Homage to James Montgomery Flagg


This photograph was taken last Thursday afternoon - a very warm, sunny spring day. This field had just been planted with corn (by Jakey, of course). I'm not much for posed photographs but I've obviously broken away from that for this shot, and I'll probably do it again in the next couple of weeks because I'm working on images that fit a particular theme for a show in July.

So I've had this postcard sitting on my desk for a couple of years now and it occured to me that it would be fun to pay homage to it. I love James Montgomery Flagg's work; check it out if you get a chance. He's famous in the U.S. for his "Uncle Sam Wants YOU" poster among others.

The timing for this photograph turned out to be just right with Jenn (my niece, by the way) home from university for the summer, and only one or two fields remaining that haven't been planted for the season.

Jenn was quite cooperative as you can imagine... thank you, Jenn! The flag she's wearing is a retired 48-star flag from the late 1950s; she's throwing bird seed, and the ankle ties on the sandals are actually electrical tape! I think we took about 50 shots total. We may do it over again on a cloudier day, too.

Post-processing: Shot with the Canon EOS 5D and the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L lens at 28mm, ISO 250, shutter speed 1/250s and aperture f/10. Multiple curves adjustment for contrast/saturation, color balancing for tone, grunge brushing in 'multiply' and 'screen' mode to 'age' the image.

Thank you for visiting Durham Township!



Kathleen, you mind me asking how you are able to archive that "Dolly-like" look on the skin in this image?

Posted by Jide Alakija at May 31, 2006 12:04 PM

Amazing shot. Perfect! :)

Posted by Stewart Bywater at June 26, 2006 1:50 PM
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