Yes, I have heard that that is the case. Unfortunately for me I will be moving to Chicago in several months where things aren't much better. In fact, I may have to store most of my collection out of state at the in-laws.
Without giving away who it is, I will say that I think the picture you copied from provided more contrast, especially in the PS, and shirt color. I doubt I would have chosen the tie he did, but it does offer more contrast than the one you chose.