Caption: Close up
of young girl
Technical data: Photo taken with a handheld Olympus SLR film camera
and Zuiko 100mm f2 lens using existing light. Approximate exposure
1/125 second at f5.6 - Kodak T-Max 400 black & white film push
processed a little. 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 young girl was headed to the dentist later in the
day so getting an authentic somber pose wasn't hard. (See also: Photographing Children)
I wanted to emphasize her large
chocolate eyes so I positioned the camera a little above her and used a
lens that would focus close enough to eliminate the background. The
fairly wide f5.6 aperture combined with the high magnification (I was
at most eighteen inches from her nose) made the eyes snap and
everything else blur out nicely.
Ordinarily I wouldn't recommend
this technique. Handholding a camera with a heavy lens can be shaky and
using apertures less than f8 for very tight portraits is tricky -
there's very little depth of field. But sometimes you want just what
breaking the rules will get you.
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