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John and I went for a wander around Blackpool today and on our way home we bumped into this gentleman. You'd be forgiven for thinking that we terrorised him into posing, but the interaction was a bit stranger than that.

John said (something like) "can we take your picture?" and this guy, without saying a single word, sprang into this rather startled pose. We both took a photograph, thanked him, he smiled, and we walked home.

And I did have a few other things I wanted to say this evening, but it's been a really hectic day so I'll talk about most of them tomorrow. One thing I would like to say though: following being featured in the North West Enquirer (which I mentioned yesterday) we were also featured in the Metro today, so if you've visiting chromasia for the first time, after reading about us during your daily commute, welcome :-)

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comment by Sean at 10:04 PM (GMT) on 11 August, 2006

I want to suck your blooooood!

comment by djn1 at 10:11 PM (GMT) on 11 August, 2006

Sean: yes, there is a vague Hammer House of Horror feel to this one ;-)

comment by Eric at 10:14 PM (GMT) on 11 August, 2006

i would have thought it really was a startling action shot, until I read what really happened. It's so sharp! I like mucho.

Richard has helped me with the blog. I am testing pixyblog for him, so hopefully he will be able to work out all the kinks shortly and get it into people's hands! My name today links to the pixyblog site, so be sure to check it out.

comment by Tibs at 10:26 PM (GMT) on 11 August, 2006

This is a brilliant shot.

Great job on getting his expression

comment by owen at 10:31 PM (GMT) on 11 August, 2006

Cracking pose. I wonder if he does this for all the photographers that pass by :)

comment by Scott at 10:32 PM (GMT) on 11 August, 2006

The expression here is just fantastic. The way the tones are balance is also very interesting - especially the very netural skin.

comment by EssPea | Photography at 10:46 PM (GMT) on 11 August, 2006

Hilarious expression.

comment by EOS Chaos at 11:03 PM (GMT) on 11 August, 2006

The whole pose, and the fingertip grasp on the keys makes this a really cool capture.

comment by Mark at 11:09 PM (GMT) on 11 August, 2006

It's the key. That's what I like.

comment by Dave F at 01:04 AM (GMT) on 12 August, 2006

Great image! When I saw the rss feed with the title I was fully expecting a pirate.

comment by m i k e b at 01:59 AM (GMT) on 12 August, 2006

Wonderful capture. The expression on his face is priceless. Very sharp image too. I am anxious to see John's version as well.

comment by Curly at 02:09 AM (GMT) on 12 August, 2006

Were you trying to steal his beer?
What a cracking facial expression!

comment by sach1tb at 02:48 AM (GMT) on 12 August, 2006

Brrrillliant.. !!
so he actually gave you this pose.. LOL..
the background makes a nice contrast

comment by Ash at 06:03 AM (GMT) on 12 August, 2006

excellent timing Dave!

comment by geckonia at 06:03 AM (GMT) on 12 August, 2006

Great pose... I'm gonna remember this next time someone asks to take MY picture! Ha!

comment by Brett Admire at 07:16 AM (GMT) on 12 August, 2006

haha nice pose love the processing as usual

comment by Sara at 07:42 AM (GMT) on 12 August, 2006

This looks wonderful against the black background. Well done!

comment by peter at 07:56 AM (GMT) on 12 August, 2006

What an expression! It makes you wonder what exactly he was thinking at the time.

comment by JD at 10:24 AM (GMT) on 12 August, 2006

hahahahaha! I think kudos have to go to the guy for this one! While you've composed and processed it to perfection (as always), I just think he totally makes the image :D
the stance, his finger and thumb holding the keys, his eyes just brilliant

comment by thomas at 11:12 AM (GMT) on 12 August, 2006

great image, were you trying to steal his key? it looks like.

comment by javga at 02:06 PM (GMT) on 12 August, 2006

Thes are MY keys, so get lost!

comment by Craig Wilson at 03:48 PM (GMT) on 12 August, 2006

Great expression.

comment by CrankPhoto at 04:13 PM (GMT) on 12 August, 2006

geez! thanks for making me look at that first thing in the morning! as well taken as it is, and as interesting as the subject has made the photo...i'm not sure i want to see this shot more than the one time i just experienced.

comment by Alex at 04:53 PM (GMT) on 12 August, 2006

Is John gonna post his version? I'll be very curious to see it

comment by Jounalius at 05:23 PM (GMT) on 12 August, 2006

Hehhe some people really do pop up with something strange or unexpected and this is something unexpected :P

cool pic!

comment by djn1 at 07:03 PM (GMT) on 12 August, 2006

Thanks everyone :-)

comment by Andre Malagodi at 09:08 PM (GMT) on 12 August, 2006

Lucky that the guy came up with that pose spontaneously, nice one

comment by Jamey at 04:47 PM (GMT) on 13 August, 2006

Very nice indeed. Love shots like this.

comment by char at 05:12 PM (GMT) on 13 August, 2006

What a great expression!

comment by navin harish at 08:25 AM (GMT) on 14 August, 2006

Great shot. I love the expression on his face. Seems like a born actor to me

comment by John Zeweniuk at 06:50 AM (GMT) on 15 August, 2006

Great background, great blacks, great subject, its like is it funny or scary! Wonderful.

comment by mohammed adenwala at 06:22 AM (GMT) on 21 August, 2006

I love the expression on this guy's face! Great capture!

comment by Tiago P. at 02:52 PM (GMT) on 29 August, 2006

I love this! Very dramatic.