Another picture taken of street entertainers in Edinburgh's old town during the course of the Edinburgh International Festival and the Edinburgh "Fringe" which runs at the same time in August each year.
Just after the Crazy Juggler had finished his act, these two comedians came on "stage" in the street outside St. Giles' Cathedral. They were preparing to start their act when they spied me standing on a low wall nearby taking some pictures and immediately struck this pose just for me - to the amusement of the crowd. I was prepared to receive some abuse from them but actually they were very co-operative and, a few seconds later, took up an even more suggestive pose just for me and my camera - as you can see in the workshop!
Wandering around the streets of Edinburgh during this time can offer some wonderful photographic opportunities provided you have a thick skin and are prepared to take jibes, jokes and laughter from some of the street entertainers!
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mesutilgim (90766) 2013-11-29 3:33
Topclass of those commedians with perfect layout and timing.
They both are full in their elements !
TFS and have a nice weekend
rigoletto (34279) 2013-11-29 3:40
hello john. the map worked again, lacking a red sign, but when i zoomed in, i was just flying over the mercat cross, so, voila :)
your laurel&hardy couple did notice you and act for you, i can imagine your sudden excitement to catch the eye contact moments with your 100 mm zoom on time. the ws photo is also curious, the guys seem to be turned on in a gay pride manner :))
Royaldevon (34773) 2013-11-29 5:30
You obviously had a very worthwhile session of photography during the Edinburgh Festival.
The character of this comedian oozes from the shot; he loves the limelight! I wonder if his absence of socks is part of his act or evidence of the irregular income of an undiscovered comic! Whatever, you have caught him really well, both with regards to the sharpness of the details and the positioning of the figures in the frame.
The dof is, for me, perfect.
I particularly like the w/s with its inclusion of 'Fringe' in the shot. It really is fringe work and then ... it becomes the norm.
Have a great w/e,
williewhistler (15813) 2013-11-29 6:41
at times like this it`s not always easy to concentrate on the task in hand,getting the exposure right as well as keeping the subject in focus when the adrenalin kicks in can be a bit hit and miss,however you have taken a lovely street scene here, everything is nicely sharp and clear where it should be on our two protagonists whilst the on lookers are pleasantly OOF.
Great fun I image.
Kind regards Les.
timecapturer (49288) 2013-11-29 6:48
OK John, so how much are Virgin paying you?
A wonderful couple of images of these two clowns who really went for it. A superb opportunity and I must say you grasped it perfectly. I think of the two I like the workshop one more it has more cheek about it and is perhaps more powerful visually. All the same a couple of original and wonderful postings. Well worth the jibes methinks!
Have a great weekend - B.
holmertz (47178) 2013-11-29 11:23
Usually it's small kids in far away countries behaving like this in front of a stranger's camera. I suppose that to be a comedian you have to cherish the child within you. What a privilege to get a personally dedicated performance by street artists, and what a photo opportunity they gave you. I like this one better then the WS. It's a tighter composition with better eye-contact, and they are still not overdoing the show,
carlo62 (41323) 2013-11-29 14:36
strano e simpatico personaggio, preso al giusto momento.
Una foto che mette allegria, tecnicamente eccellente e di ottima qualità.
emka (89461) 2013-11-29 22:06
hi John, this Edinburgh festival is a gold mine for photographer. Excellent photo of these two artists. I like their expressions and poses. I can imagine what fun it was, specially when they made some poses for you. But is not such street performance just for it, for contact with the viewers more than in real theatre? Superb shot. Funny he has no socks.
I am enjoying my trip, walking around all the days in cold and sometimes rainy weather. Today I go to Wales! I will see the place with a name Ll.... how to pronoun it?
jjcordier (79289) 2013-11-29 23:06
Ces deux comédiens se sont bien prêtés au jeu et grâce à toi, vont devenir mondialement célèbres!
macjake (63232) 2013-11-30 0:44
Oh this one puts a smile on my face:)
as does the WS.
you certainly grabbed their attention didn't you!
as Bev mentioned, you had a great photo shoot at this outdoor Festival, you got some pretty funky photos!
hey, at least in this one we don't have to look at any more tight underpants haha - such as your famous juggler :)
I prefer not to even think about it!
