This man was another of the street performers whom I saw during my walk through the old part of the City of Edinburgh two days ago. At the time of the Edinburgh International Festival, the central streets are filled with street performers, acrobats, jugglers and magicians.
The fellow appeared almost in a trance as he rolled this glass sphere through his hands, over his head and down his body. Very difficult to photograph as sometimes his movements were quite quick but fortunately I managed to capture this shot of him with a nice (inverted!) view down Edinburgh's "Royal Mile" in his crystal ball.
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Raz13 (137) 2013-08-16 2:40
Beautiful shot with excellent background blur.
I like the inverted reflection in the crystal ball.
Kugart (1774) 2013-08-16 3:12
Excellent close up of the street performer. Nice clarity in the subject against the blurred background . Very well done.
Have a good weekend
timecapturer (37124) 2013-08-16 3:44
looks like the EIF was a great day out and gave you some original photographic opportunities. Another mesmerising and unique study this. I love the way you have captured this, with a perfect blurred bg, sharp detailing and the magic view in the globe. Excellent work John, really like it.
Wishing you a carefree weekend - Brian.
subhendu_bagchi (21090) 2013-08-16 4:53
intelligent composition. Lovely perspective. Like the refraction through the crystal ball. The man is beautifully focused. Great colour tone. Superb shot. Tfs.
carlo62 (19455) 2013-08-16 7:16
grande colpo, ciò che si vede nella palla di cristallo è magnifico e sei stato bravissimo nel riprendere la scena nel suo complesso, tutto perfettamente a fuoco e lo sfondo perfettamente sfocato.
Noel_Byrne (13376) 2013-08-16 7:24
Very nicely done!! The man does look as if he may be in a trance, but the real star is the most unusual vision of the city in the orb. I can see so much in there, and the architecture of the Royal Mile looks very fine indeed. Very novel shot, and it works a treat!
All the best
ourania (18672) 2013-08-16 10:27
this is a unique photo with the iconic view of the Royal Mile enclosed in the crystal ball gliding over the performer's body. An unrepeatable scene captured with superb sharpness and framed effectively. The performer's movement and his arms joining the crystal ball with his face make for a very attractive and elegant composition. His expression is mesmerizing, he might be looking at what we see in the ball or be in another place in his mind. Lighting and colours are wonderful too. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great weekend,
holmertz (31322) 2013-08-16 11:43
Maybe he was moving fast, but you still managed a very fine composition where his head and his stretched out arms fill the area perfectly. The sharpness is just as perfectly placed on his face and the ball. I actually thought I would meet the photographer in the crystal ball, so I twisted the picture around and looked carefully but I couldn't find you. That must have been a magical ball.
jjcordier (67270) 2013-08-16 22:27
Jolie exploitation de cette boule de cristal où cet artiste de rue semble avoir enfermé la ville. Bien vu!
sdnpicz (195) 2013-08-16 23:39
Great capture. No doubt its a difficult task to capture an action with such clarity. You did very well.
The reflection in the crystal ball is really awesome. It made the photograph outstanding along with that clear and green background.
Expression of the man and his position of hands adding up to the class of hotograph. TFS.
Nicou (105851) 2013-08-17 2:11
Une boule magique quelle vue avec le reflet comme elle est positionnée entre les deux mains avec un beau portrait sueprbe compo.
Bravo et amitié
jhm (128049) 2013-08-17 10:01
Glass or crystal the ball cares for a wonderful image.
Also the face of the man is perfect to see.
Sharpness and clarity be superb.
Lovely composition, excellent captured.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
agjika (4309) 2013-08-17 10:21
Clever idea. Nice and sharp, love the background.
jester5 (1785) 2013-08-17 10:48
Love the subject and beautiful clarity .Fantastic photograph John. He does look as though he is in his own zone and the calm just oozes out of the image.
Royaldevon (21485) 2013-08-18 1:32
This is, indeed, a very good shot!
I have seen these street performers and they do move with incredible speed.
The shot is perfectly composed: eyes on the thirds line, arm and eye view on opposing diagonals.
You have used narrow dof to advantage.
It might be interesting to make a full size shot of the crystal ball!
Have a great Sunday,
annjackman (15541) 2013-08-18 2:07
Well this is an image that you must be very proud of. The inverted view of the Royal Mile must surely be unique. Expert use of a shallow DOF and a pin sharp portrait. Excellent photography.
Kind Regards, Ann
emka (64150) 2013-08-18 15:20
Hi, Amazing portrait in the scalec lose to 1:1 on my screen. Fantastic clear view and perfect blurred dark background. And what a great view of the Royal Mile in crystal ball. Superb work, creative and masterful.
As Gert, at first I tried to see the image in the ball so i inverted the picture. I recognize St. Giles, for a second I tried to find you, but of course, it is transparent ball so the image is not reflected.
ACL1978 (6501) 2013-08-26 20:40
Hello, John! Back on TE after a bit of time off with family, and on a couple trips, and I'm sorry to see how many great shots of yours I've missed! This one I had to comment on, though, as I love the effect you captured here. It's a great clear shot, with the movement of the ball frozen perfectly, like he's carrying another world in his hands here. The green blurred BG really helps to set the reflection apart. Thanks!
mjw364 (6142) 2013-09-19 2:33
I was immediately drawn to this image in your gallery. It is well cropped and framed with the man filling the frame so that we focus on him alone. That is further enhanced by the shallow DOF relative to the BG.
What I am most impressed with though is that the reflection is perfectly positioned in the ball and as you say, he is moving it quickly - evidenced by the fact that the lower part of the ball is not in contact with his hand. So, given that fact - a moment well captured with the result of a fantastically composed reflection in the ball.
- Copyright: John Cannon (tyro) (15717)
- 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, 1/800 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-08-16 1:28