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3825 SE 10th Ave.
Cape Coral FL 33904

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Boy fishing from a dock.
Caption: Boy fishing. Florida Keys.

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Technical data: Photo taken with a Nikon SLR film camera and Nikkor 85mm f1.8 lens; hand held, available light with fill-flash, slight minus flash compensation. Approximate exposure 1/60 second at f5.6 - Fuji Sensia 200 transparency film. No lens filters were used.

Film was scanned using 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 processing.

Comments: This photo is a good example of the dramatic effects flash can make. One could argue that this isn't really a fill-flash picture because the flash looks to be providing most of the light. Not so. The primary light was indeed the setting sun. I threw in a little fill-flash with some minus compensation because of the dark water - flash can over-expose foreground objects when the background is excessively dark - and got this striking effect.

Normally, the hallmark of a fill-flash photo is that it looks "natural". Though I wouldn't call this picture exactly natural looking, it's close enough in my book. Experimenting with flash photography is rewarding. Try this: just before sunset and facing the sun, set your camera to shutter priority, select 1/30 sec, fill-flash on - and photograph your subjects, panning with their motion if necessary. Try lower shutter speeds, also.

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