My dear friend Martin at one of his favourite places, the Burrell Collection in Glasgow’s Pollock Park. We arrived as it was becoming dark so  lighting was a difficult mix of background tungsten lighting with orange cast and a slight natural twilight coming in the window behind me. This gave me difficult colour cast and shutter speeds that would struggle to stop a glacier. I used a handheld offboard flash to fill in a bit of sharpness on Martin’s powerfully expressive face and converted to monochrome to get rid of the awkward mixed colour temperature in the lighting.

It should be noted that the Burrell Collection staff gave me telephone permission beforehand to take this portrait provided I didn’t use a tripod. I think it is really helpful that Glasgow museums are not only free to enter but have such a helpful policy for amateur photographers. If you are passing by give them a visit, and maybe put a donation in their box; it’s a great service.


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