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Alex Kariotis

By TyChee    
This is Alexander Kariotis... Lead tenor and creator of the Rock Opera Orchestra. The house behind him once belonged to Thomas Edison, inventor of the light bulb and pioneer in motion picture and audio recording technology. Alex will be featured in an open house at the Edison mansion and was selected to make a wax cylinder recording on an almost century old Edison recording device.

Alex wanted a picture to use on a publicity postcard to advertise the event. He obtained permission to shoot on the grounds of the mansion for free. (something that almost never happens) The problem was we were given one time slot on one of the grayest days I have ever seen here in New Jersey. We were escorted on the property by an armed park ranger and did the shoot in mist and sometimes drizzle. When we were done there was not much that looked too promising. I had to get creative to come up with something that Alex liked. In the end, he wanted something that looked like an old hand tinted photo. Be sure to see V2 for the before shot.

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Thank you for your comments and support.

I am working on several projects right now so I'm sorry if I have to click and run for a day or two.


Tags: Portraits and people Alexander kariotis Rock opera orchestra Glenmont Thomas edison Edison mansion

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mikbee 10 3 8 Scotland
6 May 2008 2:46AM
Yes,it does look like an old hand tinted job.Had a bash at that years ago.Always made a pigs ear of it(not litterly you understand!!) Good work for a more subdued colouring.

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taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
6 May 2008 2:52AM
Wow! Ty, too much green in the original-- such lush grass! LOL

You did a great job with the tinting, etc!

chensuriashi Plus
11 270 17 England
6 May 2008 3:16AM
Yes Ty you did this so well, and your time slot...means you are a great photographer, we all know that already...nice shooting for the star singer, you did him proud there, I like the look of the house and the amazing chimney stacks, have them smaller than those in Blackpool on older houses, so will shoot a few soon, hope that his publicity people use your shot.

newy17 11 273 United Kingdom
6 May 2008 3:58AM
wow Ty he will love version one its fantastic,you have done superbly well with this given the time scale and weather,,
6 May 2008 4:24AM
This is fantastic, Ty. You must be pleased with this shot ----- love the polished and professional look.
NevP 12 853 13 Canada
6 May 2008 5:47AM
I love the result you've got here. On my laptop it looked pants when I looked earlier, but on my main screen it looks just superb. Great job.
6 May 2008 5:57AM
Thats realy good Ty.
photophantom 9 108 3 Philippines
6 May 2008 6:31AM
DolphinLady 11 54 1 Wales
6 May 2008 7:15AM
The effect you have achieved is just amazing Ty.
Well done to you.
I thought I recognised Alex from your previous shots.
I think he would be very proud to use this shot for his postcard.
That looks like a wonderful house, just look at those fantastic chimney stacks, & every window has it's own sun-shade,wow...
kitsch Plus
11 439 4 United Kingdom
6 May 2008 7:25AM
you have given it & him loads of moody broodiness! well worked

jo Smile
imagio 11 12 1 England
6 May 2008 7:53AM
Lovely muted tonal range Ty, does look old..

6 May 2008 8:22AM
The hand tinted look is definitely the one for me. It caught my attention straight away. Really excellent.

6 May 2008 9:19AM
Superb. Enough said.
6 May 2008 9:45AM
Very much like it Ty. He stands out really nice from the bg. And like those desaturated colours
Milla 9 7 2 United Kingdom
6 May 2008 9:50AM
Like this one a lot, well processed, works great to me.
Herge88 10 40 4 England
6 May 2008 10:24AM
Thats some pretty impressive work Ty, I like this a lot version two seems fairly run of the mill and you have turned it into a work of art, only goes to show you can often salvage something out of what seems a fairly basic shot. Nice one.

Best Matt
miptog 12 3.5k 61 United Kingdom
6 May 2008 10:36AM
V1 for me.
lonely_oryx 10 61 55 England
6 May 2008 10:45AM
Excellent shot. #1 works well and is up to the standard of a pro
brownsilent 10 7 2 United Kingdom
6 May 2008 11:01AM
I think you did well with this one, great to see the outcome in comparison with the original shot. Good work Ty, but this was what attracted me first to your pf!
digipix76 10 577 England
6 May 2008 11:22AM
WOW...Love this Ty #1 all the way.

