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Walking along Low Petergate we came across the Magic Ball Man and were fascinated by the way he appeared to make the crystal ball levitate - especially in V3. We had asked before shooting if he minded being photographed and he kindly agreed. In V1, which was actually the last image I took, he held the ball out towards us to capture it in close-up. Personally, I prefer Moira's version, 'Yesterday in York', as she as captured his face alongside the reflection in the ball.

Techie stuff see Exif
Single Raw image processed in Adobe Camera Raw, tweaked in Photomatix Pro and Elements 6.

Thanks again to everyone for your votes & comments on my previous uploads, it really is appreciated and encouraging.

Trev

Brand:NIKON
Camera:Nikon D3000 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm VR Check out Nikon Nation!
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:24 Nov 2011 - 2:20 PM
Focal Length:55mm, 38mm
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/40sec
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Aperture Priority
Metering Mode:Pattern
Title:The Magic Ball Man
Username:TrevBatWCC TrevBatWCC
Uploaded:27 Nov 2011 - 11:10 AM
Tags:Epz meet, Magic Ball Man, Photo journalism, Portraits / people, York
Votes:37
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gingerdelight
27 Nov 2011 - 11:24 AM

Super images here Trev - especially V1 - all well captured!
Carol

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
27 Nov 2011 - 11:32 AM

Excellent captures, Trev, especially like V.1. What amazing hair he has Smile Carol

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achieverswales
27 Nov 2011 - 11:42 AM

Hi Trev
Great set of images V1 is excellent, it is an art to capture people on the street, not fussy on magicians since I went to a show with Her who must be obeyed, the magician placed her in a box and she vanished, and then the idiot made her re-appear.

Regards

Trev.

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WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41028 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England133 Constructive Critique Points
27 Nov 2011 - 11:49 AM

Good collection of images giving a pictorial story. v1 strongest by far and well captured.

Dave

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lonely_oryx
lonely_oryx e2 Member 661 forum postslonely_oryx vcard England54 Constructive Critique Points
27 Nov 2011 - 12:09 PM

Excellent series. Love the concentration on his face

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 4139 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland110 Constructive Critique Points
27 Nov 2011 - 1:04 PM

Some fine images here, Trev: the look on his face is great and of all these I do rather favour V 1 with the lens like effect of the crystal.
Ronnie.

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7395 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom970 Constructive Critique Points
27 Nov 2011 - 1:34 PM

I've got one very similar to this, it will go up some time. I also have some head and shoulders shots - but nothing full length, and do you know, I never even noticed the sign and stand with his name. V3 is amazing, I missed that shot, I was so entranced - I have no idea how he did that!
Back to V1 - that was the moment, and you nailed it! You obviously got closer in on the subject than I did, the bokeh from his hat is like a firework exploding.
I was in a hurry to get a shot ready for uploading after a fantastic day, and I didn't spend as long on the image as I should have done. I've since realised that some careful dodging (highlights) and burning (midtones and shadows) brings out the brightness in the ball's refracted images. I do wish Mods were enabled...
Once that's done, he also makes very good material for b&w conversion.
Moira

Last Modified By mrswoolybill at 27 Nov 2011 - 1:34 PM

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woolybill1
woolybill1 e2 Member 7woolybill1 vcard United Kingdom65 Constructive Critique Points
27 Nov 2011 - 1:46 PM

I'm envious of this set, Trev. I captured a terrific composition from across the street but unfortunately was bending the Baby too far and the focus on the subject was unacceptable. I hardly binned anything from the day but unfortunately the very last two have been consigned to electronic purgatory Sad
V3 has to be the star of this excellent set but all are very good. In V1 the inverted face is right where you would expect to find a normal head, which is a bit of magic in itself!
Regards
Bill

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Daisymaye
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27 Nov 2011 - 2:03 PM

A great set Trev. All well captured...........Sandy

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Diana
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27 Nov 2011 - 3:12 PM

quirky Smile

Diana

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twelvemegs
27 Nov 2011 - 3:14 PM

Super shots of the Magic Ball Man Trevor.
Lovely processing as usual.
Got to be V1 as Fav. Its awesome. Smile

David

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RockArea
RockArea e2 Member 7RockArea vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
27 Nov 2011 - 5:22 PM

A fine set of images, Trev, with v1 being the star of the set.

David

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saltireblue
saltireblue Site Moderator 43650 forum postssaltireblue vcard Norway23 Constructive Critique Points
27 Nov 2011 - 7:28 PM

Magical, Trev. A wonderful set. The upside down head in v1 is a real smile raiser.

All in all, it seems you organised a very successful and enjoyable trip, and we can only hope York survives!

Malc

Last Modified By saltireblue at 27 Nov 2011 - 7:29 PM

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annettep38
annettep38 e2 Member 3186 forum postsannettep38 vcard France30 Constructive Critique Points
27 Nov 2011 - 11:25 PM

excellent POV, what a perfect reflection

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LynneJoyce
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28 Nov 2011 - 5:37 AM

Excellent set Trev and one of the highlights of an excellent day - thank you again for that. I have a set featuring this guy too that I will hold off on posting lest people get bored with him.

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barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
28 Nov 2011 - 9:31 AM

Great set
V4 is my favourite
I saw this chappie a few times earlier than you saw him ... and he was just sittting on the pavement
I wondered what he was going to do .
So thankyou for putting them up

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Lillian
Lillian e2 Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
28 Nov 2011 - 3:16 PM

Wow Trev you certainly have a great selection here..and what about those 'locks of gold' he has!!
never seen hair that long, going for V1 though, as rather a mystery
Lillian

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mikbee
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28 Nov 2011 - 4:14 PM

I am sure this is a familiar face from the Edinburgh Fringe.
(Minus the tinsel that is !!)
Good set.
And it does not surprise me about Moiras version.
She probably elbowed you out the way to get the shot !!
Mick.

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TONKSPHOTO
28 Nov 2011 - 7:15 PM

Brilliant...Like to see it upside down Trev......John

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phil99
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28 Nov 2011 - 7:41 PM

I had also have a full set of about 8 - 10 shots. All mine are slightly closer in but not as close as your ver.1 which you have captured superbly. I am also same as Moira and don't remember seeing his sign nor indeed his Raster type hair . Doubt I will be posting any of mine . You and Moira have these nailed Trev....Phil

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glyndwr  766 forum posts Wales9 Constructive Critique Points
1 Dec 2011 - 10:25 AM

It's all very clever stuff Trev.

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luceombra
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21 Dec 2011 - 11:24 AM

This is a great shot for sure!

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