Sunday, December 6, 2009

Dickens on the Strand #1

This weekend was Galveston's annual Dickens on the Strand Festival, where many dressed in Victorian costumes. These two characters have been there as long as I can remember -- Jacob Marley (from Dickens' A Christmas Carol) and Father Christmas. We thought they made a nice pair and took a couple of portraits of them. As things worked out Saturday we ended up with two softbox lights, so many of my photos from Dickens will be the usual set up plus an additonal light. One big advantage we found having another light in the mix was the ability to put some light under the brim of someone's hat while having another to light overhead. Fun as always; Larry Patrick, Doug Haass, and I stalked many with our lights on sticks and cameras. This particular shot has a bit of a twist. As fast as we try and work, I knew I couldn't carry the focus on both characters faces with one shot, so I quickly took two in sequence with each character in focus. This is the resulting image, where they have been combined in Photoshop.


  1. Nice job Steve! I was hoping you would get one up today. I like the perspective change from what I shot. I remember seeing the one man move his eyes around to look at you and not move his body, and thought it might come out as too exaggerated. This photo proved me wrong.

  2. I must admit, I did not think of doing the two shots and blending them when I was there. It really makes the image.

  3. I've seen Craig Tanner do this with Lensbaby shots, so I thought I'd try it here. Luckily there was a natural seam along Marley's head. And that's one of the great things about shooting fast with flash, you have to think of these things on the spot and hope they work out. Keeps the mind sharp.

  4. Your blog keeps getting better and better! Your older articles are not as good as newer ones you have a lot more creativity and originality now keep it up!

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