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3825 SE 10th Ave.
Cape Coral FL 33904

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Girl peeking around wall
Caption: Girl peeks around wall

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Technical data: Photo taken with handheld Nikon SLR film camera and Nikkor 85mm f1.8 lens using existing daylight. Approximate exposure 1/500 second at f8 - Fuji Sensia 200 color transparency film. No lens filters were used.

Film was scanned using a Minolta Dimage series film scanner. Photo file was routinely optimized using Photoshop; color balance, levels and curves, sharpening, cropping and dust spot removal using clone tool. I use a Mac for all photo processing.

Comments: I like the graphic quality of this picture. Fill-flash would have been a big help, though, as the girl's eyes and face are too splotchy. The day began as bright overcast, the perfect light for flash-less, smoothly lit portraits - but by the time this photo was taken the sun was poking in and out, a condition that called for fill-flash. If only I'd noticed. It's very easy to become oblivious to changing light conditions.

Photographing this young girl was a pleasure - once I had the child's mother turn her back to the scene. I highly recommend this. Parents are no help to the photographer. Of course, they know their children better than anyone, but their coaxing and instructions usually make the children anxious and interfere with my own instructions. Gently lead all adults away from the scene. Bonus benefit: kids love it when they are told to ignore their parents.

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