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Taken as part of a Anti Homosexual Bullying Campaign.

Camera:Nikon Check out Nikon Nation!
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Sir Ian McKellen
Username:Hot_Fuzz Hot_Fuzz
Uploaded:17 Dec 2008 - 9:26 AM
Tags:Flash / lighting, General, Portrait, Portraits / people
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KevinWalsham
17 Dec 2008 - 9:32 AM

a well captured image good luck with campaign Smile kevin

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Grim1
Grim1  749 forum posts United Kingdom
17 Dec 2008 - 9:37 AM

Nice light - fabulously controlled DOF.
Fab actor!!!!

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Grim1
Grim1  749 forum posts United Kingdom
17 Dec 2008 - 9:37 AM

PS Out of interest, what lens were you using?
Corinne

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Sylviwhalley e2 Member 798 forum postsSylviwhalley vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
17 Dec 2008 - 9:40 AM

Great portrait.
Sylvia

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Hot_Fuzz
Hot_Fuzz  10121 forum posts
17 Dec 2008 - 9:43 AM

To be honest I was switching lenses all day so I can't remember but it was probably the standard 18-70mm.

Cheers for the comments guys!

Last Modified By Hot_Fuzz at 17 Dec 2008 - 9:44 AM

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pluckyfilly
pluckyfilly e2 Member 8317 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
17 Dec 2008 - 9:46 AM

bet this face could tell more stories than you or I could imagine - a great picture of Sir Ian

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Mynett
Mynett e2 Member 6142 forum postsMynett vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
17 Dec 2008 - 10:30 AM

Amazing, lovely portrait of one of my favourite actors, I love him and you have captured him well here. Good luck with the campaign too
Linda Smile

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Richsr
Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England211 Constructive Critique Points
17 Dec 2008 - 10:38 AM

Like the details and lighting in this - Excellent work IMO.
Regards Richard.

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spikemoz
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17 Dec 2008 - 10:47 AM

Excellent portrait and good luck with the campaign !

Spike.

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jdenman
jdenman  6 Spain5 Constructive Critique Points
17 Dec 2008 - 11:49 AM

Beautiful portrait, you have captured him really well.
John

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CarolG e2 Member 8146 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
17 Dec 2008 - 3:42 PM

Excellent capture of a fine actor. Carol

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stix
stix e2 Member 10924 forum postsstix vcard United Kingdom87 Constructive Critique Points
18 Dec 2008 - 5:27 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

I have to say I look at this and see problems everywhere.
The right eye has a very bright catch light, maybe over sharpened making the eye look like glass. The other eye conversely has no catch light at all, so looks 'dead'. His right ear looks really funny the way its sticking out like that. probably more noticeable because its so dark against the light background. I think you have the light too much to the side and too bright, his nose and temple are way too bright. If you had brought the light forward this would also have helped to give some life to the eyes.
There is some odd blurring going on his chin and hair are quite soft , yet his forehead and eyes are very sharp. To me this looks strange. His mouth is open but he doesnt seem to have any teeth.....
Sorry to be the lone voice of dissention.
I'm just jealous I didnt get to photograpgh him.
Martin

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Patricia Fenn
18 Dec 2008 - 5:33 PM

very interested to read the 'stix' crit. Good honest opinion of a smashing capture.
Have to say love the image...and learned heaps from Martins comment, so thanks to both of you.

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Hot_Fuzz
Hot_Fuzz  10121 forum posts
18 Dec 2008 - 10:22 PM

Cheers Martin.

This image was taken in the School where the Anti Homosexual Bullying Campaign was taking place. The image was taken in the Schools Photography Suite that was being toured by Sir Ian. A few of the students had set up some lights to take some images when Sir Ian decided to go and talk to them. This is when the Press Photographers decided to go mad taking flash images everywhere & Telling him where to stand and pose (Something he took quite a disliking to). I quickly grabbed a camera and set it up on a tripod to try and capture an image without flash and using only the 2 x 500Watt lamps that the students had set up for their shoot. I'm happy with what I got but unfortunately did'nt have much control over the lighting or the Backdrop which is just a plain white lastolite that the students use. I would have loved to take more personal images and also have had a selection of students take more personal images but sadly, on the day, that was not the case. The day with Sir Ian was Excellent and at times I could not take any images for listening to his stories of his personal experiences as a homosexual. The students were mesmerized with him but more impressively was the way that he in return was just as mesmerized with them in the way they talked & asked questions about homosexuality & bullying in Schools.

Dave.

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stix
stix e2 Member 10924 forum postsstix vcard United Kingdom87 Constructive Critique Points
18 Dec 2008 - 10:37 PM

Ah ah, that explains alot.
Difficult conditions to get a photo in, you did well to get this.

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Hot_Fuzz
Hot_Fuzz  10121 forum posts
18 Dec 2008 - 11:02 PM

In fact you can see some of the other images (including the set up) taken by the Press Photographers here: http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/g/1085765_stars_antibullying_message

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Hot_Fuzz  10121 forum posts
18 Dec 2008 - 11:04 PM

To be honest I dont do much in the way of Portrait photography so your comments are greatly recieved.

Cheers,
Dave.

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