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The Guide

Posted by
Viewfinder (Bradenton, FL, United States) on 21 April 2008 in People & Portrait and Portfolio.

Key West is not just water; it is also people. This week we will look at some of the characters noted along the way. This is one of the guides at the Hemingway House, which we toured. Quite the salty guy, he had a very bad cough. So he drank an unnamed elixir from a small silver flask he kept in his hip pocket as he led us through the home.

NIKON D80 1/80 second F/5.6 ISO 400 55 mm

Betty from New Jersey, United States

Wonderful shot! How was the tour?

21 Apr 2008 10:18am

@Betty: It was really good; I enjoyed it far more than I had expected to.

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

Fantastic!!! I can't wait to see the others too ;)

21 Apr 2008 10:53am

@Lorraine: Thank you Lorraine; hope you enjoy the rest.

Amy from Cedar Rapids, United States

love it! he looks like he would be quite a character.

21 Apr 2008 1:30pm

MaryB from Staffordshire, United Kingdom

The first thing that entered my mind when I saw this guy, was that he looked like a "salty ol' sea dog" arrr me harties :) and noticed then that, that was your discription of him too.
A great portrait of him and I too am looking forward to seeing more :)

21 Apr 2008 1:50pm

amy from Rocky Mountain House, Canada

I'm thinking he's the perfect guide/character for the Hemmingway house. Do they still have the cats there?

21 Apr 2008 2:21pm

@amy: Yes, the cats (and all their toes) own the place.

e. from New York, NY, United States

Great capture. He certainly looks like a character. :)

21 Apr 2008 3:18pm

Shrig from NorthEast, United States

I have to agree with MaryB, when I first saw him I thought "Old Sea Dog" kind of guy. He must have been even more interesting on the elixir. Did you happen to snag any?

21 Apr 2008 7:30pm

@Shrig: Ha! He wasn't sharing his elixer with anybody. But wasn't shy about taking his dosages along the tour either. So we had to wait until happy hour at the Duval Inn where we were staying.

ManuelaR from Hainburg, Germany

I have excellent memories from my stays in Key West and they have captivating and intriguing characters there. This one proves it!

21 Apr 2008 8:08pm

Craig from Vacaville, California, United States

You captured this character perfectly!!!

21 Apr 2008 8:33pm

Ken McCoy from Orlando-Daytona Beach, FL, United States

He looks like Popeye's Pappy. Nice character shot!

21 Apr 2008 8:36pm

Mandy Provan from Johannesburg, South Africa

Great backlighting on tis portrait VF. I like the look on ihis face too. Can't wait to see the rest

21 Apr 2008 9:20pm

bronzebilly u.k. from Barry,Vale of Glamorgan, United Kingdom

Hey V.F. ..superb portrait and narrative,pal..hilarious elixir narrative..still chuckling..!!!..can't wait for the rest of the series,sir..

21 Apr 2008 10:09pm

Jen from Alpharetta, United States

Wow great portrait...I can't even imagine the number of stories those eyes have to share

22 Apr 2008 12:52am

Man With 101 Names from Hamburg, United States

I think we now know what happened to Popeye !!! I wonder where his corn cob pipe is ? :o)

22 Apr 2008 1:33am

danthro from Suburbia, United States

it's scary how well his photo fits with the stereotypical character in your description!

22 Apr 2008 1:55am

1/80 second
ISO 400
55 mm