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3825 SE 10th Ave.
Cape Coral FL 33904

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Boy and girl
Caption: Boy and Girl

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Technical data: Photo taken with a tripod mounted Olympus digital SLR camera and Zuiko Digital 14-54mm f2.8-3.5 lens using existing daylight. Approximate exposure 1/250 second at f11 - auto white balance, ISO 400. No lens filters were used.

Photo file was routinely optimized using Photoshop; levels and curves, color balance, sharpening and cropping. I use a Mac for all photo processing.

Comments: This photo is more like a snapshot - it was taken very quickly as more of a lighting test than anything. The surroundings were jumbled and unattractive so I had the children look up at the camera. I always ask for a blank somber "nothing" pose at first and work from there. It's easier to work into upbeat poses than attempt them from the get-go. And so that expressions look natural I keep my child subjects a little off balance by asking them to cycle through a series of poses: blank, happy, sad, extremely happy, depressed - in random order.

Working in shade, even well lit shade, I use ISO 200 to 400 with digital cameras. The file quality is still very high and the extra speed lets me use f8 - f11 with fairly high shutter speeds. I need f11 most of the time with portraits because of the shallow depth of field of my high magnification pictures. See Comments section of this photo details page for an explanation of f-stop's relation to depth of field.

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