Photos you have taken in the last month of which you are proud?
My wife and youngest:
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Sunset portrait by polarisandy, on Flickr
Polarisadny – love this, very good. To what degree was it staged versus candid? I don’t think it matters either way but it would be interesting to know.
I think it would be better if the focus was a little sharper and the exposure a little lower (so that the face wasn’t quite so burned out and you could then lift the shadows a little in the digital darkroom), but it’s a wonderfully sensitive shot otherwise.Posted 3 years ago
Hello Geetee, thank you for the comments.
My son was sat on the cupboard when i walked past, i thought PICTURE!
I got a light meter and went to the bench and did an incident meter reading from the brightest spot whilst he was sat there.
He’s used to it…
I went and set the camera up dialled the settings.
He’d jumped down by then.
When i was ready i got him to jump back up walked to the other room and focussed on him.
Then i waited for him to relax, get bored and look out of the window and took the shot.
Trouble with using a 1966 camera is that it takes a while to set up.
When you click through the image onto flickr and make it full screen it is sharp.
On a 28″ monitor it’s pin sharp.
Sometimes flickr/STW softens the image, sometimes it sharpens it.
Yes the forehead is brighter than i would like, but it is a very contrasty shot.
Negative has great latitude, positive film slightly less, ?5 stops.
I still find it more forgiving than digital though.
I could have done a reflected reading from the forehead or just shot one or two stops less but might have lost shadow detail in the cupboard.
I only take one shot and don’t bracket them.
I’ve only got 12 shot per film which equates to a quid per picture after processing.
With existing light film photography that’s just the way it is, everything is a compromise.
(although i could have used a reflector on the cupboard, but then that needs another person to hold it just right and the moment is gone)
or….it could just be poor technique 😉Posted 3 years ago
or….it could just be poor technique
I seriously doubt that and apologies for having doubted you in the first place. You’re clearly far more accomplished than I.
You were right; clicking through to the image on Flickr does show it as pin sharp.
I had a look through your sets and there were almost too many tag as favourites for it not to be embarrassing! I was particularly keen on the lighting you capture in many of the portraits and some of the landscapes. The one of Ullswater springs to mind in particular. Reminded me a little of Don McCullen.Posted 3 years ago
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