Contemplative asian teen girl by window
Technical data: Photo taken with a Nikon SLR film camera and Nikkor
85mm f1.8 lens; hand held, available light. Approximate exposure 1/250
second at f4 - Kodak E-200 color transparency exposed at EI 400, push
processed. No lens filters were used.
Film was scanned using a Minolta
Dimage series film scanner. Photo file was routinely optimized using
Photoshop; levels and curves, color balance, sharpening, cropping and
dust spot removal using clone tool. I use a Mac for all photo
Comments: I wanted a soft dreamy look for this teen photo but
also a distinctive focal point of interest. I decided to emphasize only
the right side of her face and to throw everything else out-of-focus.
(More discussion about "depth of
First, by using a wide f4
aperture and moving in close I was able to reduce the depth of field
(area of apparent sharp focus). Then, by focusing precisely on her
right eye, I was able to keep only that eye and her nose and mouth in
focus, softening everything else for the contemplative pose I needed.
This photo also shows why black is the most important color in a
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