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Liverpool Santa Dash 2006

Old 4 Dec 06

The 2006 Santa Dash in Liverpool wasn’t quite what I expected. I was expecting rain, and a lot of Santas. What I found was a lovely cold December morning with a HELL of a lot of Santas. It was quite surreal afterwards. Santas everywhere. In bars, coffee stores, street corners. I didn’t get the shots I wanted as I felt quite overwhelmed and it hit me that asking to take pictures of people after they’ve just ran 5km isn’t the most flattering of things to say. Still I got some nice shots which I spent a while playing with. This is a HDR image. Why? Well basically it just looks better. Nicer sky, colours, better detail in the building, on the whole just nicer. I did some work in Photoshop too, to reduce the HDR cliched look and make it a touch more natural.

In other news, I’ve just launched a set of 10 limited edition prints with a great company in Liverpool called Dot-Art. ��50 for an A3 print, signed and numbered. Limited to 200. Yeah yeah I know, commercialism and all that but I’m a starving artist and its Christmas. :D

Camera: Canon 30D // Flash Used: No // Focal Length: 15.0mm // Exposure Time: 1/320 // Aperture: f/5.6 //
ISO equiv: 160 // Exposure Bias: -0.67 // Lens: Sigma 10-20 f/4-5.6

Comments 6

  1. Pete says on 4 Dec 06

    The funny streaks are from me not noticing a glitch in the lens distortion correction :D

  2. lynksy says on 6 Dec 06

    Nice shot, but unfortunately the Liver building is not that colour, its light grey! The santas all look as if they are trudging miserably, and I was on the Dash this year and it was hilarious, especially the dogs all dressed up as santa too.

  3. Pete says on 6 Dec 06

    With the morning light and HDR it came out a nicer warmer colour, which I prefer :) Artistic interpretation .

  4. James McCormack says on 30 Dec 06

    How do you shoot moving subjects at varying exposures without blur?? This shot is brilliant. I seen your images in a camera mag!!!

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