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Daniel Lavoie for Martine

Daniel Lavoie for Martine
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Copyright: Robert Calve (perryhooter) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2584 W: 853 N: 6167] (27938)
Genre: People
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-06-30
Categories: Artwork, Event, Decisive Moment, Mood, Portrait
Camera: Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSI, EF75-300mm f/4-5.6 USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/80 seconds
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Gaspesia 50th Birthday trip
Theme(s): Your favorite Images II [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-07-11 17:45
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Day 4 - Petite-Vallee Song Festival Time 23:23 hrs

Good Day,

Another shot captured during the show : Hommage au Passeur - Michel Rivard.

The participants of the festival, accompanied by a panoply of artists unrolled the red carpet to Michel Rivard by taking again the great songs of his repertory and counting anecdotes which marked his career and our memories.

Here Daniel Lavoie was performing with Marie-Claire Séguin ( out of the picture (^_^) ) Both were invited by the Festival to coach the new talents, the rookies how to write songs. ( see the quotation below )

The subject show was at the Grande-Vallée Cultural Center

To learn more , and see images from a pro, let me give you the link to the Official Photographer of the Festival. He was sitting just in front of me that night. Mr Alain Lauzier gallery is available on the web, with all other events. You will see by the way his photos , also that he was signing with marie-Claire Séguin. Note again, we had the same POV . Normal since we were next to each other. LOL!

Technically: Focal at 300 mm . Spotlights on him , I did not have to darkened the background at all. The bright light allowed me to have a better focus and faster shuter speed. Image uncropped. Level adjustments only. Resized and framed.

Note: Daily, the Festival was issuing a Newsletter. When we checked in at the hotel, I took the few issues that were already published.

Daniel Lavoie wrote a little memo following the invitation received to coach the newcomers. I am quoting the translation first , the original french version after:

It has never been easy to make a small place in the unconscious collective. Many are called, and few have the courage to go until the end. The talent, yes, obligatory, but also obsession, the fixed idea, love, passion, the desire and pleasure of making this trade. I arrived there in my own way and I can say to you that was per moment so hard that I wanted all to release, give it up there and to make another thing. I was afraid to lose my heart, my integrity there. I have to sweat to make difficult decisions where there was not good a decision, but was necessary to take one of them nevertheless. I saw this trade of in top and in bottom, the good side and bad. I hated it and all those which work there, but I like it more than I hated it. It is about what I can share. All that. Mountains to be climbed, slaps in the face to absorb at times. I know how much it is necessary TO WANT and how much it is necessary TO WORK. I know that sometimes it is easy yes, but I know that often it is HARD. I can say it from the 40 years the point of view of songs.

Everything changes so quickly in our ‘'Made in Quebec ‘' which, inevitably, follows the modes and the currents of all the planet which, them also change, more and more quickly. I badly see myself saying to newcomers what it is necessary to do. I do not know it. But at the same time, I think that I know it a little. It is a little what I place at your disposal.

Daniel Lavoie

En Français:

Il n’a jamais été facile de se faire une petite place dans l’inconscient collectif. Beaucoup sont appelés, et peu ont le courage de se rendre jusqu’au bout. Le talent , oui, obligatoire, mais aussi l’obsession, l’idée fixe, l’amour, la passion, le désir et le plaisir de faire ce métier. J’y suis arrivé à ma façon et je peux vous dire que cela fut par moment si dur que je voulais tout lâcher, chrisser là et faire autre chose. J’ai eu peur d’y perdre mon âme, mon intégrité. J’ai suer à prendre des décisions difficiles où il n’y avait pas de bonnes décision, mais fallait en prendre une quand même. J’ai vu ce métier d’en haut et d’en bas, du bon côté et de mauvais. Je l’ai détesté et tous ceux qui y travaillent, mais je l’aime plus que je l’ai détesté. C’est à peu près ce que je peux partager. Tout ça. Les montagnes à grimper, les claques dans la gueule à encaisser. Je sais combien il faut VOULOIR et combien il faut TRAVAILLER. Je sais que parfois c’est facile oui, mais je sais que souvent c’est DIFFICILE. Je peux le dire du point de vue de 40 années de chansons.

Tout change très vite dans notre ‘’ Made in Québec ‘’ qui, inévitablement, suit les modes et les courants de toute la planète qui, eux aussi changent, de plus en plus vite. Je me vois mal dire à des nouveaux arrivants ce qu’il faut faire. Je ne le sais pas. Mais en même temps, je pense que je le sais un peu. C’est un peu ce que je mets à la disposition de mon arrimage.

