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By conrad  
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!

Tags: Concert Music Magna carta Chris simpson Gig General Close-up and macro Druten Portraits and people

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timalban 13 1 United Kingdom
20 Oct 2008 9:25PM
Great shot - nice details well captured Smile

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banehawi Plus
14 1.8k 3893 Canada
20 Oct 2008 11:01PM
Well timed

conrad 13 10.9k 116
21 Oct 2008 8:12AM
Thanks, guys!
21 Oct 2008 4:40PM
Great detail and a lovely p/f. Will
conrad 13 10.9k 116
22 Oct 2008 10:24AM
Thanks, Will!
conrad 13 10.9k 116
23 Oct 2008 7:13PM
Thanks for the mod, Gary. He does indeed look a bit red (but that's normal for him).
csurry 16 9.2k 92
23 Oct 2008 7:15PM
With all that expression Conrad I wonder if this would show his character even more in B&W?
theorderingone 14 2.4k
23 Oct 2008 7:29PM
You're welcome Conrad. Smile Maybe he should lay off the sherry then?
Coleslaw 12 13.4k 28 Wales
23 Oct 2008 7:29PM
the mod is definitely better IMHO.
conrad 13 10.9k 116
24 Oct 2008 1:34PM
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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