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Taken at the 40s event at Clumber Park on Sunday. I've called it The Observer as the gent was watching a couple dance and I caught him from behind. Sadly it was a split second opportunity. As soon as I spotted him I framed up in preparation for the dancers to come back together. But before they did he was off and the perfect moment was never to happen. I tend to always shoot an initial photo just in case anything happens. It often pays off when doing wildlife and I'm glad I did in this occasion too.

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Lens:Pentax 55-300mm
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:The Observer
Username:Pete Pete
Uploaded:7 Jun 2011 - 5:06 PM
Tags:40s event, Candid, Clumber park, Dancers, Humour / fun, Observer, Portraits / people
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davey_griffo
7 Jun 2011 - 5:36 PM

You could always have cheated. Shot the dancers & composited them in. Smile

A very unusual portrait. I like the unusual.

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AlleyCatz
AlleyCatz  8274 forum posts England6 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jun 2011 - 6:00 PM

Pete cheat! Wink

I like the thinking behind the image...and it works.
I can also see this as a mono conversion .
The lighting was also very harsh making it difficult taking shots outside.

Suprised you did not get shoved in the back by some woman with a camera bag on her back! Wink


~Alley~

Last Modified By AlleyCatz at 7 Jun 2011 - 6:01 PM

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Pete Site Moderator 1318739 forum postsPete vcard ePz Advertiser England96 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jun 2011 - 6:14 PM


Quote: You could always have cheated. Shot the dancers & composited them in

Or asked the bloke to stay where he was for a few minutes longer, but I didn't think about that till later :-(

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Suprised you did not get shoved in the back by some woman with a camera bag on her back!

Yes or a tripod up from the rear Wink

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chase
chase Critique Team 91118 forum postschase vcard England242 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jun 2011 - 6:41 PM

I tried something similar with the singer in the fg & a pair of dancers OOF but like you I was overpowered by that harsh light,perhaps a couple of quick bracketed frames would have helped with that & blended in your post processing.
Perfect moments usually only happen once in a day Wink

Strangley I had my sights obscured by some guy infront of me when I got there,much taller than me,just about to get my elbows sharpened & whooosh around he turned,he did look a bit mean so I said.......not much Wink

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pluckyfilly e2 Member 8317 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jun 2011 - 6:44 PM

its different what more can one ask

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Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 6Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jun 2011 - 8:19 PM

There's a story in this. Gets my mind going in circles. Great image........Sandy

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MickS
MickS  9 England14 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jun 2011 - 8:28 PM

Watcha Pete,
I've been in hospital sionce the end of Feb, had a stroke. I doubt that I will be able to take any worthwhile pics, so will probably nopt renew my membership.
Sorry to contact you this way but you have you pm facility turned off. Interesting pic.
best
Mick

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Mynett
Mynett e2 Member 6142 forum postsMynett vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jun 2011 - 10:02 PM

I see him as a spy, watching the actions of the enemy ...... it does tell a story

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gingerdelight
7 Jun 2011 - 10:57 PM

This is an excellent composition Pete, well spotted and captured, even without the dancers!
Carol

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woodrow
woodrow  7153 forum posts Scotland
8 Jun 2011 - 9:40 PM

like it Pete

Paul

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Scaramanga e2 Member 737 forum postsScaramanga vcard United Kingdom5 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jun 2011 - 10:41 PM

I think it needs cropping in some way to get rid of the bright parts of it. Actuallh if you crop it to the bottom of the spivs pointy bit by about a cm. space.

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Scaramanga
Scaramanga e2 Member 737 forum postsScaramanga vcard United Kingdom5 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jun 2011 - 10:53 PM

I also have to ask can I use this image in the future.? Or part of it..........

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Pete
Pete Site Moderator 1318739 forum postsPete vcard ePz Advertiser England96 Constructive Critique Points
9 Jun 2011 - 9:51 AM

Thanks all Smile

Sorry to hear that Mick, sincerely hope things go ok, take it easy.

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I also have to ask can I use this image in the future.? Or part of it.........

. Yes ok

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Scaramanga e2 Member 737 forum postsScaramanga vcard United Kingdom5 Constructive Critique Points
9 Jun 2011 - 11:23 AM

Cheers, he's going to be my vampire hunter.

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gajewski e2 Member 10gajewski vcard United States9 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jun 2011 - 5:43 PM

Fantastic detail in your observer and great use of DOF.

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