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At our recent Face 2 Face meet in London, the first of of many meets I hope, we were asked to assemble near the Sir John Betjeman statue carrying a red ballon. Once we were all gathered together, we decided to take a photo standing around the statue of the great man. “Sir John Betjeman was responsible for saving both the St Pancras chambers and the station from demolition in the 1960s. In tribute to the famous poet and railway lover, an 8 1/2ft sculpture by Martin Jennings has been designed to stand at platform level to celebrate the man and his poetry.” We decided it would be good to give Sir John his own red ballon, making him an honourary Redbubbler, since Redbubble is about the creative arts and artists. In the distance, behind the statue you can see the famous St. Pancras clock, which has been reconstructed by the original makers Dent.

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark ll
28-300mm IS zoom lens
ISO 400
Exposure Bias -0.67
(I used iPhoto to lift the shadow a bit and increase the exposure +2)


red, statue, balloon, station, london, clock, meet, st pancras, f2f

Primarily a landscape photographer, my enjoyment of taking photos has developed from a young age. Originally from Texas, I now live in England and am surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery. I enjoy outdoor activities such as climbing, hiking, and camping. I am blessed with a wonderful wife and three terrific children. I am a strong Christian and I believe that my love of photography and any talent I posses in capturing images comes from God.

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  • CLiPiCs
    CLiPiCsover 4 years ago

    OH I like that Shawn

    fab composition

    wait a minute !

    that balloon isn’t pink !!

    Merry Krissmas

    Love ‘N’ Laughter Kriss

  • Well, it is pink really, but it is just blushing because I am taking it’s picture. I am glad you like it. I do as well. Just the right moment!!!! Merry Christmas to you my friend…. and a very Happy New Year!

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • Isa Rodriguez
    Isa Rodriguezover 4 years ago

    what a most poignant shot for this meet. i love it..

  • Thank you so very much Isa. i really appreciate it. Have a wonderful Christmas.

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • TingyWende
    TingyWendeover 4 years ago

    Fantastic! This is so neat when a statue comes to life in it’s surroundings. You nailed the moment.

  • What a lovely compliment. I appreciate the encouragement. I love bringing life to things that aren’t. Happy Christmas.

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimageover 4 years ago

  • Thank you greatly. It’s a wonderful pleasure.

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • Johanne Brunet
    Johanne Brunetover 4 years ago

    Love the concept, it’s a great idea, and a lovely souvenir for all of you who were meetup! :-)

  • Thank you so very much my wonderful friend. It was a marvelous day indeed. Wish you could come sometime. Any ideas about Feb.?

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • Yvonne Churchley
    Yvonne Churchleyover 4 years ago

    Wonderful shot :))

  • Thank you my dear friend. I am so pleased you like it. It as a last minute idea that worked out better than I had hoped. Happy Holidays!

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • Wendi Donaldson
    Wendi Donaldsonover 4 years ago

    What a sweet shot to remember your first meet….great stuff, Shawn!

  • Thank you so much Wendi. It was a fabulous day. This is one of the shot that encapsulates the day for me. MC my friend.

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • Vikram Franklin
    Vikram Franklinover 4 years ago

    I am enjoying the pics from this meet a lot!!
    Lovely framing of this pic!

  • Thanks my dear friend. It was just a quick thought which worked well and is a very meaningful shot for me. Are you out and about today? Just wondering if you are around sometime today or tomorrow.

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • Bob Culshaw
    Bob Culshawover 4 years ago

    Excellent Bradley.

  • Thank you greatly Bob. I really appreciate the lovely compliment. It only took me three shots to get this right. The others are alright, but the balloon was perfectly positioned here in this one.

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • Jellybean720
    Jellybean720over 4 years ago

    WOW.. such a GREAT CAPTURE :))

  • Thank you Carole. I so wish you could be at one of these in the future.

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

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