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Jan 3: Piano player SP
3-JAN-2005 David Mingay

Jan 3: Piano player SP

A few evenings ago, LA and I were watching an old movie on DVD, in which there's a scene of a guy playing the piano, with the keys relfected in his sunglasses. I just loved the effect and had to have a go. Now, this isn't an easy one, as I soon discovered...

First off, wearing sunglasses in a darkend room makes it hard to see the camera, and of course composing the shot with the keyboard reflected in the glasses without the aid of a viewfinder is, well, impossible. I was ahead of the game using the G2 with it's fold out LCD! But then you find the keyboard itself works as a pretty good reflector. If you get enough light on the keys to reflect in the glasses, there's too much light on my face... and then there's focussing on the keyboard... it goes on and on. Well, I hope you like the result... this was a tricky one!

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abel guerrero17-Jan-2005 18:39
That's a really cool image, David. As already mentioned, wouldn't be out of place on the cover of a blues CD. Great lighting.
virginiacoastline08-Jan-2005 01:11
I'd like to see what some of your rejects looked like . . .
Michael Todd Thorpe07-Jan-2005 05:08
Great shot. Reminds me of a 'reflection' shot I did for work. A table of x-mas ornaments with only highlights and white card reflecting, no lense, camera or camera person, not easy to do! At least I had the benefit of a monitor.
Mark Rutter05-Jan-2005 21:25
Totally cool.
Jim B05-Jan-2005 09:34
A fantstic shot ... I am not sure I would have had the dedication to see it through, but it was certainly worth all the effort.
Robin Reid05-Jan-2005 04:38
One of your very, very best David!
Ray :)04-Jan-2005 12:22
I can imagine this on a blues album cover. Excellent.
Kimberly04-Jan-2005 05:38
I think it's great and even better with all the details you provided! A great idea :)
Steve Pepple04-Jan-2005 02:00
Well done. Cool image.
jude04-Jan-2005 01:40
Really great idea, David.. nice detail and lighting is very creative
faye white03-Jan-2005 20:12
It was worth the effort David - the results are super!