [Is that how you spell cayuse (horse)?] :lol:

    A suggestion on the slightly out of focus camera. Are you using an autofocus setting? If so, probably it is not correctly set for a close-up. Probably set for a more wide-angle or medium distance shot. When you go close-up like we have to with 2 - 4 inch figures, you should be able to adjust this. Don't know what type camera you're using, but with my Canon A95, it is a combination of setting a longer shutter speed and changing the default setting on the autofocus for more close-up shots. And using a tripod. I hope I don't sound like some kind of expert photographer - far from it! I still get fuzzy shots - just not for those reasons!!!!
    all the best,
  5. megroot A Fixture

    Great figure Guy,

    I really like that lariat (we call it Lasso) in his hands.
    For the unsharp picture, i think the camera was not set on macro, because the unsharpness is not of moving the camera.

  6. rafaelega Active Member

    Excellent work guy.
    I like the trousers very much. Keep bup the good work

  7. Blind Pew A Fixture

    Very well done Guy. Especially like the shirt and as for the leather effects - very convincing indeed.

    Excellent job!

    Look forward to your next project.
    Best wishes form England.
  8. nagashino New Member

    Excellent job Guy! He looks like he's spent a long time on the range. I think the heavily tanned face is contrasted perfectly by the colour of the shirt and bandana, and the calfskin waistcoat is a nice touch, too.

    A real Charlie Russell cowpuncher if ever I saw one (y)


  9. quang Active Member

    Hello Guy,

    This figure has always been my favorite brain child. Thank you for doing this father proud! ;)
    The seemingly odd, yet historically correct, purple bandanna is a nice touch. (y)

    As for the quality of the photos, there's a strong yellow/red cast to all your shots, may be due to the artificial (incandescent) lighting you're using.

    IMO you need to check the white balance settings of your camera. A correct white balance is essential to get a faithful reproduction of the colours. May be I can help if you give me the brand and model of your camera.

    Again (y)
  10. Guy A Fixture

    Thanks guys for the feedback........its how I learn to do better......from you all.

    Quang......thanks for your compliment. I did some research as to the bandana color before I base coated and just wanted something on the cowboy that would "clash" with the shirt somewhat. I tried to get the skin tone to lighten as you looked up the face toward the hat as it would naturally be and If the cowboy were to actually take his hat off......you would see actual white skin that has not been exposed to the sun.

    As far as my camera, I have recently purchased a Fujifilm, FinePix S3100 that does have the white settings, but I have not gotten that far yet. Any help would be appreciated as I have always felt the pictures I have taken with my old Sony.....never did the figures justice.

    Thanks again guys............look forward to any help you can give me Quang.
  11. quang Active Member


    I did a quick search on the web about your camera and its colour balance capabilities. It appears that you have a choice of different settings: Auto, Daylight, Overcast, Daylight Fluorescent, Cool White Fluorescent, Warm White Fluorescent, and Incandescent.

    My advice would be to shoot the figure under the same circumstances with each setting, compare the results and keep the setting which gives you the most faithful colour reproduction.

    My bet would be 'Incandescent'. ;)


  12. Guy A Fixture

    Thanks Quang........I started keeping a temp log of the settings coresponding to the photo number so I could reference back to what setting gave me what effect.

    Thanks for your help.
  13. elvis A Fixture

    :) very compliment my friend,great work, Great shirt. ciao Your friend Luca :) (y)
  14. Guy A Fixture

    Thanks Luca........I appreciate your feedback.

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