Beau Geste? No, Monsieur, I Am Beau Tie by David McMahon

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This street performer with a strong French accent was working the crowd, late in the evening on the long Easter weekend at Sydney’s Darling Harbour in 2010. 206 views on 20 July 2011.

I shot a couple of portraits while he interacted with the crowd. Then he laughed aloud when I returned his greeting and his repartee in an equally strong French accent.

I immediately hit the shutter to capture his expression of surprise and delight. Doesn’t he remind you of John Cleese in his Fawlty Towers days?

I do not crop, enhance or post-edit my images in any way. Shot with a Pentax K100D, using a Sigma 18-125mm lens. F8, 1/90 sec, ISO 400, focal length 125mm.


Top 10, THE CHALLENGE CORNER, November 2011.

Featured in SNAPTACULAR, November 2011.


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  • Indrani Ghose
    Indrani Ghosealmost 5 years ago

    Great capture!
    A grand smile.:)
    Hope you had a great Easter!

  • Thank you, Indrani. In terms of sheer composition, a shot I took a few seconds earlier was possibly better, but this one really highlights the marvellous expression on his face. Yes, we had a great Easter break, thank you.

    – David McMahon

  • Berns
    Bernsalmost 5 years ago

    Hehe Brilliant and love the title too!

  • Thanks very much, Berns. Delighted to know you like the title!

    – David McMahon

  • kat  -
    kat -almost 5 years ago

    He makes you smile :)

  • Thank you, Kat – he was very funny. He really knew how to work a crowd!

    – David McMahon

  • AliceDoodles
    AliceDoodlesalmost 5 years ago

    Your cohosts,
    Cee and Chris

  • Thank you, Chris and Cee.

    – David McMahon

  • Shulie1
    Shulie1almost 5 years ago

    Great shot!

  • Thank you, Shulie – he had SUCH an expressive face!

    – David McMahon

  • RichardKlos
    RichardKlosalmost 5 years ago

    Excellent! You should consider entering this image into the "Head Shots Challenge ": going on right now at the Just Fun Group..

  • Thanks very much, Richard. Thanks to your comment, I’ve just entered it in the challenge!

    – David McMahon

  • danamh40
    danamh40almost 5 years ago

    What a great capture! Nicely done!!

  • Thanks very much, Dana – he had a very good line in repartee as well!

    – David McMahon

  • Colin  Williams Photography
    Colin William...almost 5 years ago

    This is superb work !! – Colin

  • Thanks so much, Colin – his face was so expressive!

    – David McMahon

  • Gloria Abbey
    Gloria Abbeyalmost 5 years ago

    This is priceless!!!

  • Thank you very much, Gloria. The light wasn’t really great because it was fairly late in the evening, but his expression was just brilliant!

    – David McMahon

  • Ronald Rockman
    Ronald Rockmanalmost 5 years ago

    Excellent !

  • Thank you,Rock – I had to fire off the shot very quickly, because he was alternating between the crowd and me! Great to know you like the result ….

    – David McMahon

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