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#1 Roderick

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Posted 07 January 2017 - 04:37 PM

Unsure if this can be classified as a portrait.  More of a candid shot from last week's expedition.

 

1/400th, f9, ISO 320, 105mm

No crop, brightened is PS, her face was in half shadow

 

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Posted 07 January 2017 - 04:43 PM

Pretty lady!

Nice candid shot despite the shadows.

I've got to get over there some day and see where my ancestors came from.



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Posted 07 January 2017 - 04:53 PM

Hello Joseph.

Thanks. It would take a better man than me to get her to sit still and pose... :rolleyes:

If you're coming over, do it between Arril and September.  The weather's better ;)

If you're after ancestors, here's a place to start:

http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/



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Posted 07 January 2017 - 05:29 PM

Thanks Rod, I'll check it out.

From the minimal research I've done my ancestors were from an area that had something to do with The rock of Dunmaise, whatever or wherever that is.



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Posted 07 January 2017 - 06:55 PM

Nice shot Rod; she's a beautiful girl with wonderful hair, skin, facial structure, teeth etc.  Do you have a flash/speedlight?  You have a difficult lighting situation with the bright sunshine kind of backlighting her and the wind creating movement in the hair, unless she's just real figity.  I am just starting to learn about light, and perhaps a bit of a subtle flash, just to offset the hard sunlight and brighten the shadow, would have allowed for a better foundation to begin processing from.  Like I said, I am just trying to learn this now, and perhaps a person with more knowledge could provide more insights into the impacts of a flash.  You have a lot of elements for analysis in this one.  Nice shot and thanks! 


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Posted 08 January 2017 - 07:03 AM

Thanks for that, Jonny.

I'm at that beginning stage regarding light also.

I've heard of the various techniques but eh, that's about it.  I've played with my remote wireless flash and a dummy's head, (not my bosses unfortunately), with mixec results.

I've signed up for a course starting this month so with a bit of luck they'll cover lighting.

 

The shot was spontaneous - she's hardly ever interested in posing and she's always either about to burst into laughter or already laughing. She's been like that since she was little :D

You just have to switch to AF-C, hold the shutter down and fill the buffer.  If you're lucky, one will be half decent :rolleyes:

 

Joseph, you might mean The Rock Of Dunamase ?  Its in Co. Laois (pronounced "leash"). Has a big 12th century castle on top.

Its in the townland of Dunamase.  Its about an hour and 30 mins down the motorway from me. Check out Google's take on it and the Wiki. They lead complicated married lives back then.

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Posted 08 January 2017 - 09:45 AM

Nice pic Rod, I note you have been paying attention to Georges advice re where to crop...it works...(-:   To make any improvement on such a "random" opportunity I suspect flash may not add much and even risk detracting somewhat unless you are skilled in it`s use... of course you might just get lucky and if you are of the spray and prey school... who knows you might catch something really nice, but then even without eye contact the pic you posted is really nice....!



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Posted 08 January 2017 - 10:12 AM

Thanks Geedee.

I went in as far as I could with the 24-105 zoom and hoped for the best B)

I guess if I'd maneuvered around to the right a bit more I could have got her hair more back lit.

Taking photos of Gráinne is like being on a wildlife shoot. :huh:


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Posted 08 January 2017 - 01:36 PM

Hey there Rod!

 

Nice capture!  This looks like the best time of day for portraits where sun is not directly above the subject.  Seems her teeth are a bit out of focus though - maybe you could take a couple steps back to increase the proximity to the model?

 

At times, shots like these are the most valuable ones because sudden or unexpected pictures, without posing, turn out great.  I personally have almost no experience with flashes.  User's manual is my textbook.  I have a Canon 430 flash which sits in the bag, taking up space.  There were no pictures in 2016 where I used a flash :) .  I think in situations like in your photo you're better off using a simple reflector to pull out the shadows.  But maybe I am wrong.  One thing which I advise to avoid is let the nose cross the cheek line unless it's a complete profile shot.  

 

Thank you for sharing and good luck!


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Posted 08 January 2017 - 01:58 PM

Great advice George, my sincere thanks :)

I never noticed he focus issue with her teeth.  Its possible she was still talking when I pressed the shutter ! :)

Great tip about the angle of the subject's nose.

John also mentioned using reflectors, the message is clear !

Cheers !






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