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3825 SE 10th Ave.
Cape Coral FL 33904

All photographs copyright Harry Cutting. All rights reserved.

Young girl posing by tree.
Caption: Young girl posing beside a tree.

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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 auto fill-flash, two stops minus flash exposure adjustment. Approximate exposure in manual mode 1/250 second at f8.0 - Fuji Sensia 100 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: I initially posed this young girl along a riverside, then under a shelter to escape the pitiless sun. Nothing was working out. Her skin was very light and looked mottled in the shade but too blown out in the bright sun. A nearly grove of Gumbo Limbo trees was perfect. The lighting was direct but muted nicely by the tree cover - her skin showed its natural creamy glow. The only problem was the dark shadow on her right side caused by the tree trunks.

To open up that shadow area I simply used a little fill-flash but adjusted it down two stops (minus compensation) so the flash would hardly be noticed. The result was a very natural looking picture with beautiful natural lighting. The flash opened up the shadow area just enough but didn't ruin the primary natural light.

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