Today I took a trip through to Edinburgh where the Edinburgh International Festival is now in full swing. During this time, the population of the city greatly increases due to vast numbers of visitors from home and abroad and the streets are seething with people.
Part of the attraction of Edinburgh's central streets at this time are the numbers of street performers including musicians, actors, acrobats and jugglers.
This young lady stood motionless as a "Golden Statue" as you can see in my workshop picture but, after I had taken a few shots of her, she quickly moved, pulled out this "camera" and pointed it at me! Great fun!
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williewhistler (12555) 2013-08-14 13:21
don`t you just love it when the unexpected happens!
On this occasion you had a perfect model,I do like the skin tones and her bright eye complete with highlight.
A very charming shot in a most appropriate square format.
holmertz (37209) 2013-08-14 13:33
This is funny and beautiful and very original. Her style and colours are quite fantastic and the blurred background is perfectly matching. Maybe a very lucky coincidence. I wonder how these "statues" manage to stand so perfectly still for such long periods. Maybe she does this trick with her "camera" to be able to move her limbs a bit now and then without losing face. Technically this photo is absolutely stunning too.
EstudioChispa (1890) 2013-08-14 13:56
The Edinburgh International Festival appears to be great fun! Some day I hope to attend!
What an amazing illusion she creates -- if not for the thin red crescent under her eye, she would be entirely covered. But it is that eye -- and the fact that you caught her looking not through her "viewfinder" but directly at you! -- that makes this foto special!
carlo62 (27864) 2013-08-14 14:10
molto simpatica questa immagine, sicuramente adatta al popolo di fotografi che frequenta questo sito.
Ottimo scarro, mi piace l'occhio che ci guarda, sembra metterci in guardia.
macjake (52340) 2013-08-14 14:23
so is that the new Pentax?
great post John! the WS photo is a fine complimentary photo in the wider angle, and shows her face and attire in full view.
How often do we get the chance to grab a photo like this one? Seriously! not too often. and to have her eye looking straight at you....perfect!
So how close to her were you? its perfectly sharp, you got her eye, the camera, her hand all so sharp and clear.
one of my favorites of yours for sure. really cool shot here John!
enjoy your day
worldcitizen (6485) 2013-08-14 15:41
Street performers are great; they are usually fun people who are full of surprises. This golden camera is great! Obviously this lady was expecting to be photographed, and was ready to turn the tables on you. I love the look on her face, too. :-)
subhendu_bagchi (25260) 2013-08-14 17:59
wow, really an interesting one. The face is expressive, her eye is towards you, direct gaze... Nice use of shallow DOF. Love the colour tone. Focus is bit more prominent on the interesting CAMERA but your composition is overall very eye catching. Great shot... Tfs.
Have a nice time.
PS- the picture in workshop is another great one and worth seeing...
jjcordier (73378) 2013-08-14 22:56
Joli moment de complicité entre la femme statue et le photographe! La photo du WS est d'excellente qualité également.
emka (73437) 2013-08-15 2:47
Hi John, I have commented already today the photo of white angel, here is the golden statue. I admire and love these street artists. They are so creative and then, to stay so long time motionless is such a hard job. And think how much time she must spend put all the gold on her and then to remove it! I like the photo in WS but this is really stunning. How she looks at you.. She had this 'camera" with her so probably when she sees someone making photos, must be a lot of such persons, then she surprise them with such a click. And her golden hair and the rose - marvel!!
this festival in Edinburgh must a lot of fun.
have a nice day
timecapturer (45321) 2013-08-15 2:56
well they do not come any more original than this one do they? A unique image and presentation that is both compelling and bizarre, but in an attractive way. Your execution here is flawless as the detailing is just perfect, but what I like is the single un-gilded eye peering out so wonderfully from behind the golden camera. Fascinating shot!
Did you tell her to post the shot she took on TE? ;-).
MJR (3360) 2013-08-15 3:30
I remember well you saying that you felt you always took hte same photograph, and felt you needed to find a way to do something different .
Well, worry no longer !
Timing is all, or maybe the kind statue waited long enough for you to get 'all set up' before she whipped out her old box camera, but whatever, this is a corker !
The killer detail; that Eye !
