Monster Call

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This is my nephew, young Mr. “B” (his nickname) and his father Matt. As every little boy knows full well, a “didgeridoo” is actually a monster call no matter how many times grownups tell you otherwise :twisted: . This is the mental picture I had when Matt played his didgeridoo for Mr. “B”. I would have liked a wider lens for this shot but I had to make do with the kit lens at 18mm. The weird-angled ceilings in this house made bouncing the flash impossible so I used the diffusion dome to soften the light (SB-800) and photoshoped out the horrible shadows created from the required low angle. The background also included both color and element distractions that I selectively blurred and desaturated. I emphasized Mr. B’s wide-open-looking-for-the-monster eyes with some whitening and much sharpening. And as the final subtle (like a sledgehammer) touch I embossed the neck of the didgeridoo.

D70, kit lens, 1/80 sec, f4.5, 56mm, 200iso, SB-800 iTTL with diffusion dome
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That's a great capture, Tom. As much as I try to view the entire image, my eyes definately gravitate to the young boy's face. Fascinating!
 
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Thos,

A very nice picture. I love the little guy's expression.

I was going to ask how "didgeridoo" that? But glad you explained it.

J/K
 
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Kevin & Frank; yes, little Mr. Bs face is what makes this shot. I think maybe he did see one coming.

As for you Ray; "how didgeridoo that"....
downbeat, cymbals and cue in the moans and groans from the audience.

Thanks for looking.
 
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I have looked at this image several times and never quite know what to say. It's an unusual picture for sure with all sorts of things going on photographically; e.g., DOF, focus point, desaturation, saturation, perspective elongated, etc. I like it if for no other reason than it make you look and think. Of course the little boy is cute as can be and his expression is priceless.
 
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