It probably says more about me than about Richard that I have chosen another pin-up style image as a *dud* for my collection of *spooof*s. Perhaps I am a prude. Perhaps I suffer self-imposed repression and simply can’t deal with too much sex-appeal. Perhaps I am over-analytical and find images that openly allude to sexuality too clichéd. Or maybe there is something inherently “duddy” about the following image that I have chosen for today’s *spooof* on Guy-Day. *cheers*
As some of you know, Guy is my favourite RA incarnation. I simply love the dark knight, his scowl, his badness – and his redeemability. The challenge of an evil character is just too delicious and tempting to pass by. Equally challenging, it turns out, has been my hunt for a “dud”. I could not *really* find anything that was completely out of the question. Aw, I love my knight too much. But for the sake of it and just because I am absolutely adamant that today’s *spooof* be a Guy-pic, I chose this one.
This picture is, in truth, a bit of a sweet-and-sour dish. I cannot really fault it in terms of the technical realisation. What have we got here? We have a saucy Guy of Gisborne, hanging about in the orchard. Like a ripe apple he is dangling from the tree, a juicy fruit, waiting to be picked by some delicate lady’s hands. Well… maybe I am getting ahead of myself. My hunch is, that this image was indeed taken outdoors, in an orchard/forest. (The background is suitably blurred, though, and could easily just be a two-dimensional background image in front of which A___ is posing by the trunk of an (artificial) tree. ) Assuming, this *has* been taken outside, you may find it interesting that the image has been lit twice, so to speak. There is the obvious evidence of the natural light, visible among the foliage in the background. However, the light in among the trees would probably have been too dark for a detailed (half-)length of our sitter – or possibly a bit patchy with strong sunlight coming through the gaps in the leaves and illuminating an otherwise shady shaded character.
Sir Guy is very evenly and nicely lit, however, and that is evidence enough for me to suggest that fill-light has been used in this case. Before you tune out: I am deliberately going off on this tangent that may appear unnecessarily technical for you. There is some practical application in this for your own hobby snapping, you see. Just imagine you are on holiday in Egypt and you want to snap a picture of your hubs in front of the pyramids – but unfortunately the sun is behind your subject. Ordinarily that would rule out a photograph: Shooting against the sun will leave your subject’s face in the dark as your compact camera automatically measures exposure for the brightest parts of your frame. The same would’ve happened in this shot of Guy. To counteract the shadows resulting from shooting against the light, the photographer is illuminating the shot with fill-light. In this case it is most probably an off-camera flash with a softbox from the front right of the sitter. You can get a similar effect in your holiday snap in Gizeh by activating the in-built flash on your camera. It will lighten up your hubby’s face against the sunlight and produce a picture in which the background is lit by the sun – and your hubby equally visible in all his glory. (To activate fill-flash, simply pop up your cameras flash. Some compacts have a little sun symbol in the settings menu which you need to press.)
So if it isn’t technicalities that make this a dud, then what is? It’s hard to put a finger onto it, I confess. Part of it is the pose. This is Sir Guy, master scowler and hard-hearted henchman. How likely is the ambitious knight to dangle from a tree in the orchard and pose as a naughty pin-up boy? Or is he on the prowl for
women viewers Lady Marian, showing off a little bit of skin, jutting out his hip and submissively angling his head? Nah, just seems out of character.
And then there is the face. Again, I cannot quite identify why I do not like the facial expression here. Guy is sporting something akin to bedroom eyes, methinks, and I have the slight suspicion that that is actually not intentional but more of a coincidence. I think A___ blinked as the flash was set off – and his lids have been caught juuuuuust as they are beginning to close. For me it is just not quite the way his eyes usually look – and that is not due to the angle of the head. After all we have seen plenty of images in which A___ has angled his head in delicious submission… and his eyes have been the usual deep pools of blue. No amount of Guyliner could’ve been responsible for this sleepy predator look.
As far as I can make out, this image was used as a poster for Radio Times, the BBC TV listings magazine. Sir Guy a posterboy? Well, why not. I’d say there were plenty of happy mamas who surreptitiously held on to that poster after having fallen for Sir Guy while watching the family -friendly RH. I wonder where all those posters ended up? In the airing cupboard? Under the ironing board? In the utility room? Inside *her* closet? Maybe Guy’s bedroom eyes were intentional after all…
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