girl peeks over man's shoulder
Technical data: Photo taken with a handheld Nikon SLR film camera and
Nikkor 85mm f1.8 lens using existing daylight. Approximate exposure
1/500 second at f8 - Kodak T-Max 400 black & white film processed
normally. No lens filters were used.
Film was scanned using a Nikon
Coolscan series film scanner. Photo file was routinely optimized using
Photoshop; levels and curves, sharpening, cropping and dust spot
removal using clone tool. I use a Mac for all photo processing.
Comments: This is another example of what can happen if you are
prepared for a photo at any moment. I had just finished the photo
session and our group was walking into a restaurant when this young
girl suddenly crawled up her father's chest and peeked over his
shoulder. Click. (See also: Photographing
Normally I use my cameras in
manual exposure mode so I've gotten into the habit of continually
adjusting exposure - whether I'm planning to make a picture or not.
That way I'm ready if I need to act fast. Of course, using one of the
auto exposure settings would work, too, but in many cases (unless
you're auto spot metering) you lose some control and accuracy
with the auto settings. This photo, for example, may have been
difficult using an auto exposure setting as the prevalence of dark
tones could have thrown the meter off resulting in some overexposure.
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