RobboB Plus
10 126 United Kingdom
6 May 2008 11:28AM

You did very well indeed. V1 for me too
Chant57 Plus
11 395 3 United Kingdom
6 May 2008 12:08PM
Youve worked this very well Ty. It does have the look of hand tinted, the subject stands out well from the background, Youve caught some fine detail in the figure, the desaturation works well.
Cormy 10 3 England
6 May 2008 1:01PM
Fine portrait Ty.I prefer No.1
Possum 11 148 England
6 May 2008 1:13PM
Extraordinary work, Ty - you've achieved great things here to present a shot with real atmosphere, and he stands out beautifully against the setting.
Geraint 11 715 34 Wales
6 May 2008 1:19PM
What a difference. Really good work, and such an improvement on the original.
pamelajean Plus
11 1.0k 1962 United Kingdom
6 May 2008 1:34PM
I think you achieved your goal, with honours, and hope he likes it as much as we do.
pascalg Plus
10 37 France
6 May 2008 2:07PM
excellent processing...
proz 13 205 United States
6 May 2008 2:11PM
super toning Ty
Brilane 11 5 12 Wales
6 May 2008 3:34PM
Well composed, and a good effect in vers.1.
6 May 2008 4:47PM
great shot V1 for me Dawn
RoddBC 11 40 United States
6 May 2008 6:13PM
I like the muted tones of V1 Ty. Good shot.

6 May 2008 6:24PM
The seond one is great, really wonderful detail and atmosphere. But who cares? Where's Caroline?
SandraKay Plus
10 233 4 United Kingdom
6 May 2008 6:40PM
V1 is a winner for me.
Rylands 9 1 2 United Kingdom
6 May 2008 6:57PM
Superb image Ty V1 takes the prize
RubberBullets 16 1 6 United Kingdom
6 May 2008 7:27PM
Fantastic shot, very moody. Much prefer it to V2.

HelenO 11 46 1 United Kingdom
6 May 2008 7:53PM
Great treatment. An excellent shot. J
daringdaphne 13 82 United Kingdom
6 May 2008 8:00PM
Has a haunting, intriguing quality. Makes one want to know more about it. Thanks for the info.

davidhu 12 19 United Kingdom
6 May 2008 8:30PM
Superb treatment on this one , Ty. One to be proud of.
sparklep 10 146 1
6 May 2008 8:54PM
I like it. The way you have done this is really interesting.
bricurtis Plus
12 2.2k 49 England
6 May 2008 9:31PM
Love V1 Ty. Classy look to this image - Nicely done.
Squirrel 10 443 6 England
6 May 2008 10:23PM
I like V1 best.

gary_d 9 576 13 Wales
7 May 2008 1:24AM
V2 lovely shot very well composed. - gary
7 May 2008 3:54AM
Excellent, he should be well pleased with this.

paulvo 11 2 United States
7 May 2008 4:08AM
Version 1 works for me. It is excellent.
Paree 12 616 3
7 May 2008 6:27PM
this has tons of atmosphere
and a lovely eerie feel
LesF 11 182 9
8 May 2008 5:41AM
Very interesting shot Ty, really like this has a good mmod to it

Les F
nasia 10 Greece
8 May 2008 10:20AM
JONTHELENS 10 34 United Kingdom
8 May 2008 2:00PM
v1 for me nice work
ginz04 13 281 20 United Kingdom
8 May 2008 4:25PM
excellent picture under difficult circumstances prefer v1 though.
8 May 2008 7:56PM
Superb, I think #1 is top class.
Colours are an instant draw
chrissd 11 304 United Kingdom
9 May 2008 5:43AM
I like No 1 its superb
janehewitt 14 215 1 United Kingdom
9 May 2008 5:53PM
Love the tinting on this, version 1 for me too! jane
paulcr 12 1.5k 9 Ireland
9 May 2008 9:48PM
Great toning, well done. Paul
Pegon 12 78 1 England
9 May 2008 10:32PM
Version 1 looks great, nice work. Good shot too.
10 May 2008 12:06AM
Great work on this one Ty.

gerrymac 10 10 1 United Kingdom
10 May 2008 1:00PM
Super job, love your p/f..great work
kinfatric 13 550 9 Scotland
10 May 2008 1:11PM
its a wonderful piece of work and a very interesting narrative
GrahamBaines 10 39 United Kingdom
10 May 2008 1:39PM
Love the muted tones on No. 1 nice images.