As to your title, I think perhaps she is actually photographing your companion, or the good looking guy behind you ??? She will be disappointed though, she hasn't taken off the lens cap.
annjackman (17869) 2013-08-15 5:39
This is a bold shot. I keep well away from these motionless statues as I am never sure what they will do. The funniest that I saw was a man crouching and dressed as a small shrub. If you passed by closely he jumped out (San Francisco). Anyway back to your shot. I love the coppery tones and the fine detail, particularly in the wig. I keep being drawn to the rather red eye - looks a bit scarey! Superb shallow DOF and tight framing.
Kind Regards, Ann
Kugart (1778) 2013-08-15 7:36
Nice capture of the street performer who seems to have a good sense of fun. Lovely clear and sharp shot in every detail. Lighting is just perfect.
SnapRJW (29306) 2013-08-15 9:10
This is such fun John. The red-rimmed eye certainly pops out and grabs all the attention here and the golden finery takes a back seat. Immaculate timing and a beautifully managed 'portrait'. The Festival must be a brilliant event and one I would love to attend. Lucky you! Warm regards Rosemary
Glint (6163) 2013-08-15 12:38
what a cool shot! Great fun. I love the tight framing. Notice her eye colour co-ordinates. Technically top class too. Clever boy.
ourania (26620) 2013-08-15 13:17
a very intriguing portrait in which the subject assumed the initiative to provide you with a striking pose that would stun and captivate not only the viewer but first of all you. I like very much the intensity enclosed in the tight frame, the spontaneous theatricality that you captured with such readiness and technical skill. I also love the playful variation of the golden tones on the intricate dress and hairstyle, the irresistible focal point of the eye and the mesmerizing role of the hands. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely evening,
Royaldevon (26629) 2013-08-15 14:59
I think the very first time that I ever saw these motionless 'statues' was in Edinburgh, many years ago and what a surprise they gave me!
This is a cracker of a capture!
Your close-up has collected every little detail of the features and costume and presented them as a pin-sharp portrait! Even the eye has a wonderful catchlight, hinting at a playful character!
Your narrow dof has worked perfectly so that there is nothing distracting from this excellent character.
My warm regards,
Baby has just arrived, John! We are now proud grandparents of a little girl, Siena Maren.
willperrett (6028) 2013-08-17 6:13
I like your WS image, but you've chosen well: this is superior as it tells a quirky story. I love the eye-contact you've captured. It reminds me a bit of a series of photographs by Martin Parr particularly the first two, as he's photographing the photographers. Maybe yours has an extra twist, as it's only a toy. Both you, her and Mr. Parr seem to be poking fun at happy snappers like us!
Raz13 (137) 2013-08-17 9:11
Nice! It's good she cooperated with you.
delpeoples (52543) 2013-08-18 1:57
Ahhh nothing like a little horseplay with a golden statue. This is so much fun, and whilst your WS is excellent, the human contact in this one is so compelling. I love the bronze and golden tones, the catch lights in the lady's eyes and the genuine sense of connection between photographer and subject. Bravissimo!
Un abbraccio e bella giornata a te
Romano46 (16580) 2013-09-02 11:02
osservando la tua gallery ho notato che sei molto bravo in diversi generi e le tue foto spaziano da un argomento all'altro e sempre con ottimi risultati.
Mi ha particolarmente colpito questa tua foto, sia per l'originalità del soggetto che per la perfetta esecuzione.
Infatti, oltre alla composizione sono da lodare l'illuminazione e la ricchezza di dettagli del soggetto frutto di una perfetta tecnica.
Un lavoto molto ben eseguito.
Ciao e buona serata
mjw364 (7004) 2013-09-24 1:06
You certainly caught the light in this person's eye here! No complaints from any judges I hope!
That camera being used looks hi-spec - a brownie box camera (if it was brown and not gold)!
Dirty fingernails though - not sure I would take this person home to meet my mum!
Very clear and sharp shot that captures the moment well.
- Copyright: John Cannon (tyro) (18652)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-08-14
- Categories: Festivals, Event, Decisive Moment
- Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon 70-200mm f/4L IS USM, HOYA 67mm HMC SUPER UV(0)
- Exposure: f/4.5, 1/640 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2013-08-14 13:01
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