Daniel Lavoie

Well as I turned 50, on July 2nd, I made myself a little personnal bilan. And Daniel really blew me with this one. I was thinking of my own professional work, my hobbies, and my own personnal life. I could not agree more with him. He touched me deeply.

You can also apply this one to my own vision of my contribution to TL.

Finally, to complete this long but hopefully useful note; Let me add a link to my personnal favorite song written by Daniel Lavoie back from 1983 but performed here in 2005: Ils s'aiment

Have a great week-end !

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  • bigil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 283 W: 38 N: 75] (2536)
  • [2008-07-11 17:52]
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Merci pour le partage et ce fabuleux portrait. Gilles

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3204 W: 262 N: 7964] (34497)
  • [2008-07-11 18:15]
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Hello Robert,
I do like Daniel's comments - deep but true!
And did I wish you Happy Birthday? I don't think I did - so a belated HAPPY BIRTHDAY my friend.
You have captured Daniel really well Robert. The lighting falls on him just right from above and over his shoulder. Very clear focus, and I'm sure Martine is thrilled with this photo

great portrait here!!!, the colors and sharp are so good... i like it so much... and excellent frame... congratulations by this great one!!!... tTFS,...

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  • Ivan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 365 W: 110 N: 268] (3865)
  • [2008-07-11 19:12]
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Bonsoir Robert,
Honnêtement, le sujet ne me touche pas plus qu'il ne faut, mais la qualité de la photo est remarquable, très professionnelle ! La qualité de captation de la lumière se doit d'être signalée. Les détails ne peuvent être mieux présenté, Bravo pour l'atteinte de ce niveau de qualité.
P.S. : Bonne fête en retard. Nous avons réussi à casser la croute avec Jonh Van Aarle, Luc Bussière, Yan Hay, Ben et leurs amis. J'espérais pouvoir t'y rencontrer. Michel Boulé (ISO) a bien essayé de se joindre à nous, se que nous remettons à une prochaine occasion. On se dit à la prochaine ?

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  • trekks Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1995 W: 141 N: 3390] (13665)
  • [2008-07-11 20:47]

hello Robert

I like the tone. Very well presented portrait and it is really impressive to go with your informative note.

Really nice to see this sharing from you. And happy 50 to you.

tfs, bill

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  • Beger Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3311 W: 1066 N: 5188] (23042)
  • [2008-07-11 21:04]
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Salut Robert,
Un Daniel Lavoie qui a encore plus de charme! L'expression caractérise bien son émouvante timidité! Et vraiment, ici, tu n'as rien à envier aux professionnels de la photo. Les couleurs et la netteté sont parfaites sous cet éclairage si bien capté. Une note qui se veut un complément parfait! Je suis réellement contente que tu aies pris ces photo ici! Bravo et merci pour toute cette publicité gratuite! Annie

Hi Robert:
Now for me, coming from India, I have to confess I know nothing about the singer Daniel Lavoie, and I tried to read the comments but dont know French:)
But about the capture...it is simply outstanding and with lots of original lighting...and details are just supeb with such good timing for capturing the emotion...
Thanks for the notes that help me!

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2572 W: 237 N: 6132] (24044)
  • [2008-07-12 5:56]
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WOW! I am really impressed by the crisp details in this. I think I might have tried to focus on the face instead of the hand with that shallow dof, but I am still impressed:0
Great composition

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  • Mitra Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1153 W: 70 N: 1116] (16)
  • [2008-07-12 7:46]
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Oh, I love Daniel specially the song "Belle" with Garou. It was my wedding song & first dance.
great portrait, the colors and sharp are so good. Thanks for sharing. You made my day.

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  • azaf1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 733 W: 61 N: 1257] (7137)
  • [2008-07-12 8:24]

Hi Robert
Your portraits are really great and this one together with your long and detailed note makes it a complete presentation
best wishes

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  • milas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2841 W: 398 N: 3076] (34114)
  • [2008-07-12 8:37]


I know nothing about this person, but I do like the photo, it's very pleasing. Very nice shot, and so clear. I like his eyes-closed concentration.

Incredible picture...amazing note! and also ... what a great detail you obtained with a 4,5-6 lens. ! great pulse my friend!


Bonjour Robert, voici un tres beau portrait, bien "croppe" et une elle profondeur de couleurs.
La lumiere est tres bien controlee sur ton sujet.
Bravo, Yan :)

Hello Robert,

I didn't know about this singer, but what a nice and sharp portrait this is! Wow, being able to shoot at f/5.6, with low light. But the light hits him really pleasantly. Nice!


Belle photo, ambiance chaude, belle expo, compo.

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