I was shooting some captures today for my stock photo portfolio and I invited a friend over to watch. He’s a recent convert from film to digital SLR’s (albeit Nikon!) and wanted to try my studio lights with his D80. We were planning on shooting some photos involving smoke and guns so he brought along his 45 Colt single action revolver.

While we were shooting he told me about a western style photo he saw on a website and suggested that we attempt to make a similar capture sometime in the future. That’s all the motivation I needed. We rounded up the props and put together the shot. While the color version works well, I also like this version in black & white sepia with a bit of film grain added.

Cowboy Poet (grainy b&w)

Canon 5D, Canon 24-105 f/4L lens – 1/60 second, f/11, ISO 50