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The Observer

By Pete      
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.

Tags: Candid Clumber park Dancers Portraits and people Humour and fun Observer 40s event

Voters: davey_griffo, AlleyCatz, joolsb and 18 more


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davey_griffo 7 213 165 England
7 Jun 2011 5:36PM
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 10 274 6 England
7 Jun 2011 6:00PM
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~
Pete Plus
15 18.8k 96 England
7 Jun 2011 6:14PM

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
chase Plus
11 1.1k 246 England
7 Jun 2011 6:41PM
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
pluckyfilly Plus
10 351 33 United Kingdom
7 Jun 2011 6:44PM
its different what more can one ask
Daisymaye Plus
8 23 10 Canada
7 Jun 2011 8:19PM
There's a story in this. Gets my mind going in circles. Great image........Sandy
MickS 11 23 14 England
7 Jun 2011 8:28PM
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
Mynett 8 142 6 United Kingdom
7 Jun 2011 10:02PM
I see him as a spy, watching the actions of the enemy ...... it does tell a story
gingerdelight 10 298 11 United Kingdom
7 Jun 2011 10:57PM
This is an excellent composition Pete, well spotted and captured, even without the dancers!
Carol
woodrow 9 153 Scotland
8 Jun 2011 9:40PM
like it Pete

Paul
8 Jun 2011 10:41PM
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.
8 Jun 2011 10:53PM
I also have to ask can I use this image in the future.? Or part of it..........
Pete Plus
15 18.8k 96 England
9 Jun 2011 9:51AM
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
9 Jun 2011 11:23AM
Cheers, he's going to be my vampire hunter.
gajewski Plus
12 10 9 United States
10 Jun 2011 5:43PM
Fantastic detail in your observer and great use of DOF.

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