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Le Chapelier

By Xandru
I came across this hat maker while walking the streets of Caen, France. He was making some beautiful good quality hats, and yet his equipment and tools were some 50 years old! This prompted the idea to give the photo a retro look. Not sure I succeeded, but I will leave you to judge that. I am also uploading the original so you can compare. Any critique, suggestions and comments are most welcome.
This photo was shot with the kind permission of the hat maker himself. Merci Michel.

Tags: France Normandy Caen Portraits and people Hat maker Le Chapelier

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mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.7k 2397 United Kingdom
1 Aug 2020 9:30AM
I've seen this done, it's a fascinating process. The sophistication is in the milliner's skill rather than in machinery.
I like the desaturated look generally, it gives a timeless feel - except that the strong blue of the man's clothing draws attention to the least important part of the frame. Why not try mono with sepia or yellowish toning as an alternative, it would suit the straw?
1 Aug 2020 10:22AM
Thanks Moira for your valued comment. I have just uploaded a mono version.
1 Aug 2020 11:44AM
Hi Alex, I prefer the retro look ------- well done! This is a very hard to find subject and manufacture to view let alone photograph!!!!!!!
manicam 17 44 1 Canada
1 Aug 2020 1:18PM
Marvelous series Grin love it.

Daisymaye Plus
12 23 19 Canada
1 Aug 2020 2:18PM
I like being able to see all three. The lead and V2 are my favourites. But it's nice to see the colour too because there are many things you miss otherwise.
Saastad Plus
2 16 15 Norway
1 Aug 2020 9:44PM
I like this very much!
The lead is a smal favourite.

Arne Smile
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.7k 2397 United Kingdom
1 Aug 2020 9:53PM
Thanks for the mono version, it's quieter, more studied. It works better for me.
pablophotographer 9 1.8k 405
1 Aug 2020 10:19PM
Remember Harold Lloyd the silent films actor from the last century? Imagine how wonderful would be to see his work in colour.

Summer, straw, hats, hay are all signified by the golden colour which monochrome turns to grey. Summers in Britain can be grey. Keep them in the colour they should be. Golden 😊

You can crop to square starting from the frame from the hat on the left foreground and ending it behind the milliner's back. But you can leave it as in V1, it's fine!

2 Aug 2020 1:17AM
I love the lead....and, hat making, millinery, is still making hats. The equipment is what it is. This is true of so many crafts...often the tools of the craft go back millennia....pettery, glassblowing, woodworking (we do have now power tools)....etc. Materials are still the same...except when they are not....look at 3D printing.

Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
3 Aug 2020 1:39PM
A composition full of interest and good content...
Isabel GrinGrin
ViVla 4 11 2 Russian Federation
11 Aug 2020 9:08AM
Retro look is sure achived! Excellent image.

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