10 May 2008 1:59PM
Love the tinted tones

10 May 2008 6:14PM
You have made a difference to the photo.
10 May 2008 9:30PM
Nice one, you have the knack of making photos very captivating. Keep up the good work.
I love the tonality used here. Great mood created. Very very nice.
beriah 11 1 Canada
11 May 2008 2:10AM
He must be verrrrry pleased with this one - suberb!!! I had to scroll down forever to comment - you must be verrrrry pleased too!!!
JimV 11 6 3 Canada
11 May 2008 3:51AM
I'm certain that Alex loved this Ty, and that it was/will be used for the publicity, excellent work, both before and after!
Rgds., Jim
GlenD 10 United States
11 May 2008 11:45AM
Nice one Ty, you've really worked this one out well from the origional shot
Rende 10 38 4 Netherlands
11 May 2008 1:46PM
Great portrait and beautiful treatment which definitely brings him out more while adding beautiful tones and colours to the background.
11 May 2008 4:19PM
Fantastic image, what a change from the original! Excellent piece of work!
11 May 2008 4:34PM
Brilliant image, v1 for me, great colours.
ChristineL 12 39 United Kingdom
11 May 2008 7:34PM
I love it , great tones,
lostintime 9 13 5 Germany
11 May 2008 8:09PM
A great portrait, super treatment.
GalleryGirl 10 4 2 United Kingdom
11 May 2008 9:17PM
Superb! Great tones - amazing shot!
Marilyn x
susanbarton 9 11 1 United Kingdom
12 May 2008 8:24AM
Wonerful result under such difficult conditions the finished version has mood and atmosphear, but the original is brilliant too.

Congratulations on your mail ou

Joline Plus
11 28 53 United States
12 May 2008 11:47AM
Excellent work, and congratulations on your fine editing.
JohnH37 11 1 United Kingdom
12 May 2008 7:27PM
Fantastic.Superb work.
12 May 2008 8:03PM
stunning version and great creativeness and vision, Like it!

ps. if that scot had not invented the bulb my bills may not have been so high!!
A Booth 15 11 4 United Kingdom
14 May 2008 5:04PM
excellent record shot (no pun intended).
RockArea 11 18 3 United Kingdom
14 May 2008 6:01PM
Fabulous image, Ty. You've done a great job here and it really is an atmospheric shot.

Diana 11 2.0k 19 Netherlands
17 May 2008 1:58AM
What the hell about the weather worked an absolute treat Ty Smile

GeorgeRusky 11 1 4
23 May 2008 11:03AM
Hi Ty
I find #2 more interesting
franfoto 10 2 32 England
24 May 2008 3:42PM
This is "Class" work ty. Can imagine having this for publicity. The house is amazing but doesn't overpower the musician due to your excellent manipulation skills. Great tonality and a very professional looking finished image.
28 May 2008 12:57PM
I, like you get too busy to read and write all this stuff, but I've come back to this one a few times and given your circumstances with the weather, most of us feint-hearted souls would have put our heads in our hands and wailed... instead you managed to come up with an amazing portrait of Alex. I bet he's really pleased with this. I love that understated/muted background that has even more impact because of those creative eyes of yours... Mega impressed Ty. helen x
Rogerex 11 32 12 Australia
31 May 2008 1:49AM
Your change in toning has done a good job of focusing attention on Alex, which was not the case with the bright colours in the background of the original. Good luck with sales of your mass production of this!
Guillaume 10 119 2 United Kingdom
5 Jun 2008 9:10AM
The mono toning is excellent and dramatically improve this already very good shot.
Darren_M 11 52 United Kingdom
5 Jun 2008 11:27PM
Nice work.

MrsS 11 4.5k 18 England
7 Jun 2008 7:08PM
V1 for me Ty Smile
User_Removed 13 16 1 United Kingdom
7 Jun 2008 7:10PM
the moody shot in v1. the desat colours give it much more power


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