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This is Chris Simpson of Magna Carta (see my blog entry of today), as photographed during a concert in Druten, this weekend.

I realise that this cannot be the most flattering picture of him, especially with his eyes almost completely closed, but it shows something about him that I like - here he's the musician/songwriter who renders the lyrics from deep within his soul. Chris feels deeply about the lyrics that he writes and sings, and it shows.

One tiny detail that I like about the original on my computer, but which unfortunately you will hardly be able to see, even in the 1000 pixel version, is the drop of sweat that's just fallen from a hair over his ear.

This is almost straight from the camera. No crop, and very little processing - hardly any more than a modest clean-up of the picture. I didn't even want to put a frame around it and decided to upload it "pure".

Shot at 1600 ISO, 1/500, F2.8.

I considered a mono conversion, but he has good skin tones, I really like the blue light on the microphone stand, and I don't think this is too grainy or noisy for a colour shot.

But do tell me what you all think of it - all comments and mods welcome!

Camera:Canon EOS 20D
Lens:Canon EF 200mm 2.8 L MkI
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Heartfelt
Username:conrad conrad
Uploaded:20 Oct 2008 - 9:18 PM
Tags:Chris simpson, Close-up / macro, Concert, Druten, General, Gig, Magna carta, Music, Portraits / people
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timalban
timalban e2 Member 10timalban vcard United Kingdom
20 Oct 2008 - 9:25 PM

Great shot - nice details well captured Smile

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banehawi
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20 Oct 2008 - 11:01 PM

Well timed


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conrad
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21 Oct 2008 - 8:12 AM

Thanks, guys!

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willgriffiths
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21 Oct 2008 - 4:40 PM

Great detail and a lovely p/f. Will

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22 Oct 2008 - 10:24 AM

Thanks, Will!

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conrad
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23 Oct 2008 - 7:13 PM

Thanks for the mod, Gary. He does indeed look a bit red (but that's normal for him).

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23 Oct 2008 - 7:15 PM

With all that expression Conrad I wonder if this would show his character even more in B&W?

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theorderingone
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23 Oct 2008 - 7:29 PM

You're welcome Conrad. Smile Maybe he should lay off the sherry then?

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23 Oct 2008 - 7:29 PM

the mod is definitely better IMHO.

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conrad
conrad e2 Member 1010877 forum postsconrad vcard 116 Constructive Critique Points
24 Oct 2008 - 1:34 PM

Ah, oh, there's a critique to go with the mod! Spotted the mod first. I did wonder why the picture had got a yellow thingy around it in my folio...

Thanks for the detailed critique, Gary, as well as the mod! I'm so used to seeing him in red, that I never thought of turning it down a notch. Excellent idea. The crop is just simply the result of not being able to step back where I was at that moment - and using a prime 200mm lens. Maybe I'll take my zoom next time. Heavier, but who knows, maybe it's handier.

The band's website is indeed the purpose I had in mind. Not sure yet if Chris will approve the image, but that was indeed the intended purpose.

Thanks very much, Gary, I'm very happy with your evaluation, mod and suggestions!


Quote: Maybe he should lay off the sherry then?

Red wine and tomato juice, actually, but yes... Wink


Quote: With all that expression Conrad I wonder if this would show his character even more in B&W?

I did consider that, but my b&w conversions are rubbish...

Thanks everyone!

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