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This is the first of two shots of Maurice, a Blackpool based cabaret singer I photographed yesterday afternoon. My brief was to produce some images that could be used to promote his act, some of which needed to include a recognisable local landmark, so what better landmark to include than Blackpool Tower.

In terms of the post-production: this is a combination of a straight shot and a pseudo-HDR image. I used the HDR version to bring out the detail in his trousers and waistcoat - both of which are a dark brown pinstripe - as despite the use of fill-flash these still appeared too dark in the final shot.

As always, I'd be interested to hear your thoughts.

focal length
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RAW converter
3.14pm on 16/7/08
Canon 1Ds Mark II
EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
aperture priority
580EX II (off-camera)
C1 Pro and Photomatix Pro
Blackpool Tower + HDR + people [portraiture] + commissions + no print
comment by Kajsa at 08:27 PM (GMT) on 17 July, 2008

Gosh, happy! Lovely picture!!!

One thing that bugs me with you blog; I use a feedreader and your posts only show a "Hotlinking from chromasia is not allowed...", wich in itself is a totally acceptable measure from your side ( haven't even thought about mailing you about it before ), but when the image in your comment section is replaced also?! Feels like a bug! :))
Love your work anyways; thank you for all the amazing pictures!

comment by Kajsa at 08:28 PM (GMT) on 17 July, 2008

and now, having posted a comment it looks fine. bummer :)

comment by djn1 at 08:35 PM (GMT) on 17 July, 2008

Kajsa: let me know the url you use and I'll authorise it.

comment by Adam Swords at 11:36 PM (GMT) on 17 July, 2008

Love this one dave, the processing is nicely done and as ever carries your unmistakable unique style. Very cool.

comment by Xu at 11:53 PM (GMT) on 17 July, 2008

Ah wonderful shot!! Just great to look at, and I think it'll be very good for his act.

comment by mike at 03:01 AM (GMT) on 18 July, 2008

Great shot (both) together... perfect. Colors really nice. Very good work. I'll bet he liked it!

comment by kate at 03:30 AM (GMT) on 18 July, 2008

way too funny. got the detail. :)

comment by jkm at 03:56 AM (GMT) on 18 July, 2008

FABULOUS! Bring on Mauric #2. Will he be doing a headstand ;-)

comment by Kevin H. Stecyk at 05:40 AM (GMT) on 18 July, 2008

Hi David,

I really like this photograph because of its energy and enthusiasm.

It reminds me of a YouTube video: Stranger Dance, which is worth watching--especially if you've had a challenging day because it puts a smile on your face.

comment by Andy at 06:21 AM (GMT) on 18 July, 2008

man you're good.

comment by John at 07:30 AM (GMT) on 18 July, 2008

Great shot...did you use the 580ex's High Speed Synch feature to fire at 1/2500 sec? And if so, how did you do this outdoors? Wouldn't the sun interfere with the IR signal to the off camera flash?

comment by Roded at 08:52 AM (GMT) on 18 July, 2008

Wow! great composition and wonderful colors.very impressive indeed.

comment by maurice mallone at 11:51 AM (GMT) on 18 July, 2008

At first I was not sure about this picture but seeing it post production I really like it.

It gives a great sense of fun which is what my act is about (Well I think it is anyway. It's my story and I'm sticking to it).

Thank you Dave the picture looks great. :)

comment by Lorraine at 02:10 PM (GMT) on 18 July, 2008

Great photo, I thought for sure he was trying out for a part in 'Heroes' lol well done!

comment by Bill at 02:31 PM (GMT) on 18 July, 2008

Brilliant! This is a fun photo that would make anyone smile.

comment by Raffi at 03:03 PM (GMT) on 18 July, 2008

I love the DOF here. Compositon and tone is nice with the tower in the background. Great work!

comment by shooter at 06:37 PM (GMT) on 18 July, 2008

I like the idea behind this but feel it would have suited a landscape view, I appreciate your framing makes the guy stand out but it feels too tight and as a result the shadow is clipped. I love the PP'in though, the colours and treatment suit the subject....

comment by thomas mueller at 06:39 PM (GMT) on 18 July, 2008

cool one, i like jumping-photography.
the only thing: the image and the tower turns to the right, or not!?

comment by djn1 at 07:12 PM (GMT) on 18 July, 2008

Thanks all.

Kevin: I"ll take a look at the video.

John: yes, I used the high speed synch. As for the sun and the IR signal: this works ok at short range, even in bright sunlight, so I didn't have any problems.

maurice: I'm glad you like it :-)

shooter: I deliberately went for a tighter crop with this one, but I can see your point.

thomas: no, it's not leaning, it's the angle of the seafront that gives the impression that the image is tilted.

comment by Ame at 03:29 PM (GMT) on 21 July, 2008

Fun shot!!!

comment by alexandru savu at 08:51 PM (GMT) on 23 July, 2008

Cool image!