This comedian will forever be immortalized on TE!
great set of photos, and a great time to be had.
you asked about what do the locals do on Easter Island....alot of locals take in tourists. thats what we did, we stayed at a local's house/family. They convert their home into a semi-bed/breakfast, or they build seperate rooms in their backyard with full showers and bathrooms.
Our family was super sweet, we met their children, ate breakfast with them and got to play with their dog everyday :)
the father also owned a restaurant on the main street.
Tourism plays a large role, as does fishing.
the atmsosphere is SUPER relaxed, people do everything very slowly lol
SnapRJW (31629) 2013-11-30 1:14
Hello John - To be honest this is not really a subject that appeals to me but having said that I must compliment you on your very well managed and finely composed shot. What draws me to this shot in particular is the obvious connection between you and your subjects. The eye contact gives the impression that these two comedians are performing for you alone and gives the shot an immediacy which I like. Warm regards Rosemary
willperrett (9011) 2013-11-30 2:33
Who's your weird friend? Sorry, that would be me. I'm not sure I don't prefer the workshop image: it's certainly more "out there"! But maybe the advertising hoarding is too prominent, and this one has that wonderful expression that you've had the presence of mind to capture. Good street photograph.
annjackman (21400) 2013-12-02 6:15
Another super portrait. The man kneeling certainly has a comical expression. The WS is also fun. It is good when there are events on because photography is expected and it is easier to have a rapport with the performers. You did very well with them and the result is excellent. I might have cloned out the rather bright blue bag as I find it a touch distracting.
A very enjoyable and well taken picture.
Kind Regards, Ann
ourania (39016) 2013-12-02 11:49
I like very much this picture because it's interesting and funny and has captured a superb scene of interaction between the two performers, them and your lens, all of you and the crowd of spectators (even though the latter are not included in the frame). I also like it because you didn't waste the unexpected and intriguing opportunity, the spontaneity of the quickly improvised postures and the power of the fast conceived expressions is all there. In addition, there's excellent sharpness and depth and the warm brightness of faces and hands is delightful. The workshop picture is hilarious but I prefer the spontaneity and childishness of this one. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great evening,
wolf38 (31284) 2013-12-03 9:57
Hi John. To be close to the people, action. The photo is truly original. Such occasions there is not every day. Nice that the man cooperates. The photo pleases me very well.
delpeoples (56054) 2013-12-09 21:28
hehehe well at least we HOPE they were comedians. Knowing what I do of Edinburgh, they could just be fellas roaming the streets causing a bit of havoc :) Anyway, I love this double portrait, love the looks on their faces (the guy behind looks almost embarrassed by his cohort) and the definition is really good. Excellent, quirky double portrait. Good to see you getting out of your comfort zone.
Oooh and hubba hubba, that Workshop is some tasty stuff!
jcpix (13846) 2013-12-18 17:50
Ahaha, this plays right into what I had mentioned earlier....personality and character from the human presence. Intentional or not, this is the kind of result that instantly provokes an emotional reaction, which simply can't be done on the same level with an empty street...scenic or otherwise.
He may be mugging for the camera, but it's still a wonderfully candid moment. Just look at that expression and devil make hairdo, how could anyone not laugh and enjoy the candor? :) And no socks, how quirky hilarious is this duo, gotta' love it! Cracker of a shot, two clowns without make-up. haha
Enjoy your day. Take it easy.
I can't help but think of Austin Powers seeing the WS picture, "Do I make you rrrandy, baby...do I?" hehe
- Copyright: John Cannon (tyro) (23020)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-08-14
- Categories: Festivals, Humorous, 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, 1/1000 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2013-11-29 3:24