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Lord Heseltine

Posted by
Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 10 January 2011 in People & Portrait and Portfolio.

A photo that I took of Lord Heseltine at a seminar that I attended in Manchester last week on the new UK 'Regional Growth Fund'

I was really pleased with the quality of this image as I only took the single photo (and also pleased that I plucked up the courage to ask if I could take his photo!)

The Regional Growth Fund is a £1.4 billion fund aimed at boosting regional economies in the UK and Lord Heseltine is the chairman. Prime Minister David Cameron also attended the event but I didn't have the bottle to ask his bodyguards if I could take a photo of him ;-)

Edit - Image changed for a colour corrected version

NIKON D700 1/80 second F/3.2 ISO 1250 85 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Ian Smith from London, United Kingdom

Outstanding portrait Ian! Especially given the circumstances. I don't think I've ever seen him in such a 'nice old man' pose before. Well done.

10 Jan 2011 9:21am

@Ian Smith: It's difficult to think of him as 'old' but I guess he's nearly 80 now so you're right.....he's obviously still hard at work though which is great to see. By the way, I don't think he wears a hearing aid. The earpiece you can see in this photo is there because he was getting ready for a TV interview when I took this photo.

PS how do the skin tones look on your calibrated monitor Ian?....someone suggested to me that the skin colour looked too saturated (my own monitor isn't colour calibrated)

Ian Smith from London, United Kingdom

Hi Ian - the colours look correct considerring the artificial lighting. Quite bright lighting aswell looking at the shadowcast - causing a lot of contrast. You can obviously play about with colour temperatures on your RAW shot, but to be honest I think it look good on my screen. If you plan to sell this on to print though, you may want to run a test first, as colours that look 'right' on screen can sometimes be too rich on paper.

10 Jan 2011 10:39am

Richard from Duns, United Kingdom

To me it looks perfect. It is a stupendous portrait!

10 Jan 2011 10:47am

Luca Bobbiesi from Milano, Italy

Very nice and expressive portrait.

10 Jan 2011 11:22am

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Great portrait.

10 Jan 2011 11:46am

digitalCG from Manchester, United Kingdom

You know you're getting old when your Spitting Image puppet looks better than you! Nice portrait though, really extols the virtues of 35mm full frame.

10 Jan 2011 1:18pm

sunstone_maria from California, United States

beautiful quality image!! amazing to me - to have just one chance and create such a wonderful image. absolutely genius!

10 Jan 2011 3:26pm

Didier from Tubize, Belgium

You're true, one shot was enough; it's a highly beautiful portrait!

10 Jan 2011 4:19pm

António Pires from Lisbon, Portugal

I guess Lord Heseltine is also pleased with the quality of the portrait.

10 Jan 2011 5:37pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

No need to be afraid Ian, it's a cracking good shot too!
I'm sure he'd be delighted with it.
Cameron is an easy one to get, but be prepared to use the longer lens (I think I used a little Konica Minolta bridge camera for this one), or there's this wannabe TV star.

10 Jan 2011 7:24pm

@Curly: Those look great Curly, especially the photo of Cameron!

Daryl Johnson from New Malden, Afghanistan

Really professional portrait... can you get a copy to him?

10 Jan 2011 10:54pm

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

Looking at the settings (high ISO and a slower shutter speed) you did very well! Not to mention that you had only one shot at this portrait! :) Did you do any fill flash? The shadow from his nose suggests there was some source of light present.
To me the colours are a little bit strong but that's maybe just my screen. I love the DOF! Nice work!

11 Jan 2011 1:10am

@Magda: Thanks Magda. To answer your question, no I didn't use any fill flash (but I do wonder whether perhaps I should have). The only lights were the room lights and, as you can see from the exif data, it was actually quite dark: iso 1250; f3.2; 1/80th sec.

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

looks excellent with natural lighting and high ISO - well done!

11 Jan 2011 1:56am

Dana from Burbank, United States

A warm and compelling portrait.

11 Jan 2011 3:06am

Helen from Melbourne, Australia

Well, you nailed it! You've now turned your talented hand to portraiture!

12 Jan 2011 9:39am

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

You are so full of surprises!
I initially thought this was staged, posed or in a for candid, impromptu stuff, well...blown away sir!

12 Jan 2011 11:05am

Scene by Sharon Photography from Kingston, Ontario, Canada

this is a fabulous portrait shot - really, really nice!

14 Jan 2011 12:24pm

lux from Munich, Germany

Really it looks like a professionally planed portrait! Well done.

15 Jan 2011 3:58pm

Dustin W. Fletcher from Dallas, United States

This guy looks like he could boost the economy of the UK all by himself if he'd just open his wallet. Great portrait.

8 Feb 2011 9:04am

1/80 second
ISO 1250
85 mm (35mm equiv.)