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New Stripitz portrait, Robert Prebil, an actor as a sculptoror

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robert_prebil_Borut PeTerlin.com_3818Robert Prebil is an renown actor, but for last few years he dived into sculpture making. Next week he has an opening of an exhibition of his sculptures. The assignment from Mladina forStripitz rubric came in the time when I’m totally flooded by work and I contact him on Thursday to find out that only that day he has a day off and a lot of time to make the portrait. So I said why not and went to Ljubljana without any preconception how to make a portrait. I leaned to my notorious banzai tactic that basically means I have no clue what I’m doing, but I’ll do it in the best way possible!

Robert wanted to have his sculpture in the front plane so that him as an actor will be in a second plane. He wanted to distinguish his role as an actor from his sculpture making. I said that’s good enough for me, let’s build a story around that! We took a walk around the near area, looking for a proper place to set his sculpture and I was astonished by graveyard of writers and poets Navje in Ljubljana! We have chosen Plečnik‘s archers. We had a great discussion about art, how him as an actor is a medium for a director and writer of theater act, whereas in sculpture making he is a casting his vision to material medium.

So we were watching his sculpture under Plečnik’s architecture and he stated quite loudly: “THIS! This is what Plečnik left out from his architecture! This feminine principle!” I agreed completely. We admired the view on the sculpture and think how we should embed the author in this perfect scenery… We tried many options and on the end I decided to place Robert far in the back and with lightning establish the relation between each other. We worked for an hour and a half. I know I can make a good picture if I only have enough time and patience from the person portrayed.


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  1. Well if NO ONE is going to leave a comment then I suppose I ought to. This picture reminds of religious fanatics and war lords. Anyone? Iztok? You with me?


    31 January, 2009 at 16:22

  2. Ok…I will kick start this…please explain to us viewers which lenses you used and all the technical things which will help us understand how you conceived this master piece.


    31 January, 2009 at 18:22

  3. 🙂


    31 January, 2009 at 18:30

  4. Dear JC. Thank you for your interest in my work. here are infos that you were asking for and if you’ll have some more questions, please don’t hesitate to ask me!

    Camera: Nikon D3
    Exposure: 30
    Aperture: f/7.1
    Focal Length: 24 mm
    Exposure: -0.25
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    Exposure Bias: 0 EV
    Flash: No Flash

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    Image Description: Robert Prebil, an actor and sculpture maker, photographed with his artwork under the arches designed by famous architect Jože Plečnik.
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    Samples Per Pixel: 3
    Planar Configuration: Planar
    Software: Adobe Photoshop CS3 Macintosh
    Date and Time (Modified): 2009:01:31 12:08:58
    Artist: Borut Peterlin
    Copyright: Copyrighted by Borut Peterlin
    Exposure Program: Manual
    Date and Time (Original): 2009:01:29 20:22:52.33+01:00
    Date and Time (Digitized): 2009:01:29 20:22:52
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    Metering Mode: Multi-segment
    Light Source: Unknown
    Sub Sec Time Original: 33
    Sub Sec Time Digitized: 33
    Color Space: sRGB
    Sensing Method: One-chip color area
    CFAPattern: [Red,Green][Green,Blue]
    Custom Rendered: Custom
    Exposure Mode: Manual
    White Balance: Auto
    Digital Zoom Ratio: 1
    Focal Length In35mm Format: 24 mm
    Scene Capture Type: Standard
    Gain Control: None
    Contrast: Normal
    Saturation: Normal
    Sharpness: Hard
    Subject Distance Range: Unknown
    Compression: JPEG (old-style)
    Caption- Abstract: Robert Prebil, an actor and sculpture maker, photographed with his artwork under the arches designed by famous architect Jozÿe Plecÿnik.
    By-line: Borut Peterlin
    By-line Title: photographer
    Keywords: stripitz
    Copyright Notice: Copyrighted by Borut Peterlin
    Global Angle: 30
    Global Altitude: 30
    Copyright Flag: True
    Photoshop Quality: 6
    Photoshop Format: Standard
    Progressive Scans: 3 Scans
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    Samples Per Pixel: 3
    Photometric Interpretation: RGB
    Compression: Adobe Deflate
    Planar Configuration: Planar
    Orientation: Horizontal (normal)
    Bits Per Sample: 8
    Creator Tool: Adobe Photoshop CS3 Macintosh
    Metadata Date: 2009:01:31 12:08:58+01:00
    Lens: 24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8
    Image Number: 104090
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    Web Statement:
    Authors Position: photographer
    Legacy IPTCDigest: 8DFE0345EBAF686D018A4FBC6336DD80
    Color Mode: 3
    ICCProfile Name: sRGB IEC61966-2.1
    Format: image/jpeg
    Creator: Borut Peterlin
    Rights: Copyrighted by Borut Peterlin
    Subject: stripitz
    Description: Robert Prebil, an actor and sculpture maker, photographed with his artwork under the arches designed by famous architect Jože Plečnik.
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    Temperature: 3950
    Tint: 0
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    Saturation: +31
    Sharpness: 25
    Luminance Smoothing: 0
    Color Noise Reduction: 25
    Chromatic Aberration R: 0
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    Vignette Amount: 0
    Shadow Tint: 0
    Red Hue: 0
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    Blue Saturation: 0
    Fill Light: 0
    Vibrance: +23
    Highlight Recovery: 25
    Clarity: 33
    Defringe: 0
    Hue Adjustment Red: 0
    Hue Adjustment Orange: 0
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    Creator Work Telephone: +38641581626
    Creator Country: Slovenia
    Creator Work Email:
    Creator Work URL:
    Viewing Conditions Illuminant Type: D50
    Measurement Observer: CIE 1931
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    Borut Peterlin

    31 January, 2009 at 22:11

  5. HA! Good move Bobby Fischer, good move. Thank you…HA… it is much more clear now that I have read your technical information. In fact you don’t really need the image anymore…this is more than enough. I noticed that your Measurement Flare was at: 0.999%…isn’t that a bit high? I would try 0.998.9


    1 February, 2009 at 12:19

  6. you mean 0.9989? Second point doesn’t make sense! And you’re right! For highly educated hochštaplers like me and you, that is all you need to really understand the picture! Matrixxx

    Borut Peterlin

    1 February, 2009 at 13:44

  7. I love “some” technical details that goes with picture 🙂
    I must say that is noticeable ( at least to me) that your Striptiz series is evolving somehow. Last two portraits are significantly different from earlier ones. Or maybe I’m wrong?
    Long live JC!!!


    Igor Motl

    2 February, 2009 at 23:35

  8. Maybe you are wrong, maybe you are right. It Does not change the picture. If you can convince yourself you are doing great work, you use the same mental power to convince yourself otherwise…point is the how,where,what,why reasons have no bearing on why it is good nor not. nice to hear you again leopard man…


    3 February, 2009 at 02:52

  9. Ciao my main man,
    I’m not sure if the concept is changing. I think it’s just a long time like three years and that’s about 150 portraits. I’ll publish another image today.

    Borut Peterlin

    3 February, 2009 at 23:10

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    3 March, 2009 at 16:50

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